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LinkedIn: an underused K12 search tool?

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For a variety of reasons, filters included, social search tools are underused in schools. We usually encourage use of our subscription databases and share effective strategies for leveraging search engines like Google, but in my experience, Twitter, Scoop.it, Pinterest and other tools also offer rich opportunities for learning, discovery, sharing and searching. While LinkedIn is […]

CyArk: digitally preserving and sharing our vulnerable heritage

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We’re losing the sites and the stories faster than we can physically preserve them.  Ben Kacyra Earthquakes and natural disasters are partly to blame.  But human factors–arson, acid rain, urban sprawl, terrorism and war–accelerate destruction of our global historic treasures. Rather than seeing this as a losing battle, Ben Kacyra, inventor of a groundbreaking 3D […]

James Patterson asks: What would your school library do with $1,000–$10,000?

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James Patterson might just make your library a little better and your students a little happier this year. Well-known, well-loved author and literacy activist, James Patterson is donating $1.25 million to school libraries because he believes that: fewer children are growing up in a household full of books – and that the effects of this […]

On Meerkat

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Yesterday I wished my friends could see the beauty of my snowy backyard and I discovered the Meerkat app. It seems everyone is buzzing about the free app that allows you to connect your iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch camera to Twitter and live stream or schedule the video you shoot real-time to all […]

Agility is the word: Whither G+?

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If you teach with technology, you learn that nothing is forever. My pre-service library grad students recently expressed concern about jumping in when we have no guarantee of platform immortality.  The problem is that, if you wait, you risk not experiencing anything. Another lesson you learn is that, along with grit, agility is an essential […]

The database “thing” state-by-state

In my job teaching new librarians, mostly online, I get to meet new professionals from around the country, some from around the world, some who are utterly unsure where their first professional job will take them. Though I am very familiar with the state resources of PA, and I am getting to know those of […]

fdr4freedoms.org: a rich immersion into 20th century history

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In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression — everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way — everywhere in the world. The […]

LitWeaver: the very model of a new age lit anthology

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Geek confession: I love anthologies.  As a lit major, I delighted in breaking open the Norton volume assigned to each of my courses.    Launched in open beta on February 15 by author Will Weaver, LitWeaver evolves the spirit of the lit anthology, allowing us to easily remix in a very portable way. The free, digital […]

For the birds and too beautiful for us to ignore

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This month, the National Audubon Society released its new website and it will make a bird lover out of just about anyone. The site is a true treasure trove of beauty and resources for formal and informal learning. Its centerpiece, Audobon’s classic Guide to North American Birds, now includes text from Kenn Kaufman and illustrations […]

Seesaw, the Learning Journal

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Looking for an easy way to capture and manage student work and to encourage learners to reflect on their learning? I think it’s here. The developers of the very popular Shadow PuppetEdu recently released Seesaw, a free iPad/iPhone app that facilitates portfolio building.  Designed for independent use by students ages 5 and up, Seesaw allows […]