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Best Apps and Best Websites Reveals

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Each year many of us look forward to the annual reveal of the AASL Best Websites and Best Apps at ALA Annual Conference. In case you missed those big reveals a couple of week ago, no worries!  (Rather, worry. For you are in for a serious rabbit hole experience.) Summer is here and you will […]

Launching Future Ready Librarians

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The Future Ready Librarians initiative launched at ALA and ISTE this week. We heard the buzz at AASL sessions, in the ISTE Librarians Playground, at the ISTELibrarians breakfast, and more importantly, at sessions at both conferences where others outside our little tent could hear the message. The Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative itself launched at the White […]

ISTE Launches Refreshed Standards for Students

At ISTE 2016, this week in Denver, we saw the official release of a refreshed and aspirational set of Standards for Students focused on empowering student voice. We’ve come a long way from 1998 when our students exposure technology was largely limited to a weekly computer lab visit. ISTE describes the nearly twenty year progression of their standards as […]

ISTE Librarians Network Playground and the resources shared

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I arrived from ALA a bit too late to catch the excitement at the ISTE Librarians Playground yesterday, so I asked current and incoming ISTELib Network presidents Sherry Gick and Jonathan Werner to help describe the vibrant scene I caught at the tail end.     As it has been for the last several years, one of […]

Essential Conference Tips: An Infographic

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At this point in my travel career, I’ve learned a bit about how to do library conferences with fewer pain points. On the plane to ALA Orlando 2016, and at lunch in the hotel before I got my room, I shared my tips with a few friends who offered additional crowd-sourced advice. If conference travel […]

Getting closer to campus: Virtual reality college tours

The online college tour can be a very important experience, influencing what might be the first critical decision a young adult makes. Virtual tours of colleges and universities have been around since the beginning of the Web. They were later enriched as multimedia experiences. The game has changed. The new tours are significantly more immersive, revealing and […]

PBS KIDS Video App


Chock full of quality children’s programs, the newly updated PBS KIDS Video App is an absolute no-brainer download for families, and for preschool and primary classrooms and libraries. The app is free, easy to navigate and available for both iOS (iPads & iPhones) and Android. The attractive, kid-friendly interface offers immediate access to such series […]

On innovative practice: There is no box!

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A few years back, I was stuck in an airport on a long layover. I found myself chatting over dinner and wine with an extraordinary woman who excitedly described the new business empire she was building.  I said, “Wow, you sure think outside the box!”  She responded: “Joyce, what makes you think there’s a box?” […]

New Student Discovery Sets for Tablets from LOC

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A couple of years ago, I wrote about the first six Student Discovery Sets published by the Library of Congress. The collection, now at 15 titles, covers so many of the themes studied in our school programs. This week, three new sets launched: Scientific Data: Observing, Recording, and Communicating Information Weather Forecasting The New Deal […]

MLA Style Center Launches with Sample Papers and a Practice Template

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Back in April, I wrote about the publication of MLA’s 8th edition and its significant shift in focus (Shifting into 8th (On MLA’s new edition). The simplified approach is a response to the increasing mobility of digital texts and to what Tim Parks calls “an element of fetishism” that has “perhaps crept into what was […]