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Girl Power! All about that acceptance

In the past couple of weeks I’ve come across a couple of videos that refreshingly reaffirm the importance of girls’ voice and what beauty is really about. In case you missed them  . . . Twenty-year-old Nashville songwriter Meghan Trainer creates a pastel universe that is all about acceptance and positive body image in her [...]

A ThingLink challenge and new video tagging

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One of the most versatile and easiest-to-use platforms I’ve used over the past several years is ThingLink. I’ve used the interactive poster tagging tool to create and embed media-rich image maps, to annotate and evaluate the claims infographics make, as a portfolio and as a curation tool. This summer, educator, consultant and ThingLink Education Community Manager, [...]

Teamput: updating the stickynote options (Updated)

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Update: I want to thank developer, Bill Youngdahl, for so quickly responding to my suggestions for templates for schools! I am a huge fan of stickynote tools for collaboration and reflection.  I am particularly devoted to Padlet.  I love its ease of use, embedability, the fact that no registration is necessary. But for some purposes, [...]

Going global: a literacy, a process, a call to action (and some resources)

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When you are lucky enough to travel and visit with librarians all over the world, you realize the power and the talents of our community. One thing is clear to me: as librarians, we haven’t yet leveraged our true power as global connectors.  Lately I’ve been thinking about our yet-to-be-realized opportunities and how we might [...]

AASL’s picks for apps and websites

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On Saturday, two hard-working AASL committees presented juried lists of resources. While I try my best to keep up with this stuff, these two darn committees just filled my summer with new explorations. I take that back.  They’ve actually significantly narrowed the field by pointing to the learning tools most worthy of exploring and integrating [...]

Newsela Free Summer Reading Challenge

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For those many kids who choose not to read books, for those kids who are news junkies, for those kids who choose to focus on nonfiction, for those kids who read everything anyway, and for those kids who are motivated by regular, tangible rewards, Newsela’s Free Summer Reading Challenge may be just the thing to [...]

Summer badges and more from the Smithsonian

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Looking for a way to engage kids in meaningful inquiry around their own interests and passions this summer, even when you are not around to guide them? If you have any contact with your students or parents, or if you have some kids of your own, consider sharing the Smithsonian Quests Digital Badging program as [...]

On the Horizon for K12 (and for libraries!)

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As we close one year and begin to think about what’s on the horizon for 2014/15, consider a peek at the recently released draft of the NMC Horizon Report 2014 for K-12 education. This sixth edition of the annual, internationally recognized NMC Horizon Report series and regional NMC Technology Outlooks are part of the NMC [...]

Happy 75th to the Library Bill of Rights!

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Something to celebrate for all who value intellectual freedom.  ALA’s OIF urges us to share!  (Sorry to be a day belated.) Today we are pleased to commemorate the 75th anniversary of ALA’s adoption of the Library Bill of Rights on June 19, 1939 at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. The document – which is the basis for the [...]

Before you renovate: check out Anne Weaver’s Potter Library renovation journey

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Among the inspiring sessions I attended at EduTECH, was Anne Weaver’s session on Designing the Contemporary Library. I had the opportunity to visit the Potter Library, attend a staff meeting, and watch the action on Destination Day. (Students and staff dressed in outfits representing where they’d most like to be, and so Anne greeted me [...]