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Presidential Primary Sources Project: Free interactive videoconferencing

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The National Park Service, U.S Presidential Libraries, and Museums, the Internet2 community, and cultural and historic organizations nationwide recently announced the schedule for their annual Presidential Primary Source Project (PPSP).  This is a perfect opportunity for librarians to connect teachers and students to memorable experiences that will make history and Presidential politics come alive. This […]

Libraries Ready to Code!

The library is a great place to introduce the ready to code concept because we’re public, we’re free, we’re easily accessible. After School Services Manager (Queens, New York) It’s really not just coding. It is a way of thinking and perceiving and problem-solving. Teacher Librarian (Norman, Oklahoma) When I’m coding… I really feel like I […]

PhotoScan for no-glare, super easy archiving of your old pics!

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Okay, this one may not be for school, but it sure is handy and I will use it to death. I just discovered Google Photo’s new PhotoScan app.  If, like me, you’ve got thousands of family photos in albums in your basement or attic, this may be the perfect holiday activity for the gang. The […]

Truth, truthiness, triangulation: A news literacy toolkit for a “post-truth” world

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We were guaranteed a free press,  We were not guaranteed a neutral or a true press. We can celebrate the journalistic freedom to publish without interference from the state.  We can also celebrate our freedom to share multiple stories through multiple lenses. But it has always been up to the reader or viewer to make […]

UniversityVideos.org: search, transcripts, and automatic clipping!

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I make so many discoveries through my grad students’ Weekly Search News presentations. This week, Emma shared Universityvideos.org. The new free video library, created by the MicroSearch Corporation curates academic videos and the metadata from a vast array of Univerisity YouTube channels, as well as TED and TEDx talks, scientific and cultural institutions like NASA […]

On dot connecting: sharing your whys, what ifs and innovations

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Last week I presented about whys, why nots, what ifs and the nature of innovation. I crowd-sourced part of the presentation, asking some of the most creative colleagues I know if they could easily connect their whys to their innovations. It turns out that was not a challenge. First: What are your whys?  Simon Sinek […]

Changes Ahead for #TLChat–it’s your turn!

(This is slightly edited cross post with Tiffany Whitehead’s Mighty Little Librarian blog.) Seven years ago, our amazing tribe of Teacher Librarians embarked on a journey to deliver much needed professional development on library and technology topics. At the time, there were few such free opportunities to meet this need, so the TL Virtual Cafe […]

Our “bus tour” experiment

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We’ve just concluded an exciting experiment and I am thrilled to share our story. Rutgers MI program, NJASL and the South Brunswick School District partnered this week to offer a School Library Bus Tour. Okay, no buses were actually involved. (Think garden tour.) We simply opened up school libraries representing effective practice and invited students, […]

Play Me a Memory

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Son, can you play me a memory? I’m not really sure how it goes But it’s sad and it’s sweet and I knew it complete When I wore a younger man’s clothes  Billy Joel, Piano Man Every man’s memory is his private literature.  Aldous Huxley Our memories are important. They form the tapestry of our […]

Exploring news visually

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News junkie alert!  Check out IBM Watson’s News Explorer, a fascinating semantic strategy for navigating up-to-the-minute news, and lots of it. News Explorer presents and connects 300,00 articles a day from 70,000 sources including newspapers, radio and Twitter–visualizing this vast textual content into entities and concepts. The application uses Watson’s AlchemyData News API and allows […]