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Tool literacy as a new process

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I’ve been thinking a bit about the notion of app smashing and the way we introduce learning challenges in our classrooms and libraries.  And I am thinking there’s a thinking process going on that we’re not thinking about nearly enough.             The Evolution of the Desk by Best Reviews Introducing […]

Google Slides Q&A and the laser pointer

When you are presenting or teaching, it helps to know what your audience is thinking.  A little while back I gathered a little round-up of interactive presentation tools. This week, Google Slides announced a very handy new feature. Slides Q & A allows presenters to accept questions and vote them up or down during a […]

Literacy through the arts (and a mother’s digression)

“You don’t have to be an art teacher to include the arts in your classroom or to encourage children to think about the arts.” Emily Valenza believes there are many engaging ways all educators can make thinking visible, rethink assessment and critique, and make critical connections across artificial disciplinary boundaries. I am pretty darn excited […]

A letter of support

It’s hard to make sense of the current climate for school libraries. In some areas, school districts recognize our value and are struggling to find the best qualified, well-prepared professionals to fill multiple positions. I get letters and see postings seeking excellent candidates nearly every day.  In other areas, library programs are being cut because […]

Smore’s New Educator Hive

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Many of us rely on Smore for student projects, for our flyers, announcements to parents, instruction and more.  Many of us love it for its super-low, truly accessible learning curve. This week, the folks at Smore introduced The Educator Hive.  The Hive currently features more than 450 flyer and newsletter templates shared by other educators […]

Act now: Important IAL funding news from the DOE!

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An ALA District Dispatch post by Kevin Maher yesterday, shared an important clarification from the Department of Education regarding the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program. The notice in the Federal Register shared that 50 percent of all grant funds, more than $13 million, are reserved for use by school libraries serving high need LEAs. […]

Shifting into 8th (On MLA’s new edition)

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MLA just released the 8th Edition of its Handbook.  And, there are some key changes between MLA 7 and MLA 8 in this fresh look at documenting sources that you will need to note! I chatted with Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Associate Executive Director and Director of Scholarly Communications at MLA. She shared: Our hope for the […]

#READTransformed: remixing the celebrity poster

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Perhaps it’s an inside librarian joke, but I so love this idea. I think it was Topeka Library that started the #READTransformed meme. If you’ve collected ALA’s Celebrity READ posters in your library, your students and faculty may just jump on board to help you reinterpret and remix these classics. So, pick a hero. Strike […]

On magazine covers and media literacy

Whether they are composed of photographs or illustrations, magazine covers are one of many examples of media offering candidates free coverage.  They are also carefully constructed media messages ripe for closer reading and deconstruction to further our students’ digital, visual and political literacies. In his recent article in MiddleWeb, media literacy expert and consultant Frank […]

It’s about time: a round-up of time-lining tools

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Timelines are a perfect tool for inquiry projects. They force students to see contexts; to make critical decisions about relative importance; to make connections among people, events and movements; to visualize history and processes; to discover patterns and sequences; to examine cause and effect; and to juxtapose content from across disciplines and media. We now […]