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Expanding the universe of the book

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Last week, I attended Laura Fleming’s session on Storytelling in the Digital Age at the West Essex WeTech Conference.  Laura’s talk updated her 2010 Edutopia post, A Primer on Interactive Books. For Laura, it is all about the story and how we experience it.  She contends: Many children expect a different reading experience now.  And [...]

Big news from Getty Images

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Getty Images’ new embed tool is huge news for those of us who look for great images to use in teaching, digital storytelling and presentation. Why huge? We’re talking 35 million photographs. Up until right now, over the course of years, some folks paid serious money for the use of this art.  Other folks have [...]

Rethinking library with Carolyn and Shannon

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If you were busy doing anything else last night, lucky for you this particular TLCafé was archived.  (Well, they all are.) But, last night Shannon Miller and Carolyn Foote were truly inspirational as they discussed their own experiences and shared images about rethinking and improving the space we call library.  Tiffany Whitehead moderated expertly. Our [...]

The GPO expands free eBook access

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Earlier this week, the US Government Printing Office announced the expansion of its ebook program to increase public access to government publications. Though the initial release was limited to 100 titles, the plan is to make new titles available each month free of charge. The public, and that includes students and teachers, will now have full-text [...]

Summer SYNC Line-up announced

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SYNC is back.  So make sure your favorite kiddos have their ear-buds ready for reading this summer.  Please also share this news with your favorite teachers. Beginning on May 15, the SYNC program, associated with the Audiobook Community, will offer teens weekly selections of free digital audiobooks pairings.  Each audiobook pair consists of a current [...]

Cardwiki: simple and adaptive

I recently heard from Michael Bollinger and Max Holnaicher, a couple of German university students who developed Cardwiki, a simple, collaborative flashcard study tool.  They created it for themselves at first.  Michael shared some background: Max studies in Warwick (Management) and I study at LSE, University of London (Accounting with Law). It made no sense [...]

Strategies for moving from online to networked learning: background & a round-up

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There’s a world of difference between online learning and networked learning. I taught my first online course back in 2001. Back in 2012, when I returned to the LMS (learning management system) or CMS (course management system) after eleven years, I realized that not much had changed inside the course management system, while changes outside [...]

buncee.edu for easy and adorable storytelling

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I heard about bunceeEDU a few weeks back from a few PLN tweets and directly from my good buddy, Shannon Miller. I’m kinda falling in love with both its usefulness, drag-and-drop easiness, and its serious adorableness.  The Edublogs Award finalist is an easy fit for digital storytelling and scrapbooking, flipping, presenting,  marketing, and for communicating [...]

Storyboardthat and a comic/storyboarding round-up

StoryboardThat is a relatively new tool that offers an attractive, inexpensive option for creating simple cartoon outlines. I’ve been playing with the free plan that allows for three free saves per day and I love the easy drag-and-drop storyboard creator with the libraries of more than 325 characters, 225 scenes, 45,000 searchable images and the [...]

Tellitmyway: the oral tradition meets Reddit

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If you are looking for an authentic strategy for inspiring student writing, and if you are interested in exploring a living, breathing example of the oral tradition in the digital age, give Tellimyway a try. In fact, the new non-profit site that calls itself the world’s first simulation of oral storytelling in cyberspace invites storytellers [...]