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Close Poetry Month with the NYT Poetry in Prose

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If you cling April because it is National Poetry Month, here’s an activity to make the last week a special one.  You can use it to create a spontaneous slam. This week, The New York Times allows you to uncover poetry in prose.  This blackout poetry activity, popularized by writer/artist Austin Kleon, encourages readers to [...]

OpenEd: an umbrella OER search and LMS

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As a librarian, I’ve been collecting and curating OER portals for teachers for years now.  I think it’s time to stop. OpenEd  is doing a far better job. When Adam Blum tried to help his struggling son master standards-aligned academic content with the help of free, online educational videos, he found the current search tools [...]

Vellum for flipping Twitter

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This week, The New York Times publicly launched Vellum, an experiment that creates a reading layer over your Twitter feed and flips its focus. Vellum focuses on the shared content of a tweet, treating shared links, with their full titles and descriptions, as primary content and tweeted commentary as secondary content. Links are ranked by how [...]

Celebrating the news from Vermont!

During National Library Month, it’s so lovely to celebrate a victory for children and that the hard work of advocacy can pay off. VSLA President, Denise Wentz, just wrote to share the following great news in advance of my visit to the the Vermont Dynamic Learning Landscapes Conference. I am very happy to finally announce [...]

Preso.tv

presotv

Preso.tv is a free, sweet, little tool that will allow you to easily present/broadcast your slideshows, pdfs, docs on desktop and mobile or projector screens at the same time. No registration required. Upload a presentation and get a short URL to share. Your presentation may be viewed on any device with a Chrome, Safari, Microsoft [...]

ds106 Assignment Bank

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For years, I’ve been a fan of Alan Levine’s (@cogdog) 50 Ways to Tell a Digital Story and his groundbreaking, open kick-butt DS106 (digital storytelling) course. I recently rediscovered the DS106 Assignment Bank and I see it as a truly inspiring resource for inspiring K12 creativity. This collection presents an array of options for student [...]

Booktrack for amplifying story

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Booktrack is a new, free platform designed to encourage readers to immerse themselves in their readings by accompanying digital texts with movie-style soundtracks. Booktrack Classroom offers a library of public domain books to which soundtracks have already been added.  Students may opt to create their own soundtracks content they’ve authored themselves. And teachers may create [...]

Are you teaching kids to curate?

Hi folks, Brenda Boyer, Della Curtis and I are finishing up our upcoming ALA book project on curation and there’s a missing piece we need your help with. We’d like to know about how librarians (and classroom teachers) are teaching students to perform digital curation.  What tools are you using? How is student curation integrated [...]

Newsreel heaven! British Pathé post 90,000 Historical Films on YouTube

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It’s almost #toogoodtobetrue The week, British Pathé, turned its archive of more than 90,000 historical films (or 3500 hours) over to YouTube.  This rich collection of captioned newsreels and documentaries spans the 1890s through the early years of the 21st century.  With coverage ranging from fashion to warfare and sport to travel it should be [...]

SLJ’s two new awards: School Librarian of the Year Award and Build Something Bold!

Announcing SLJs 2014 School Librarian of the Year Award: Could It Be You?

I am so embarrassed to have missed these announcement, and I want to make sure that others do not! SLJ just announced two new awards that are ripe pickings for so many of you! 1. School Librarian of the Year! You know who you are.  I urge you to nominate yourself. School Library Journal has launched [...]