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Check123 Video Encyclopedia

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Sometimes you just need a little video to act as a hook, to activate prior learning, to get kiddos up to speed, to engage. You search the usual video platforms and sift through lists of noisy results. Check123 Video Encyclopedia is a promising solution. The social video platform curates more than 20,000 from all over […]

SLJ’s Innovator Basecamp

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I am just home from Boston where I attended SLJ’s inaugural Innovator Basecamp. Don’t get me wrong. I love attending conferences where I see my dear friends, some of whom I grew up with as a baby librarian. But yesterday, when I asked how many of the participants in my morning session were new librarians, nearly […]

Canva: Those templates rock!

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My buddies know that Canva is one of my true desert-island digital tools. I’ve long loved the tutorials, the photo editor, the color palette generator, the font combinations matchmaker, and all those lovely images and templates for banners and that staggeringly huge library of graphic elements. And while I’ve use so many of those millions […]

Battle summer slump with two programs: Summer Sparks and SYNC

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Looking for a way to beat the summer reading slump?  Check out these two programs to help kids of all ages keep their reading going all summer long.   1. Summer Sparks Classroom teachers and librarians are invited to join our friends Buncee and Capstone Publishing in their first Summer Sparks Reading Contest designed to […]

ClassHook for finding that perfect clip in record time

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I am always searching YouTube for that perfect clip to open a lesson or to illustrate a point in a presentation. And, if I remember a moment from a movie or a television show, searching for that video to cue that specific clip, if that video exists online, presents yet another challenge. Clip searching is a colossal […]

The New Google Earth 9

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Google recently released a serious redesign of Google Earth for both Web (Chrome) and Android and it now packs even more learning punch. (Versions for iOS and other browsers are in the works.) Google Earth 9 invites users to explore stunning 3D maps of random and selected locations, view curated video content, and to choose […]

JSTOR Text Analyzer

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JSTOR Labs recently announced Text Analyzer.  If you have access to the JSTOR database, you’ll want share this new search strategy with your students and faculty. Upload or drag a document–an article, a Google document, a paper you are writing, a PDF or even an image–into what JSTOR is calling its magic box, and Text Analyzer will analyze it to […]

HyperDocs and the teacher librarian

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The concept of HyperDocs is spreading all over edtech land. HyperDocs are perfect opportunities to grow teacher librarian/ classroom teacher partnerships. A true extension of what TLs do or should be doing in a hyperlinked information landscape, HyperDocs are all about curation and collaboration,  instruction based on engaged inquiry, as well as our mission to […]

Kudos Wall: for building that first portfolio

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We build portfolios in school. We use tools like Seesaw and Easy Portfolio.  And yet, the onus is usually on the teacher or the librarian to get the ball rolling and sustain the efforts across grade levels. I wonder if the kids themselves get invested in the importance of safely beginning to build a footprint.  […]

Launching #tlmatch: for connecting with that special other librarian

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What if we considered some new equations? At a recent webinar the subject of opening our library walls came up. It often does. The subject of equations came up as well. I love the idea of considering our reach as librarians without borders. Of considering how we might connect our learners in meaningful inquiry beyond the […]