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Free-range scanning

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The other day my desktop printer/scanner decided it would no longer scan. Panicked, I wondered if I could simply take a picture of the page I needed with my smartphone camera. That sorta worked, but the text didn’t look as clear as I hoped it would, so I searched the app store for options. That’s [...]

QR Codes for (y)our Apps

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I am on a serious mission to push our library out onto the platforms my kiddos love most–their phones, and to a lesser extent, their tablets.  I so want our library to be in the pockets. As I finished preparing our QR code handout, it occurred to me that most of the codes, in fact [...]

YALSA Teen Book Finder App, updated

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YALSA’s Teen Book Finder is one of my favorite apps.  I recommend it to my high school students and I/we often take it to the shelves on our iPhones, iPods or iPads for inspiration connected to YALSA’s recommended titles.   Good news.  This week, YALSA launched an updated version of the free app that now includes titles [...]

Graphite: the new educator/consumer guide for ed tech tools

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One of my favorite discoveries at ISTE was Graphite. Launched by Common Sense Media, the nonprofit known by parents, teachers and librarians for its high quality, nonpartisan reviews and its popular Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum, Graphite promises to be the go-to platform for helping teachers make sense of an exponentially evolving number of digital [...]

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning 2013

AASL Top 25 Websites Committee

Here in Chicago, AASL’s Best Websites for Teaching & Learning Committee just released its standards-aligned 2013 list. (Don’t miss AASL’s inaugural, Best Apps For Teaching and Learning list, also just released at ALA!) Sites and tools are selected  because they engage users through innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. Honored websites, tools, and resources will provide exceptional value [...]

Google Drive’s new very appy Create menu

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It’s just a little easier to find your apps these days and to discover and connect to new ones. On Friday Google announced a new feature in its Drive interface.  The Create menu now expands to list a lovely variety of  third-party Drive-connected apps.  These apps may now be conveniently added to your Create menu [...]

Get ready for the Smackdown!

On Monday, December 3rd at 8PM Eastern, TLCafé hosts our 2nd annual Smackdown/Open Mic night.  Please plan on visiting or participating! You don’t have to be a librarian to play.  We welcome classroom teachers, tech directors, administrators, enthusiastic partners of every persuasion! I’ll be sharing my trend list and some of my favorite discoveries and [...]

MentorMob and me

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One of the new tools I discovered at ISTE was MentorMob, a tool for curating and collaborating on learning playlists. I’ve since been test-driving the heck out of it as I develop the new online course I’ll be adjuncting this fall. Here’s a learning playlist for my Module on credibility.  (I’m going to be eliminating [...]

Beeclip EDU: scrapbooking for schools

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We’ve used digital scrapbooking tools for creatively exploring the lives of historical events and figures using primary sources, for creating portfolios, and for presenting research projects. But I’ve been on the lookout for a scrapbooking tool that really works for school. The ones we’ve used the past couple of years have been a little clunky, a [...]

Mightybell: a platform for curation, conversation & group learning

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Mightybell on Vimeo. My network has been buzzing recently about the new social learning space, Mightybell–a place to create groups with friends around what interests you. Launched by Ning co-founder and former CEO Gina Bianchini, Mightybell allows users to get a network up and running and customized (for free) in just a few minutes.  Gina [...]