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New from AASL: Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

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I am in San Diego for ISTE and I missed the live excitement, but for the fourth year, AASL just announced its Top 25 Websites for Teacher and Learning. These sites were selected because they foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and [...]

YALSA’s Teen Book Finder App (love it!)

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Quick, before the school year ends, share this app with your teens and maybe their parents. Quick, before the school year ends, download this app yourself.  You’re going to want to start using the genre search to support readers’ advisory tomorrow!!! YALSA just introduced its Teen Book Finder for iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad.  (An [...]

Quixey and other app finding tools

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I am adding another search engine to my search toolkit. Quixey has been around since 2009, but it’s new to me.  The search was designed to solve a problem – millions of apps were being created, but there was no simple way to find them. App discovery was limited to categories, top ten lists, directories [...]

Hooray, we’re mobile! Our new app.

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A couple of weeks ago, I shared my intense desire to become an app.  To ensure that our library was a portable and accessible as my learners’ favorite game.  Here’s a peek at our first attempt. So, we used a trial version of LibGuides Mobile Site Builder as our platform.  (I also played around with [...]

‘Tis the season for lists (and I love it!)

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It begins around Thanksgiving each year. We reflect on what we learned, what we tried, what we loved, what we abandoned.  I thought I’d share a few of those early bird lists and a couple of opportunities for you to contribute to the list making yourself! Each year I look forward to Jane Hart’s list. [...]

APPitic: a learning app directory

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I just discovered APPitic, a super cool directory of more than 1300 apps for education, selected by a team of four Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs), who tested the apps with a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings. I love the way this is organized. Browse for relevant learning apps using pull-down [...]

Kathy’s bloomin’ iPad

Thank you, Kathy Schrock, for creating this lovely new chart of free, content neutral apps aligned with levels and verbs suggested by the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy.  So much to explore! Kathy’s work is inspired by Andrew Churches’ Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy blog and Leslie Owen Wilson’s Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy.  To recommend additional apps, visit the form [...]

Embedit.in

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Every once in a while you discover an app that simply and quietly makes your life just a little easier.  An app that ought to be on your virtual Swiss Army knife of apps.  Aviary, Zamzar, Picnik come easily to mind.  I could gush about them all day long. Recently I added Embedit.in to that [...]

Everyone is talking apps, but . .

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At ISTE11 everyone is talking about powerful apps for learning. Apps for creating art and music and for publishing.  Remarkable apps for special education.   And apps for research. Educators here are discussing the powerful role mobile devices and apps can play in student research.  But no one is talking about library apps. No one [...]

Moving new tools

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Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve worked with my practicum student Jenni to pack up my very messy New Tools Workshop wiki to new, much neater space. (And happily, our Tech Director, Kirsten Swanson, just joined the fun!) It’s not perfectly ready-for-primetime, but I am pretty excited about our new New Tools Guide and [...]