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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Shares 400,000 High-Res images for us to use!

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Early last month, I wrote about the big news from Getty Images. Last week, Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use—including in scholarly [...]

Google Slides and images news

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Among the reasons I’ve been reluctant to build more of my presentations in Google Slides was, frankly, that working with images in Google Slides was a painful process. But then, collaborating anywhere else is a painful process. This morning I got a sweet little surprise when I began a new preso. The little note said: [...]

Emily’s PLN choice (and my own network rut)

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What teacher doesn’t want to share their most awesome lessons?  Emily is home for Thanksgiving and I’ve never seen her this charged about her teaching before. I’ve never seen her this charged about networking before. What I discovered is that Emily’s PLN journey is very different from mine. Our conversations revealed that I haven’t questioned [...]

PowToon + Katie = even more awesomeness (Updated!)

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I am a big fan of the talented, adorable and slightly wacky author/illustrator/kidlit blogger/podcaster Katie Davis. I am also a big fan of the slightly wacky, digital animation tool PowToon with its cool themes, props, animated characters and transitions. So what happens to the equation when a popular picture book author/illustrator partners with digital, comic-based presentation/video maker platform? [...]

I love these markers! (But it’s not about the markers)

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I discovered Crayola’s Crystal Effects Window Markers purely by accident at Five Below.  No one wanted them as a prize at our Poetry Slam and I am so glad. Last week, my student assistant Amber yawned at the suggestion of book reviews, logo making, working on our website, and other activities that I myself consider [...]

NGA Images Database launches (with Open Access Policy)

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Yesterday, our National Gallery of Art made the following generous announcement that will be of interest to teachers and learners across the disciplines. The National Gallery of Art announces the launch today of NGA Images, a new online resource that revolutionizes the way the public may interact with its world-class collection at http://images.nga.gov. This repository [...]

CLSA Bookstore

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Jane Lofton, librarian at Mira Costa High School, asked me share Jackie Siminitus’ new promotional flyer for the Cafe Press Library Store (cafepress.com/csla). The online store features art donated by book illustrators in support of the new California Campaign for Strong School Libraries. You don’t have to be from California to appreciate and use these [...]

Design tools to die for

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We’re getting a little fussier about the way our stuff looks.  My students and I are coming to the realization that this read/write web thing makes us all not only writers, but designers as well. I am collecting a full range of tools on our New Tools Guide, but I thought I share just a [...]

Meme: Designing the new action figure

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I know the Nancy Pearl Library Action Figure is meant to be tongue in cheek.  I have three in my office–representing both the deluxe and basic variety. I absolutely admire Nancy and her work, but after years of watching visitors try her amazing push-button shushing action, the joke’s worn thin. I know that the folks [...]

Library of the Living Dead!

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Even small academic libraries can be confusing for students. And so, the librarians at the Miller Library at McPherson College developed the super-cool, zombie-rich graphic novel, Library of the Living Dead, as a vehicle for introducing student users to their resources and services. The authors explain their mission, one designed to combat zombie-style research on [...]