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Mt. Alvernia: the journey to iCentre


I am nearing the end of my visit to Australia where I was honored to speak and offer a MasterClass at EduTECH 2014.  Among the nine strands offered was the K12 Library Managers Congress where I met and reconnected with movers and shakers who are rethinking library, engaging learners, and inspiring each other.  I hope […]

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 […]

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 […]

TLNews Night: On student voice

Last night I attended the Special Spring Break Edition of TL News Night featuring some of the amazing men of libraryland: Andy Plemmons, Shannon Thompson Stacy Ford and Dhaivyd Hilgendorf.  Sherry Gick and Nikki Robertson moderated. The conversation focused on student voice. And it was pretty darn special, with practical, engaging, inexpensive and sticky learning […] for easy and adorable storytelling

Create your Buncee | Buncee - Your Creation and Presentation tool Simplified 2014-02-15 14-46-52

I heard about bunceeEDU a few weeks back from a few PLN tweets and directly from my good buddy, Shannon Miller. I’m kinda falling in love with both its usefulness, drag-and-drop easiness, and its serious adorableness.  The Edublogs Award finalist is an easy fit for digital storytelling and scrapbooking, flipping, presenting,  marketing, and for communicating […]

On being more genius


I’ve been thinking a lot more about the notion of Genius Hour since Matthew and Sherry shared their plan for GeniusCon with me at AASL. I woke up to the New Year to discover Susan Oxnevad’s inspiring post and 6th grade teacher Chris Kesler’s Genius Hour site and his explanation: Everything about the Genius Hour model […]

The first ever (?) cell phone carnival!


Last week, Tammy Pirmann and our STEM 1 Class hosted, what we think, may be the first ever Cell Phone Carnival. Tammy, K12 Coordinator for Computer Science, is also our high school STEM teacher. The curriculum for her two mixed-grade classes called for a Rube Goldberg-type of machine as the students’ first project.   But […]

Media Breaker–for talking back (and teaching fair use)

Encouraging students to celebrate and use the rich portals of the ever-growing Creative Commons movement to find copyright-friendly media is an instructional no-brainer. Teaching students how and when to flex their fair use muscles–how to decide when their use of copyrighted media is truly transformative–is a greater challenge.  But it is a challenge we must […]

School of Open opens


School of Open Project Showcase from Creative Commons on Vimeo. As teacher librarians, we need to be aware of major shifts in the intellectual property arena. We need to be experts on the exciting developments in the culture of openness.  And we need to prepare classroom teachers and digital age learners for similar understandings of […]

on Creativity and testing and poetry


Yesterday, I was touched when I read a letter by a retiring principal in Diane Ravitch’s blog. In his letter to parents, Don Sternberg (Wantagh Elementary, Long Island, NY), shared that he felt he was abandoning my students at a time that they might need my voice the most. Sternberg writes of his concern that […]