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Zeen for digital magazine creation

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In shopping around for a meaningful new way for students to publish their discoveries around Hamlet quotes and themes, I came upon Zeen. A free, new platform, still in beta, Zeen allows users to curate text, video, images, and links into beautiful digital magazines, using a lovely variety of themes, fonts, colors Developed by YouTube [...]

My secret search/curating weapon

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When it comes to search, your favorite search engine and your favorite databases may not necessarily be the right places to launch inquiry. And when it comes to curating, I’ve recently discovered I don’t have to do it all myself.  I do not have the knowledge, or power, or talents, or time. Neither do you. [...]

RebelMouse squeaks to me

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I’m getting a little bit hooked on RebelMouse. A bit of hybrid–a little bit Pinterest, a little bit Paper.li, a little bit Flipboard, a little bit Tumblr–RebelMouse first squeaked this summer, and now appears to be breeding prolifically . Founder Paul Berry, the former CTO of HuffPo, calls this new curation/aggregation/newspaper publishing tool, your social [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Coming soon: eduClipper!

My good buddy Adam Bellow (aka eduTecher), announced the launch of his new clipboard curation service for education at ISTE last week and I am excited. Finally an easy curation tool with an educational focus!  I am picturing Pinterest on steriods, without the shoes.  School-friendly and student-safe. EduClipper will allow teachers and students to clip [...]

Discussing the future of the textbook. Add your voice!

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Despite a stupid broken knee, I’ve found a way to get down to Silver Spring, MD tomorrow for Discovery Education’s Beyond the Textbook Forum. I am honored to be among a small group of teachers and thinkers I truly admire, but I am conscious of the fact that Karen (my dear generous friend and driver) [...]

Searcheeze, please rethink your nasty approach

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This morning I was excited to discover the beta of Searcheeze, which appears to be an easy cool tool for collaborative curating. But I watched the intro video and went into a not-so-quiet tirade. Here’s how it starts: Search. It’s quite interesting how the meaning of the word “search” has been subjected to change in [...]

Curation, the musical!

I asked some of my kiddos and my music teacher colleague, Monica Femovich, to help me explain our very new efforts in teaching curation.  Usually game for anything Glee-ish, our singer/actors brilliantly and generously created an introduction I can use for instruction and in upcoming workshops. This may be the first song about digital curation. [...]

Our YA Lit LibGuide (a guest post from Chrissy)

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My big goal for the year is to promote reading.  So I asked my practicum student, Chrissy Sirianni, to use my BookLeads wiki as an inspiration and add her own special curating touch to create a YA Lit Guide.  And then I asked her to reflect on her work: I was thrilled when Joyce suggested [...]