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Kudos Wall: for building that first portfolio

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We build portfolios in school. We use tools like Seesaw and Easy Portfolio.  And yet, the onus is usually on the teacher or the librarian to get the ball rolling and sustain the efforts across grade levels. I wonder if the kids themselves get invested in the importance of safely beginning to build a footprint.  […]

Allsides: Curating diverse perspectives (or looking at news from most sides now)

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Free people from filter bubbles so they can better understand the world and each other. AllSides.com mission It’s a search tool. It’s a conversation opener. It’s a bubble burster. Though I just discovered it, the news aggregator AllSides has been around for around four years as a platform that curates and uses crowd-sourcing technology to […]

MLA Style Center Launches with Sample Papers and a Practice Template

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Back in April, I wrote about the publication of MLA’s 8th edition and its significant shift in focus (Shifting into 8th (On MLA’s new edition). The simplified approach is a response to the increasing mobility of digital texts and to what Tim Parks calls “an element of fetishism” that has “perhaps crept into what was […]

LinkedIn: an underused K12 search tool?

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For a variety of reasons, filters included, social search tools are underused in schools. We usually encourage use of our subscription databases and share effective strategies for leveraging search engines like Google, but in my experience, Twitter, Scoop.it, Pinterest and other tools also offer rich opportunities for learning, discovery, sharing and searching. While LinkedIn is […]

Newseum Education’s Digital Classroom

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The Newseum in Washington, DC has long been one of my favorite places to take students. The interactive museum, dedicated to media and journalism, now offers a Digital Classroom and you’ll want to add it to your go-to spaces for high quality, standards-based, document-driven instruction. Focused on historical inquiry, media literacy, critical thinking, document analysis, […]

Mt. Alvernia: the journey to iCentre

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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 […]

Fall decorating: a round-up of smart (and free) posters

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Every year, as we move back into our libraries and classrooms, we search for meaningful, inspiring, attractive visuals to fill our display cases, to grace our bulletin boards, to embed on our websites. Many of you have already experienced this, but if not, I must warn you of the dangers of searching Pinterest boards for […]

New tools for balancing and enhancing digital identities

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Everything you do now ends up in your permanent record. The best plan is to overload Google with a long tail of good stuff and to always act as if you’re on Candid Camera, because you are.  Seth Godin, Permanent Branding in the Age of Google I think a lot about the fact that so […]

On teaching digital citizens

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This We the Citizens Poster is just one element of the new Introduction To Digital Citizenship Starter Kit, a collaboration between Edmodo and Common Sense Media. Though the activities are specifically designed for students interacting on the Edmodo social networking platform, lessons are easily adapted for other online communities.  The kit includes five modules designed […]