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With great power comes great responsibility. So advises Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben. In a blog post Henry Jenkins re-imagines Peter/Spiderman as a case study representing a whole generation of youth who, like Peter, are deploying new media technologies and the processes associated with them to develop a clearer understanding of themselves and their place in […]

Protecting your reputation online: 4 things you need to know


A few days back, Mashable shared this infographic on e-reputation management. The very same advice digital marketing firm KBSD offers adults can be applied to high school students. College admissions officers, internship supervisors, and first employers are likely looking at our students’ personal profiles and social networking images and content to discover both their positive […]

On Why Johnny Can’t Search (with shout-outs to Francey & Buffy!)

This month Clive Thompson addressed Why Johnny Can’t Search in November’s Wired.  He also pointed to the importance of librarians teaching Johnny critical search skills. Thompson reported on research conducted by College of Charleston business professor Bing Pan, designed to assess college students’ search skills. Pan and his team found that the students generally relied on […]

On growing “knowledge citizens”

I love the phrase: knowledge citizen! I just watched Howard Rheingold’s interview with Pierre Levy, collective intelligence guru. Here’s the exchange (at around 11:50) that clarified for me what happened this week as our kids discovered curation as a search tool and a a strategy for knowledge building.   We are working on growing knowledge citizens. […]

Truth, Lies, and the Internet


Truth, Lies and the Internet, a just-published report from the British think-tank Demos, shares that, despite their feelings of efficacy, young people are not careful, discerning users of the Internet. Researchers Jamie Bartlett and Carl Miller reviewed current literature and conducted an online survey of 509 primary and secondary school teachers in England and Wales […]

Curation tools & the databases


I am getting ready to make two cases with my learners in the coming week. One is my usual advice about carefully selecting sources and making use of the riches we provide in terms of our subscription databases. The other will be the importance of new strategies for curation, both for school research and for […]

InfoLit instruction: a few good portals


As we open our library doors–both virtual and physical–this fall, we are less alone than ever.  Librarians (and others) are sharing when it comes to info lit learning activities. I’ve been trying to aggregate some of my favorites in this Guide.  And with the understanding that the best infolit instruction is integrated infolit instruction, I’ll […]

On keeping up with search


During my presentations I always try to provide a little update on the world of search.  And folks often ask, how did you discover that? One of several things that separates TLs from other techie types in our buildings is our interest in things searchy.  I want to function as a scout in that arena. […]

Newswordy: building context for media


I’ll be sharing Newswordy with my social studies and English teachers this fall.  The sites presents a useful strategy for increasing vocabulary, promoting  understanding of breaking news, and developing critical thinking around the media. Each day, Newswordy identifies buzzwords–words used by the media and pundits, words that we don’t often use in everyday conversation These […]

Mashpedia and Zomobo, the real back story in realtime search


I’m a Mashpedia fan. I’ve been a fan since back in April 2010, when I first posted about its coolness for aggregating real-time content and its availability in multiple languages.  Since then I’ve been sharing it with my students and gushing about its value at conferences. So I was intrigued when I discovered Zomobo this […]