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Favorite Portals for Pedagogical Planning (and a new curation tool)


In prepping for my on-campus course this semester I felt the need to freshen up my face-to-face discussion strategies. Digging around, I discovered some fabulous pedagogical portals well worth visiting for educators, both newbie and veteran.  Take a look if you and your partner teachers seek a little inspiration for engaging learners in meaningful conversations […]

On orientation attitude: Two stories, a playlist and a top eleven list

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A couple of years back, I posted a little round-up of Orientation inspiration, gathering ideas from a few friends in the field. This year I find myself collecting creative ideas for my School Library Management class from blogs and tweets coming across my network in the form of an Orientation And Getting Ready For Action […]

Global Oneness Project: free, interdisciplinary instruction and engagement

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If you are seeking to inspire global awareness, critical thinking and student engagement, share the Global Oneness Project with your secondary classroom teacher partners. The Global Oneness Project offers an award-winning, interdisciplinary collection of films, photo essays, and articles exploring cultural, social, and environmental issues. All resources are free and are accompanied by rich standards-aligned lesson plans that […]

CloudSchool a simple and elegant platform for instruction

I recently discovered CloudSchool, incredibly simple (and free) platform for creating and sharing standards-aligned instruction. The teaching space (LMS) allows you and any teacher partners to deliver full courses or individual lessons. The WYSIWYG interface makes it easy to create and publish media-rich lessons, assignments and homework. CloudSchool can also be a platform for professional […]

Kids news round-up

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We are so lucky to have available an array of kid-friendly current event options, rich with instructional resources, and mostly free! Here’s a round-up of some of my favorites. Newsela: This popular site organizes news by theme: War and Peace, Science, Kids, Money, Law, Health, Arts, and Sports.  There’s content written in Spanish. Users can […]

On INFOhio’s light

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I’ve been a long-time fan of the work of INFOhio. Back in November,  at the Treasure Mountain research retreat that preceded AASL Columbus, I met the INFOhio team in person. I was sincerely inspired by their presentation, their energy and their efforts to ensure all Ohio learners have access to the resources to which they […]’s free offerings

I’ll admit it wasn’t on my K12 radar, but at the university one of the most popular resources for teaching and learning and catching up is  Designed to address the training needs of industry, government and education, the service offers professionally produced video with curricula and assessment. While the full curricular/training content for K12 […]

Lesson Flows: app smashing instructional design


I’ve written quite a bit about app smashing, the understanding that it often takes more than one app or tool to effectively accomplish a digital task.  Well, that concept is also true about building instruction these days. How can we better harness and leverage all of those appealing digital tools we discover? CommonSense Media, the […]

Orientation inspiration


You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. And so, each year I find myself  searching for orientation inspiration. Whether it’s your incoming kindergartners, sixth graders, ninth graders or those returning students you already know and love, you’re going to want to welcome them back in a special way.  And you are […]

My three favorite playlist tools


I’ve blogged about them individually before, but this feels like the beginning of a genre of teaching tools. A newish subgenre of curation tools–the playlist–allows us to carefully select, annotate, and sequence all types of media resources for learning. I tell my students that loose-leaf notebooks no longer cut it as containers for research.   Reading […]