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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 […]

BrainPop Game(s)Up the election


At the ISLMA Conference last week, Lisa Perez of Chicago Public Schools shared  BrainPop’s election resources (free through Election Day) and its new GameUp features, that she has found valuable in gamifying professional development with the librarians in her district. Although because of Sandy we are without power at home and school, the kind folks […]

The LC does CCSS


Earlier this week, the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog, announced that it has made its already fabulous  teaching resources–designed to inspire analysis, critical thinking, and the value of working with primary sources–more findable for teachers by aligning them to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). It’s all free and available through a new […]

Rutgers’ RIOT & other infolit tutorials


Rutgers University’s RIOT (Research Information Online Tutorial) is a sweet suite of five animated and interactive information literacy modules. Our friendly host Kate is just about to graduate from library school and needs to train you to take her tutoring position in the library.  You’ll have to  help some animated college students with a series […]

On teaching digital citizens


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 […]

Infotention and digital citizenship

Confessions: I used to be smarter. I used to be a better friend. I used to be able to get more done. I think the same may be true of my students. Sherry Turkle, MIT professor and author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other, describes the research […]

Google launches a MOOC for learning search


Need a little retooling of your search skills?  Want to learn some new strategies for teaching search? The folks at the Google booth here at ISTE, just led me to their new free online searching course.  Registration for Power Searching with Google, a short course on becoming a great internet searcher opens today. The MOOC […]