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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 […]

You’re gonna want to share ShareMyLesson


The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) recently partnered with Britain’s TES Connect to create the ShareMyLesson portal, featuring content developed by teachers, for teachers, with a significant emphasis on resources on implementing the new Common Core State Standards. The free site promises to be the go-to online community where teachers of students K through 12 […]

Aren’t we already the “digital literacy corps”?


I asked Fran Bullington, fabulous blogger and media specialist from South Carolina, if she’d allow me to share the post she wrote yesterday in response to Matt Ricthel’s New York Times piece, Wasting Time is New Divide in Digital Era. The article pointed to studies pointing to a new divide–that children of poverty spend more […]

Flip this lesson! (a TED-Ed update)


I talked about the launch of TED-Ed back in March.  The project, designed to inspire high school students with mind-altering video lessons presented by master teachers and amplified by talented artists, has grown way more collaborative and even more powerful for learning. The second phase of the initiative allows registered teachers to create and share […]

TED-Ed video portal launches


Right now,  there is a gifted educator somewhere out there delivering a life-changing lesson. The TED-Ed team hopes that anyone who is passionate about education will help us find that teacher, capture that moment, and amplify it the way that it deserves to be amplified. The folks at TED just announced a new initiative to […]