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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. […]

Oy yez, Oy Yez, Oh Yay!


Carol Simpson shared this resource on LM_NET earlier this week.  If your middle or high school teachers explore Supreme Court cases with their learners, if you believe in the importance of civics education, you’ll want to share and add Oyez, Oyez, Oh Yay! to your pathfinders.  Even if you’re not in Texas! The Texas State […]

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 […]

But what does it look like? Colorado paints the picture

Becky Russell, School Library Senior Consultant, Colorado Department of Education wrote this week to share an exciting project relating to the State’s retooled Power Library Program. The program and its competencies are closely tied to the newly revised Colorado Academic Standards, which integrate 21st century skills across grade and content area. It is a highly […]

Google Search Education Evangelism


It’s been around since February, but I just discovered Google’s Search Education Evangelism site, a space dedicated to improving the skills of searchers from middle school through adult. For teachers librarians, it’s a rich source of instructional content for use with young learners and with colleagues in professional development. Lessons fit into four categories: General […]

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 […]

I hope you’ll search (with skill): a revised letter to my grads


(It’s that time again.  I was thinking about how sad I am going to be to say goodbye to this year’s senior class, and decided to update a piece I first shared in my April 2009 VOYA column.) A letter to my seniors Each spring I watch another class leave me for the university and […]

AASL Launches Lesson Plan Database


AASL just announced the launch of its Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database, designed to be: a public, online database providing school librarians a fast and user-friendly way to create and share quality lesson plans with their peers. Building on the template provided in Standards for the 21st-Century Learner In Action, the Lesson […]

Moving new tools


Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve worked with my practicum student Jenni to pack up my very messy New Tools Workshop wiki to new, much neater space. (And happily, our Tech Director, Kirsten Swanson, just joined the fun!) It’s not perfectly ready-for-primetime, but I am pretty excited about our new New Tools Guide and […]