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Adobe Slate and other new storytelling platforms

I’ve been in love with the elegance and free-ness of the Adobe Voice app for nearly a year now.  It’s one of the easiest strategies I’ve seen for creating effective video stories.  This week, Adobe introduced an equally elegant tool for digital publishing–for those times you want to tell a non-video story, largely based on […]

Databases: making the case

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Brenda Boyer and I are getting ready for our edWeb webinar on use of subscription databases.  In preparation, we created an infographic you may find useful in promoting databases with teachers and students. Please feel free to use and embed it if you find it helpful. Top reasons to use databases from Joyce Valenza During […]

Anchor charts away!


Anchor charts make learning sticky and visible. By presenting visual reminders of what is being taught, they support instruction and reinforce learning, anchoring or holding it in place. Anchor charts are most effective, and most likely to be used, when they are focused and co-created during instruction, with a class engaged in think-alouds or writing, […]

Five new(ish) presentation and publishing alternatives


PowerPoint is robust and Google Presentations is very sweet for collaboration, but some of us simply crave beautiful new design options for our presentations and publications. Here are four worthy options, and another one about to be born. Canva allows its users to create beautiful slides, posters, Pinterest covers and headers for Facebook and Twitter […]

Shannon’s holiday gifts and Lisa’s very useful printables


Two inspiring/handy ideas came across my network yesterday.   My dear friend, Shannon Miller shared the mashed-up Smore newsletter she is preparing for her students as a holiday gift. When it’s complete, My Teacher Librarian Gave to Me will offer Van Meter families 20 days of awesome library and technology tools and resources. Shannon embeds several Tellagami introductions […]

Fall decorating: a round-up of smart (and free) posters

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Every year, as we move back into our libraries and classrooms, we search for meaningful, inspiring, attractive visuals to fill our display cases, to grace our bulletin boards, to embed on our websites. Many of you have already experienced this, but if not, I must warn you of the dangers of searching Pinterest boards for […]

Recite this for inspiration


I was wondering how folks have been making those simple, little quotation posters that I’ve seen around the Web. Until this morning, my dear friend Shannon Miller, shared Recitethis. Recitethis is a super easy and elegant tool for generating motivational images/posters.  Enter your favorite quote or message and select the most fitting or most attractive design […]

Recording kids’ history as readers


I had to share this wonderful idea from Sarah Mulhern Gross’s recent Infotopia post: Beyond the Book: Infographics of Students’ Reading History!   Sarah, a high school English teacher, was excited about sharing her lesson with the school library community. Sarah describes herself as a book evangelist.  She shared her interest in having students think about some of the books that have affected […]

Checkthis! and other postery stuff


Posters tell stories economically.  And there is no longer a need to share them with thumbtacks. I fell in love with Smore last spring (see Postering with new tools).  We now use it to promote library activities, to create marketing campaigns for sports and club events. Our students return to it often as a visual […]

Infographics: Round 2


We just completed the second go-round of our global infographics project. It’s an opportunity for students to visually represent their research in a way that makes an impact on an audience.  It’s a way for them to practice media literacy, data crunching and communication skills. And, combined with their oral presentations, it’s a way for […]