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The kids are curating


We eased into teaching curation, getting our feet wet by introducing it as a search tool a couple of weeks ago. This week we decided to jump in completely and we chose as a platform for curating senior project research. (Decision digression: I went back and forth between and, finally decided on […]

Free stuff from JSTOR


My kiddos are true JSTOR junkies.  They rely on the scholarly database for their research in many areas, but particularly in history and lit crit. Alas, not every high school can squeeze this subscription into their budgets.  But cheer up, young historians and scholars . . . Earlier this week, JSTOR announced that they are […]

ERIC gets social (5 new ways to do ed research)


While many of us weren’t watching, ERIC, the granddaddy of education research, has grown a lot more social.  As we prepare for a fall filled with professional development, it might be a good idea to share some of ERIC’s new coolness with the faculty. In case you never had the pleasure . . . Sponsored […]

Which style?

photo © 2008 Ethan Lofton | more info (via: Wylio) Our district is exploring the most prevalent documentation style at the university level. And I am also curious about which styles are used most broadly at the K12 level. So I thought I’d do a little survey and report the results here in a couple […]

On tearing down information walls.

photo © 2006 Laura Chifiriuc | more info (via: Wylio)It’s been a tough week.  I lost two friends. One of those deaths is relevant here. Niki reached out to me several years ago, a year after her brain tumor diagnosis. She needed a librarian to help her get to documents and emerging research findings that […]

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 […]

Mr. Database Man (a proof of concept)

This spring, I asked a few of my always game filmmakers to create a series of proof-of-concept films to promote the use of databases across industry and brand.  Maya, who is looking forward to a marketing career, delivered one of their products just as the school year ended.  It stars Matt as Mr. Database Man. […]

Alas, poor learners . . .your Wonder Wheel is Gone!


Gary Price’s SearchEngineLand post says it’s official: Google’s Wonder Wheel is dead. According to Gary: The spokesperson said that the search tool was removed due to the “initial stage” of the Google site redesign announced earlier this week.  The new search interface features a smaller logo and links moved to the top and bottom edges […]

Everyone is talking apps, but . .


At ISTE11 everyone is talking about powerful apps for learning. Apps for creating art and music and for publishing.  Remarkable apps for special education.   And apps for research. Educators here are discussing the powerful role mobile devices and apps can play in student research.  But no one is talking about library apps. No one […]

The FBI opens its Vault


Holy primary sources!  Make sure you add this one to your history and primary source pathfinders! The FBI recently launched The Vault, its new electronic reading room, containing more than 3,000 documents that have been scanned from paper into digital copies so you can read them in the comfort of your home or office. New […]