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In PLN news #1: Jennifer’s PLN Starter Kit

Thanks, Jennifer LaGarde, for pulling together a wonderful PLN Starter Kit. Jennifer described the need to crowdsource such a tool in yesterday’s Adventures of Library Girl post. About a month ago I asked you to help me create a “PLN Starter Kit” – a resource for educators who are ready to start building a Personal [...]

Mightybell: a platform for curation, conversation & group learning

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Mightybell on Vimeo. My network has been buzzing recently about the new social learning space, Mightybell–a place to create groups with friends around what interests you. Launched by Ning co-founder and former CEO Gina Bianchini, Mightybell allows users to get a network up and running and customized (for free) in just a few minutes.  Gina [...]

#highschoolchat: Help Erin raise the student voice!

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It’s tough to make a hashtag sticky.  Especially if you are a high school junior. So I hope you will share this with your own students who want to share their voices. A while back I introduced you to Erin (@talkabouths).  She’s one of those students who is passionate about raising her own voice.  She [...]

The new Pew on social networking: Regarding teens and kindness and cruelty

A report released this week from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, in partnership with the Family Online Safety Institute, with the support of Cable in the Classroom, explores Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites. Based on seven focus groups with teens and a nationally representative survey of nearly 800 [...]

It was Shannon!

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The article Casting a Wide Net for Mentors appeared on the front page of Tuesday’s USA Today.  (Here’s the link to the online version.) The article begins: Julia Albaugh’s high school in Van Meter, Iowa didn’t have a course that would teach her about marketing and public relations.  So a librarian in the school helped [...]

Guide for TLs (and on curating digital content)

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Lately I’ve been reading a bit about digital content curation, also referred to as human editorial curation or aggregation.  I think we’ve been doing this type of work for a long time in the form of widget-based pathfinders, but now folks seem to be talking about it. In a recent Mashable post, blogger, author, and [...]

INFOdocket and FullTextReports

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Gary Price alerts me. I’ve been following his work as editor of ResourceShelf for more than ten years   Now, he and his scouting and writing partner Shirl Kennedy, continue to feed me tasty information leads, in two new information spaces:  INFOdocket and FullTextReports Still shy of two-months old, these prodigious infant sites are engaged in [...]

A great guide for newbie social educators

Michael Zimmer (@MZimmer557), a Technology Integration Specialist in Western Kentucky, shares Tools for the 21st Century Teacher, a wonderful little e-guidebook offering a basic introduction to most things social media and discussion about how they may be effectively integrated into instruction.  Among the many tools covered are Twitter, Diigo, Prezi, Evernote, Wallwisher, Skype. I am [...]

For newbies: Just Heart the (#) Hashtag!

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Looking back at the past year, when I consider my favorite source for leads for professional learning and growth, Twitter has clearly been my first alert system.  It’s the place I go to when I need to take the pulse of what’s going on in the intersection of worlds I belong to. Judging from the [...]

A flake-free future :-(

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There’s no free lunch.  Don’t keep all your eggs in one basket. Always back up your work. I should have learned those lessons years ago. But when PageFlakes died and came back and died again over the past couple of weeks, I was devastated.  Right now, the site seems most sincerely dead. I loved Pageflakes [...]