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PLN news: TLChatLive & our new TLChat Community


On Monday, December 10th (2nd Monday of the month), the topic for our live TLChat was Supporting Teachers with the Common Core. In case you missed this nearly overwhelming share festival, visit the archive of nearly 500 tweets. Here’s a little summary of a few of my favorites: @NikkiDRobertson: TLChat is always going on 24/7 […]

RebelMouse squeaks to me


I’m getting a little bit hooked on RebelMouse. A bit of hybrid–a little bit Pinterest, a little bit, a little bit Flipboard, a little bit Tumblr–RebelMouse first squeaked this summer, and now appears to be breeding prolifically . Founder Paul Berry, the former CTO of HuffPo, calls this new curation/aggregation/newspaper publishing tool, your social […]

#tlchat live & get ready for more Café


We’ve been playing around with the idea of beginning a live focused conversation around the hashtag #tlchat for quite some time.  It’s the start of a new school year.  Why not now? The goal is to get a conversation going on a particular evening around a focused topic, much in the same way that #edchat […]

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


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!


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!


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)


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


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 […]