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Samsung’s SUPERHERO Video Competition

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You and your students can vote for your favorite historical character portrayal from among 10 finalists in the Samsung Superhero Video Competition.  (All 519 videos can be seen on Samsung’s Superhero YouTube Channel.) Any K-12 student living in the U.S. or a Federal Territory may enter the enter the 2012 by submitting a 1-3 minute [...]

Join the SomeWhatVirtualBookClub on Twitter (#SWVBC)

It’s time for the voice of student readers to be heard on Twitter! After our first few synchronous SomeWhatVirtualBookClub meetings, it occurred to us that we could expand our discussion to include more clubs and more kids if we moved some of our discussion to Twitter.  We hope your clubs will join us! After a [...]

#highschoolchat (Let’s help Erin get the student hashtag rolling!)

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For a couple of years now, my students doubted me when I passionately shared the many ways Twitter helps me connect and learn.  Those kids who have been exploring real-time search with me are beginning to see it.  And Erin believes. I’ve been guiding Erin’s recent efforts as a blogger through her independent study with [...]

Two goals, one stone, easy magic

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So my two big goals for the school year are 1) encouraging reading outside the curriculum 2) proving that learning opportunities exist outside the doors of our school and our library. Shannon Miller and I started chatted about connecting our book clubs late this summer, but the beginning of the school year hit and so [...]

Goodbye, Google Directory

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And another one bites the dust. (See Alas, poor learners . . .your Wonder Wheel is Gone!) On Wednesday, the Unofficial news and tips about Google blog led me to the sad news that Google Directory [was] no longer available. Now, some may think that Google’s second service–launched in 2000 after the search engine itself [...]

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

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(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 [...]

Library hero

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This may seem like the corniest idea in the history of corny ideas, but something about it made everyone smile this week.  So we’re going to institutionalize the corniness. On Tuesday, Jimmy solved our Adobe Flash issues.  He said, Just have everyone download Google Chrome, Dr. V!  Mixbook, Animoto and everything else will run.  No [...]