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PromptSmart: a sweet utility for speeches and more

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Public speaking is not only a part of our curricula, it’s a huge part of our lives. For some of us, it a serious fear. Founded by a Communications Fellow at Wharton Business School, PromptSmart, turns your device into a teleprompter.  It is a seriously handy tool I wish we had years ago, While I […]

Just released: A Common Sense Census

Common Sense Media just released a major study that will be of interest to any educator interested in understanding how kids actually use technology.  The results make fabulous fodder for faculty discussion.  It may help guide decision making in addressing instruction and issues of equity. The large scale study, Media Use by Teens and Tweens […]

MIT App inventor


  A few years back, in a powerful TEDx talk, Heidi Hayes Jacobs suggested, I think every student should design an app. I can’t think of a more practical, more challenging way to see if students could solve a specific problem, get it out there and make a difference to help people.  Or don’t. Instead, […]

American Archive: A new online “reading room” of historical public media

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To honor the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB)–a collaboration between WGBH and the Library of Congress-today announced the launch of its Online Reading Room.  The collection preserves significant historical public media content and makes it discoverable and searchable.  More than 100 public media organizations share content from […]

Fantasy Geopolitics

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Developed by Minnesota high school social studies teacher Eric Nelson, Fantasy Geopolitics is an easy, fun and social way to get learners thinking about our flattened world.  Nelson began the game in 2009 as a strategy to engage his own students at North Lakes Charter School. Leveraging the popularity and competition of fantasy sports, this […]

How to host a hackathon (on the #sljhackathon breakfast)


I’ve been to nearly all of them, but for me, this year’s 11th Annual SLJ Leadership Summit may have been the best ever.  The speakers were inspiring. The crowd buzzed with energy. The panels were engaging and interactive.  The mix of practitioners included a wide range of ages. A youth presence was obvious! When SLJ […]

Google’s Expeditions Pioneer Program hits the road!

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The Google Expeditions Pioneer Program launched today. In an email update this morning, the team shared: Expeditions is hitting the road! Expeditions teams will visit selected schools around the world, starting with The United States, Australia, New Zealand, The United Kingdom, and Brazil. Each team will bring a complete Expeditions kit with everything the teachers […]

Celebrate the Freedom to Read: Helping Michelle crowd source this great BBW resource

It’s Banned Books Week.  Michelle Luhtala shares a crowd-sourced project that will help us promote censorship awareness as we pool our efforts to create a project with far and lasting reach. Michelle proposes that we work together and contribute to a Challenged Books Slide Show. She explain explains the back story: This project began when […]

A guest post from AASL’s Banned Websites Awareness Day Committee


AASL’s Banned Websites Awareness Day is coming up on September 30th.  Many thanks to the AASL Banned Websites Awareness Committee for this important guest post.  Please spread the word as well as these critical IF resources with your school communities. It’s happened to all of us– we’re at school trying to access the perfect website […]

Old Maps on new devices

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Teachers and lovers of history and geography are going to love this new app. Old Maps, available for iPhone, iPad or any Android device through Google Play, allows mobile access to more than 250,000 high resolution, historical maps from the 15th to the 20th century, from across the world.  Only a few years ago, we […]