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Anchor charts away!

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Anchor charts make learning sticky and visible. By presenting visual reminders of what is being taught, they support instruction and reinforce learning, anchoring or holding it in place. Anchor charts are most effective, and most likely to be used, when they are focused and co-created during instruction, with a class engaged in think-alouds or writing, [...]

Crowdsourcing what’s next. Help me explore what will be big in 2015

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For the past several years I’ve been identifying and writing about tech trends for the coming year and considering how they will impact the work of the teacher librarian. The time has come again, but this time around I would like to crowd-source the effort.  Shannon Miller and I are pulling our own ideas together [...]

Getting intimate with primary sources: A new seres of iBooks from the LOC

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If you love or teach with primary sources, and if you’ve got a few iPads around the classroom, you’re going to be pretty happy. The Library of Congress announced and launched the first titles in its series of free Student Discovery Sets. The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and [...]

Beloit College Mindset List

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Yesterday, Beloit College released its Annual College Mindset List. Ever since 1998, the list has helped us understand exactly where the current freshman (2018) class is coming from.  (You can check out the webcast here.) The initial purpose of the list was to alert aging faculty to beware of hardening of the references–that the students [...]

How do you keep up? Part 4 Pinterest as a new professional essential

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In recent posts about keeping up with news and trends relevant to practice, we looked at harnessing social media in the form of portals for sharing slide presentations and curation sites for current awareness and webinars hosted by talented practitioners. I suggest that if you don’t regularly refer to Pinterest, or if your Pinterest experience [...]

Librarians wanted for smashing, blending, toolkit building.

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Tell me if you’ve seen this happen. A classroom teacher or a teacher librarian friend attends a workshop or a webinar about a certain app, masters it and tries to use it, a lot.  There are likely better tools for the various tasks at hand, but they aren’t easily discoverable. Pre-service training does not prepare [...]

So you think you know your phone

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Confession: I love my iPhone and I thought I knew how to use it, until I attended Michelle Luhtala’s latest edWeb webinar. I couldn’t make the session live, but I am actually kinda glad I watched it first in archived form.  The recording allowed me to pause and take a good look at the features [...]

Girl Power! All about that acceptance

In the past couple of weeks I’ve come across a couple of videos that refreshingly reaffirm the importance of girls’ voice and what beauty is really about. In case you missed them  . . . Twenty-year-old Nashville songwriter Meghan Trainer creates a pastel universe that is all about acceptance and positive body image in her [...]

A ThingLink challenge and new video tagging

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One of the most versatile and easiest-to-use platforms I’ve used over the past several years is ThingLink. I’ve used the interactive poster tagging tool to create and embed media-rich image maps, to annotate and evaluate the claims infographics make, as a portfolio and as a curation tool. This summer, educator, consultant and ThingLink Education Community Manager, [...]

AASL’s picks for apps and websites

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On Saturday, two hard-working AASL committees presented juried lists of resources. While I try my best to keep up with this stuff, these two darn committees just filled my summer with new explorations. I take that back.  They’ve actually significantly narrowed the field by pointing to the learning tools most worthy of exploring and integrating [...]