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TeachingBooks Launches Free Chrome Extension

It’s never been easier to explore those questions you have about authors and illustrators and books. TeachingBooks’ new free Chrome extension makes moving from your Google search about anything, including children’s or young adult lit, to its rich and engaging digital content. And because founder and publisher Nick Glass has made access to TeachingBooks available […]

Enough with the CRAAP: We’re just not doing it right

It’s not the web it used to be and our traditional approaches to teaching about it no longer make sense. In fact, we teach strategies that often fail our students.

Reach out!: Web-Based Advice Service for School Librarians

At a time when a professional version of a Dear Abby is most needed, our past AASL presidents offer to personalize and scale their leadership, providing timely advice and time-honored vision.

New from the Library of Congress: Newspaper Navigator

Historical researchers rejoice! We can now freely search more than 1.5  images from American newspapers dating from 1789 through 1963.    LC Labs’ newly launched  Newspaper Navigator leverages machine learning and the substantial digitized resources of the Library’s Chronicling America website. For decades, Chronicling America has allowed users to discover the text of newspapers in its […]

New from Netflix: Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices

In what felt like a very different, and very inspiring kind of binge-watching, I just experienced all 12 episodes of the new Netflix series, Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices. It was indeed a celebration. The series features prominent Black authors, artists and celebrities reading children’s books that highlight the Black experience. Books were carefully selected around […]

The Epic eBook of Web Tools and Apps: a new crowd-sourced manual for back-to-school and beyond

Just published: a fabulously useful tool for back-to-school professional learning and professional development. With the excitement of a tech-tools smackdown, it promises to have far longer legs and far stickier value. The Epic eBook of Web Tools & Apps, will serve as a digital palette or dashboard to remind you and your partner educators of […]

A couple of new remote teaching tricks

Over the summer, I’ve been picking up a few little tools to add to my existing kit for enhancing online teaching and learning. Here are a couple of my current faves. What’s nice about these and so many other recent tools we are introducing in schools is that they present real-life functionality. They introduce the […]

AASL resources to address the challenges (and expressing your professional voice in reopening)

Update: I am currently curating a variety of resources on school library return to learning and reopening plans. The resource includes Shannon Miller a Padlet of reopening plans. AASL just released the very helpful School Librarian Role in Pandemic Learning Conditions. Part of a larger group of Pandemic Resources for School Librarians, this much-needed tool […]

National History Day: Now virtual and gloriously open

This year, National History Day is open as a virtual showcase. The thoughtful project-based research of students around the country is up for display and for study and for inspiration. The 2020 NHD theme was Breaking Barriers in History. And, this year, the celebration broke a few barriers itself. NHD Executive Director, Dr. Cathy Gorn, […]

Four strategies for making your videos more accessible

Captions are important. Why caption? They are especially important with so many of us reaching our learning community remotely. As we gear up for a September filled with unknowns, it might be a good idea to develop some agile strategies for addressing and enhancing our flipped or hybrid options. Captions make video more accessible for […]