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PuppetMaster: An app to inspire animated storytelling

I’ve been exploring the new PuppetMaster app and I am enchanted. I see serious potential for this free, intuitive, open-ended tool to encourage creativity across a wide range of ages, from pre-school to adult! PuppetMaster allows children to animate anything and to record their action and sound to create movies. It encourages the creation of visual art in any medium and […]

Loom: Screencasting and sharing so simplified!

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I am thrilled to discover Loom, a free screencasting tool available as a handy Chrome extension. Loom offers three recording options: screen and camera, screen only and camera only.  You may record your full desktop or just a tab using the familiar Cancel, Pause or Finish commands. I love that you can drag the circular camera screen around as you record […]

Kapwing: a very sweet web-based video editing suite


It solves so many problems. And it is sooooo easy. I just discovered Kapwing. The free web-based video editing suite offers nine features (and promises more to come) and I am so excited about sharing it with my students and using it in my teaching.  It’s a kind of media Swiss army knife perfect for schools. Kapwing […]

Join the YALSA Hub Reading Challenge (for us and our teens)

I was thrilled to be at the Youth Media Awards this year in Denver. Each year I get so excited about what I have read and so overwhelmed by what I’ve yet to read. I’ve borrowed a few and order a few more from Audible. (That long drive to New Brunswick is so much more […]

Negotiating Nuance

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Recently, I was honored to be invited to speak at the 21CLHK Conference in Hong Kong. One of my archived talks addressed the Noah principle–why predicting rain doesn’t count, and why building arks does–as it relates to the credibility crisis or the challenges of container collapse. I see so many opportunities for us to take […]

iSL (Internet Second Language) Collective

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The Internet Second Language Collective or is a fine example of an online community of practice that will be an immediate and indispensable hit with your ESL/ELL and perhaps many other of your classroom teacher partners and coaches.  The English section of the site is now well over one million ESL/EFL language teachers strong.  The site […]

Can’t Make It to the AASL National Conference? Be a #NOTATAASL Virtual Attendee!


This past summer I could not make it to ISTE. Because of the efforts of the #notatISTE crew, I felt intimately connected to the conference. The same opportunity will be available for AASL National Conference this coming week. (The following post by Jane Lofton is cross-posted from the KnowledgeQuest blog with permission.) From Jane: I feel […]

Six Strategies for Virtual Field Trips

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As a school librarian, I always thought of the notion of collection as expansive. Collections might include any of the experiences we discover, as well as any of the people we meet who might enhance learning for our communities. Among those experiences are virtual field trips. Opportunities now abound for connections to curriculum and student interests. And easier […]