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Kids news round-up

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We are so lucky to have available an array of kid-friendly current event options, rich with instructional resources, and mostly free! Here’s a round-up of some of my favorites. Newsela: This popular site organizes news by theme: War and Peace, Science, Kids, Money, Law, Health, Arts, and Sports.  There’s content written in Spanish. Users can […]

Remixing with NYPL #nyplremix

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This week, New York Public Library released more than of its 187,000 public domain images free to share, reuse and remix. The collection of high resolution images spans the breadth and depth of NYPL’s holdings–historic maps, atlases, botanical illustrations, manuscripts, photographs, ancient religious texts, and, of course, the New York City collection. Now open and […]

Meet CORA (the Community of Online Research Assignments)

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Meet CORA, the Community of Online Research Assignments.  My guess is, she’ll become a welcome new friend The open access, collaborative portal facilitates the sharing and adapting of research assignments for faculty and librarians.  While the primary audience is undergraduate and graduate educators, CORA offers a wealth of reliable and reproducible projects–instruction, handouts, scaffolds, rubrics […]

Seedling Comic Studio

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Here’s a winner to add to your mobile storytelling toolkit! Available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Seedling Comic Studio is a low-learning curve, free tool for comic/graphic story creation.  Make one-frame or an entire multi-page book combining photographs from your camera or camera roll, cut-outs, speech bubbles, free-form text, filters, backgrounds and stickers. The […]

Prepare kids for emergencies with Monster Guard

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The motto here is Learn, practice, share how to stay safe during emergency The American Red Cross, with the sponsorship of Disney, present Monster Guard, a free mobile app available at the App Store and Google Play. Beyond the necessary, and sometimes confusing disaster drills that all students are required to experience at school, this fun, […]

Plotagon for scripting cool animated stories

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I recently discovered Plotagon, an digital storytelling app for iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac to tell animated digital stories. Reminiscent of Xtranormal (now called Nawmal), Plotagon encouragesusers to script a story–selecting locations; building dialogue;  adding emotions, attitudes and postures;  responding to characters; choosing sound effects and music.  Dialogues can be read by a choice of computer  […]

On INFOhio’s light

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I’ve been a long-time fan of the work of INFOhio. Back in November,  at the Treasure Mountain research retreat that preceded AASL Columbus, I met the INFOhio team in person. I was sincerely inspired by their presentation, their energy and their efforts to ensure all Ohio learners have access to the resources to which they […]

Celebrating the lives of the uncelebrated: StoryCorps.me

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What if Anne Frank hadn’t kept her diary? What if no one could listen to Martin Luther King’s Mountaintop speech? What if the camera hadn’t been rolling during the first moon landing? But what if, this Thanksgiving, the youngest member of every family interviewed the oldest? Or if on February 14th, you asked a person […]

Libraries Transform: Because . . .

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One of my takeaways from AASL was the Libraries Transform multi-year public awareness campaign brand and the richness of the toolkit. The ways in which libraries transform are as nuanced and varied as the people they serve. Physical transformations are easy to spot. Transformations in service and scope can be less apparent, but are ever […]

Time for our annual TLCafé Smackdown!

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It’s that time again!  For the fifth (I think) year, put away the last of the turkey leftovers and get serious about remembering your very favorite techy tools and strategies of the year.  Get ready to Smackdown your favorite learning tools, friends! Librarians and teachers and friends of other types are all invited to join […]