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Canva: Those templates rock!

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My buddies know that Canva is one of my true desert-island digital tools. I’ve long loved the tutorials, the photo editor, the color palette generator, the font combinations matchmaker, and all those lovely images and templates for banners and that staggeringly huge library of graphic elements. And while I’ve use so many of those millions […]

Battle summer slump with two programs: Summer Sparks and SYNC

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Looking for a way to beat the summer reading slump?  Check out these two programs to help kids of all ages keep their reading going all summer long.   1. Summer Sparks Classroom teachers and librarians are invited to join our friends Buncee and Capstone Publishing in their first Summer Sparks Reading Contest designed to […]

ClassHook for finding that perfect clip in record time

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I am always searching YouTube for that perfect clip to open a lesson or to illustrate a point in a presentation. And, if I remember a moment from a movie or a television show, searching for that video to cue that specific clip, if that video exists online, presents yet another challenge. Clip searching is a colossal […]

The New Google Earth 9

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Google recently released a serious redesign of Google Earth for both Web (Chrome) and Android and it now packs even more learning punch. (Versions for iOS and other browsers are in the works.) Google Earth 9 invites users to explore stunning 3D maps of random and selected locations, view curated video content, and to choose […]

HyperDocs and the teacher librarian

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The concept of HyperDocs is spreading all over edtech land. HyperDocs are perfect opportunities to grow teacher librarian/ classroom teacher partnerships. A true extension of what TLs do or should be doing in a hyperlinked information landscape, HyperDocs are all about curation and collaboration,  instruction based on engaged inquiry, as well as our mission to […]

Kudos Wall: for building that first portfolio

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We build portfolios in school. We use tools like Seesaw and Easy Portfolio.  And yet, the onus is usually on the teacher or the librarian to get the ball rolling and sustain the efforts across grade levels. I wonder if the kids themselves get invested in the importance of safely beginning to build a footprint.  […]

Unpaywall: Free, legal access to scholarly articles! (and a couple of other strategies)

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Greetings from Computers in Libraries 2017  from which I’ll be sharing a few discoveries. One exciting share from yesterday was the limited release of Unpaywall.org.  (The official release date is April 4.) High school librarians and education researchers take note! Installed as a  free browser extension for Firefox or Chrome, Unpaywall allows searchers to legally access full-text research papers from its […]

Untethering the blocks: Building beyond walls and tables

Remember the scene in Singing in the Rain where Donald O’Connor magically dances on the walls?  Remember Fred Astaire’s famous ceiling dance in Royal Wedding?  Till now kids’ work with interlocking blocks has been bound to tables and floors and a few installations of LEGO walls. (See Diana Rendina’s epic instructions.) Till now blocks kinda […]

Spiral: Four Apps in One!

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I recently discovered an incredibly versatile participation tool.  Spiral is a free suite of  four powerful apps that promote classroom engagement and collaboration.  It makes so much of what we already do so much easier and it is a must-have tool for 1:1 settings.  Students may login to lessons using Google, Facebook, Clever or Edmodo. […]

Cool new Google Slides video functionality!

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You’ll want to share these tips with both teachers and students.  Google Slides recently added some new functionality for working with video.  Slides has become my go-to presentation platform for the easy ability to collaborate and build with others and for its portability. If, like me, you regularly use Slides as a platform for presenting, […]