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Remind gets chatty

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Parents crave communication and engagement with their kids’ teachers.  They want to know what’s going on. But crazy busy work and packed extracurricular schedules make communication a challenge.  As educators we need a safe, private and efficient way to send the occasional update and reminder to our most important stakeholders. Remind (formerly Remind 101), a […]

Map of Life goes mobile

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This app is going to make travel, field trips, birdwatching and walks in the woods, on the beach and in the park way more fun. One of my very favorite examples of crowd-sourced reference sites has been Yale University’s Map of Life . Using a wide variety of data sources,  the biodiversity project endeavors to provide […]

On teens, their phones & shifting communications landscapes (new from Pew)

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This week Pew Research Center released Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015, a report that should have relevance to all of us who work with young people.  Unlike Pew’s previous surveys, which involved representative samples of teens interview by phone, this one was conducted online. These data are useful for us in deciding how […]

YouTube introduces Cards

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Google recently announced the addition of Cards for YouTube. The interactive feature allows video creators to strategically point viewers to videos, merchandise, playlists, websites and more from the Video Manager.   While the feature is aimed at business, it offers features that easily translate for high school student projects, marketing school events and for supporting fundraisers. […]

LitWeaver: the very model of a new age lit anthology

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Geek confession: I love anthologies.  As a lit major, I delighted in breaking open the Norton volume assigned to each of my courses.    Launched in open beta on February 15 by author Will Weaver, LitWeaver evolves the spirit of the lit anthology, allowing us to easily remix in a very portable way. The free, digital […]

You and media literacy: What’s the story?

Hi friends, I’ve been asked to work on an article for the Journal of Children and Media (JOCAM).  This is a wonderful opportunity for us to gain visibility with colleagues who are share our professional interests in ensuring children grow up able to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms. Sure, […]

Check out DKfindout!

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Greetings from ALA Midwinter where DK launched a beta version of DKfindout!, a new interactive site that makes the publisher’s already highly exciting visual content even more exciting! Designed for children ages seven through eleven (but truly fun for all!), the content spans science, math, English, history, geography, the human body and more with print, […]

Easy screencasting your iPad and iPhone (on the Mac side)

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I learned a little trick for creating screencast videos from my iPad and I thought it might be useful for many of you who have a regular need to demo apps. If, like me, you are working on a Mac, you probably already know how powerful your QuickTime Player is for making impromtu videos or […]

ReadWriteThink rocks: with free apps

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If it’s been a while since you’ve returned to ReadWriteThink, I urge you to consider a visit today. The quality portal, rich with free resources and sponsored by the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Verizon Foundation has grown even more interactive. So what’s new?  There’s an array […]

Surveying the silver and gold

In my last post, Find new apps, but keep the old . . ., I listed a few portals and lists I regularly visit to discover new apps and to search for tried and true tools to accomplish learning goals and tasks.  I see making these discoveries, old and new, as a new form of […]