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#getESEAright: Make some noise for school library funding on Thursday night

Using the hashtag #getESEAright, ALA joins forces with NEA’s planned Twitter storm on Thursday, April 9th from 7:00 till 8:00 PM Eastern. Please share this advocacy effort posted on District Dispatch by Lisa Lindle  of ALA’s Washington Office: This Thursday, the American Library Association is joining a social media push in support of dedicated funding for [...]

On Meerkat

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Yesterday I wished my friends could see the beauty of my snowy backyard and I discovered the Meerkat app. It seems everyone is buzzing about the free app that allows you to connect your iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch camera to Twitter and live stream or schedule the video you shoot real-time to all [...]

Twitter adds group chat and a mobile video cam

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No secret:  I rely heavily on Twitter for keeping up with professional news and for messaging and for sharing discoveries. So, I was very happy to discover that Twitter’s Direct Message feature recently expanded to include group messaging. This enables the tweeter to easily set up groups and to privately message with up to 20 [...]

Four nifty ways to display and curate Twitter

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Our Twitter feeds and searches and Tweetdeck display panels are just fine for everyday purposes, but for special occasions–conferences, meetings, professional development, and, perhaps, classes, you may want to dress up your feeds. These four tools allow you to display @signs and hashtags in more attractive, perhaps more usable, ways.  I’ll demonstrate with #tlchat Tagboard (https://tagboard.com/) [...]

Vellum for flipping Twitter

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This week, The New York Times publicly launched Vellum, an experiment that creates a reading layer over your Twitter feed and flips its focus. Vellum focuses on the shared content of a tweet, treating shared links, with their full titles and descriptions, as primary content and tweeted commentary as secondary content. Links are ranked by how [...]

School Library Month in Chicago: Yes, a celebration!

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Like the situation we witnessed in Philadelphia, the children of Chicago, ALA’s host city, now face a crisis. I post this on behalf of a new Library Advocacy Committee for Chicago Public School Librarians, who chose to celebrate School Library Month by sharing their accomplishments on behalf of Chicago’s kids. Please share their story. School [...]

Follow a scholar?

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Because we subscribe to ActiveHistory, we get active updates from site publisher and history teacher, Russel Tarr (@activehistory). A little while back, Russel shared his list of professional Historians on Twitter. The caused me to think about PLN building in an expanded way. As educators, many of us follow other educators, and perhaps, the journals [...]

Topsy: a game changer for search, e-reputation, & data analysis

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I love searching Twitter. And I love sharing how a Twitter search can dramatically impact student research, by connecting them with experts, encouraging them to develop current awareness, allowing them to listen in on the dialog of a particular field or niche, and, in some cases, enabling them to contribute to the conversation. Learning to [...]

Educational Twitter Hashtags, the infographic (updated)

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Compiled By: OnlineCollegeCourses.com So many of the teachers and teacher librarians I know continue as unconverted.  They don’t yet see the value of Twitter as a tool for learning and keeping up.  Beyond the walls of their own schools, they have yet to build a PLN. This new infographic from OnlineCollegeCourses.com offers quick visual reference [...]

#tlchat live & get ready for more Café

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We’ve been playing around with the idea of beginning a live focused conversation around the hashtag #tlchat for quite some time.  It’s the start of a new school year.  Why not now? The goal is to get a conversation going on a particular evening around a focused topic, much in the same way that #edchat [...]