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From Syracuse a new video (and compelling research)

Ruth Small, Dave Lankes, and Barbara Stripling appear in this brief and effective video, presenting the value of school libraries and school librarians to learners.  New York Schools Need School Libraries presents these (slightly paraphrased) arguments: Ruth: Even when controlling for poverty level, elementary students in schools with full-time certified librarians had significantly higher ELA [...]

TED-Ed video portal launches

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Right now,  there is a gifted educator somewhere out there delivering a life-changing lesson. The TED-Ed team hopes that anyone who is passionate about education will help us find that teacher, capture that moment, and amplify it the way that it deserves to be amplified. The folks at TED just announced a new initiative to [...]

Google’s Solve for X

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On Monday, Google launched its Solve for X project–a forum to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and teamwork. Solve for X talks address three criteria. They must highlight a huge problem present a concrete solution that could make a radical impact explain breakthrough science and technology that could enable this solution The videos archived [...]

EUscreen debuts

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Your history and language teachers will be very interested in the recently launched EUscreen. The new multimedia, multilingual portal reaches back to the early 1900s and offers free online access to videos, stills, texts and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives. The About page describes the need for this collaborative project: Although audiovisual content [...]

“Every survivor has a story to tell.” Introducing IWitness & its 1000 stories

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Imagine that you could have 1,000 survivors in your classroom . . . The University of Southern California Shoah Foundation recently launched the BETA version of a truly important gift–a searchable, interactive archive of more than 1000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. It is simply one of the most elegant and thoughtfully [...]

Samsung’s SUPERHERO Video Competition

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You and your students can vote for your favorite historical character portrayal from among 10 finalists in the Samsung Superhero Video Competition.  (All 519 videos can be seen on Samsung’s Superhero YouTube Channel.) Any K-12 student living in the U.S. or a Federal Territory may enter the enter the 2012 by submitting a 1-3 minute [...]

The quintessential scarf tutorial

Don’t be angry for this little digression into the world of fashion information. If you know me, you know I love scarves.  I love mentoring.  I find myself spending a lot of time mentoring others who have trouble with scarves, having to introduce them to the very many ways they can be used for fashion [...]

9/11 Resources

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The members of our incoming freshman class would have been around four on September 11, 2001.  They might not remember what they were doing on that sunny Tuesday morning, a morning that changed most of us in ways I am not sure we yet understand. In two weeks we’ll face the 10th anniversary of that [...]

Above and Beyond: The Story of the 4Cs

Communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student, advises that we inspire learners to achieve and that we teach well beyond the bubble test: In an increasingly complex, demanding and competitive 21st century, students need to learn more than the [...]

SnagLearning (Snag quality films and instructional content)

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I’ve been a fan of SnagFilms for a couple of years now.  The site offers convenient and free access to more than 2100 award-winning documentaries.  It has been among the most popular sites on our documentary film pathfinder. I recently discovered Snag Learning, a version of the site designed for middle and high school use. [...]