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An interactive video round-up (seven tools to explore)


Interactive video is a powerful new tool that allows teachers and learners to enhance video they make themselves–as well as the videos they discover on the Web–with text, images, maps, links, and other media. It transform video from static to dynamic, enabling the traditional medium to morph from monologue to conversation, often crowd-sourced style. It […]

New Zealand: The future of library services to NZ students

A couple of summers ago I was invited to visit New Zealand and speak at the SLANZA Conference. I will never forget the warm welcome, the energy, and the passion of the librarians I met in Auckland.  While I was there I toured the National Library of New Zealand and had the pleasure of meeting […]

Getting ready for Super Bowl and teaching with the “text” of life


If you are a teacher, getting ready for next weekend might involve more than picking up a bucket of wings.  While the kids cheer their teams on with their friends and family, they could be thinking a little more critically, by reading the text of commercials. Really. Annually, Frank Baker’s Media Literacy Clearinghouse offers an […]

WLMA: The library should be the heart of the school

The wonderful teacher librarians of the Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) recently released the five-minute video, Teacher Librarians at the Heart of Student Learning. The video, partially funded by Mackin, is designed to present school libraries and teacher librarians as a vital resource for student learning and to highlight the essential role teacher librarians play […]

Popcorn Maker: Will it pop a great video conversation?


So, imagine if every video we that watched on the Web worked like the Web–completely remixable, linked to its source content, interactive for everyone who used it. I think Popcorn could change the way we tell stories on the Web and the way we understand the world we live in.                      Ryan Merkley, Mozilla’s Chief […]

BrainPop Game(s)Up the election


At the ISLMA Conference last week, Lisa Perez of Chicago Public Schools shared  BrainPop’s election resources (free through Election Day) and its new GameUp features, that she has found valuable in gamifying professional development with the librarians in her district. Although because of Sandy we are without power at home and school, the kind folks […]

TV News Search & Borrow brought to you by Internet Archive


Television news has always been ephemeral–hard to search, hard to access, hard to share. The Internet Archive recently launched a tool that will be huge help to any teacher who would like to use television news in the classroom.  It opens up some fabulous possibilities for student media research. Inspired by the pioneering work of […]

YouTube’s CC options for users and creators


Somehow I missed this.  I’ve focused on sharing the wealth of Creative Commons image and music resources with my students, but missed the video piece. This past week, YouTube marked the first anniversary of its Creative Commons video library.  Over the year, YouTube has made more than 4 million royalty-free videos available to content creators, […]

YouTube introduces face blurring technology


The revolution is being televised.  All of them. A new Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism shared in its, described data that reveal that a complex, symbiotic relationship has developed between citizens and news organizations on YouTube, a relationship that comes close to the continuous journalistic “dialogue” many observers predicted would become […]

Honoring our filmmakers: If you give a kid a camera . . .

It’s not Hollywood, New York, or Cannes, but for a particular group of students, this red carpet will be unforgettable. This time of year we traditionally award students who over the year score the highest on their exams, attend class every day, participate the most in school activities, achieve glory on the field or court. […]