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A great guide for newbie social educators

Michael Zimmer (@MZimmer557), a Technology Integration Specialist in Western Kentucky, shares Tools for the 21st Century Teacher, a wonderful little e-guidebook offering a basic introduction to most things social media and discussion about how they may be effectively integrated into instruction.  Among the many tools covered are Twitter, Diigo, Prezi, Evernote, Wallwisher, Skype. I am [...]

Celebrating Castilleja and on library websites

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Castilleja School Library won the 2010 Edublog award last week in the category of best librarian/library blog. I felt awful that I’d never before seen this exemplary blog, a blog that really is the library’s website.  (And by the way, don’t miss the also fabulous runners-up: Bright Ideas (yeah, Judith and the Victoria librarians!) and [...]

A flake-free future :-(

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There’s no free lunch.  Don’t keep all your eggs in one basket. Always back up your work. I should have learned those lessons years ago. But when PageFlakes died and came back and died again over the past couple of weeks, I was devastated.  Right now, the site seems most sincerely dead. I loved Pageflakes [...]

Glogster now presents

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I use Glogster daily.  As a interactive poster/presentation/research tool for my students.  As a tool for creating web-based interfaces professionally.  And I just gathered my Glogster search posters together as a presentation. Teachers who are serious Glogsters can now take a next step in sharing, archiving, and organizing their students’–or their own– work. A recent [...]

Congressional Timeline: New from the Dirkson Congressional Center

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The Dirksen Congressional Center just launched Congressional Timeline 1.0, making easily available in an attractive, visual format: Major laws — more than 200 examples — passed by Congress from 1933 to the present The partisan composition of each Congress, along with the presidential administration and the congressional leaders The session dates of each Congress Measures [...]

SortFix for searching and thinking about search

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Via Richard Byrne’s lovely presentation Best of the EdTech Web 2010, I discovered Sort Fix.  It works as a search tool, a brainstorming tool, and a teaching tool. Sort Fix graphically facilitates search and demonstrates thinking about search refinement.  A behind-the- scenes algorithm scans results to identify and present significant keywords.  Searchers can grab (or [...]

New York Times Learning Network Revisited

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Yesterday I came across a pretty fabulous NYT Learning Network Blog Post: 10 Ways to Use the New York Times for Teaching Literature.  I plan to share it with our Language Arts Department. But  the  great ideas in the post reminded me of how much I really love the whole New York Times Learning Network [...]

Elementary Library Routines: The Back Story

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I asked Keisa Williams (@keisawilliams) if she’d mind sharing a little about how Elementary Library Routines, that cool new crowd-sourcing wiki I blogged about the other day, got off the ground. Her story reveals the power of our growing tribe to collaborate and empower . . .

Elementary Library Routines: a new community of practice wiki

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The wonderful elementary librarians out there are getting very wiki.  Elementary Library Routines is a new space for this particular community of practice to engage in knowledge sharing relating to effective practice. The site explains: This wiki was born from a short Twitter conversation and the admiration of the work of Harry Wong. Please add [...]

My ISTE highlights (Part 1)

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I am just back from ISTE10 in Denver.  Though our ranks were split again between ALA and ISTE, TLs in Denver were there to represent, to share our roles and our values in the school edtech ecosystem. Some of my Conference highlights: At Edubloggercon I participated in a lively group of unplugged and unpracticed discussions [...]