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On LibGuides (and the dangers of relying on free lunch)


It’s a new semester here in Springfield and I’ve been reflecting again.  (This post is kinda connected to the next, so please read on. It will be up soon.) I am a huge fan of free apps for creativity and productivity and dynamic information gathering. No surprise that in this blog I frequently celebrate the […]

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


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 :-(


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]