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Smithsonian TTribune for differentiating and engaging reading (& global conversation!)

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Looking for high quality news for all of your readers? The Smithsonian’s TTribune now offers K-12 teachers and librarians a carefully selected array of news content to meet the needs of all readers, including those who speak (or are learning) Spanish. The free content, includes text, images, audio and video–all available on any of these rich [...]

YouTube introduces Cards

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Google recently announced the addition of Cards for YouTube. The interactive feature allows video creators to strategically point viewers to videos, merchandise, playlists, websites and more from the Video Manager.   While the feature is aimed at business, it offers features that easily translate for high school student projects, marketing school events and for supporting fundraisers. [...]

Pivot and TakePart: network(ing) for social action

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I recently discovered Pivot, a relatively new television network devoted to presenting entertainment that inspires and compels social change. Its message to its viewers: What you watch does make a difference. Launched by Participant Media, the network and its digital sister site TakePart, target a millennial audience and conscious consumers. Though not all kids will [...]

CS (Computer Science) First: for middle school libraries, and your CS program

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This looks like just the type of program a middle school librarian could love. CS, or Computer Science First is a free Google program designed to increase student exposure to computer science education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs in a club approach run by teachers and/or community volunteers. CS First works towards its goal [...]

If you do school library research, please help us birth a community

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I am thrilled to be a member of AASL’s Community of Scholars Task Force and equally thrilled about our plans to move forward in creating a truly meaningful community. Discussed at last year’s CLASS (Causality: School Libraries and Student Success) Summit, the project is realized and described as one of three goals in the CLASS [...]

LinkedIn: an underused K12 search tool?

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For a variety of reasons, filters included, social search tools are underused in schools. We usually encourage use of our subscription databases and share effective strategies for leveraging search engines like Google, but in my experience, Twitter, Scoop.it, Pinterest and other tools also offer rich opportunities for learning, discovery, sharing and searching. While LinkedIn is [...]

CyArk: digitally preserving and sharing our vulnerable heritage

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We’re losing the sites and the stories faster than we can physically preserve them.  Ben Kacyra Earthquakes and natural disasters are partly to blame.  But human factors–arson, acid rain, urban sprawl, terrorism and war–accelerate destruction of our global historic treasures. Rather than seeing this as a losing battle, Ben Kacyra, inventor of a groundbreaking 3D [...]

James Patterson asks: What would your school library do with $1,000–$10,000?

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James Patterson might just make your library a little better and your students a little happier this year. Well-known, well-loved author and literacy activist, James Patterson is donating $1.25 million to school libraries because he believes that: fewer children are growing up in a household full of books – and that the effects of this [...]

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 [...]

Agility is the word: Whither G+?

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If you teach with technology, you learn that nothing is forever. My pre-service library grad students recently expressed concern about jumping in when we have no guarantee of platform immortality.  The problem is that, if you wait, you risk not experiencing anything. Another lesson you learn is that, along with grit, agility is an essential [...]