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Curation and the School Librarian

It’s one of AASL’s Shared Foundations in the new National Standards. It’s identified as a leadership area on the Future Ready Librarians Framework. But what does it look like when the school librarian really dives into digital curation? A little while back I had the opportunity to create a video on school librarians and social media curation […]

Listennotes.com: a search engine for podcasts

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Listen up, there’s a new search tool in town. Among my friends, at least, it seems that podcasts are a rediscovered treasure. (Check out Jayson DeMers’ Forbes piece, Why Podcasts are Popular, and the 2017 Edison Research Infinite Dial Study on  podcast statistics.) The demand is growing, but how do you find podcasts without the effort of subscribing […]

iSL (Internet Second Language) Collective

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The Internet Second Language Collective or iSLCollective.com is a fine example of an online community of practice that will be an immediate and indispensable hit with your ESL/ELL and perhaps many other of your classroom teacher partners and coaches.  The English section of the site is now well over one million ESL/EFL language teachers strong.  The site […]

AASL National Standards: A few essentials to get started!

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As a member of the AASL National Standards Implementation Taskforce, I was honored to take part in the rollout in Phoenix. Whether you were in Phoenix or were #NOTATAASL, you will need to get your arms around the Standards and share them with your colleagues or stakeholders, I’d like to highlight a few of my personal […]

Grid View in Google Slides (it’s the #littlethings)

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Sometimes the little things can make you so happy. Over the past several years I was able to fairly happily migrate most of my presentations from those more robust presentation platforms to Google Slides because it is so darn portable and sharable and because it so encourages collaboration. But there was one feature I really grieved– […]

Can’t Make It to the AASL National Conference? Be a #NOTATAASL Virtual Attendee!

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This past summer I could not make it to ISTE. Because of the efforts of the #notatISTE crew, I felt intimately connected to the conference. The same opportunity will be available for AASL National Conference this coming week. (The following post by Jane Lofton is cross-posted from the KnowledgeQuest blog with permission.) From Jane: I feel […]

The unConference @ AASL (National Standards edition) Help us get ready now!

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If you are planning to join our tribe in Phoenix, please consider attending the unConference on Thursday night, November 9th. As a member of the AASL Implementation Task Force, I invite you to come and learn with us from 9:00 PM till midnight in a kind of meet and greet with our new National Standards. Here’s […]

Some secret strategies for serious searchers

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I designed and currently teach a course called Search and the Information Landscape.  What I love about the course is getting my graduate students to think about their search habits and recognize what works. I also introduce a few classic strategies that have been around in the literature about online searching since the pre-web days. What […]