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Dear ISTE (reprised)

A set of our own_

This past week in Philadelphia I participated in a meeting that launched the year-long process of refreshing ISTE’s Standards for Students. The organization acknowledges the accelerated pace of change and is entering the process of seeing what works, what is still relevant, what is obsolete, what is still missing since the last refresh in 2007. […]

#ISTELIB

Greetings from my fair city.  Tech educators and, of course, librarians convened in Philadelphia over the past three days to share and explore thoughtful integration of technology in learning. Of course, librarians had a major presence at this event.  It’s so important that we be visible present.  That we represent. That’s why so many of […]

2015 AASL Best Apps and Best Websites revealed!

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Need a little something to do this summer?  There’s plenty for you to explore. You may have missed the actual reveal live yesterday, but please don’t miss the big announcements made by your AASL colleagues at Annual in San Francisco. I was honored to serve on the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Committee this […]

Font smashing (or pairing): it’s a thing too

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I don’t know exactly how or when it happened, but I’ve become fussy about fonts.  And I find the proliferation of free fonts both satisfying and confounding. It goes like this.  I shop a font, usually through the options in Canva, Picmonkey and the frenzy of open source selections that pop up under More fonts […]

appoLearning Collections: a new tool for curating apps and resources

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I had breakfast with a colleague from the Graduate School of Education yesterday and our conversation kept returning to how can classroom teachers possibly keep up with what looks like an educational app explosion?  How can they carve out the time it takes to effectively integrate apps and other new resources into instruction? How can […]

My first Cardboard experience

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I jut received my Google Cardboard. I ordered the virtual reality viewer from among the choices recommended for my iPhone.  (A downloadable kit allows manufacturers to produce and sell Cardboards.) I folded the simple device together from its flat cardboard package. I matched together the strategically positioned slots, so that the magnets, velcro, little strap, […]

A little titling fun with Type to Design

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For years I’ve returned to Erik Kastner’s  Spell with Flickr to help me create slides and titles. I just discovered that Type to Design curates letter designs from Instagram.  It’s a by-product of the 36 Days of Type project which challenged designers and illustrators to explore the endless graphic possibilities of type and upload those possibilities […]

Lesson Flows: app smashing instructional design

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I’ve written quite a bit about app smashing, the understanding that it often takes more than one app or tool to effectively accomplish a digital task.  Well, that concept is also true about building instruction these days. How can we better harness and leverage all of those appealing digital tools we discover? CommonSense Media, the […]

TL=thought leaders (and light bulbs)

Are you a TL

Outside of our own little world, the letters TL do not obviously identify us. In her opening remarks at the Library Managers’ Congress of the big eduTECH Conference this past week, chair Karen Bonanno not only pointed to this confusion.  She shed light on it. While my notes are a little sketchy, here are Karen’s […]

Give me some credit, please! (Exploring plagiarism through a series of clever case studies by Jen)

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I am usually pretty darn proud of my MLIS students’ work.  In going through my grad students’ final workshop presentations this semester, I found one just too useful not to share.  So I asked for permission. Jennifer Bigioni is now the School Library Media Specialist at Princeton (NJ) High School. Designed as a professional development […]