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Picular: Google, but for color

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Pick a color, literally any color. Search engines come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Now there’s one for those of us who are lovers (or seekers) of color. Simple and elegant and particularly speedy, Picular returns results in swatches. a palette of colors associated with your search terms. Select one of the swatches and you immediately copy […]

Google launches Dataset Search

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This week Google announced the launch of its new Dataset Search. In her Making it easier to discover datasets post, Research Scientist Natasha Noy, shared: In today’s world, scientists in many disciplines and a growing number of journalists live and breathe data. There are many thousands of data repositories on the web, providing access to millions […]

Aligning our Standards: Two new crosswalks

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Yesterday, the AASL Standards Crosswalk Task Force launched two eagerly anticipated crosswalk documents on the new Crosswalks page of AASL’s National School Library Standards Web Portal. In their May 31 blog post, Why Did the School Librarian Cross the Road?, AASL Standards Crosswalk Task Force chair Jay Bansbach, and AASL Standards editorial board member Kathy Mansfield explain the importance […]

Let’s get it started in here!

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There’s been a lot of very expectable buzz on the TL Blogosphere as well as on Future Ready Librarians Facebook Group relating to new ways folks are getting things started.  From engaging little strategies, to complete rethinking of culture and schedules, I asked a few of the folks I’ve been reading if I might share their ideas. […]

On building learning playlists

On creating learning playlists

We create them on Spotify and YouTube and iTunes. Before music went digital, some of us made CD or cassette mixtapes and shared them as gifts. With our ability to ethically curate content and unglue it from its containers, and a growing array of digital tools and open education resources, many of us are engaging in a […]

Participate.com: Your professional learning toolbelt

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The many, many years of formal professional development I’ve attended over many, many years in K12 education in no way equal the professional development opportunities I found for myself in the last few years across my online communities of practice and through open structure conferences that offered me choices and flexibility. Participate.com allows us to […]

Open Library gets even more open

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Created in 2006 by a team led by Aaron Swartz and Brewster Kahle, Open Library is an Internet Archive project developed to present one web page for every book ever published.  This wiki approach to a catalog encourages new information as well as corrections from the user community. Recent enhancements allow for even more openness. […]

New from AASL: Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries

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Simply, don’t miss Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School. Several years ago, I helped launch the Springfield Township Gay/Straight Alliance after a local doctor and alum visited for a conversation. She wanted me to help her ensure that no other student ever lived through the ordeal she herself experienced as a gay high school student. We both […]

On practicing safe search: fine tuning, privacy-friendly searches, and learning more

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As librarians, we need to be concerned about privacy. ALA’s Policy Statement on Privacy reminds us Libraries, librarians, and library workers have an ethical obligation, expressed in the ALA Code of Ethics, to preserve users’ right to privacy and prevent any unauthorized use or disclosure of users’ personally identifiable information or the data associated with their […]

A new kids app on the block: Khan Academy Kids launching learning fun for little learners

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Khan Academy Kids launched this week. In collaboration with experts from the Stanford Graduate School of Education and children’s book authors, and in partnership with Super Simple Songs, Bellwether Media and National Geographic Magazine, the new app is designed to inspire a lifetime of learning and discovery with our free, fun educational program for children ages two […]