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Summer badges and more from the Smithsonian

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Looking for a way to engage kids in meaningful inquiry around their own interests and passions this summer, even when you are not around to guide them? If you have any contact with your students or parents, or if you have some kids of your own, consider sharing the Smithsonian Quests Digital Badging program as [...]

On the Horizon for K12 (and for libraries!)

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As we close one year and begin to think about what’s on the horizon for 2014/15, consider a peek at the recently released draft of the NMC Horizon Report 2014 for K-12 education. This sixth edition of the annual, internationally recognized NMC Horizon Report series and regional NMC Technology Outlooks are part of the NMC [...]

Happy 75th to the Library Bill of Rights!

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Something to celebrate for all who value intellectual freedom.  ALA’s OIF urges us to share!  (Sorry to be a day belated.) Today we are pleased to commemorate the 75th anniversary of ALA’s adoption of the Library Bill of Rights on June 19, 1939 at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. The document – which is the basis for the [...]

Before you renovate: check out Anne Weaver’s Potter Library renovation journey

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Among the inspiring sessions I attended at EduTECH, was Anne Weaver’s session on Designing the Contemporary Library. I had the opportunity to visit the Potter Library, attend a staff meeting, and watch the action on Destination Day. (Students and staff dressed in outfits representing where they’d most like to be, and so Anne greeted me [...]

Adobe Voice: Elegant, easy(!) storytelling

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Okay, this may be the easiest way yet to tell a professional looking story on your iPad.  I can see this app used with kiddos of nearly any age. I can see it becoming a classroom staple. (Especially when it moves to multiple platforms.) Adobe Voice is a new, free app that allows you to: [...]

Popping the shelves at Brisbane Grammar (and David’s templates)

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Pretty much everything I saw during my visit to the libraries at Brisbane Grammar was impressive, especially the passion and creativity of the teacher librarians, led by Director of Information Services, Cathy Oxley. But in this post I want to share one very simple element– how they’ve made the book collection pop on/off their traditional [...]

Mt. Alvernia: the journey to iCentre

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I am nearing the end of my visit to Australia where I was honored to speak and offer a MasterClass at EduTECH 2014.  Among the nine strands offered was the K12 Library Managers Congress where I met and reconnected with movers and shakers who are rethinking library, engaging learners, and inspiring each other.  I hope [...]

Microsoft demoes Skype Translator

Imagine in the very near future, technology allowing  humans to bridge geographic and language boundaries to connect mind to mind and heart to heart in ways never before possible.  Gurdeep Pall This blew my mind.  Please watch this video and consider the possibilities. Earlier this week, at the the Re/Code Conference, Gurdeep Pall, Microsoft Vice President of Skype and [...]

edshelf: it’s a directory, it’s a review portal, it’s a community, it’s a curation tool . . .

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Look, up in the cloud!  It’s a directory.  It’s a review portal.  It’s a community. It’s a launchpad. It’s a curation tool.  It’s a playlist creator.  It’s an easy source of icons and QR codes. I’ve been using edshelf for some time now and it’s kinda become one of my superheroes for curating apps and [...]

Michelle’s smashing app fest

Michelle Luhtala had been crowd-sourcing her latest edWeb,net webinar for a few weeks and we were all feeding her tips and faves. Her resulting edWeb app-share on Wednesday kinda blew my mind. It was so much more than a list of tools. It demonstrated how educators are creatively using tools for real learning and serious [...]