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Celebrate the Freedom to Read: Helping Michelle crowd source this great BBW resource

It’s Banned Books Week.  Michelle Luhtala shares a crowd-sourced project that will help us promote censorship awareness as we pool our efforts to create a project with far and lasting reach. Michelle proposes that we work together and contribute to a Challenged Books Slide Show. She explain explains the back story: This project began when […]

Are we there yet?

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I was asked to keynote for #njpaetec2 this past weekend. It’s not so unusual for me to speak at a local conference.  But conference organizer Barry Saide did not want me to talk about libraries or inquiry or social media curation or app smashing or the importance of online communities of practice. He wanted me […]

New from the National Constitution Center: an Interactive Constitution

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It’s Constitution Day and the National Constitution Center just launched an Interactive Constitution, perfect for high school and university study. The podcast announcement, hosted by Jeffrey Rosen, the Center’s president and CEO,  celebrates the launch and offers detailed project background on the project. The three-year project, currently covers the first 15 Amendments and invites students […]

It’s blocked: Join us for a discussion about filters tomorrow

I am excited about tomorrow’s Emerging Tech webinar hosted by Michelle Luhtala and featuring Doug Johnson.  Please consider joining us in this interactive conversation. Here are the details: Wednesday, Sep. 16 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time It’s Blocked! How Internet Filters Impact K-12 Learning Presented by Doug Johnson, blogger and author; Dr. Joyce Valenza, Director of […]

Better World Education: a curriculum for leading kids to lead global change

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Better World Education is an online learning space designed to engage learners and coordinate teachers in leading positive change in the world.  It’s a globally adaptable academic curriculum for global good. Built by reweave, a US-registered nonprofit, the attractive format and curriculum focuses on social, emotional and academic learning goals using three key layers: Empathy […]

Free school library advocacy packs from Bound to Stay Bound

ALA is offering free school library advocacy packs.Sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books (BTSB), the packs contain tools to spread the word about the many ways school librarians are transforming teaching and learning. They include 25 copies of a limited print edition of the digital magazine supplement AASL produced in collaboration with American Libraries, as […]

A guest post from AASL’s Banned Websites Awareness Day Committee


AASL’s Banned Websites Awareness Day is coming up on September 30th.  Many thanks to the AASL Banned Websites Awareness Committee for this important guest post.  Please spread the word as well as these critical IF resources with your school communities. It’s happened to all of us– we’re at school trying to access the perfect website […]

Global Collaboration Day


My guess is that opening your library, and your school culture, to global opportunities is already high on your to-do list for 2015/16.  Here are a couple of ways to get started now, no matter where in the world you work. I the share news of two major free events from organizers Lucy Gray and […]

Google introduces Voice Typing for Docs (and it transcribes too!)

Hooray! I rely heavy on voice typing for messaging and searching on my phone.  I type pretty darn fast, but I talk and think way faster than I type and I just lose ideas before they make the page. Along with several other enhancements (a See New Changes feature and research tools that I will […]

Pixar in a box: New on Khan Academy


This week Khan Academy launched a new project that will absolutely engage your math, science and media teachers, and young filmmakers as well. Pixar In A Box is an new online curriculum that analyzes how the studio fuses art, tech, science, engineering, and math to develop top-shelf animated cinema. Created with middle and high school […]