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John Green launches Crash Course: Navigating Digital Information

On behalf of my library/educator colleagues, thank you, John Green. Thank you, John, for offering us a new tool in introducing media literacy and credibility awareness with our learning communities. Thank you for lending your honest voice and passion to this mission. John recently introduced a new 10-episode Crash Course series, Navigating Digital Information, developed […]

Discussion strategies for your pedagogical toolkit

Each semester I think about how I might create more engagement in both my online and on-campus courses.  I want more students thinking. I want more students talking. Across the years, I’ve gathered a number of go-to websites I visit for inspiration and I revisit a few old favorite discussion techniques. I’ve found that these strategies […]

DBQuest and Case Maker: Two more critical thinking tools from LOC!

Alert your social studies and ELA teacher friends or dig in on your own.  This past week the Library of Congress launched DBQuest and Case Maker, two new web and mobile apps that join a suite of digital resources introduced back in 2016. The Library of Congress announcement shared that these new interactive opportunities for middle and high school […]

Allsides: Curating diverse perspectives (or looking at news from most sides now)

Free people from filter bubbles so they can better understand the world and each other. AllSides.com mission It’s a search tool. It’s a conversation opener. It’s a bubble burster. Though I just discovered it, the news aggregator AllSides has been around for around four years as a platform that curates and uses crowd-sourcing technology to […]

DPLA Primary Source Sets

Just in time for instructional planning, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) reminds us that their 100 Primary Source Sets were designed  to help students develop critical thinking skills by exploring topics in history, literature, and culture. If you work with middle or high school learners, you’re going to love these sets created by the teachers from […]

Newseum Education’s Digital Classroom

The Newseum in Washington, DC has long been one of my favorite places to take students. The interactive museum, dedicated to media and journalism, now offers a Digital Classroom and you’ll want to add it to your go-to spaces for high quality, standards-based, document-driven instruction. Focused on historical inquiry, media literacy, critical thinking, document analysis, […]

Four tools for determining web cred

Not all information tasks are the same.  And because sources that may be perfect for analyzing Hamlet’s motivation, may not be right for examining what’s happening now in Damascus or how far down we might fall from the fiscal cliff, learners need new credibility assessment strategies. As teachers and librarians we are used to discussing […]

The LC does CCSS

Earlier this week, the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog, announced that it has made its already fabulous  teaching resources–designed to inspire analysis, critical thinking, and the value of working with primary sources–more findable for teachers by aligning them to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). It’s all free and available through a new […]

Above and Beyond: The Story of the 4Cs

Communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student, advises that we inspire learners to achieve and that we teach well beyond the bubble test: In an increasingly complex, demanding and competitive 21st century, students need to learn more than the […]

Infographics as an infolit product

Data is the new soil. Because for me, it feels like a fertile, creative medium. You know, over the years, online, we’ve laid down a huge amount of information and data, and we irrigate it with networks and connectivity, and it’s been worked and tilled by unpaid workers and governments. . . But it’s a […]