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MentorMob and me

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One of the new tools I discovered at ISTE was MentorMob, a tool for curating and collaborating on learning playlists. I’ve since been test-driving the heck out of it as I develop the new online course I’ll be adjuncting this fall. Here’s a learning playlist for my Module on credibility.  (I’m going to be eliminating [...]

Mightybell: a platform for curation, conversation & group learning

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Mightybell on Vimeo. My network has been buzzing recently about the new social learning space, Mightybell–a place to create groups with friends around what interests you. Launched by Ning co-founder and former CEO Gina Bianchini, Mightybell allows users to get a network up and running and customized (for free) in just a few minutes.  Gina [...]

Coming soon: eduClipper!

My good buddy Adam Bellow (aka eduTecher), announced the launch of his new clipboard curation service for education at ISTE last week and I am excited. Finally an easy curation tool with an educational focus!  I am picturing Pinterest on steriods, without the shoes.  School-friendly and student-safe. EduClipper will allow teachers and students to clip [...]

Discussing the future of the textbook. Add your voice!

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Despite a stupid broken knee, I’ve found a way to get down to Silver Spring, MD tomorrow for Discovery Education’s Beyond the Textbook Forum. I am honored to be among a small group of teachers and thinkers I truly admire, but I am conscious of the fact that Karen (my dear generous friend and driver) [...]

Searcheeze, please rethink your nasty approach

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This morning I was excited to discover the beta of Searcheeze, which appears to be an easy cool tool for collaborative curating. But I watched the intro video and went into a not-so-quiet tirade. Here’s how it starts: Search. It’s quite interesting how the meaning of the word “search” has been subjected to change in [...]

Curation, the musical!

I asked some of my kiddos and my music teacher colleague, Monica Femovich, to help me explain our very new efforts in teaching curation.  Usually game for anything Glee-ish, our singer/actors brilliantly and generously created an introduction I can use for instruction and in upcoming workshops. This may be the first song about digital curation. [...]

Our YA Lit LibGuide (a guest post from Chrissy)

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My big goal for the year is to promote reading.  So I asked my practicum student, Chrissy Sirianni, to use my BookLeads wiki as an inspiration and add her own special curating touch to create a YA Lit Guide.  And then I asked her to reflect on her work: I was thrilled when Joyce suggested [...]

On growing “knowledge citizens”

I love the phrase: knowledge citizen! I just watched Howard Rheingold’s interview with Pierre Levy, collective intelligence guru. Here’s the exchange (at around 11:50) that clarified for me what happened this week as our kids discovered curation as a search tool and a a strategy for knowledge building.   We are working on growing knowledge citizens. [...]

A few good scoops for us

I’ve been talking a lot about curating for and with students lately. As the curation movement gets stickier, more and more librarians and educators are joining. So I tasked my very able practicum student Chrissy Sirianni to help me pick some Scoop.its to share, offering a taste of the kind of current awareness the tool [...]

The kids are curating

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We eased into teaching curation, getting our feet wet by introducing it as a search tool a couple of weeks ago. This week we decided to jump in completely and we chose Paper.li as a platform for curating senior project research. (Decision digression: I went back and forth between Scoop.it and Paper.li, finally decided on [...]