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Microsoft’s Office 365 now free to schools

It’s the one-year anniversary of Office 365 and Microsoft’s VP for Education, Anthony Salcito just released some big news in his blog: Starting today, Microsoft Office 365 for Education is available, providing the world’s best productivity, communications and collaboration experiences to schools at no cost. Office 365 for education is a cloud-based suite that includes [...]

Kathy’s bloomin’ iPad

Thank you, Kathy Schrock, for creating this lovely new chart of free, content neutral apps aligned with levels and verbs suggested by the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy.  So much to explore! Kathy’s work is inspired by Andrew Churches’ Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy blog and Leslie Owen Wilson’s Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy.  To recommend additional apps, visit the form [...]

Embedit.in

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Every once in a while you discover an app that simply and quietly makes your life just a little easier.  An app that ought to be on your virtual Swiss Army knife of apps.  Aviary, Zamzar, Picnik come easily to mind.  I could gush about them all day long. Recently I added Embedit.in to that [...]

TL Tips for Tight Times (Part 1: Rethinking Collection)

The vendors I do business with each year are beginning to call looking for commitments for next year and I don’t know what to tell them. We live in uncertain times.  Some of the best of us are losing positions. Some of us are covering multiple libraries.  For those of us lucky enough to be [...]

DocsTeach rocks primary sources!

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I discovered National Archives Experience’s DocsTeach today, thanks to eSchoolNews. My teachers are going to flip.  And so will my APUSH gang. Searchable by time period, historical thinking skill, and tool, this new portal helps teachers find, use, and create instruction using more than 3,000 primary sources. I love the open-ended approach to instruction and [...]

Thanks, Gale. And I want more of these.

Thanks to a Cathy Oxley’s post on our TL Diigo group, I just discovered Gale Cengage’s new YouTube video promoting AccessMyLibrary School Edition. Here’s why this matters. It matters because the market for this little video is not librarians. The market is kids.  The story is why kids need reliable information and how easy it [...]

Kindle for the Web (Beta)

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Kindle for the Web Beta launched today.  The new feature allows folks to sample first chapters of Kindle books on web browsers, preferably Firefox 3.6, Safari 5, or Chrome 5. To sample titles: click the “Read first chapter FREE” button while shopping for selected books at Amazon.com to view the sample in your browser window. [...]

eCurriculum and eTexts

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A couple of days ago a post on Curriki inspired me to take another look at the world of digital texts.   I got so inspired that I pulled together a little digital text pathfinder for our high school faculty.  Immediately, I got positive response. In two or three years since I started dreaming about the [...]

Digital wishing reprised

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With the help of our lovely PTA, last year our library was able to add four Flip camcorders to our collection.  We paid for two.  They were in constant use. This year Digital Wish and Flip offer the same sweet deal to nonprofit K12 schools.  Buy one Flip Ultra HD, get another free, $150 for [...]