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Heather’s Research Xpress

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How many times have you stopped a lesson to review or re-teach a skill and wished you had a little video tutorial that meets the needs of your learning community? How many times have you wished you could share a little video to explain a search concept to your students who were working on their […]

HyperDocs and the teacher librarian

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The concept of HyperDocs is spreading all over edtech land. HyperDocs are perfect opportunities to grow teacher librarian/ classroom teacher partnerships. A true extension of what TLs do or should be doing in a hyperlinked information landscape, HyperDocs are all about curation and collaboration,  instruction based on engaged inquiry, as well as our mission to […]

On orientation attitude: Two stories, a playlist and a top eleven list

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A couple of years back, I posted a little round-up of Orientation inspiration, gathering ideas from a few friends in the field. This year I find myself collecting creative ideas for my School Library Management class from blogs and tweets coming across my network in the form of an Orientation And Getting Ready For Action […]

Global Oneness Project: free, interdisciplinary instruction and engagement

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If you are seeking to inspire global awareness, critical thinking and student engagement, share the Global Oneness Project with your secondary classroom teacher partners. The Global Oneness Project offers an award-winning, interdisciplinary collection of films, photo essays, and articles exploring cultural, social, and environmental issues. All resources are free and are accompanied by rich standards-aligned lesson plans that […]

CloudSchool a simple and elegant platform for instruction

I recently discovered CloudSchool, incredibly simple (and free) platform for creating and sharing standards-aligned instruction. The teaching space (LMS) allows you and any teacher partners to deliver full courses or individual lessons. The WYSIWYG interface makes it easy to create and publish media-rich lessons, assignments and homework. CloudSchool can also be a platform for professional […]

JSTOR teaching resources (with way more Understanding Shakespeare!)

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Back in November I wrote about JSTOR becoming even more librarian- and classroom-friendly.  This morning JSTOR significantly beefed up its bardiness. Understanding Shakespeare, the collaborative project between JSTOR Labs and the Folger Shakespeare Library increased its coverage from six to 38 plays. This research tool facilitates discovery of scholarship. It allows students, teachers and scholars […]

Lynda.com’s free offerings

I’ll admit it wasn’t on my K12 radar, but at the university one of the most popular resources for teaching and learning and catching up is Lynda.com.  Designed to address the training needs of industry, government and education, the service offers professionally produced video with curricula and assessment. While the full curricular/training content for K12 […]

BrainPop Game(s)Up the election

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At the ISLMA Conference last week, Lisa Perez of Chicago Public Schools shared  BrainPop’s election resources (free through Election Day) and its new GameUp features, that she has found valuable in gamifying professional development with the librarians in her district. Although because of Sandy we are without power at home and school, the kind folks […]

A letter to my seniors (updated)

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A recent conversation on ALA’s  INFOLIT list–By graduation, what should K-12 students know about web search?–inspired me to update a post I did a few years back for eVOYA.  I’ll share this letter with my seniors in the next couple of weeks. Congratulations, Dear Senior Class, Secretly, I wish I could go along with you […]

Flip this lesson! (a TED-Ed update)

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I talked about the launch of TED-Ed back in March.  The project, designed to inspire high school students with mind-altering video lessons presented by master teachers and amplified by talented artists, has grown way more collaborative and even more powerful for learning. The second phase of the initiative allows registered teachers to create and share […]