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In PLN news 2 . . .Mightybell TLChat

tlchatmightlybell

A couple of posts ago I wrote about Mightybell as a new platform for curation and conversation. Let’s test drive it. I’ve set up a TLChat space.  Stop in and play. Add your favorite resources.  Invite friends.  Post questions.  Start chats.  I’d be happy to make any TL who asks a host.

My first Summit report

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What I loved about the past three days at the SLJ Summit in Arlington, was the blend.  The discussion was reading, and we discussed reading in all its glorious traditional and emerging formats. Forward-thinking practicing librarians interacted with other reading passionate stakeholders–an array of authors, illustrators, researchers, publishers, distributors, developers, content aggregators, school administrators, and [...]

Google does reading level (and dictionary)

googlereadinglevel

Google announced this one in December and I don’t know how I missed it. Today at edcampphilly, I learned that Google offers a newish feature in its Advanced Search.  (Thanks Dan Callahan!) You can now add a three-level reading level filter to your search using a pulldown.  Options are: no reading level displayed, annotate results [...]

Guide for TLs (and on curating digital content)

guidefortls

Lately I’ve been reading a bit about digital content curation, also referred to as human editorial curation or aggregation.  I think we’ve been doing this type of work for a long time in the form of widget-based pathfinders, but now folks seem to be talking about it. In a recent Mashable post, blogger, author, and [...]

Book Trailers for All updated

booktrailersforall-com

I met Teresa Schauer working with the SLJ folks on the Trailee Awards. She was the powerhouse and guiding force of our committee.

ICDL goes mobile

I just discovered that one of my very favorite booky destinations is now available as an app. The International Children’s Digital Library, a beautiful, multilingual portal, offering a large collection of free children’s books from around the world, can now be viewed on your iPad and on your iPhone, as well. The largest collection of [...]

A flake-free future :-(

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There’s no free lunch.  Don’t keep all your eggs in one basket. Always back up your work. I should have learned those lessons years ago. But when PageFlakes died and came back and died again over the past couple of weeks, I was devastated.  Right now, the site seems most sincerely dead. I loved Pageflakes [...]

A revised manifesto

Thank you all for the kind feedback you offered for my rant a few days back.  As I wrote that response, in the back of my mind I considered a few realities: 1. Some administrators have never seen a vibrant library program. 2. In tough times moving forward is more challenging. Not moving forward is [...]

Glogster now presents

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I use Glogster daily.  As a interactive poster/presentation/research tool for my students.  As a tool for creating web-based interfaces professionally.  And I just gathered my Glogster search posters together as a presentation. Teachers who are serious Glogsters can now take a next step in sharing, archiving, and organizing their students’–or their own– work. A recent [...]

Building Digital Citizens @MICDS and beyond

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Some stuff just seems harder to teach.  Some standards seem harder to own. Digital citizenship is a critical element of ISTE’s NETS (standards for students).  It is woven throughout AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Everyday I live, model, and teach citizenship.  But, to be perfectly honest, I haven’t been able to figure out [...]