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Refreshing your on- and offline spaces with a bit of library eye candy

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There’s redecorating and there’s just plain old decorating. When it comes time for a bit of library refreshing, in the form of posters and bulletin boards, there are so many wonderful shared options. In the spirit of fall refreshing, I thought I’d refresh on of my posts, Fall decorating: a round-up of smart (and free) […]

Smore’s New Educator Hive

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Many of us rely on Smore for student projects, for our flyers, announcements to parents, instruction and more.  Many of us love it for its super-low, truly accessible learning curve. This week, the folks at Smore introduced The Educator Hive.  The Hive currently features more than 450 flyer and newsletter templates shared by other educators […]

#READTransformed: remixing the celebrity poster

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Perhaps it’s an inside librarian joke, but I so love this idea. I think it was Topeka Library that started the #READTransformed meme. If you’ve collected ALA’s Celebrity READ posters in your library, your students and faculty may just jump on board to help you reinterpret and remix these classics. So, pick a hero. Strike […]

Adobe Slate and other new storytelling platforms

I’ve been in love with the elegance and free-ness of the Adobe Voice app for nearly a year now.  It’s one of the easiest strategies I’ve seen for creating effective video stories.  This week, Adobe introduced an equally elegant tool for digital publishing–for those times you want to tell a non-video story, largely based on […]

Databases: making the case

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Brenda Boyer and I are getting ready for our edWeb webinar on use of subscription databases.  In preparation, we created an infographic you may find useful in promoting databases with teachers and students. Please feel free to use and embed it if you find it helpful. Top reasons to use databases from Joyce Valenza During […]

Shannon’s holiday gifts and Lisa’s very useful printables


Two inspiring/handy ideas came across my network yesterday.   My dear friend, Shannon Miller shared the mashed-up Smore newsletter she is preparing for her students as a holiday gift. When it’s complete, My Teacher Librarian Gave to Me will offer Van Meter families 20 days of awesome library and technology tools and resources. Shannon embeds several Tellagami introductions […]

Fall decorating: a round-up of smart (and free) posters

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Every year, as we move back into our libraries and classrooms, we search for meaningful, inspiring, attractive visuals to fill our display cases, to grace our bulletin boards, to embed on our websites. Many of you have already experienced this, but if not, I must warn you of the dangers of searching Pinterest boards for […]

Recording kids’ history as readers


I had to share this wonderful idea from Sarah Mulhern Gross’s recent Infotopia post: Beyond the Book: Infographics of Students’ Reading History!   Sarah, a high school English teacher, was excited about sharing her lesson with the school library community. Sarah describes herself as a book evangelist.  She shared her interest in having students think about some of the books that have affected […]

Checkthis! and other postery stuff


Posters tell stories economically.  And there is no longer a need to share them with thumbtacks. I fell in love with Smore last spring (see Postering with new tools).  We now use it to promote library activities, to create marketing campaigns for sports and club events. Our students return to it often as a visual […]

Infographics: Round 2


We just completed the second go-round of our global infographics project. It’s an opportunity for students to visually represent their research in a way that makes an impact on an audience.  It’s a way for them to practice media literacy, data crunching and communication skills. And, combined with their oral presentations, it’s a way for […]