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Remixing TED with Popcorn Maker

I’ve written about how we’ve use  Mozilla Popcorn Maker to add life (pop-ups, maps, images, text, Wikipedia articles) to our German textbooks and to annotate Cold War propaganda films. This past week, we’ve explored its use in close reading of  TED talks, with an eye toward deconstructing what makes a good speaker and a good speech. [...]

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 [...]

On library mashups

Don’t you just love it when we build on each others’ good work? Here’s what happened.  Jennifer LaGarde, aka Library Girl, inspired by the work of Carl Harvey, created her Are You Ready? poster/infographic. Around the same time, a number of us discovered and were playing around with Thinglink. (I think I first discovered it [...]

I could get hooked on Vook

Time to celebrate even more ways to remix and mashup the wonderful experience of reading! I have a feeling that the Vook and the TextVook are going to be popular reading options for many of our young readers and learners. A vook is a new innovation in reading that blends a well-written book, high-quality video [...]

Guide for TLs (and on curating digital content)

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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 [...]

On building a guide for research skills

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Returning to those Spring semester reflections . . . It’s been around ten years since we launched our school-wide research initiative.  A number of us on the faculty felt that we needed a little boost.  While I was migrating my pathfinders to LibGuides, I decided to pull together a number of research tools to make [...]

On LibGuides (and the dangers of relying on free lunch)

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It’s a new semester here in Springfield and I’ve been reflecting again.  (This post is kinda connected to the next, so please read on. It will be up soon.) I am a huge fan of free apps for creativity and productivity and dynamic information gathering. No surprise that in this blog I frequently celebrate the [...]

2011: The year to be FIERCE

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I checked the Urban Dictionary.  It lists three definitions for the word fierce. 1. term that gay men used in the late 1990s and early 2000s to describe absolutely everything that was of “exceptional quality”. 2. being bold, displaying chutzpah, especially relating to fashion, clothes, hair or makeup. Girl, work those heels! fierce! 3. term [...]

History for Music Lovers on YouTube

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An article in the Washington Post yesterday turned me on to an amazing creative effort developed by a couple of teachers in Hawaii. History for Music Lovers on YouTube is song parody and remix at its most useful.  And you are going to want to share it with your history, and many of your other [...]

Remixing great words with new power

For quite some time I’ve been thinking about the power of remixing to inspire new understandings of great speeches and documents, of giving learners opportunities for creatively reinterpreting great works and ideas in modern contexts. Our Hamlet Remixed (VoiceThread) project was highly successful.  But this morning I was completely blown away by Adam Gault’s remix [...]