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Big NoodleTools news

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One of our favorite productivity and teaching tools gets even better at the end of the month. This week I got a sneak peek at the newly evolved NoodleTools.  The update represents a significant redesign of the citation interface. I’ve relied on NoodleTools for years.  I’ve appreciated all the previous updates that helped students take [...]

New info-infographics from EasyBib & Turnitin

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Over the past couple of weeks, two companies released informative information literacy infographics. 1. EasyBib shared You are What You Write which revealed: Students don’t always outline, they like citation management tools, and they tend to procrastinate when writing research projects. Plagiarism is on the rise, according to an iParadigms/Turnitin study. Of the ten most [...]

From Syracuse a new video (and compelling research)

Ruth Small, Dave Lankes, and Barbara Stripling appear in this brief and effective video, presenting the value of school libraries and school librarians to learners.  New York Schools Need School Libraries presents these (slightly paraphrased) arguments: Ruth: Even when controlling for poverty level, elementary students in schools with full-time certified librarians had significantly higher ELA [...]

Samsung’s SUPERHERO Video Competition

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You and your students can vote for your favorite historical character portrayal from among 10 finalists in the Samsung Superhero Video Competition.  (All 519 videos can be seen on Samsung’s Superhero YouTube Channel.) Any K-12 student living in the U.S. or a Federal Territory may enter the enter the 2012 by submitting a 1-3 minute [...]

Curation, the musical!

I asked some of my kiddos and my music teacher colleague, Monica Femovich, to help me explain our very new efforts in teaching curation.  Usually game for anything Glee-ish, our singer/actors brilliantly and generously created an introduction I can use for instruction and in upcoming workshops. This may be the first song about digital curation. [...]

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 [...]

Free stuff from JSTOR

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My kiddos are true JSTOR junkies.  They rely on the scholarly database for their research in many areas, but particularly in history and lit crit. Alas, not every high school can squeeze this subscription into their budgets.  But cheer up, young historians and scholars . . . Earlier this week, JSTOR announced that they are [...]

ERIC gets social (5 new ways to do ed research)

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While many of us weren’t watching, ERIC, the granddaddy of education research, has grown a lot more social.  As we prepare for a fall filled with professional development, it might be a good idea to share some of ERIC’s new coolness with the faculty. In case you never had the pleasure . . . Sponsored [...]

Which style?

photo © 2008 Ethan Lofton | more info (via: Wylio) Our district is exploring the most prevalent documentation style at the university level. And I am also curious about which styles are used most broadly at the K12 level. So I thought I’d do a little survey and report the results here in a couple [...]

On tearing down information walls.

photo © 2006 Laura Chifiriuc | more info (via: Wylio)It’s been a tough week.  I lost two friends. One of those deaths is relevant here. Niki reached out to me several years ago, a year after her brain tumor diagnosis. She needed a librarian to help her get to documents and emerging research findings that [...]