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White House Student Film Festival: On Giving Back

Here’s an opportunity for all of us working both formally and informally with young filmmakers. For the second year The White House invites students to share their stories. This year, the targeted topic is one students often choose on their own. It’s about agency, making a difference, giving back. Every day in classrooms and communities [...]

Crowdsourcing Fifty (or so) ways to leave your paper:

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Every couple of years I attach a list of alternate project ideas to my September faculty newsletter.  As I began to update those ideas this time around, it occurred to me that it would be a much better list if we built it together. So here’s the document I have so far.  I invite you [...]

New Creative Commons license chooser

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If your kiddos are creating and publishing digital content at the rate mine are, you likely want to lead them to select a CC license to apply to those digital stories and posters and music videos and works of art. Just as it’s important to teach about the value of using Creative Commons materials, we [...]

Beeclip EDU: scrapbooking for schools

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We’ve used digital scrapbooking tools for creatively exploring the lives of historical events and figures using primary sources, for creating portfolios, and for presenting research projects. But I’ve been on the lookout for a scrapbooking tool that really works for school. The ones we’ve used the past couple of years have been a little clunky, a [...]

Infotention and digital citizenship

Confessions: I used to be smarter. I used to be a better friend. I used to be able to get more done. I think the same may be true of my students. Sherry Turkle, MIT professor and author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other, describes the research [...]

Mightybell: a platform for curation, conversation & group learning

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Mightybell on Vimeo. My network has been buzzing recently about the new social learning space, Mightybell–a place to create groups with friends around what interests you. Launched by Ning co-founder and former CEO Gina Bianchini, Mightybell allows users to get a network up and running and customized (for free) in just a few minutes.  Gina [...]

Our own Creative Commons

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Right before the end of school we launched a new creative space. The transformation of our reference area to a making space was funded by a very generous gift from a family in our community. This little video gives you a flavor of the change. The Altman family wanted the space to be accessible to [...]

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 [...]

Honoring our filmmakers: If you give a kid a camera . . .

It’s not Hollywood, New York, or Cannes, but for a particular group of students, this red carpet will be unforgettable. This time of year we traditionally award students who over the year score the highest on their exams, attend class every day, participate the most in school activities, achieve glory on the field or court. [...]

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 [...]