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On Meerkat


Yesterday I wished my friends could see the beauty of my snowy backyard and I discovered the Meerkat app. It seems everyone is buzzing about the free app that allows you to connect your iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch camera to Twitter and live stream or schedule the video you shoot real-time to all […]

Twitter adds group chat and a mobile video cam


No secret:  I rely heavily on Twitter for keeping up with professional news and for messaging and for sharing discoveries. So, I was very happy to discover that Twitter’s Direct Message feature recently expanded to include group messaging. This enables the tweeter to easily set up groups and to privately message with up to 20 […]

Edublogs (discovery) time!


It’s Edublogs Award time. While we have an opportunity to vote for our faves on, I see this, more importantly, as an opportunity to make discoveries relating to important voices in the larger field. As you look at the nominees, be sure to look at and beyond the Librarian list. These nominees represent leadership. […]

Four nifty ways to display and curate Twitter

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Our Twitter feeds and searches and Tweetdeck display panels are just fine for everyday purposes, but for special occasions–conferences, meetings, professional development, and, perhaps, classes, you may want to dress up your feeds. These four tools allow you to display @signs and hashtags in more attractive, perhaps more usable, ways.  I’ll demonstrate with #tlchat Tagboard ( […]

Topsy: a game changer for search, e-reputation, & data analysis


I love searching Twitter. And I love sharing how a Twitter search can dramatically impact student research, by connecting them with experts, encouraging them to develop current awareness, allowing them to listen in on the dialog of a particular field or niche, and, in some cases, enabling them to contribute to the conversation. Learning to […]

One million tweet map

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Mommy, where do tweets come from? Now, there’s an easy answer thanks to the one million tweet map. Though this Mashable video ends with a Justin Bieber question, the map can be a media literacy tool, powerful for analyzing trends, how and where information flows, and perhaps, where and why it does not. It may […]

Educational Twitter Hashtags, the infographic (updated)

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Compiled By: So many of the teachers and teacher librarians I know continue as unconverted.  They don’t yet see the value of Twitter as a tool for learning and keeping up.  Beyond the walls of their own schools, they have yet to build a PLN. This new infographic from offers quick visual reference […]

#tlchat live & get ready for more Café


We’ve been playing around with the idea of beginning a live focused conversation around the hashtag #tlchat for quite some time.  It’s the start of a new school year.  Why not now? The goal is to get a conversation going on a particular evening around a focused topic, much in the same way that #edchat […]

Twiplomacy and tools for social network research


A couple of years ago, while our students were engaged in a Middle East peace simulation, we discovered that Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted.  In fact, we discovered that at least three folks who called themselves Benjamin Netanyahu were tweeting. Once we distinguished the real Bibi from the imposters, the students representing him were golden. They were […]

#highschoolchat: Help Erin raise the student voice!


It’s tough to make a hashtag sticky.  Especially if you are a high school junior. So I hope you will share this with your own students who want to share their voices. A while back I introduced you to Erin (@talkabouths).  She’s one of those students who is passionate about raising her own voice.  She […]