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The Great American Read and its sweet by-products

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I was mesmerized by the two-hour launch of PBS Great American Read campaign.  While I believe choosing one book is impossible and not actually the point of this celebration,  I was enchanted by one compelling little book talk after another.  And it was delightful to listen to people talk with such passion about their books. Yesterday, I discovered When […]

The 5-Clue Challenge (#5cluechallenge)

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While planning a post compiling all the cool global literacy projects out there, I began having so much fun with one simple project that I decided it was worth its own little post. The 5 Clue Challenge is a traditional guessing game, kinda like Name that Tune. Here’s how it works. In short videos, students and […]

Loom: Screencasting and sharing so simplified!

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I am thrilled to discover Loom, a free screencasting tool available as a handy Chrome extension. Loom offers three recording options: screen and camera, screen only and camera only.  You may record your full desktop or just a tab using the familiar Cancel, Pause or Finish commands. I love that you can drag the circular camera screen around as you record […]

Kapwing: a very sweet web-based video editing suite

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It solves so many problems. And it is sooooo easy. I just discovered Kapwing. The free web-based video editing suite offers nine features (and promises more to come) and I am so excited about sharing it with my students and using it in my teaching.  It’s a kind of media Swiss army knife perfect for schools. Kapwing […]

Curation and the School Librarian

It’s one of AASL’s Shared Foundations in the new National Standards. It’s identified as a leadership area on the Future Ready Librarians Framework. But what does it look like when the school librarian really dives into digital curation? A little while back I had the opportunity to create a video on school librarians and social media curation […]

Typito: Your post production buddy

More and more we communicate through video. And I’ll bet you know the feeling when you record that very effective screencast or tutorial, and it just doesn’t feel ready for primetime. Post-production is what makes your media feel professional and done. But not everyone has access to, or the chops to use, a robust video […]

Heather’s Research Xpress

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How many times have you stopped a lesson to review or re-teach a skill and wished you had a little video tutorial that meets the needs of your learning community? How many times have you wished you could share a little video to explain a search concept to your students who were working on their […]

Check123 Video Encyclopedia

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Sometimes you just need a little video to act as a hook, to activate prior learning, to get kiddos up to speed, to engage. You search the usual video platforms and sift through lists of noisy results. Check123 Video Encyclopedia is a promising solution. The social video platform curates more than 20,000 from all over […]

360 Video Spotlight: National Geographic and The New York Times and CNN

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Today, I came face to face with an elephant, accompanied Iraqi forces as they fought to retake Falluja, and I rode along with police officers in Flint, and I tended bar for Don Cheadle, and I examined the aftermath of an earthquake. Storytelling is evolving and thrilling and sometimes dizzying.  Here are three examples of […]

MySimpleShow for explaining (and my first story)

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Looking for a simple (and free) explainer video creator?  One of my recent discoveries is MySimpleShow. Write a script or upload a little PowerPoint (up to 20 slides) and tell your story cut-out, explainer style. This is an effective tool for writing across the curriculum as well as creating instruction. MySimpleShow offers writers a range […]