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New from AASL: Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

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I am in San Diego for ISTE and I missed the live excitement, but for the fourth year, AASL just announced its Top 25 Websites for Teacher and Learning. These sites were selected because they foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and [...]

Great Web Sites for Kids Redesigned

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Earlier this week, members of ALSC (ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children) announced the redesign of the Great Web Sites for Kids site via the #alscgws hashtag. For as long as I can remember (actually since 1997) this hard-working committee has been evaluating and compiling its list of  exemplary sites for children from birth [...]

9/11 Resources

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The members of our incoming freshman class would have been around four on September 11, 2001.  They might not remember what they were doing on that sunny Tuesday morning, a morning that changed most of us in ways I am not sure we yet understand. In two weeks we’ll face the 10th anniversary of that [...]

Embedit.in

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Every once in a while you discover an app that simply and quietly makes your life just a little easier.  An app that ought to be on your virtual Swiss Army knife of apps.  Aviary, Zamzar, Picnik come easily to mind.  I could gush about them all day long. Recently I added Embedit.in to that [...]

SnagLearning (Snag quality films and instructional content)

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I’ve been a fan of SnagFilms for a couple of years now.  The site offers convenient and free access to more than 2100 award-winning documentaries.  It has been among the most popular sites on our documentary film pathfinder. I recently discovered Snag Learning, a version of the site designed for middle and high school use. [...]

More on ISTE: the Feud, the Forum, the Final Keynote (updated with slides)

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Who says panel discussions can’t be fun? After the seriousness and pressure of preparing for my TEDxPhillyed talk on Saturday (more on that in a future post), several good friends and I presented the Learning Tools Family Feud at ISTE.  Click on the Unlocking Potential image below to view the hour-long session. Perhaps we did [...]

INFOdocket and FullTextReports

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Gary Price alerts me. I’ve been following his work as editor of ResourceShelf for more than ten years   Now, he and his scouting and writing partner Shirl Kennedy, continue to feed me tasty information leads, in two new information spaces:  INFOdocket and FullTextReports Still shy of two-months old, these prodigious infant sites are engaged in [...]

Wikispaces goes to college, gets even better, and stays FREE!

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At our state edtech conference last week (PETE&C), our favorite wiki guys, Adam Frey and James Byers, hinted about some exciting upcoming news. They followed up this evening with this email sharing that they are extending their most generous free wikis for education policy to our colleagues at the university. Adam writes: Starting this month, [...]

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 [...]

A great guide for newbie social educators

Michael Zimmer (@MZimmer557), a Technology Integration Specialist in Western Kentucky, shares Tools for the 21st Century Teacher, a wonderful little e-guidebook offering a basic introduction to most things social media and discussion about how they may be effectively integrated into instruction.  Among the many tools covered are Twitter, Diigo, Prezi, Evernote, Wallwisher, Skype. I am [...]