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Wakelet: Way to do a conference! (and a heck of a lot more)

Like many of my educator colleagues, I’ll confess to having been a webinar junkie under quarantine. Like many of my edtech colleagues across the world, a couple of weeks back I attended Wakelet Community Week. I was already sold on the free, flexible collaborative platform. As an early adopter, I’ve used Wakelet to curate conferences […]

#TLstrong: Is the our moment?

#TLStrong

A small group of friends and colleagues thought it might be good to gather colleagues around the country for a little check-in. On March 26, we brought around 85 folks together for some sharing and learning–a bit of a check-in. Melissa Thom of Connecticut and Craig Seasholes of Washington stepped up to co-host. Others–Michelle Luhtala, […]

On Librarians and Point Guards

It’s March, so I suppose it makes sense to talk basketball. The more I read about point guards, the more I think the comparison makes sense. How do you manage the space of the largest classroom in the school?

Reimagining the author visit: a statewide approach

Every once in a while you discover a confluence of opportunity. This happened when a team of librarians and educators in New Jersey discovered that Jacqueline Woodson, the Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature was visiting our state for two events.

Wakelet: for curation, collaborating and telling your stories

One of my favorite new(ish) tools for curation is Wakelet. In the past I’ve used to to archive conferences, share lists of best lists, crowd-source current awareness, and to keep my personal favorite classroom teaching tips and strategies handy.  (Happily I discovered Wakelet in the wake of the sudden demise of tools like Google+ Communities and Storify.) I […]

#bookclubshare: Steve’s book club and one-book-one-school solution

The problem: When I left Springfield, I had at least 15 copies each of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Soloist and Unbroken lying around.  A few copies of each were on the shelves. Many more were crowded on the bottom shelves in our workroom, several copies deep. In planning our community-building, reading events […]

#inTLchat

#inTLchat (in + tlchat) It seems so simple that I cannot figure out why it didn’t hit us sooner. Putting an “in” in front of the #tlchat hashtag we’ve been using forever, changes everything. It’s sticky. It’s (of course) international. And it’s already gaining global traction. Teacher librarians are the ultimate connectors and I don’t […]

News for Padlet fans and newbies

If you’re like me, Padlet has been a go-to tool for brainstorming, back channeling, collaborating, collecting ideas and media and even for portfolio building–well, forever. Over the past few weeks one of our favorite platforms added some features that make it an even more powerful teaching and learning tool. 1. Formats  In addition to Wall, […]

Participate: curating with communities

I’ve added a new platform to my list of curation favorites.  The Participate Learning search engine offers access to thousands of educator-vetted K12 learning resources–apps, videos, and websites. Apps, for both iOS and Android, as well as other learning resources, are browsable and searchable by keyword, category, or standard.  Searches may be filtered by whether […]

Pinterest becomes more social

Yesterday, Pinterest announced a new collaborative feature–conversations/messaging around shared pins. Combined with the Send a Pin feature added last spring, users can now share and comment on visual discoveries with multiple friends, colleagues and students without having to leave the site or app they are currently exploring. To engage in a Pinterest converation, after choosing […]