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Canva does graphs, charts, and diagrams!

I only recently discovered that Canva, one of our favorite design tools, extends its design magic to support graphing and data visualization.  I cannot tell you how often I wished for a template to create pie, bars, fishbone, concept maps, comparison charts for my instruction, presentations, infographics, and reports. I often struggle to help teachers […]

WalkWoke: an iOS app for your student activists (and a media literacy opp)

Your student activists are going to love WalkWoke.The iPhone app allows for the creative of impactful political posters to print, publish or share with meme-style ease.The app was launched in January by Tangelo, a venture studio and an innovation lab with a diverse team–built and founded by immigrant women. Posters were selected for their powerful and empathetic artwork drawn by real […]

Some secret strategies for serious searchers

I designed and currently teach a course called Search and the Information Landscape.  What I love about the course is getting my graduate students to think about their search habits and recognize what works. I also introduce a few classic strategies that have been around in the literature about online searching since the pre-web days. What […]

Refreshing your on- and offline spaces with a bit of library eye candy

There’s redecorating and there’s just plain old decorating. When it comes time for a bit of library refreshing, in the form of posters and bulletin boards, there are so many wonderful shared options. In the spirit of fall refreshing, I thought I’d refresh on of my posts, Fall decorating: a round-up of smart (and free) […]

Smore’s New Educator Hive

Many of us rely on Smore for student projects, for our flyers, announcements to parents, instruction and more.  Many of us love it for its super-low, truly accessible learning curve. This week, the folks at Smore introduced The Educator Hive.  The Hive currently features more than 450 flyer and newsletter templates shared by other educators […]

#READTransformed: remixing the celebrity poster

Perhaps it’s an inside librarian joke, but I so love this idea. I think it was Topeka Library that started the #READTransformed meme. If you’ve collected ALA’s Celebrity READ posters in your library, your students and faculty may just jump on board to help you reinterpret and remix these classics. So, pick a hero. Strike […]

Adobe Slate and other new storytelling platforms

I’ve been in love with the elegance and free-ness of the Adobe Voice app for nearly a year now.  It’s one of the easiest strategies I’ve seen for creating effective video stories.  This week, Adobe introduced an equally elegant tool for digital publishing–for those times you want to tell a non-video story, largely based on […]

Databases: making the case

Brenda Boyer and I are getting ready for our edWeb webinar on use of subscription databases.  In preparation, we created an infographic you may find useful in promoting databases with teachers and students. Please feel free to use and embed it if you find it helpful. Top reasons to use databases from Joyce Valenza During […]

Shannon’s holiday gifts and Lisa’s very useful printables

Two inspiring/handy ideas came across my network yesterday.   My dear friend, Shannon Miller shared the mashed-up Smore newsletter she is preparing for her students as a holiday gift. When it’s complete, My Teacher Librarian Gave to Me will offer Van Meter families 20 days of awesome library and technology tools and resources. Shannon embeds several Tellagami introductions […]

Fall decorating: a round-up of smart (and free) posters

Every year, as we move back into our libraries and classrooms, we search for meaningful, inspiring, attractive visuals to fill our display cases, to grace our bulletin boards, to embed on our websites. Many of you have already experienced this, but if not, I must warn you of the dangers of searching Pinterest boards for […]