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Libraries from Puerto Rico to Florida Respond to Hurricane Irma

Arriving hard on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, Irma cut a destructive swath through the northeastern Caribbean and Florida Keys. More than $50 billion worth of damage was reported in the United States, as well as 39 fatalities.

Reformy Chalkbeat Peddles the Moskowitz Book

A few years ago, I used to write for Chalkbeat, nee Gotham Schools. I wrote a review of Diane Ravitch's book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, which I loved. There was a very lively comment section, and for reasons not shared with me, Chalkbeat deleted it. Show More Summary

Learn and Collaborate With Students Worldwide

Kids learn together in well-rounded, collaborative global classroom

Pirates, Myths, Legends, Treasures and Activities

Get to know several infamous pirates, the treasures they sought, the myths and legends of their voyages.

Fantasy Football, Information Literacy, and the Library

n August 2015, I invited Evan Silva, fantasy football author/podcaster/expert, to speak to an audience at the Skokie (IL) Public Library (SPL). Silva, though well known in the fantasy football world, had never spoken at a library or similar educational institution and wasn’t sure why I would contact him. Show More Summary

The Good and Bad of PowerPoint Slides

Ah...PowerPoint.How do I love thee? How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways...Today on Slaw.ca, Steven B. Levy wrote about what PowerPoint is good for, and not so good for:"I’ve seen many successful projects perceived as troubled simply...Show More Summary

Training Librarians as Evaluators to Show Library Value

2017 Mover & Shaker honoree Linda Hofschire discusses how librarians can conduct their own original research in order to show library value with SAGE Publishing’s SVP of Global Learning Resources.

Those Darn Employees

The Washington Education Association board of directors met over the weekend at union headquarters and were greeted by this: The WEA staff is without a contract and may strike next week if an agreement is not reached. Pensions and post-retirement benefits continue to be the most contentious bargaining issues. Show More Summary

Open Up Another Can of Teachers

Chaz has a great piece pointing out the hypocrisy of the NY Post editorial board, which cries bloody murder when teacher certification requirements are reduced, but also supports charter schools who basically want to hire just about anybody. Show More Summary

Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-09-10

I Can’t Get Google – YouTube think about this sometime you assume people have some shared understanding of the Internet Is there any value in people who cannot write JavaScript? The worst part about pushing the “know everything” mentality is that we end up creating an industry full of professionals suffering from burnout and mental illness. Show More Summary

Privacy and Security Exercise

Do this exercise with your phone, tablet, and/or any computer you use regularly. Imagine that someone has accessed your device and can log in and access all information on the device. If they were a thief, what information could they...Show More Summary

Some early comments on my new book

My new book with Dean Shareski, Different Schools for a Different World, is getting some positive early comments. A sampling is below. Thank you, everyone! 1. Jeff Nelson Different Schools for a Different World by Scott McLeod and Dean Shareski just hammered my thinking. Their work is not a long read. It’s about 60 pages. […]

Sandlots and Outdoor Rinks

I played a lot of sports as a kid growing up in southern Manitoba. Hockey in the winter, baseball in the spring, golf in the summer and football in the fall. In all cases, I played in leagues but I also played them without adult supervision or organization. In Canada, outdoor neigbourhood rinks are as prevalent as sandlots and baseball fields. Show More Summary

Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection from September 1 st to 15 th, 2017 is now available on the Court website. It is possible to subscribe via e-mail to receive the list.

How school leaders can combat ‘filter bubbles’ and ‘fake news’

Information literacy has been a hot topic of recent conversation. Many folks believe that web sites that traffic in false information and ‘fake news’ may have influenced the last United States presidential election. Traffic on the Snopes web site, which debunks false rumors, has never been greater. Ideological separation also is being driven by the […]

A Study in Stupid

There's an NPR piece about how Spanish speakers take longer to learn English than their Chinese counterparts. It's one of the stupidest things I've ever read. I've been working as a New York City teacher for over thirty years, and I've...Show More Summary

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