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When all students bring home is a piece of paper

Matt Caduff said (about a summer maker camp): When all I bring home is a piece of paper and I picked B instead of C, I don’t have a lot to talk about with my parents and because I picked C and the answer was B I don’t want to talk about it... [...]

Summer Reading Club Promotional Videos

The Vernon Area Public Library District (VAPLD) in Lincolnshire, Illinois, is engaging with its patrons in a really fun way to promote this year’s Summer Reading Club (SRC) theme: Read to the Rhythm. We wanted to reach more adults, teens, tweens, kids, and babies. Show More Summary

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

Report: Florida man high on flakka has sex with tree and calls himself Thor | Miami Herald Miami Herald “The officer used a Taser, but Crowder, who pulled the electric probes from his body, then punched the officer and tried to stab the cop with his badge, according to the report. “ tags: florida weekly… Read More

Putting Your ENTIRE Fiction Collection into Genres

How do you find commonalities between genres for children and genres for adults? Are there any? Does it matter?

Notice the emphasis on ‘feeding them content’

Christine Willig, President of McGraw-Hill Education, said: There’s a difference between educational technology – a single video, a single interactive, a single app – and learning science, in which we’re investing in the small pieces of data that show us where a child is at in their learning trajectory, feeding them content in a way [...]

7 questions after Governor Branstad’s school funding veto

A few folks know that I was one of the three finalists to be the next Director of the Iowa Department of Education. It was an interesting process (e.g., just two 30-minute interviews is apparently all that it takes) but I did feel that I was able to present my best self. I discussed how [...]

5 minutes about transforming schools

Bob Greenberg has been videoing some amazing thinkers for his Brainwaves YouTube channel. People like Mitch Resnick, Alan Kay, Jerome Bruner, Nicholas Negroponte, Noam Chomsky, and Eric Mazur. I’m not exactly sure why Bob asked me too but I got to spend a few minutes with him at the recent ISTE conference in Philadelphia and of course was [...]

Both Sides Now

Update, July 8, 2015, at 11:54 a.m.: A University of Toronto representative has confirmed that the “Alternative Health: Practice and Theory” class will not be taught this year. Normally, when your anti-vaxxer Facebook friend sanctimoniously...Show More Summary

Koch Brothers' Friends Funding Mike Pence

By Doug Martin at Hoosier School Heist (This is the first in a series of articles that will address the money behind Mike Pence’s quest to be reelected Governor of Indiana. First posted on Hoosier School Heist Blog)On June 25, just one...Show More Summary

TeacherMatch: Matchmaking Towards a Corporate Hell?

By Ken Derstine July 6, 2015 All across the country, school districts, such as Chicago, are outsourcing their hiring of personnel to a private firm called TeacherMatch. This hiring method takes away community control of who staffs schools and gives the control to a private corporate entity. Show More Summary

Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

The 2015 cohort of LJ's Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year's during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at Perry’s on the Embarcadero. For those who couldn't...Show More Summary

UX Par Excellence | Not Dead Yet

I’m so happy I could be twins. We now have an honest-to-goodness Library User Experience (UX) Specialist: Amy Deschenes, who came to us from Simmons College, where she was the Systems and Web Applications Librarian. Amy has only been...Show More Summary

Cat story or the rise of Cthulhu? "The Call of Tutu"

I'm gonna to open that door and let ol' Tutu in. Just to see what he does. Ayuh. "The Call of Tutu" is a story about a man, his cat, and his wife. Or maybe a bit more than that....

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

If Jurassic Park Were In Different Geological Eras – YouTube tags: dinosaur video humor weekly Disney Parks Ban Selfie Sticks “Disneyland and Walt Disney World have officially banned selfie sticks inside the parks. In a statement to the press, a Disney spokesperson cited safety concerns as one of the reasons for the ban. “ tags:… Read More

Growing a Digital Data Archive @evernote @googledrive #eportfolios #iplza15 #edtech

Hard to believe, but last summer, a colleague asked me to craft a proposal for a "digital data archive," exploring the various options. I did but then promptly forgot about it when the school decided to not pursue it. In chatting with a friend at iPadpalooza 15, I remembered that I had done this and had not shared it. Show More Summary

#iplza15 You Matter! MiniKeynotes @cordym @ipadwells @techrabbi @msmagiera @gcouros @reshanrichards @hookertech #qfat

What a neat idea! At iPadPalooza 15, there is a string of mini-keynotes to kick off Day 2 of the conference. Listen to the Audio of MiniKeynotes Announcement: Join #etdrive, a Texas wide conversation focused on 3 strands using "push to learn" technology, VoxerChats. Show More Summary

The Tenure Apocalypse

Right now, college professors are taking a real beating at the state level. There was the state senator in North Carolina who wanted to codify a 4-4 teaching load. Then there was the one in Iowa who wanted to let students vote their “worst” professors out of a job. Show More Summary

To Series or Not to Series…Does it Matter?

It's taken quite a bit of time to put series information on all our chapter, tween, young adult, adult, and large print books. However, the response from the community has been tremendous, and it's taught us a few things about our collection as well!

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