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Fighting Ambiguity and Irrelevancy

Being in a school library with a trend to infuse technology in the k12 environment has forced me to think differently. More students bring their own device, and more classes in my teaching context are equipped one-to-one, making the library potentially an irrelevant space. Since students want to turn to computers or digital avenues for […]

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Checking out EduClipper

Recently I stumbled across EduClipper.  Seems to be perfect for schools who shy away form social networking tools or whose leaders just aren’t drinking any of the social networking kool-aid.  Still in beta I presume, as when I went to sign up, I had to, um, “apply.”  Here is the response I got. This past […]

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I read  Travis Jonker’s article “Fine. I Got an Ereader. Now What?: A newbie to digital reading gets his first Kindle” initially when it came out in the January 2012 issue of School Library Journal (SLJ).  I too thought it was (dare I say) cute.  In the least pretty doggone tongue in cheek. Seems though some […]

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In my area, recently a librarian was asking for cost effective management solutions to class novel sets. There was a general reluctance to add them to the library management program (in this case Destiny.) The suggestions that respondents gave were to just use the library program.  So the librarian expressed the concerns with doing that: We do […]

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Yesterday I shared Poster My Wall (postermywall.com).  I have to give credit for learning about it to Jennifer Gallman, an English teacher at my school.  She just called one day and asked me to check and make sure it was an unblocked site for students, as she wanted to use it with a class.  As […]

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iPad-elicious!

We began allowing “in-library” checkout of the five iPads we were given Monday, and after only three days, word has gotten out. Our kids are clamoring for the chance to use them.   My Biggest Surprises: Not a single complaint from students about the inability to download apps Not a single argument about having to stay in the […]

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Bringing together new voices along with veterans, here is a collaborative work that will inspire teacher librarians everywhere!!  Buffy Hamilton and Kristin Fontichiaro solicited contributions in an effective crowdsourcing manner to pull off a superior text worthy of any shelf!  Looking for inspiration or professional development form a text? Look no further.  This all in one collaboration […]

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The fire is not so hot yet…

Yesterday I wrote about my disappointment at limitations with Adobe Digital Editions. (I learned today that is the software that has limited application in a school setting.) It seems that a workstation can download the software and be registered to a user and device, and then cannot be used by any other user or device. […]

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This year I thought we’d invest a little (more like a lot–>$6000) of our book budget into the ebook mix.  After trying to figure out what the dominant player is in the fieid, we at my school decided to go with Overdrive.  With our pending launch date the end of this week, I am doing […]

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I’ve been playing with Google Chrome now since June.  I must say I like the browser. I was pretty skeptical when it first came out, refusing to get on the band wagon. My favorite part of the Chrome browser experience lies in the sheer amount of desktop real estate!  My url bar is also my […]

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