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Nov/Dec 2013: Features

Creating a Safe Social Learning Environment to Improve Student Success

This issue focuses on social media in K-12, and this previously published article from the folks at Schoolwires so closely fit what we editors were looking for that we sought, and received, permission to republish it and expand its distribution.

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Meaningful Connections--What's New in the Social Media Sphere?

Victor offers up some excellent views on the current state and trajectory of social media in K-12 education. And he then connects you with a half dozen currently hot spaces, places, and tools you can use to leverage the concept.

Nov/Dec 2013: Product Reviews

Net Texts Content Management System

Net Texts is a series of textbooks and a management and development system intended to supplement or replace textbooks, thereby saving money and taking advantage of student fascination with and involvement in current technology.

Skype in the Classroom

Skype is an internet-based communications technology that can be used to connect classrooms the world over for projects using voice, video, or text.


Storybird is a web-based site providing a tool for students to create art-inspired stories and poems.


VoiceThread is a cloud application that enables the user to create, upload, share, and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files, and videos. Five options (microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload) provide a commenting capacity on VoiceThread slides.

Nov/Dec 2013: Columns

EDITOR'S NOTES: Social Media Roadmaps: Finding Your Way

THE PIPELINE: Preparing Kids for the Work Environment—Without Being Too Brazen

According to Stephen, we know that the world of work we're preparing our learners for is emerging as a quite different paradigm than the one we prepared for. What can we do now to prepare our lessons and school environments to build on a vision of a positive future?

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Questions, Musings, and Other Things On My Mind

Mary Alice considers the state of media centers and the mindset of media specialists as the calendar year closes … where they've been, where they are, and, hopefully, where they are headed.

BELLTONES: Computers as Mindtools--Homage to David Jonassen

David Jonassen's book Computers in the Classroom: Mindtools for Critical Thinking espoused a philosophy of educational;technology that has had a major effect on Mary Ann's thinking and also on the direction of the M.L.S. program at her university.

IDEA WATCH: Embracing Mobile Learning--Think "Flexibility" and "Adaptability"

As more mobile devices enter our schools, libraries have to be responsive, in the tools we use and also in the design and functionality of our physical spaces. We need to examine how our policies support what students need, rather than act as obstacles.
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