Internet @ Schools
A nod and a Cool Link to Victor Rivero's Edtech Digest for noting this cool tool—Epson's free iProjection App.
Posted 25 Nov 2013
Google has passed the word EVERYWHERE that it just launched Connected Classrooms, "a program to connect K-12 teachers with the resources to provide virtual field trips and exchanges through Google+."
Posted 04 Nov 2013
From the Mindshift blog, here's a post by Tina Barseghian that's well worth reading and pondering, featuring Diana Laufenberg, SXSW presenter, TED Talker, and ed tech thought leader.
Posted 12 Mar 2013
From Wired, a while back but, boy, still current!: Clive Thompson on Why Kids Can't Search. Some teasers to get you to read the brief article
Posted 10 Apr 2012
Gale Cengage has a new idea it's trying out in the public library realm that we should observe. It's Gale Gateways, "designed to represent the unique way in which a community interacts with its public library." Find out about it through these "cool links."
Posted 14 Mar 2012
Here's a brief piece from Edutopia that adds a lot to the discussion on etexts and ebooks, in our opinion, largely owing to its focus on resources for "doing it yourself."
Posted 13 Mar 2012
A story in Publishers Weekly has the scoop on the current testing and upcoming launch of the proprietary e-book platform.
Posted 06 Mar 2012
Take a look at schoollibrarymanagement.com's infographic about Apple's iTunes U app announcement.
Posted 19 Jan 2012
ALA's American Libraries magazine has published a great article on ebooks and school libraries. Part of the first two paragraphs should get you into it.
Posted 16 Jan 2012
Link from Victor Rivero's edtechdigest (thanks Victor) to this interesting infographic on digital textbooks, originally from OnlineEducation.net.
Posted 24 Oct 2011
The International Association of School Librarianship (ISLM) offers ideas for taking your classroom global. An interesting one we just got word of, among several projects for International School Library Month, is ISLM's Skype Project.
Posted 24 Aug 2011
Seen on Victor Rivero's edtechdigest.com: A great article/posting by Greg Limperis—Teaching to the Common Core Standards.
Posted 18 Aug 2011
On his edtechdigest site, Victor Rivero has put up a brief post on SIIA's newly released 2011 Vision K-20 Survey that's worth a look … good synopsis, key findings, etc.
Posted 11 Aug 2011
Victor Rivero's edtechdigest.com just passed along a link to a great list of influential education and ed tech Twitter Tweeters and their Twitter handles that you should consider following.
Posted 20 Jul 2011
Dave Saltman writes for the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Harvard Education Letter, producing, among other things, some of those popular "list" kinds of articles. The concept can be overdone, but his are great, including "Eight Tech Trends for Librarians (and Teachers too!).
Posted 21 Jun 2011
So the announcement about Google's Chromebook is out! And so is a river of informed commentary. Read this to find a really good take on the device and what it means, or might mean, ... or ...
Posted 13 May 2011
Victor Rivero reports briefly on the Obama administration's push for a federal edtech agency in a posting on his edtechdigest.com blog.
Posted 11 Feb 2011
A recent posting on Victor Rivero's edtechdigest blog turned us on to a CoSN report, "Empowering the 2st Century Superintendent."
Posted 20 Jan 2011
Here's a Cool Link to an interview by Victor Rivero offering information and insight on a terrific Free Resource: Smarthistory.
Posted 03 Jan 2011
This Cool Links story points you to an article in Forbes from a while back that just came to our attention, on the need for quality school libraries/media centers. Its author is a business person rather than an educator, and is speaking to the business community, but with a message educators and parents would like as well.
Posted 27 Sep 2010
The California School Library Association has released an audio journal, "Circulate This: Stories from the School Library," which is packed with powerful stories about school libraries.
Posted 06 Apr 2010
A recent story in the St. Petersburg Times focuses on how a local elementary school has embraced the "kids' technology" and is pressing iPods into service for teaching and learning in multiple ways.
Posted 15 Oct 2009
There's been a lot happening with Wolfram|Alpha since we linked you to an Information Today, Inc. NewsBreak on its arrival last May. Most recently, we noted—and are herewith passing on to you—an excellent posting at ResourceShelf on moves at Wolfram|Alpha on behalf of educators and students, including plans for an October 21 Homework Day Webcast.
Posted 12 Oct 2009
We ran the Library of Congress announcement on the launch of Read.gov in this space a couple of days ago. Today, we note that Gary Price's ResourceShelf has a posting discussing the site and service to coincide with its actual launch. It's full of great information, as, of course, is the site itself.
Posted 26 Sep 2009
From a scan of ResourceShelf listing in early August, we pick up on The K-12 Web Archiving Program, from the Library of Congress.
Posted 10 Aug 2009
The postings on the Inside Google Book Search blog, usually by folks from the Google Books Online team, are thoughtful, sometimes provocative, often featuring multiple media, and, of course, full of news about new features brought online at Google Books. They're very busy folks, so it's worth keeping up with them.
Posted 18 Jun 2009
Google has just implemented some great Search Options on its site ... and blogged about it at the Official Google Blog. Read the posting (and watch the demo video) to see what's what ... and cool.
Posted 13 May 2009
A recent article in the New York Times, "PBS Brings Bugs, Presidents and Soufflés to the Web," cites some very cool resources now more easily available from PBS.
Posted 07 May 2009
The World Digital Library has now gone live and was inaugurated today, April 21, 2009, at the UNESCO office in Paris. There's an excellent article about it on Washington Post.com that lays out the history, scope, and future plans for the project.
Posted 21 Apr 2009
The school library world is abuzz about an article that appeared in the New York Times on Presidents Day that touts and clearly illustrates the importance of the new role school library media specialists are playing today.
Posted 16 Feb 2009
All right, it’s not news to you that the role of school libraries is changing in the 21st century, but it’s nice to know that there are stories about this fact in the general press that reach the general public—your students’ parents. Here’s a link to one such story.
Posted 07 Jan 2009
Here’s a link to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education—Wired Campus section that reports on a cool project for and by librarians and involving OCLC and the information schools of Syracuse University and the University of Washington.
Posted 13 Nov 2008
Galeschools.com is hosting Monster Vote 2008, an exercise designed to help students understand the election process and a contest offering one lucky class a chance to win a set of Monsters books from KidHaven Press.
Posted 24 Oct 2008
We think this article, which appears in the Duke Gifted Letter, captures a lot of the causes of plagiarism, and, more important, logically presents a number of very sensible strategies for preventing it.
Posted 09 Oct 2008
In an article in the New York Times book section, writer Motoko Rich looks into the concept of using video games to promote reading, and who’s getting on board (educators, librarians, authors, publishers) with it.
Posted 06 Oct 2008
The current issue of Forbes magazine (9/15) includes an article titled “Teaching to the New Test” written by Harvard Business School professors Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn.
Posted 12 Sep 2008
The ResourceShelf folks recently briefly noted the relaunch of the AskKids search engine and interface, something we’ve been anticipating for quite a while now.
Posted 29 Aug 2008
From our friends at ResourceShelf comes a description and pointers to a British Library/JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) report, "Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future," countering the assumption that today's young people are the most adept at using the web.
Posted 16 Jan 2008
As you can tell, this article in Slate online has little good to say about Yahoo's answer service. It's a good read!
Posted 07 Jan 2008
The K12 Online 07 Conference is in progress now, having started with David Warlick's keynote address, "Inventing the New Boundaries," today. In the keynote, Warlick examines just what it means now to be a student and/or a teacher.
Posted 08 Oct 2007
Resourceshelf's Senior Editor Shirl Kennedy compiled and annotated an awesome collection of education resources largely from government Web sites in the September 20, 2007 version of the Resource of the Week article she does.
Posted 20 Sep 2007
By way of ResourceShelf comes this reference to an intriguing new bibliography, "It's Not Whether You Win or Lose, but How You Play the Game: The Role of Virtual Worlds in Education."
Posted 03 Sep 2007
For those hot summer days, our pals at ResourceShelf have hit on another fun and appropriate resource—a Webliography from the Library of Congress about ice cream!
Posted 26 Jul 2007
Here's a Cool Link all about librarians ... in the Fashion section of the New York Times online, no less!
Posted 11 Jul 2007
This week's ResourShelf's Resource of the Week "will be of interest to anyone seeking reliable information on what is arguably one of the hottest (no pun intended) and most controversial contemporary issues."
Posted 14 Jun 2007
The Washington Post takes a look at problems with online testing in a May 28 article that examines disruptions in this year’s Virginia Standards of Learning testing.
Posted 28 May 2007
“Blue Vinyl: The World’s First Toxic Comedy,” a documentary directed by Judith Helfand and Daniel B. Gold, takes a charming look at a chilling situation with worldwide implications.
Posted 26 May 2007
The folks at ResourceShelf recently posted a very interesting current and historical analysis article on federated searching.
Posted 18 May 2007
Thomson Gale extends the celebration of April’s National Library Week with an “I Love My Library!” video contest.
Posted 15 May 2007
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, launched its Teen Read Week 2007 web site, www.ala.org/teenread/, which includes a variety of benefits for early registration.
Posted 29 Apr 2007
ResourceShelf editors point to the new Pew report in this ResourceShelf listing AND add an article full of interesting and thoughtful reactions, insights, and musings about it.
Posted 25 Apr 2007
The Wired.com article we point to here focuses on social networking sites and their uses in educational settings, mainly discussing the open-source social networking software Elgg.
Posted 19 Apr 2007
Public Radio International “Here and Now” host Robin Young interviews former librarian, author, and reading advocate Mike Sullivan about the phenomenon of reluctant boy readers and what we can all do about it.
Posted 12 Mar 2007
There's a new collection of Stephen Abram's visionary writing and thinking at ALA Editions. Learn about it via this Cool Link.
Posted 21 Feb 2007
The Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) offers an online resource with information on an array of local and national options available for donating, selling, or recycling used electronic equipment.
Posted 29 Dec 2006
For the librarian who has everything, this holiday season take a look at the Banned Books Bracelets available from the American Library Association’s (ALA) online store at http://www.alastore.ala.org/.
Posted 14 Dec 2006
Google’s Literacy Project Web site, launched during the Frankfurt Book Fair in October, is “a resource for teachers, literacy organizations, and anyone interested in reading and educations … ”
Posted 04 Dec 2006
That’s a long, dry article title, but the article on ResourceShelf is not long, just good and useful … and the concept it covers is cool.
Posted 30 Oct 2006
Washington Post staff writer Yuki Noguchi takes a look at MySpace and other online teen social sites in this article in the Sunday, October 29, edition of the newspaper.
Posted 30 Oct 2006
Gary Price and his ResourceShelf team are so concise and so “on target” with this particular ResourceShelf item on finding real-time news photos that we just have to point you to it.
Posted 20 Oct 2006
Any time is good professional development time, especially when you can do it on your own schedule … via online courses. Here are some good ones from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Posted 08 Sep 2006
Colonial Williamsburg online offers free podcasts examining the city’s rich heritage, past and present.
Posted 26 Aug 2006
Here’s a hot Cool Link, thanks to the Internet Scout Project’s Scout Report. It all points to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Knowledge Media Laboratory and its work on how technology can best be used in the classroom.
Posted 21 Aug 2006
Summer is good professional development time, especially when you can do it on your own schedule … via online courses. Here are some good ones from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Posted 05 Jun 2006
Here’s a sampling of thought about the “Deleting Online Predators Act” from some of the best known ed. tech. bloggers. If you’re not up on this, reading these posts will quickly fill you in.
Posted 18 May 2006
Rainie's speech to the Public Library Association covered "the eight realities of technology and social experience that are shaping the world of today's teens and twenty-somethings."
Posted 27 Apr 2006
The Exploratorium had the March 29 solar eclipse covered, with scientists on the scene in Turkey, squarely in the path of totality. We’ve sampled the Webcast via the archive, and it’s really quite dramatic.
Posted 31 Mar 2006
Gary Price has posted a noteworthy article on ResourceShelf covering changes at Ask Jeeves … and in his own professional life.
Posted 27 Feb 2006
The site targets museums, libraries, and public broadcasting stations, aiming to help them “work together to address local needs, increase civic engagement, and improve the quality of life” in their communities.
Posted 23 Jan 2006
In “Shifting Worlds,” Rainie documents some of the Project’s latest findings on how … and how much … the Internet is affecting our lives.
Posted 10 Nov 2005
We want to signal the existence of an interesting (almost) new discussion group “for school, academic, and public librarians to exchange ideas on information literacy programs and experiences that demonstrate a collaborative relationship between K-12 and higher education institutions.”
Posted 12 Oct 2005
Gary Price's ResourceShelf has a pointer in a recent ResourceShelf newsletter to LibriVox, "an open source audio-literary attempt to harness the power of the many to record and disseminate, in podcast form, books from the public domain."
Posted 26 Sep 2005
ResourceShelf’s Gary Price notes that “… the Ask Jeeves of 2005 is not the same poor … service that was around in 1998 or 1999” and discusses new additions to their Smart Answers program.
Posted 25 Aug 2005
Since last month, when we steered you toward information on online collaborative and role-playing games and what they may mean for current and upcoming generations of learners and researchers, we’ve turned up a Library Journal article and a 30-minute streaming video with more on the subject.
Posted 27 Jul 2005
We’ve been following in background mode the subject of “gaming” and what it may mean for current and upcoming generations of learners and researchers, and we recommend that you keep an eye on the field as well. Here’s both an introduction to gaming and a rationale for knowing about it, in an article by librarian Heather Wilson.
Posted 17 Jun 2005
The Literary Encyclopedia is written and owned by a global network of scholars and researchers (above 1,000 and rising steadily) who are committed to making the publication into one of the most rewarding sites on the internet, according to the Web site. Definitely worth a visit, according to us.
Posted 16 Jun 2005
Since Google wants to “organize the world’s information,” the company is working toward making book content searchable and available from its new Google Print Web site. Learn about it, then try it out in beta.
Posted 01 Jun 2005
For those of you working with secondary/college prep students preparing for university-level research, this may be of interest: Gary Price, in a ResourceShelf article, and Barbara Quint, in an Information Today, Inc. NewsBreak, recently weighed in on Google Scholar on the occasion of Google’s announcement that the pilot is being expanded.
Posted 18 May 2005
You’ll like Gary Hartzell’s 2002 article, and you’ll love the consolidated collection of education- and library-related articles from the defunct ERIC Clearinghouse now housed on ERICDigests.org.
Posted 09 May 2005
On NPR’s Morning Edition is a story on students’ ability, or lack of ability, in the areas of information and computer literacy, sparked by the fact that ETS is piloting an assessment test for those skills.
Posted 26 Apr 2005
Do you know Danny Sullivan's SearchEngineWatch? Follow the link to this article and check out the site.
Posted 19 Apr 2005