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Links with Libraries in Mind

Here are a few goodies I came across in the past few weeks as I was trolling through the ever helpful Educational Technology and Mobile Learning website. They all have to do with libraries. · 6 Great Search Engines Designed specifically for Kids: https://goo.gl/lDilGy · Infographic Featuring 12 iPad Apps [...]

Coding Demystified

I’ve been collecting resources about coding for the clueless for some time now and thought it might be a good moment to share as the annual Hour of Code Campaign is held in December. Here goes… The ever resource-full, free, and archived-watch-at-your-convenience EdWeb has an upcoming Webinar entitled: Now I [...]

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

What could be as powerful as the Force? The power of reading, of course! And the two will come together this October. (www.starwars.com) http://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-reads-2016 Check out the link to find more information on Star Wars Reads Day next month. You'll also find videos, games, apps and communities.  All Star Wars related of course!

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Books, Cool Tools, School Libraries, teens|Tags: , |0 Comments

Digital Storytelling Project for High School Students

https://theuniverseismadeoftinystoriesblog.wordpress.com/   This might be something to share with your high school librarians so that they can share it with their English teachers.  It began with European teachers of English, but they are looking for North American high school students to participate to make it more global. Quotes from the [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Cool Tools, School Libraries, teens|Tags: , |0 Comments

Holy atomic pile, Batman! Here’s a great way to start 2016-2017 in high school libraries!

If you are looking for a way to blast into the new school year, do I have a suggestion for you, … The third edition of BATMAN DAY returns on September 17, 2016. A little fun and silliness will be certain to brighten up the students’ return. DC Comics has [...]

Camp Newsela: A Way for Kids to Stay Informed Over the Summer

Here is an exciting way to keep kids reading and staying up-to-date with current events issues.  From June 13th to the end of August, students can receive two news articles per week at Camp Newsela’s site. These can be chosen from seven different interest categories.  According to the site: Kids [...]

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Cool Tools, teens|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Google’s New Image Search and Saved Image Search Feature

Save by GotCredit, cc Attribution 2.0 Google has a new feature that allows you to save images when you are logged into your Google account.  The procedure is very simple: When searching for images, no matter what browser you’re using, go to www.images.google.com Check the upper right hand corner of [...]

By | May 9th, 2016|Categories: Blog Posts, Cool Tools|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

CLA School Library Standards and QSLiN Digital Badges

The Quebec School Librarians Network (QSLiN) has adapted the CLA school library standards guide, Leading Learning, into a digital badge professional development program. This digital badge program is an alternative form of professional development for all library personnel to help them with the transition of traditional school libraries into school library learning commons; but first, you may wonder why digital badging and what is digital badging anyway? Digital badges themselves are a way to display one’s accomplishments online and have become more pervasive, from university courses to travel reviews such as on Tripadvisor. They offer a unique way to learn or improve new skills or competencies often in an interactive and dynamic way. Why use digital badging for professional development? […]

Kaléidoscope: Kid Lit Directory with equality in mind!

Finding books that promote equality and inclusion can often be a daunting task, the Centre Filles of the Québec City YWCA has created a tool to help you out. They have just launched an online directory, Kaléidoscope, featuring titles “en français” for kids from 0 to 12 years old that [...]

One More edWeb Webinar for February’s Professional Development Corner

Curation, Revisited: Aggregating Resources in 2016            Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT Information enthusiasts have been talking about how to best curate resources for some time, but the tools for curation keep [...]