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Tools for Making Video Mashups

Big Heart of Art, qthosmasbower, cc Attribution by 2.0 Mashups are creative and fun to make, I hear.  I don't know how to make one, but if I wanted to learn, I would check out the resources in Creating Video Mashups.  This article reviews some handy tools such as Weavly, [...]

Media Smarts Launches Use, Understand, and Create – A Bilingual Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools

According to Media Smarts: "Young Canadians need to be able to make good choices about privacy, ethics, safety and verifying information when they’re using digital media, and they need to be prepared to be active and engaged digital citizens. Based on our research on digital literacy education in Canada, USE, [...]

Inklewriter for Interactive Story Telling

For teachers who are looking for a way to mix creativity, computer skills and storytelling, there is a new and free app called Inklewriter.  According to the web site: The inklewriter lets you write as you play, branching the story with choices, and then linking those branches back together again. [...]

By | April 1st, 2015|Categories: App Reviews, Blog Posts, Cool Tools|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Slide-share: How To Be a Presentation Ninja – You Need to See It!

Courtesy of @Gwyneth Jones - The Daring Librarian, used with permission. @GwynethJones - The Daring Librarian is a rock star among librarians!  She takes every traditional stereotype of our profession and throws them to the wind.  If you've been following her blog or tweets, you know that she has a [...]

By | February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Blog Posts, Howtos|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Looking for New Ed Tech? Check Out

App Recommendations for Mobile Devices is a convenient way to find apps for various devices and learning activities.  As you can see from the photo on the right, the website gives you a choice of searching either by device type or by learning activity. The app evaluation is done by [...]

Inquiry Based Learning and a Tour of – Information Literacy All the Way

I just finished this how-to-use video today.  I hope that you can find the time to share this with teachers and library staff. I've also made a video on what inquiry based learning is involves. There are so many video out there on this, but I thought that after [...]

Digital Badging for Learning New Skills

Sandra Bebbington, Julian Taylor and I are very excited to be working on a digital badging program for libraries and library personnel based on the Standards of Practice for Library Learning Commons in Canada...but we're not the only ones thinking of digital badging! Meg Sinclair shared this article with us [...]

Search Engines for Elementary School Students

We are always so quick to use Google, but there are other search engines (some of which are powered by Google) that may be more suitable for elementary school students. In this film, I demonstrate KidRex, Sweet Search 4 Me, KidsClick,, MyMunka, DuckDuckGo, and Searchy Pants. As I made [...]

Lesson Plans on Google Search, K – 12

I found Jeff Utecht's blog, The Thinking Stick through a website that lists resources for teaching Information Literacy, the Resources page for Next Vista for Learning. In adding content to, I'm always on the look-out for material for Kindergarten and Cycle 1.  That's where Jeff Utecht comes in.  His [...]