Nov 29

Khan Academy Brings Its 3,500+ Educational Videos To The iPhone

Whether or not one believes Khan Academy is helping to reinvent education, it’s hard to dispute the fact that Khan (and now his team) are an educational video-producing machine, or that the platform continues to diversify. In part, that started with the release of its iPad app in March. This week, Khan Academy brought its 3,600 videos to the iPhone …

Nov 27

APP training from ISTE

Webinar from our friends at ISTE and SIGMS:


When: November 29th at 8:00pm ET/7:00pm CT/6:00pm MT/5:00pm PT

Presenter: Liz Walhof & Kiffany Lychock

Kiffany Lychock and Liz Walhof are professional development coordinators in Douglas County School District in Castle Rock, Colorado. They each have a dozen years of teaching experience (secondary level and with adult learners) are part of a team that helps to create and facilitate professional development for their district. They are both self-professed geeks who conduct PD face to face, blended, and online.

Description: Wondering how to use social networking in a way that’s safe and easy? Looking for ways to engage your students in learning through methods that appeal to them? Come and learn about how to use Edmodo in the classroom (elementary & secondary) to engage learners, make access to resources easy, and extend learning beyond the four walls of the classroom.

This webinar is part of the 1 Tool at a Time Webinar series hosted by SIGILT and SIGMS.



Nov 27

Another reason to join AASL


Your eLearning Laboratory is a resource provided as a feature of AASL membership. In eCOLLAB, you’ll find webcasts, podcasts, and resources from various AASL professional development events.

“A feature of AASL membership” means that eCOLLAB is a free resource for members.  Non-members would have to pay $199.  to subscribe.  AASL maintains a wide ranging archive accessible at any time.

Nov 07

Teens and information use

New report: How Teens Do Research in the Digital World
According to a survey of teachers, conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project in collaboration with the College Board and the National Writing Project, the internet has opened up a vast world of information for today’s students, yet students’ digital literacy skills have yet to catch up.

We have seen the evidence in our libraries; now Pew Research Center makes it public.  Spread the word.

Nov 07

For your ELL teachers

ISTE member Juan Venegas uses Toontastic, an animation app for the iPad, to make learning fun for his ELL students in Houston, Texas. His students use the app to create cartoons and then record their stories. It provides an easy way for Venegas to assess his students’ speaking skills without them ever knowing they are being tested, and everyone has fun hearing the inventive stories!

Nov 07

Time for the Laura Bush Grant

Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries Accepting School Library Grant Applications
The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, a component fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Washington, D.C., seeks to provide books and reading materials to the school libraries and students that most need them. The foundation provides grants of up to $5,000 to help school libraries expand, update, and diversify their book collections. In the last funding cycle, the foundation made grants totaling more than $1.1 million to two hundred and thirty-eight schools. The 2012 LBF grant application deadline is December 1.