Only you can prevent plagiarism

We often warn our students about the ramifications of plagiarizing: a zero in the gradebook, expulsion from college, or legal action. By the time students get to high school, we assume they have received instruction about how to avoid plagiarism. However, in the face of such severe consequences, we cannot afford to assume.  Continue reading


ThingLink: One image, endless possibilities


It’s no secret that the skills required to extract information from text are similar to those skills required to evaluate an image, as outlined in the Image Analysis Common Core Standards Alignment chart. But….what if we could find a way to further engage our students by creating interactive images? Continue reading

A new collaboration tool for you

PadletI happened upon a neat tech tool at a recent librarian conference—one I think you’ll really like. It’s called, and the company’s tagline couldn’t be more accurate: “possibly the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world.”  Continue reading


Copyright Conundrum

Imagine this teaching scenario… A student is creating a presentation about his grandparents’ home country. He wants to insert ethnic music and video clips in the presentation. The teacher tells him it’s okay as long as he cites his source. Was the teacher right?  Continue reading


5 steps for deciding if a website is the right one for your students’ research

Truth: You love Google. Your students love Google. It’s often our first stop in the research process, and there’s nothing wrong with that—as long as you’re choosing the right Websites as sources.

Not all Websites are current, accurate, and relevant, and not all of the best content conveniently floats to the top of your search (read this article about Google’s algorithms, for example). Finding the right Websites to cite in research is a process in and of itself. That’s why Barb and I put together this five-step infographic to help your students navigate through the good and the bad on the Web. Consider making it a poster for your classroom! Continue reading


2015 AASL Best Apps and Best Websites

Kellie and I are always on the hunt to discover new technology resources for teachers, and we found some great ones at the American Association of School Libraries (AASL) national conference this past week. AASL unveiled the new 2015 list for Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching and Learning. Continue reading


Teaching research matters!

I remember going to the Learning Center when I was in elementary, middle, and high school. I remember the librarians teaching us how to use the card catalog and how to use the index in the back of a book. I remember a sixth grade social studies project, when I had to research Australia and put together a flipbook about the continent, complete with pictures and my original writing. You probably have similar memories from your school days.

Today is different.

I’m reading this book right now for a librarian class called Reference and Instructional Services for Information Literacy Skills in School Libraries. Chapter One quotes Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, as saying, “[these days] we create as much information every two days as was created from the beginning of human history to 2003.” That’s a lot of stuff, and our students need to receive instruction on how to effectively navigate through it all in school and in life.  Continue reading