SummerPD Discount

Summer PDAnd as a p.s. to the previous post. The House of #EdTech podcast is offering a discount on the online workshops. This is a series of 10 lessons covering Twitter, Google Classroom, Screencasting, Canva and more. Do these at your own pace and whenever you like. The bundle of 10 lessons is normally $35 (a steal at that price!) but you’ll get a $10 discount if you get the code from the House of #EdTech podcast page.

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Cool Tools and OER

OER (Open Educational resources) is the topic of  one of this year’s new lessons in the Cool Tools for School workshop. Open Educational Resources are freely available educational materials, ideally put together by people who are experts in their fields and are willing to share their work freely under a Creative Commons license. This allows the end user to adapt the material for their own teaching and learning needs. (lots more on the Cool Tools lesson page!)

That lesson was posted a few weeks ago and since then a new podcast episode focusing on OER has come out from the House of #Ed TechKerry Gallagher is interviewed and provides very helpful information on the challenges and rewards of using OER. If you’re doing the OER lesson on Cool Tools or just curious about the OER movement, don’t miss this interview. (And House of #EdTech is a great podcast in any event!)

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Cool Tools for School 2016-2017

Cool Tools for SchoolWe’re halfway through the 2016/17 Cool Tools for School online workshop. There are over 150 registrants this time round and about 110 active participants so far. A good turnout!

If you’d like to read some of the posts from the workshop participants, most of them are listed on our mega-RSS feed page Continue reading

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Powerful Book Lists & Handy Library Extension for Chrome


One response to the political chaos of the last few weeks has been the publication of many wonderful lists of books that encourage reading more diversely.  The four lists below focus on works that celebrate Black Voices, Refugees from all over the world and Muslims. What will you be adding to your reading list?

With so many great book suggestions, the Library Extension for Chrome comes in handy. It checks your local library for titles you’re viewing in Amazon, GoodReads and other sites. Includes a link to that library’s catalog to borrow or place a hold. Handy time saver!!

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New York State Children’s Choice Book Award is Back!

After a 2 year hiatus, the New York State 3 Apples Book Award is back! Started in 2007 by the school library and youth services sections of the New York Library Association, the award celebrates the joys of reading for pleasure.

Children and teens, aged 4 to 18, nominate the titles and vote for the winners.  To vote, kids must read or listen to at least 3 of the nominated books. Voting takes place in April, Continue reading

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President Obama’s Book Lists

president obama reads books

Thanks Obama!

Recently, the NYTimes published two wonderful pieces sharing how  important reading has always been to President Obama.

In the interview the President mentions giving his older daughter, Malia, a Kindle full of books he thinks she might enjoy and learn from. My first thought was “I want that book list!” Well that book list doesn’t seem to be available, though we can hope they might share it someday.

But, there are other lists! has a few (though for how long, who knows.) And a quick web search turns up many, many more.


And a few more reading lists: Continue reading

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