Books for Kids: Empathy, Diversity and the Immigrant Experience

In the past months, many organizations have published lists of YA and kids books focused on diversity, understanding the immigrant experience and developing empathy.

For a project I’m working on, I merged a selection of these lists (see below) and created a LibraryThing widget to display all the titles. Continue reading

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Juxtapose – Comparing Images

Juxtapose creates a slider to compare two images. It’s one of several handy tools from the Northwestern University Knight Lab. This Juxtapose images compares London’s Heathrow airport in 1945 and 2014. (Link to larger version.)

What a great way to stimulate some class discussion around what’s changed and how the changes came about.

  • How was the 1945 image created? Were there satellites? Maybe not? Then how did they get the image?
  • Cool, the runways and ring road are still in the same place. Was there a smaller airport here first?
  • When did commercial aviation really take off, so to speak? Wasn’t it later than 1945?
  • Why did London start building such a huge airport so early? How long did it take?
  • So many farm fields disappeared? What happened to the farmers?
  • How big were the planes back then? Did they need that long a runway? Oh, the runway is longer in 2014. When did they expand it?
  • and on and on…..

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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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