Learning in Hand: An Emoji Education. “There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to emojis. Emojis are not confined to smartphones and tablets; their charm can be put into action on mobile devices and computers since they are a standardized set of characters that work across platforms. I am somewhat obsessed with emojis, and I have clever emoji uses that any teacher can use. Innovative ideas include illustrating ideas, offering feedback, reinforcing vocabulary, kickstarting the writing process, and assessing learning. Check out the tools, resources, and ideas below. You’ll see that emojis can play a role in communication, productivity, creativity, and learning.”
SciDevNet: Africa’s first online database on education research. “A database on education research conducted by Africa-based researchers has been launched to raise the visibility and impact of such research. The database, which has about 2,000 education research including theses and working papers on 49 African countries, resulted from the collaboration between the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre at the UK-based University of Cambridge and the Education Sub-Saharan Africa , a charity with a mission to transform educational outcomes on the continent.”
NeverEnding Search: A little help from our academic friends: Five fine portals for instructional fodder. “Need a little inspiration for the coming school year? How about a few fresh strategies for energizing your information literacy instruction and preparing your secondary learners for their academic experience? A number of portals offer training and instruction for our students as well as a little retooling for us as professionals, all aligned with the ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, which, of course, resonate with our own AASL National School Library Standards.”
Niche Canada: The Syllabus Project. “Has anyone else noticed how often environmental history syllabi largely omit women and scholars of colour? A colleague’s initial Twitter query about good sources for an environmental syllabus was followed by dozens of excellent suggestions—but none of those suggested sources were written by women and few were by scholars of colour. Dolly Jørgensen commented on this lack of diversity, and a lively Twitter discussion ensued about the structural reasons for underrepresentation. A discussion on the Women’s Environmental History Network (WEHN) email list occurred simultaneously, while the #WomenAlsoKnowHistory hashtag and website https://womenalsoknowhistory.com/ were in development.”
ALA News: AASL announces 2018 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning. “The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2018 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans. The annual lists honor 25 apps and 25 websites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. These technology resources are chosen for their ability to foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation and collaboration and for their support of AASL’s ‘National School Library Standards.'”
Larry Ferlazzo: “All Sides” Offers Useful Materials & Simple Lesson Plans For “Controversial” Issues. “All Sides seems to have a lot of outsized purposes and goals, with a touch of naivete thrown-in about bringing folks with different viewpoints in conversation with one another. But it also does, indeed, have some materials that could be very useful to teachers.”
Larry Ferlazzo: The Best Resources For Teacher & Student Podcasting. “I’ve had a bunch of podcasting resources at The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English, and thought it would be useful to move them over to their own ‘Best’ list, as well as add new resources (please suggest more).” A new list from Larry! Not much here yet but he’s looking for more resources.