Articles and links related to the vast field of Teacher-Librarianship, collected by a Teacher-Librarian-in-Training. Many posts are also relevant to classroom teachers because they either are directly applicable to the classroom experience or they'll give you insight into what our T-L colleagues are working to support in our schools.
In ‘The Pangaea Pop-up’ Lesson, animator Biljana Labovic decided the best way to illustrate moving, shifting tectonic plates was to use a physical object that could also move and shift. Here, Labovic explains how she and her team of animators created a pop-up book to visualize Pangaea -- and how you can make your own.
When you find a picture online that would be perfect for your project, it's hard to know whether you're allowed to use it. Follow this flow chart to know for sure and avoid getting yourself in any trouble.
Jennifer Cowley's insight:
This chart is not perfect (see the LH comments including mine as soserene for noted errors/omissions), but it's at least a good start for getting users to think about image use and licensing.
If you are looking for summer reading suggestions, you are in luck. Check out 10 new releases by indigenous authors, brought to you by the editors of Muskrat Magazine — from fiction to non-fiction, poetic prose, science, politics, romance and traditional stories.
A canon of the most influential dystopian texts of the past century—what they contained, who wrote them, what they criticized—so we can pinpoint exactly which hellscape we're heading for at any given moment.
Why do traditional paper books remain so popular, especially for deep, immersive reading? Are some people simply too stubborn and nostalgic to adapt to new technologies? Perhaps it's because paper books are themselves a highly sophisticated technology, one that's uniquely good at stimulating focus and concentration.
Another day, another major internet security flaw (step aside, Heartbleed). A bug has been found in OpenID and OAuth 2.0, two authentication programs that let you log into web sites using your Google, Facebook, and other major accounts. Here's what you need to know about the security flaw.
Creative Commons is an ideal way to share your creations with others and find art for personal projects. Some of us, though, don't always understand the rules. This chart helps you understand the key differences among licenses.
Trigger warnings likely do more harm than good, even to those they're supposedly designed to protect.
Jennifer Cowley's insight:
This issue doesn't affect higher-ed. only, but it may help to explain some parental objections to texts if either they or their children have experienced a trauma they haven't disclosed and have a related reaction to narrative. We need to train teachers and parents to be aware of what to do when readers have reactions that are our of the norm to text. It doesn't always mean they're victims of trauma, and it's not to minimize the legitimacy of their response, but missing the opportunity to get them the help they potentially need would be a serious gap for the educational system.
Body language is a huge part of how we communicate with other people. However, most of us only have an intuitive knowledge of non-verbal communication at best. Fortunately, if reading body language doesn't come naturally to you, or if you'd simply like to get better at it, there's a huge body of work that details what the body is really saying.
Creative work is not only best for bad moods, but doing creative activities outside of the office can boost your on-the-job performance, says a new study by psychologist Kevin Eschleman of San Francisco State University.