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Cool Links: Edtech Digest on Epson's Free iProjection App

A nod and a Cool Link to Victor Rivero's Edtech Digest for noting this cool tool—Epson's free iProjection App.
Posted 25 Nov 2013

Cool Links: About Google's Launch of Connected Classrooms

Google has passed the word EVERYWHERE that it just launched Connected Classrooms, "a program to connect K-12 teachers with the resources to provide virtual field trips and exchanges through Google+."
Posted 04 Nov 2013

Cool Links: Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways into Inquiry Learning

From the Mindshift blog, here's a post by Tina Barseghian that's well worth reading and pondering, featuring Diana Laufenberg, SXSW presenter, TED Talker, and ed tech thought leader.
Posted 12 Mar 2013

Cool Links: Clive Thomson on Why Kids Can’t Search

From Wired, a while back but, boy, still current!: Clive Thompson on Why Kids Can't Search. Some teasers to get you to read the brief article
Posted 10 Apr 2012

Cool Links: Gale Aims to Transform the Online Library Experience with Gateways

Gale Cengage has a new idea it's trying out in the public library realm that we should observe. It's Gale Gateways, "designed to represent the unique way in which a community interacts with its public library." Find out about it through these "cool links."
Posted 14 Mar 2012

Cool Links: Building Your Own Textbook

Here's a brief piece from Edutopia that adds a lot to the discussion on etexts and ebooks, in our opinion, largely owing to its focus on resources for "doing it yourself."
Posted 13 Mar 2012

Cool Links: Scholastic Launches Storia, a New Digital Platform

A story in Publishers Weekly has the scoop on the current testing and upcoming launch of the proprietary e-book platform.
Posted 06 Mar 2012

Cool Links: Infographic--Apple, iPads, Digital Resources and Education

Take a look at's infographic about Apple's iTunes U app announcement.
Posted 19 Jan 2012

Cool Links: Ebooks and School Libraries

ALA's American Libraries magazine has published a great article on ebooks and school libraries. Part of the first two paragraphs should get you into it.
Posted 16 Jan 2012

Cool Links: Textbooks of Tomorrow

Link from Victor Rivero's edtechdigest (thanks Victor) to this interesting infographic on digital textbooks, originally from
Posted 24 Oct 2011

Cool Links: The International Association of School Librarianship’s Skype Project

The International Association of School Librarianship (ISLM) offers ideas for taking your classroom global. An interesting one we just got word of, among several projects for International School Library Month, is ISLM's Skype Project.
Posted 24 Aug 2011

Cool Links: Teaching to the Common Core Standards

Seen on Victor Rivero's A great article/posting by Greg Limperis—Teaching to the Common Core Standards.
Posted 18 Aug 2011

Cool Links: 2011 Vision K-20 Survey—Tech Still A Challenge

On his edtechdigest site, Victor Rivero has put up a brief post on SIIA's newly released 2011 Vision K-20 Survey that's worth a look … good synopsis, key findings, etc.
Posted 11 Aug 2011

Cool Link: Twittered Up Re: Education

Victor Rivero's just passed along a link to a great list of influential education and ed tech Twitter Tweeters and their Twitter handles that you should consider following.
Posted 20 Jul 2011

Cool Links: Eight Tech Trends for Librarians (and Teachers too!)

Dave Saltman writes for the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Harvard Education Letter, producing, among other things, some of those popular "list" kinds of articles. The concept can be overdone, but his are great, including "Eight Tech Trends for Librarians (and Teachers too!).
Posted 21 Jun 2011

Cool Links: Why the first true post-PC era device isn't the iPad. It's the Chromebook.

So the announcement about Google's Chromebook is out! And so is a river of informed commentary. Read this to find a really good take on the device and what it means, or might mean, ... or ...
Posted 13 May 2011

Cool Links: Federal EdTech Agency Part of Obama Strategy

Victor Rivero reports briefly on the Obama administration's push for a federal edtech agency in a posting on his blog.
Posted 11 Feb 2011

Cool Links: Empowering the 2st Century Superintendent

A recent posting on Victor Rivero's edtechdigest blog turned us on to a CoSN report, "Empowering the 2st Century Superintendent."
Posted 20 Jan 2011

Cool Links: Taking a Close Look at Smarthistory

Here's a Cool Link to an interview by Victor Rivero offering information and insight on a terrific Free Resource: Smarthistory.
Posted 03 Jan 2011

Cool Links: Young Learners Need Librarians, Not Just Google

This Cool Links story points you to an article in Forbes from a while back that just came to our attention, on the need for quality school libraries/media centers. Its author is a business person rather than an educator, and is speaking to the business community, but with a message educators and parents would like as well.
Posted 27 Sep 2010

Cool Links: Circulate This--Stories from the School Library

The California School Library Association has released an audio journal, "Circulate This: Stories from the School Library," which is packed with powerful stories about school libraries.
Posted 06 Apr 2010

Cool Links: iPods Become Learning Tools at Shady Hills Elementary

A recent story in the St. Petersburg Times focuses on how a local elementary school has embraced the "kids' technology" and is pressing iPods into service for teaching and learning in multiple ways.
Posted 15 Oct 2009

Cool Links: Wolfram|Alpha Officially Announces New Web Site for Educators and Students

There's been a lot happening with Wolfram|Alpha since we linked you to an Information Today, Inc. NewsBreak on its arrival last May. Most recently, we noted—and are herewith passing on to you—an excellent posting at ResourceShelf on moves at Wolfram|Alpha on behalf of educators and students, including plans for an October 21 Homework Day Webcast.
Posted 12 Oct 2009

Cool Links: Launches Today With Numerous Features

We ran the Library of Congress announcement on the launch of in this space a couple of days ago. Today, we note that Gary Price's ResourceShelf has a posting discussing the site and service to coincide with its actual launch. It's full of great information, as, of course, is the site itself.
Posted 26 Sep 2009

Cool Links: The K-12 Web Archiving Program

From a scan of ResourceShelf listing in early August, we pick up on The K-12 Web Archiving Program, from the Library of Congress.
Posted 10 Aug 2009

Cool Links: New Features on Google Books

The postings on the Inside Google Book Search blog, usually by folks from the Google Books Online team, are thoughtful, sometimes provocative, often featuring multiple media, and, of course, full of news about new features brought online at Google Books. They're very busy folks, so it's worth keeping up with them.
Posted 18 Jun 2009

Cool Links: More Search Options and Other Updates from [Google's] Searchology Event

Google has just implemented some great Search Options on its site ... and blogged about it at the Official Google Blog. Read the posting (and watch the demo video) to see what's what ... and cool.
Posted 13 May 2009

Cool Links: PBS Brings Bugs, Presidents and Soufflés to the Web

A recent article in the New York Times, "PBS Brings Bugs, Presidents and Soufflés to the Web," cites some very cool resources now more easily available from PBS.
Posted 07 May 2009

Cool Links: U.N. Launches Library of World's Knowledge

The World Digital Library has now gone live and was inaugurated today, April 21, 2009, at the UNESCO office in Paris. There's an excellent article about it on Washington that lays out the history, scope, and future plans for the project.
Posted 21 Apr 2009

Cool Links: In Web Age, Library Job Gets Update

The school library world is abuzz about an article that appeared in the New York Times on Presidents Day that touts and clearly illustrates the importance of the new role school library media specialists are playing today.
Posted 16 Feb 2009

Cool Links: Role of School Libraries Changing in the 21st Century

All right, it’s not news to you that the role of school libraries is changing in the 21st century, but it’s nice to know that there are stories about this fact in the general press that reach the general public—your students’ parents. Here’s a link to one such story.
Posted 07 Jan 2009

Cool Links: Librarians Want to Out-Google Google With a Better Search Engine

Here’s a link to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education—Wired Campus section that reports on a cool project for and by librarians and involving OCLC and the information schools of Syracuse University and the University of Washington.
Posted 13 Nov 2008

Cool Links: Presents Monster Vote 2008 is hosting Monster Vote 2008, an exercise designed to help students understand the election process and a contest offering one lucky class a chance to win a set of Monsters books from KidHaven Press.
Posted 24 Oct 2008

Cool Links: Guiding the Gifted to Honest Work

We think this article, which appears in the Duke Gifted Letter, captures a lot of the causes of plagiarism, and, more important, logically presents a number of very sensible strategies for preventing it.
Posted 09 Oct 2008

Cool Links: Using Video Games as Bait to Hook Readers

In an article in the New York Times book section, writer Motoko Rich looks into the concept of using video games to promote reading, and who’s getting on board (educators, librarians, authors, publishers) with it.
Posted 06 Oct 2008

Cool Links: Forbes Magazine Article on Innovative Learning

The current issue of Forbes magazine (9/15) includes an article titled “Teaching to the New Test” written by Harvard Business School professors Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn.
Posted 12 Sep 2008

Cool Links: Relaunches AskKids

The ResourceShelf folks recently briefly noted the relaunch of the AskKids search engine and interface, something we’ve been anticipating for quite a while now.
Posted 29 Aug 2008

Cool Links: 'Google Generation' is a myth, says new research

From our friends at ResourceShelf comes a description and pointers to a British Library/JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) report, "Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future," countering the assumption that today's young people are the most adept at using the web.
Posted 16 Jan 2008

Cool Links: Why Yahoo! Answers Is a Librarian's Worst Nightmare

As you can tell, this article in Slate online has little good to say about Yahoo's answer service. It's a good read!
Posted 07 Jan 2008

Cool Links: David Warlick's Keynote at the K-12 Online 07 Conference

The K12 Online 07 Conference is in progress now, having started with David Warlick's keynote address, "Inventing the New Boundaries," today. In the keynote, Warlick examines just what it means now to be a student and/or a teacher.
Posted 08 Oct 2007

Cool Links: ResourceShelf's Resource of the Week for September

Resourceshelf's Senior Editor Shirl Kennedy compiled and annotated an awesome collection of education resources largely from government Web sites in the September 20, 2007 version of the Resource of the Week article she does.
Posted 20 Sep 2007

Cool Links: The Role of Virtual Worlds in Education

By way of ResourceShelf comes this reference to an intriguing new bibliography, "It's Not Whether You Win or Lose, but How You Play the Game: The Role of Virtual Worlds in Education."
Posted 03 Sep 2007

Cool Links: Yummy! A New Webliography from Library of Congress About Ice Cream

For those hot summer days, our pals at ResourceShelf have hit on another fun and appropriate resource—a Webliography from the Library of Congress about ice cream!
Posted 26 Jul 2007

Cool Links: A Hipper Crowd of Shushers

Here's a Cool Link all about librarians ... in the Fashion section of the New York Times online, no less!
Posted 11 Jul 2007

Cool Links: Climate Change, Information and Disinformation

This week's ResourShelf's Resource of the Week "will be of interest to anyone seeking reliable information on what is arguably one of the hottest (no pun intended) and most controversial contemporary issues."
Posted 14 Jun 2007

Cool Links: Technical Difficulties: Virginia’s Online SOL Exams

The Washington Post takes a look at problems with online testing in a May 28 article that examines disruptions in this year’s Virginia Standards of Learning testing.
Posted 28 May 2007

Cool Links: Teaching Green with "Blue Vinyl"

“Blue Vinyl: The World’s First Toxic Comedy,” a documentary directed by Judith Helfand and Daniel B. Gold, takes a charming look at a chilling situation with worldwide implications.
Posted 26 May 2007

Cool Links: Let's Talk Metasearch, Federated Search, or Universal Search

The folks at ResourceShelf recently posted a very interesting current and historical analysis article on federated searching.
Posted 18 May 2007

Cool Links: Thomson Gale’s Library Video Contest

Thomson Gale extends the celebration of April’s National Library Week with an “I Love My Library!” video contest.
Posted 15 May 2007

Cool Links: YALSA Launches Teen Read Week 2007 Web Site

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, launched its Teen Read Week 2007 web site,, which includes a variety of benefits for early registration.
Posted 29 Apr 2007

Cool Links: ResourceShelf Comments on “Wikipedia Users—A New Report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project”

ResourceShelf editors point to the new Pew report in this ResourceShelf listing AND add an article full of interesting and thoughtful reactions, insights, and musings about it.
Posted 25 Apr 2007

Cool Links: Don't Tell Your Parents--Schools Embrace MySpace

The article we point to here focuses on social networking sites and their uses in educational settings, mainly discussing the open-source social networking software Elgg.
Posted 19 Apr 2007

Cool Links: Getting Boys to Read

Public Radio International “Here and Now” host Robin Young interviews former librarian, author, and reading advocate Mike Sullivan about the phenomenon of reluctant boy readers and what we can all do about it.
Posted 12 Mar 2007

Cool Links: About "Out Front with Stephen Abram"

There's a new collection of Stephen Abram's visionary writing and thinking at ALA Editions. Learn about it via this Cool Link.
Posted 21 Feb 2007

Cool Links: EIA Provides Electronics Recycling Tips

The Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) offers an online resource with information on an array of local and national options available for donating, selling, or recycling used electronic equipment.
Posted 29 Dec 2006

Cool Links: ALA’s Banned Books Bracelets

For the librarian who has everything, this holiday season take a look at the Banned Books Bracelets available from the American Library Association’s (ALA) online store at
Posted 14 Dec 2006

Cool Links: Google Launches Literacy Project

Google’s Literacy Project Web site, launched during the Frankfurt Book Fair in October, is “a resource for teachers, literacy organizations, and anyone interested in reading and educations … ”
Posted 04 Dec 2006

Cool Links: Google Joins Rollyo, Yahoo, and Microsoft Live Search in Allowing Users to Create Customized Domain Specific Search Tools

That’s a long, dry article title, but the article on ResourceShelf is not long, just good and useful … and the concept it covers is cool.
Posted 30 Oct 2006

Cool Links: In Teens' Web World, MySpace Is So Last Year

Washington Post staff writer Yuki Noguchi takes a look at MySpace and other online teen social sites in this article in the Sunday, October 29, edition of the newspaper.
Posted 30 Oct 2006

Cool Links: “Resources for Finding Real-Time ‘News Photos’ on the Web”

Gary Price and his ResourceShelf team are so concise and so “on target” with this particular ResourceShelf item on finding real-time news photos that we just have to point you to it.
Posted 20 Oct 2006

Cool Links: Fall and Winter University of Wisconsin-Stout Online Classes for Librarians

Any time is good professional development time, especially when you can do it on your own schedule … via online courses. Here are some good ones from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Posted 08 Sep 2006

Cool Links: Colonial Williamsburg is a Podcaster

Colonial Williamsburg online offers free podcasts examining the city’s rich heritage, past and present.
Posted 26 Aug 2006

Cool Links: About the Knowledge Media Laboratory

Here’s a hot Cool Link, thanks to the Internet Scout Project’s Scout Report. It all points to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Knowledge Media Laboratory and its work on how technology can best be used in the classroom.
Posted 21 Aug 2006

Cool Links: University of Wisconsin-Stout Online Classes for Librarians

Summer is good professional development time, especially when you can do it on your own schedule … via online courses. Here are some good ones from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Posted 05 Jun 2006

Cool Links: Blog Postings About DOPA

Here’s a sampling of thought about the “Deleting Online Predators Act” from some of the best known ed. tech. bloggers. If you’re not up on this, reading these posts will quickly fill you in.
Posted 18 May 2006

Cool Links: Another Lee Rainie/Pew Internet & American Life Project Presentation—Teens and Technology

Rainie's speech to the Public Library Association covered "the eight realities of technology and social experience that are shaping the world of today's teens and twenty-somethings."
Posted 27 Apr 2006

Cool Links: The Exploratorium’s Solar Eclipse Webcast

The Exploratorium had the March 29 solar eclipse covered, with scientists on the scene in Turkey, squarely in the path of totality. We’ve sampled the Webcast via the archive, and it’s really quite dramatic.
Posted 31 Mar 2006

Cool Links: So Long, Mr. Jeeves, is Here

Gary Price has posted a noteworthy article on ResourceShelf covering changes at Ask Jeeves … and in his own professional life.
Posted 27 Feb 2006

Cool Links: Partnership for a Nation of Learners

The site targets museums, libraries, and public broadcasting stations, aiming to help them “work together to address local needs, increase civic engagement, and improve the quality of life” in their communities.
Posted 23 Jan 2006

Cool Links: “Shifting Worlds” Internet Librarian Keynote by Lee Rainie, Pew Internet & American Life Project

In “Shifting Worlds,” Rainie documents some of the Project’s latest findings on how … and how much … the Internet is affecting our lives.
Posted 10 Nov 2005

Cool Links: AASL/ACRL INFOLIT Discussion Group

We want to signal the existence of an interesting (almost) new discussion group “for school, academic, and public librarians to exchange ideas on information literacy programs and experiences that demonstrate a collaborative relationship between K-12 and higher education institutions.”
Posted 12 Oct 2005

Cool Links: LibriVox, Accoustical Liberation of Books in the Public Domain!

Gary Price's ResourceShelf has a pointer in a recent ResourceShelf newsletter to LibriVox, "an open source audio-literary attempt to harness the power of the many to record and disseminate, in podcast form, books from the public domain."
Posted 26 Sep 2005

Cool Links: Ask Jeeves Unleashes More Smart Answers

ResourceShelf’s Gary Price notes that “… the Ask Jeeves of 2005 is not the same poor … service that was around in 1998 or 1999” and discusses new additions to their Smart Answers program.
Posted 25 Aug 2005

Cool Links: Meet the Gamers; The Games Children Play

Since last month, when we steered you toward information on online collaborative and role-playing games and what they may mean for current and upcoming generations of learners and researchers, we’ve turned up a Library Journal article and a 30-minute streaming video with more on the subject.
Posted 27 Jul 2005

Cool Links: Gaming for Librarians—An Introduction

We’ve been following in background mode the subject of “gaming” and what it may mean for current and upcoming generations of learners and researchers, and we recommend that you keep an eye on the field as well. Here’s both an introduction to gaming and a rationale for knowing about it, in an article by librarian Heather Wilson.
Posted 17 Jun 2005

Cool Links: The Literary Encyclopedia

The Literary Encyclopedia is written and owned by a global network of scholars and researchers (above 1,000 and rising steadily) who are committed to making the publication into one of the most rewarding sites on the internet, according to the Web site. Definitely worth a visit, according to us.
Posted 16 Jun 2005

Cool Links: About Google Print

Since Google wants to “organize the world’s information,” the company is working toward making book content searchable and available from its new Google Print Web site. Learn about it, then try it out in beta.
Posted 01 Jun 2005

Cools Links: Google Scholar is Now Open to All Libraries

For those of you working with secondary/college prep students preparing for university-level research, this may be of interest: Gary Price, in a ResourceShelf article, and Barbara Quint, in an Information Today, Inc. NewsBreak, recently weighed in on Google Scholar on the occasion of Google’s announcement that the pilot is being expanded.
Posted 18 May 2005

Cool Links: “Why Should Principals Support School Libraries?” @

You’ll like Gary Hartzell’s 2002 article, and you’ll love the consolidated collection of education- and library-related articles from the defunct ERIC Clearinghouse now housed on
Posted 09 May 2005

Cool Links: Testing Computer (and Information) Literacy

On NPR’s Morning Edition is a story on students’ ability, or lack of ability, in the areas of information and computer literacy, sparked by the fact that ETS is piloting an assessment test for those skills.
Posted 26 Apr 2005

Cool Links: "Kids Search Engines," from SearchEngineWatch

Do you know Danny Sullivan's SearchEngineWatch? Follow the link to this article and check out the site.
Posted 19 Apr 2005

Cool Links: All About ISBN-13

Posted 28 Feb 2005

Cool Links: NPR Story—“Wikipedia’s Growth Comes with Concerns”

Posted 24 Feb 2005

Cool Links: The Media Center at the Heart of the School

Posted 09 Feb 2005

Cool Links: About the Book "The Librarian of Basra"

Posted 03 Feb 2005
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