Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a graphic novel!

Graphic novels require an entirely different kind of reading than just text. Those who love graphic novels know this, but even for people who love to read, combining the visuals and text to read a graphic novel can be challenging.

Luckily for both fans and newbies, the designation "graphic novel" is a format, not a genre. There are graphic novels about everything, so there's something for everyone there.  Stop in during May and check out some of the diverse graphic novels on the shelf.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


ReadWriteThink is a free collection of lesson plans, student resources, and professional development resources. The site is a project of the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English and is focused on reading and language arts, but the site also includes a number of interdisciplinary resources and tools for digital literacy and learning.

The International Reading Association has also produced several free iPad apps that could be used in a number of subjects, including Timeline, Venn Diagram, and Trading Cards.

Friday, April 11, 2014

April Newsletter

The April newsletter is here - check it out!

Featured this month:
  • National Poetry Month
  • Boston's Online Marathon Memorials
  • ReadWriteThink
  • Free Poetry Apps
  • Book Club Updates

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Our Marathon and #BostonBetter

As we look forward to this year's race, here are a few ways Boston institutions are collecting and preserving the items, images, and words that tell the story of last year's marathon.

 Northeastern University is hosting digital archive as a memorial. From their site:

Our Marathon” is a crowd-sourced archive of pictures, videos, stories, and even social media related to the Boston Marathon; the bombing on April 15, 2013; the subsequent search, capture, and trial of the individuals who planted the bombs; and the city’s healing process. The archive will serve as a long-term memorial, preserving these records for students and researchers, providing future historians with invaluable, local windows into an important national event.

 Another project is #BostonBetter, which is a collaboration amongst Boston libraries, museums, and archives. If you're going to be in Boston this month, their Dear Boston: Messages from the Memorial exhibit will be on display at the Boston Public Library until May 11.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Digital Commonwealth

 If you've enjoyed playing with the online collections from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Digital Commonwealth is another online collections project to check out.

Libraries, archives, historical societies, and museums that want to share their digital collections online can upload them to the site themselves, or the Boston Public Library will digitize them. The result is a collection cultural and historical items from Massachusetts that is searchable by place. Searching for "Uxbridge" in the Digital Commonwealth returns 20 photographs, 3 maps, and 1 document all related to our local history.

The project is beginning to post lesson plans using their materials as well.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

National Poetry Month: Word Mover

Word Mover is an app that mimics refrigerator magnet poetry. Use a random word bank, or draw your word bank from an existing poem, and make your poem visually special by playing with the placement and size of the words and the background.