November 26, 2015

The Best Back-to-School Video Ever | Links of the Week



Without fanfare, here it is.


“Over-caffeinated” was one comment from Twitter. But I believe it’s more than java at work here.

So teacher Colby Sharp digs reading. I get it, you say. But look at the kids. They don’t know what to do at first. Somewhat nervous, they even seem a bit embarrassed for their teacher.

And then they get it, and delight ensues. “He’s awesome,” one whispers.

We should all take as much joy in what we do—because it’s infectious.

Have a great year.


Thanks to Betsy Bird for the link. A few more resources:


Call for Entries: A Digital Media and Learning Research Competition and Study on ‘Connected Learning’ 

The Best 100 YouTube Videos for Teachers By John Costilla

Why I Am Against For-Profit Public Schools by Chris Lehmann

The Three Biggest Ways Technology Is Disrupting Education Forever

Study finds that ‘information overload’ doesn’t bother most people

A Reading List for the New School Year Education Week professional development blog

After a Year Teaching High School, Tony Danza Says We Owe Educators an Apology

#tlchat live launching Sept 17 & Back to School TLCafé on Sept. 10. NeverEndingSearch (RT @sljournal)

Massachusetts teen skips traditional bat mitzvah gifts, in favor of donations to @RoomtoRead Girls’ Education program  Via @RoomtoRead

“Libraries and ebooks” by Ursula LeGuin (Scroll to post 56)

A conversation comprised entirely of picture book titles

Educators’ biggest fears heading into the new school year. A @Storify by Education Week

People donated $703K to send the bullied bus monitor on vacation. She’s using the cash to start an anti-bullying effort Via GOOD

Seventeen songs based on the poetry of e. e. cummings

MOOCs and Information Literacy Instruction By Andy Burkhardt

10 Must-Have Apps for Successful High School Students


Lauren Oliver. From the “Where I Work” series on SLJ’s Tumblr.


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