Digital Kryptonite

Cliff Molak Quotation

A week ago today, 16-year old sophomore David Molak hanged himself as a result of ongoing cyberbullying in my hometown of San Antonio. Despite transferring last November to a private school in an attempt to escape the digital harassment he’d endured since October (or possibly longer), it continued to follow him up to last Sunday night, the eve before returning to school after the recent holiday break, culminating in a group text that seemingly catalyzed David’s ultimate decision to end his life a few hours later in his own backyard. Continue reading

Get Your Grok On

A tool-strand post in an ongoing 2-strand series about Information Literacy

How can we foster a “slow search” approach that maximizes what we don’t know through discovery?

How can we take advantage of what we don’t know and use it more effectively in developing a search strategy?

How can the quest for quality also be built into the quest for information?

Einstein quote

Fact or Fiction?

Kids like to search Google—and they think they are pretty good at it.
Kids like to search Google using questions instead of keywords, terms or concepts.
Kids expect to get acceptable answers to their questions—and tend to accept what they get.

When it comes to searching online, this skill is probably the one students feel the most confident about simply because they do it practically everyday for one reason or another. But in this case, familiarity and frequency do not equate to fluency. Continue reading

Hot and Bothered

Why I Celebrate Banned Books Week

Why is it important to celebrate our freedom to read?


Pre-Post Postscript

This post is a reflection of a week’s worth of thinking about what Banned Books Week signifies—not just for librarians, libraries, books, and reading, but what it should signify for all of us, readers and nonreaders alike.

And mea culpa for its length…feel free to take breaks, or just read what you want!

Bradbury Quote_1

Banning: The Ultimate External Motivator for Reading!

Getting kids—and adults—to embrace reading as a recreational pastime is an ongoing challenge, especially when there are so many other demands and distractions on how we spend our time today, free or otherwise. Continue reading

What I’ve Learned from Dogs

My Dog Pack

My Dog Pack: Pinky, Dorje, Sangpo Red, Birdie Jo, Sprocky

I am not just a dog person—I’m a dog sucker. In fact, I’ve had friends and family (honestly, just my cat-person brother) suggest that beyond having too many, I may have an actual problem bordering on obsession when it comes to dogs…but that’s not what this post is about. It’s about what dogs can teach us.
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