Although I like to think of myself as progressive (don’t we all), it sets me aback when I come across someone’s thoughts or contribution that outright level me. Well I came across one last night. Navigating the ‘apps’ of today is mind-boggling. There are so many with some free, some not, and all making many claims—so how do you filter? How do you not get lost in the apps that promise things that they don’t deliver? Or deliver above and beyond your wildest expectations? I haven’t figured it out yet, but Kathy Schrock has and, in the true spirit of a “teacher leader” (library media specialist) has provided it to the rest of us in Bloomin’ Apps. She has taken many popular and common applicataions (for ipads, google, androids, and web 2.0) and cross-walked them with the revised Bloom’s taxonomy giving teachers easy access to the specific critical thinking skills they are looking to teach, reinforce, or use as a foundation on which to build. If you haven’t yet seen this fabulous resource, take a peak. It couldn’t come at a better time when we are saying good bye to this year’s students, reflecting on this year’s work, and beginning the planning process for next year’s endeavors. So this summer as you are thinking about the year to come, what worked this past year and what…well, not so much, visit Kathy’s site. You will not be disappointed as it is a wealth of information for any classroom. Check it out and see if there are applications for the apps she has collected for you. I know I have a few on my list that I am ready to learn and hopefully apply in the coming months!