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It’s Almost Like NASDAQ

We all, as bloggers, read and wait for comments. You'd be lying if you said otherwise. So today and yesterday were certainly COMMENT days for me. Okay…I went a little comment wild, here, here, and here, because of what I call "the fish hook." Meaning…it's that one thing that sparks readers to respond to a post.  Then, as always, it got me wondering if […]

Don’t Forget Monday, January 16th

Oprah's will announce her National High School Essay Contest. (via Oprah Website) I have to thank math teacher Charise Hall for the reminder on this one. She's been using her homework site to share the information with her students.  -Amy Bowllan

Strength In Numbers

John Pederson from the Pedersondesigns blog is urging librarians to join the growing number of Edubloggers here at "It's a collaborative event calendar, completely driven by people like you. Enter in the events you're attending, comment on events entered by others, and syndicate event listings to your own weblog." ( –Amy Bowllan

A Little Bit of This and That

Reading blogs is certainly better than reality TV sometimes. Over at Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog, a lively debate is brewing as to,"How do we make sure all kids have 21st century skills?" A topic that won't lead the 6:00 Evening News; but is worthy of a full court press to action. I posted my humble opinion. And […]

Who Could Resist?

If you want a real "un-healthy" break in the action, The New York Times #3 most emailed article is the recipe for Crusty Macaroni and Cheese. Eat your heart out readers. -Amy Bowllan

Getting Parents On Board

Getting parents fully in the loop on how technology is being used to educate their children is probably a good idea.  At a recent TechNight For Parents, I conducted a hands-on workshop so parents could get an insiders view at the digital classroom and how learning with technology can enhance the curriculum for grades K-12. Although there were a few concerns as to whether the little ones really need […]

Is Life Coaching For You?

If you're  ready to make a career change, you'll definitely want to read Dagmar Morrello's, Life Beyond Libraries: How A Librarian Became A Life Coach.  This idea of  being a Life Coach initially sounded like one of those fads to me. But there's a coach for just about everything. Even Oprah has professional life coach, Martha Beck as a regular guest on her show.  […]

Bold is Good – Part 2

The author of yesterday's quote, was SLJ's very own Editor-in-Chief, Brian Kenney. Okay, there were no takers. Kenney puts out a very bold challenge to his readers in his December editorial. After an inspiring visit to ImaginON, in Charlotte, NC Kenney writes, "What I found knocked my socks off. We sometimes talk about what a library would look like if we could […]

Be Bold. It’s Okay.

OK readers…who said this? And, is it true? "As librarians we are better at charting "best practices" than "best risks." (Tune in tomorrow if you haven't Googled the quote already.) I guess I'll jump on the bandwagon and say, "it is true." But it's also true for some educators and administrators (we tend to leave them out) who have […]

What If It Doesn’t Fit? On Inquiry Based Learning

Educators are constantly presented with the following notion, that "Memorizing facts and information is not the most important skill in today's world. Facts change, and information is readily available — what's needed is an understanding of how to get and make sense of the mass of data." (via Channel 13's Concept to Classroom on inquiry based learning) Stacie Mandrell […]