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Festival of Authors in Second Life

Attention Second Lifers (and those who have been waiting for a literary excuse to join the party): Please spread the word to youth services librarians and the teens they serve.  On Saturday, the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC), TeachingBooks.net, and Chicago Public Schools Department of Libraries and Information Services, will host a [...]

Ed.VoiceThread: We Can All Play

I’ve been a huge fan of VoiceThread since I discovered it late last spring. In fact, every teacher I’ve shown it to falls for it instantly. We love its teeny-tiny learning curve and its huge potential for communicating and sharing stories, artifacts, art, etc. Ed.VoiceThread went live yesterday.  The new web-based, multimedia collaborative network, offers [...]

Spokane Moms stir it up

Sara Kelly Johns is headed to Washington to meet the Spokane Moms and to rally on behalf of the state’s Mini-SKILLs bill. The bill, developed in a reaction to Spokane’s proposed time cuts in ten K-8 school library positions, would ensure that credentialed school librarians serve schools according to a per-pupil ratio. Moms, Lisa Layera [...]

Why we tweet: an ode to Twitter

I am planning to share much more with you about EduCon, the wonderful event I attended this weekend here in Philadelphia.  This conference of conversations, organized by Chris Lehmann and his colleagues and students at the Science Leadership Academy, rocked for hundreds of reasons.  You can experience some of the excitement at EduConTV. But in [...]

Reflections on Educon 2.0

I am just back from a thrilling two days downtown. Wonderful discussions about where we are going.  Importance of personal learning networks. Issues of equity and intellectual freedom.  Tech directors and classroom teachers not communicating.

Let’s tag: Library of Congress shares on Flickr

Last night on WOW (Women of the Web), I discovered that the Library of Congress is sharing a wealth of photos on Flickr.  As a former American Memory Fellow I was thrilled!  I know the riches.  I also know how much trouble I have getting students to those collections and, once they are there, gettting [...]

PowerPoint Reform: a first chapter

After 10 years, it was time.  We could not sit through another bullet-ridden, brain-numbing student presentation.  We interviewed the kids.  For them it was just as bad. They dreaded each others’ PowerPoints. Though we’ve been using other tools for communication, sometimes the slideshow really seems the best choice. We knew that presentation styles had changed.  [...]

Google as white bread? (and ICT lit matters)

Shortly after my discussion of the need to de-criminalize student use of Google, I discovered two interesting news stories from the UK about young people’s searching behavior and ICT literacies. The JISC, a British educational ITC organization, and the British Library released a 35-page report, Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future  that claims [...]

ALA bus talk

A funny thing happened on the bus the other day.  I was on my way back to my hotel from the Convention Center.  I am sitting next to a university librarian from somewhere in Utah.  Somehow the conversation turns to the subject of teaching.  She says to me, "Aren’t we glad we don’t have to [...]

Databases: Can we get teachers to love ‘em?

In the spirit of a dear Abby who doesn’t have all the answers (but gets the power of social networking): I wanted to share an email I received from a couple of high school librarians somewhere in Georgia (with a remarkable website!).  They asked to remain anonymous.  It is a challenge enough to sell our [...]