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What I learned from those phone calls (and where we stand now)

This past week, I attended two of three large capacity conference calls this week hosted by the U.S. Department of Education so that stakeholders might ask clarifying questions regarding the President’s FY2011 Budget for Education. When Emily Sheketoff, ALA Washington Office Executive Director, asked a question about school libraries during the first call on educational […]

US News on How to Write a Paper

It was a little affirming to discover this lovely piece on college research in this week.  Writing a Paper: Try these Seven Research Tips by Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman is a sweet little gift for your senior class who may not yet believe in your mantra about what is expected in […]

Google Chart Tools

Google just introduced its new Chart Tools. The Google Chart API is an extremely simple tool that lets you easily create a chart from some data and embed it in a webpage. You embed the data and formatting parameters in an HTTP request, and Google returns a PNG image of the chart. Many types of […]

New Essential Skills for Today’s Teacher Librarian: a meme

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the skills essential for an information/communication/technology/media specialist (aka teacher librarian) in our schools today. So I started working on a short list of the new skills I myself couldn’t function without. I don’t believe I have all the answers, or the full picture, so I’d like to do […]

Too Late to Apologize and other teaching resources

How could you not love this?  I want to embed it everywhere and I want to use it as a model for student projects. E-book creators, Soomo Publishing describes Too Late To Apologize: a Declaration by Tim Alden Grant, as our first satirical video project and is part of our ongoing effort to facilitate learning […]

Do educators need a tea party?

I can feel the grass roots growing.  But they need a little water, or perhaps, some tea. Daily, my email box and my Twitter stream fill with the passionate statements of teacher librarians and classroom educators who see what needs to be done, but find themselves continually blocked by stronger powers.  During our first TL […]

I am not kidding

Majority Leader Harry Reid will bring the Senate’s $80 billion version of the Jobs for Main Street Act, aka the jobs bill, to the floor sometime this coming week.  It will include $18.5 billion to hire or retain teachers, polices.  The words librarians, library aides are not included in the language of this bill.  Our […]

Dear Mr. President (via Buffy Hamilton)

I’ve struggled quite a bit with how to put the frustrations I’ve been feeling into words.  Fortunately, Buffy Hamilton has done that far more eloquently than I could have myself.  She has given me/us permission to share. Here’s hoping it reaches the ears and eyes and heart of someone who can make a difference.  Very […]

Teens hate Blogging: new from Pew

Is Blogging a Slog? Social Media and Young Adults wo Pew Internet Project surveys of teens and adults reveal a decline in blogging among teens and young adults and a modest rise among adults 30 and older. Even as blogging declines among those under 30, wireless connectivity continues to rise in this age group, […]

digital citizenship curriculum

Instructions: Click the question title to expand and collapse each question/answer set. About Intellectual Property What is intellectual property? The term intellectual property encompasses many different creations of the mind from new inventions (protected by patent law); to markings that identify the source of products or services (protected by trademark law); to books, photos, movies, […]