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Connected Educator Month: You know you are a connected TL when . . .

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October is Connected Educator Month (#ce13). The CEM calendar is packed with opportunities for growth and, of course, connection. The Starter Kit, by Sheryl Nussbaum Beach and Powerful Learning Practice, in collaboration with the Connected Educators initiative, is packed with links and videos and takes a 31 days approach for this special month, giving you one simple way to […]

WikiBrains for crowd-sourced brainstorming and discovery

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Brainstorming can be hard, especially when we approach a new topic with limited context and vocabulary.  (Well maybe not as hard as it is for those two guys.) Many of us are still grieving over Google’s WonderWheel.  And many of us are grateful for InstaGrok’s brainstormy grokkiness and productivity tools like Mindomo. A new kid on the semantic […]

TL News Night launches!

If you don’t like how the media depicts educators, realize this: We are the media now. Tell the story the world needs to hear.  Quote from Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher Last night was the premiere of  TL News Night!  And wow! (Take a look at the Twitter /Google+ comments and comments and reviews.) The live news […]

Librarians and Danielson and PA

Late last spring, our district distributed the Danielson Framework for Teaching rubric listing the components of instruction–divided into 22 components and 76 smaller elements, and clustered into four domains. Danielson’s Framework, is designed to serve as the the foundation of a school or district’s mentoring, coaching, professional development, and teacher evaluation processes, thus linking all those activities together […]

Digital curation survey: help us build our sample!

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Brenda Boyer, Della Curtis and I are trying to better understand the state-of-the-art relating to digital curation across LibraryLand.  And we hope you’ll help us share and distribute this 10 or 15-minute survey among your colleagues and friends in public, academic and special libraries. We welcome additional school library participation and we are especially interested in expanding our […]

Affirm your community’s love of libraries with a signing

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When I hear heart-breaking news like this recent story of the closings of the libraries at Philadelphia’s two top academic high schools, following the closing of so many others,  I recognize that my own community likely takes our own libraries for granted. Really, how often do we as communities stop and acknowledge that we value […]

Topsy: a game changer for search, e-reputation, & data analysis

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I love searching Twitter. And I love sharing how a Twitter search can dramatically impact student research, by connecting them with experts, encouraging them to develop current awareness, allowing them to listen in on the dialog of a particular field or niche, and, in some cases, enabling them to contribute to the conversation. Learning to […]

September networking (updated)

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Update: There’s even more September goodness!  At TLCafe’s Back to School Special–which was absolutely fabulous–Nikki Robertson announced the launch of TL News Night on the third Monday of each month at 8:00 PM ET. Here are the details: TL | News Night Anchors are: Michelle Cooper – High School Librarian Nikki D Robertson– High School Librarian […]

Help me crowdsource TL monthly checklists?

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I’ve had these in my files for a couple of years doing nobody no good. So, I thought it was time to crowd-source, update and improve a series of checklists I’ve planning to work on and share. The checklists are meant to be a handy list of things to plan, do, and celebrate month-by-month in the life […]

A new Follett Challenge & a couple of inspiring stories

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I’ve come to the conclusion that there are probably a thousand different ways to do library great. Sure there are handbooks on how to put together a traditional library program–how to create a budget, weed a collection, host an author event, collaborate with teachers. But no textbook shows you what it looks like when the […]