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How do you keep up? Part 3: A new season of Webinars (and live chat)

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In the past couple of posts about keeping up with news and trends relevant to practice, we looked at harnessing social media in the form of portals for sharing slide presentations and curation sites for current awareness. Now let’s turn to the fabulous and nearly overwhelming array of webinar/conferency-type professional development available to you free [...]

A tip to Barbara’s hats

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I met Barbara Braxton when I was traveling in Australia a couple of years ago, but I’ve admired her voice for so many years. When I think about it, she may have been the first of the truly networked librarians. An ACTIVE member of LM_NET from the beginning, she continues to be both visible and active on [...]

AASL: The unconference report

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Friday night a team of teacher librarians, and a few friends, hosted AASL’s first unconference. It all started with a conversation with Susan Ballard at a CiSSL Retreat at Rutgers this summer. I wondered if AASL would consider the idea of a participant-driven unconference event. Sue said, why not? and that she’d check on it [...]

Laura’s Digital Badge Professional Learning Platform

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Laura Fleming, a new teacher librarian with a strong interest and expertise in interactive and transmedia storytelling, generously allowed me to share a post from her Worlds of Learning blog.   Eric Sheninger, Laura’s principal at New Milford High School, also shared this post in his A Principal’s Reflections blog.   Like many of us as teacher [...]

Our first PSLA/MU Unconference

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I am a big fan of the unconference/edcamp movements and of open space planning.     And though I’ve personally been lucky to attend a number of local, regional, and national edcamps and unconfs, I’ve wanted to share my excitement about these participant-driven events with my TL colleagues in Pennsylvania.  Our traditional PSLA state conference is pretty darn [...]

Michelle’s PD panel and more edWeb webinar goodness

In case you’ve missed it, my dear friend, Michelle Luhtala hosts a series of free, monthly webinars for the professional learning community, Emerging Tech: Using Technology to Advance Your School Library Program.  The series is sponsored by Follett Software Company. About a week ago, Michelle’s virtual panel discussion presented a comprehensive array of perspectives on online [...]

School of Open opens

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School of Open Project Showcase from Creative Commons on Vimeo. As teacher librarians, we need to be aware of major shifts in the intellectual property arena. We need to be experts on the exciting developments in the culture of openness.  And we need to prepare classroom teachers and digital age learners for similar understandings of [...]

Educon: When a conference works

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. . . If it’s part of a movement. If every day is a building block on the way to something important, and if the attendees are part of a tribe that goes beyond demographics or professional affiliation.  Seth’s Blog: When a Conference Works (and Doesn’t) I spent the weekend downtown at Educon. This January [...]

On Connectedness & the Learning 2.0 Conference

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August is Connected Educators Month. I started writing this post on the last leg of a flight home from Australia*, where Gwyneth Jones (the Daring Librarian) and I met with the fabulous librarians of Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. Sometimes it really hits you hard that things have changed.  It hit me hard on this trip. [...]

On Rheingold’s essential book and a couple others not to miss

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The game has changed.  We need to play the new one wisely.  We need to teach others how to do the same. Though we may rely heavily on our favorite feeds and brief network updates, it’s good to have a thoughtful and more comprehensive examination of what’s going on. And we need to be able [...]