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#tlchat was even more live last night

I’ve said it before, but last night was further proof of the power of our growing TL network.  The live Monday night twitter chat (#tlchat) we began back in September, ran on both Twitter and Google+ Hangouts last night.  And our intrepid team managed and archived both platforms. The topic was: Get Those Books Moving: [...]

New York approves a new school librarian evaluation rubric

Sara Kelly Johns just shared this news from New York State. The New York State Department of Education (SED) recently approved a school library evaluation rubric. Sara shares: This rubric means that school librarians will be evaluated as school librarians, not classroom teachers and was the third submission in an effort led by the Section [...]

In PLN news #1: Jennifer’s PLN Starter Kit

Thanks, Jennifer LaGarde, for pulling together a wonderful PLN Starter Kit. Jennifer described the need to crowdsource such a tool in yesterday’s Adventures of Library Girl post. About a month ago I asked you to help me create a “PLN Starter Kit” – a resource for educators who are ready to start building a Personal [...]

In PLN news 2 . . .Mightybell TLChat

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A couple of posts ago I wrote about Mightybell as a new platform for curation and conversation. Let’s test drive it. I’ve set up a TLChat space.  Stop in and play. Add your favorite resources.  Invite friends.  Post questions.  Start chats.  I’d be happy to make any TL who asks a host.

12/5 is Smackdown/Open Mic/Karaoke night. Prepare!

Time to look back at the best of 2011 in our school library/edtech world and share! At the TL Virtual Cafe on December 5th, 8PM Eastern, we’ll be hosting a Learning Tools Open Mic/Smackdown/Karaoke.  And the plan is to get ready by building a crowd-souced presentation/book. Gwyneth and I are listed as host and presenter, [...]

Library 2.011: Not live, but very much alive and free

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Last week many of us had the opportunity to attend the free, online, global conference, Library 2.011.  But if school or sleep or life in general prevented you from attending a few sessions, the good news is they are all archived as a rich legacy of this inaugural event.  (Thank you Steve Hargadon and San [...]

Mobilize for help and hope: Petition Obama & Twitter bomb Senate!

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It’s time to act!  This week, promise to raise your political voice by participating in two political activities to save libraries for young people! 1. Sign this petition now. I share this email from good friend and LJ/SLJ/The Horn Book publisher Ian Singer who forwarded a passionate plea to several of us yesterday: My friends [...]

Just published: School Libraries: What’s Now? What’s Next? What’s Yet to Come?

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Holy collaboration!  Looking for some updated thinking about school libraries? Kristin Fontichiaro and Buffy Hamilton just released the ebook they recently crowdsourced and edited: School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come? It is now available for free download in three formats: PDF for those who want to read it on a desktop/laptop [...]

Fifty Ways to Leave Your Term Paper/Book Report & Tell Your Story

For my September newsletter, I decided to resurrect and majorly update an old PowerTools document of ideas I had for mixing up the traditional student project and for offering students alternate strategies for communicating their knowledge and creativity. Yes, I have tried many of these at home with adventurous teachers.  I thought I’d share.  Please [...]

See Sally Research @TEDxPhillyED

When I discovered I was selected to present at TEDxPhillyED last spring, I was both honored and terrified. Doug wrote about this event and his own TEDx experience in his post Everyone should give a TED talk. Doug hit the nail on the head with his question: So here is my question: Could you give [...]