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On returning from Doha

I was honored to be asked to keynote at last week’s IASL Conference in Doha, Qatar–The Shifting Sands of School Librarianship. My first full IASL was an experience I will never forget.  It was an opportunity to develop new relationships, to share with school librarians from all over the world, to discover our commonalities, and [...]

Ogilvy notes: an inspiration for student creation?

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As I was looking for more information on Howard Rheingold’s book yesterday, I discovered the Ogilvy notes for his book launch from the SXSW Conference recently held in Austin. I’ve noticed these clever drawings from the ad agency artist team before, but discovering an archive that includes the previous conference as well, made me really [...]

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 [...]

Library 2.011

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Even before I process and share all I learned at AASL, I must share about this week’s Library 2.011. Scheduled for November 2nd through the 4th (depending on where you are), the line-up for this free, international event, sponsored by San Jose University, is going to be outstanding. Register here Steve Hargadon, conference organizer and [...]

OneBookOneConference: Join the discussion on The Shallows

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Every other year, when AASL comes around, I get excited about the idea being able to think and grow with our people.  Though Minneapolis is a couple of months away, no need to wait. Start Conference early by joining the AASL Conference Ning and by joining the discussion on the provocative OneBookOneConference selection, Pulitzer Prize [...]

Library 2.011 Virtual Conference: A global conversation on the future of libraries

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Please add this exciting new, free, virtual conf to your calendar and consider writing a proposal for a session: We are pleased to announce the Library 2.011 worldwide virtual conference, November 2 – 3, 2011. The conference will be held online, in multiple time zones over the course of two days, and will be free [...]

More on ISTE: the Feud, the Forum, the Final Keynote (updated with slides)

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Who says panel discussions can’t be fun? After the seriousness and pressure of preparing for my TEDxPhillyed talk on Saturday (more on that in a future post), several good friends and I presented the Learning Tools Family Feud at ISTE.  Click on the Unlocking Potential image below to view the hour-long session. Perhaps we did [...]

Everyone is talking apps, but . .

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At ISTE11 everyone is talking about powerful apps for learning. Apps for creating art and music and for publishing.  Remarkable apps for special education.   And apps for research. Educators here are discussing the powerful role mobile devices and apps can play in student research.  But no one is talking about library apps. No one [...]

My big duh (and Patrick Larkin on reinventing PD)

At TeachMeetNJ yesterday, I attended Patrick Larkin’s session, Professional Development Doesn’t Have to be an Oxymoron. Patrick described some of his PD strategies as the Principal at Burlington (MA) High School, (see his post A Professional Development Day that Worked and the Google Doc for the session), and engaged the rest of the participants in [...]

NCCE TL Summit

Those TLs in the great Northwest are shaking things up! Don’t miss the UStream broadcasts of some of the highlights of Wednesday’s TL Summit, part of this week’s Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) Conference, in Portland. I am including a couple of my choices of most inspiring moments. Mike Eisenberg provocatively questions some of [...]