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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

#TLElem: starting a new conversation

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@cktechtl: I have been an elem teacher-librarian for 6 yrs. @librarianmissk: This is my 4th yr as a TL, but it’s my 1st year in elem. @cktechtl: Sometimes I feel that I can’t keep up with new ideas @librarianmissk: Sometimes I feel like I am on a island by myself. I’ve kinda immersed my grad [...]

PLN news: TLChatLive & our new TLChat Community

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On Monday, December 10th (2nd Monday of the month), the topic for our live TLChat was Supporting Teachers with the Common Core. In case you missed this nearly overwhelming share festival, visit the archive of nearly 500 tweets. Here’s a little summary of a few of my favorites: @NikkiDRobertson: TLChat is always going on 24/7 [...]

Get ready for the Smackdown!

On Monday, December 3rd at 8PM Eastern, TLCafé hosts our 2nd annual Smackdown/Open Mic night.  Please plan on visiting or participating! You don’t have to be a librarian to play.  We welcome classroom teachers, tech directors, administrators, enthusiastic partners of every persuasion! I’ll be sharing my trend list and some of my favorite discoveries and [...]

Educational Twitter Hashtags, the infographic (updated)

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Compiled By: OnlineCollegeCourses.com So many of the teachers and teacher librarians I know continue as unconverted.  They don’t yet see the value of Twitter as a tool for learning and keeping up.  Beyond the walls of their own schools, they have yet to build a PLN. This new infographic from OnlineCollegeCourses.com offers quick visual reference [...]

#tlchat live tomorrow

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The vote is in!  Join us tomorrow night for our second ever #tlchat live! The topic will be: New tech tools and how you are using them. All you need to do it tweet or lurk from 8:00 till 9:00 PM Eastern tomorrow night. Should you want to share, and I know you will, make [...]

#tlchat launches intensely (and archiving tweets)

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We launched #tlchat last night.  And wow. Worried that we’d have to fill in the lulls with prepared tweets, our small group of organizers had a full page of them ready to go. There was no need to worry. In fact, the chat needed no nurturing at all.  Most of us struggled to keep up [...]

#tlchat Live tonight

Tonight’s the night.  Our first #tlchat runs live on Twitter from 8PM till 9PM Eastern time. During this hour, feel free to contribute or just lurk as we discuss the topic you selected in our Twitter poll: Collaboration: how to get it going and how to keep it going. If it’s your first time in [...]