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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, but the goal here is for YOU, friends, to do the heavy lifting.

Look back at 2011.  What is the most exciting thing you learned?  What was the most powerful teaching strategy you tried?  Which instructional tools best inspired learners?  Did you have an epiphany about how to do something easier, better, cooler in your library or classroom? (Classroom teacher friends are welcome!)

From the tiniest to the most profound new thing, this is your time to share with you colleagues.  Think of it as a professional obligation.  And, if this works, we’ll make it an annual event!

All you have to do to get ready is to

1. think hard about what you want to share

2. share it as a slide or slides on this crowd-souced presentation/book.

3. remember that we are prepared to offer extra credit for very pretty slides!

4. be prepared to grab the Elluminate mic on Monday, December 5th at 8PM Eastern!

(Note: This was at the very bottom of a long post last week.  At the point I am writing this, no slides appear.  Clearly, I needed to make it pop a little more. I can’t wait to watch our little book grow!)

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Oh boy! This is going to be FUN!

  2. OK. Probably about to show my stupidity, but…tried to go and add a slide and couldn’t get to the edit screen. Clicked on Actions drop down and to edit, but it just shows the first slide again. I opened other shared presentations and was able to edit. Not sure what I’m doing wrong. Maybe that means I don’t need to add to this:) Look forward to the session and learning lots from the amazing library PLN.

  3. Sorry, Tamara. It’s all working now. Please share, friends!

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