This Fall I will begin working as a media specialist in a PreK-5 elementary school. I am a public librarian now and I know it will be a big change, but I am up for the challenge. Last night I spent time reviewing some binder the previous media specialist gave me and I started to feel a bit overwhelmed. I know I can do the job, but I was worried about how to get started. What do I do that first week? How do I know when to teach what skills? It's going to be a big year for me.
Added by Cynthia Bischoff on June 29, 2007 at 1:59pm —
I had the opportunity to hear Joyce at NECC this past few days, and her presentation was incredibly inspiring. Her vision to share the web 2.0 tools and help students become information fluent infused the whole presentation.
She really stressed creating pathfinders for students, which I do, but she creates them on everything, and ties in many sources that I wouldn't have thought of. And she uses wikis for the pathfinders so that other teachers can add sources as well, which is quite… Continue
Added by Carolyn Foote on June 28, 2007 at 11:01am —
Diane Chen's link to the new ISTE Standards doesn't appear to be working. Click on NETS-S 2007 on the CNETS - ISTE
site to access the 6 Standards.
Added by Diane Cordell on June 27, 2007 at 1:51pm —
Laura Pearle has posted a link, on the AASL blog
, to a Washington Post column
asking "Do We Need Libraries?"
The extensive comments on this article are enlightening and heartening, as citizens voice their opinions on the value of libraries in the digital age.… Continue
Added by Diane Cordell on June 23, 2007 at 9:23am —
I've just begun reading Will Richardson's "Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts..." and really want to amp up my tech tools for next school year. For the past few days, my blog at edublogs
has been unavailable for editing. The site assures users that their blogs are preserved - somewhere - but doesn't give any specifics on when things will return to normal. At this point, I'm considering copying and pasting my posts into another blog (I'm trying to compile an online record… Continue
Added by Diane Cordell on June 22, 2007 at 1:52pm —
Added by osde8info on June 15, 2007 at 1:40am —
Has anyone tried using del.icio.us with a group? I was thinking of setting up an account for our secondary librarians group and having everyone post great sites as they come across them. It would have the advantage of listing sites that are really specific to our local curriculum. Usually we just pass sites to each other using email but this would have the advantage of being a searchable and permanent location.
Added by Lesley Edwards on June 14, 2007 at 12:01pm —
I am taking two classes for my master's plus thirty (specialist degree). One is Digital Preservation. The discussions on the boards set up by the professor have ranged from funding to photos fading (especially if you use the inkjet printers) to the reliability of data (when anyone can change it) to saving the data from format to format. In Information Services, we are looking at Web 2.0 applications and if or how you would add them to the library to provide services.
For my big paper… Continue
Added by Susan Myers on June 12, 2007 at 8:10pm —
No way! I'm not ready for this to be my main blogging resource, though I see in some forums that there are those who are ready for this to be their primary blogging tool. I have other blogs that I can point to, and they are at:
- Scasl Blogs! The South Carolina Association of School Librarians sponsor a blog, and I am lucky enough to be a contributor. I wish i could say it is as popular as Sunlink, or some other state association…
Added by Cathy Nelson on June 10, 2007 at 4:30pm —
I bought Weinberger's book the other day, though admittedly it's still sitting on my shelf, waiting for me to read it. However I did spend a good part of the morning watching his discussion on Google Video (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2159021324062223592) , that I highly recommend. What he has to say relates directly to a lot of our concerns and ideas regarding Library/Web 2.0, with strong implications both for education in general and the LMS in specific.… Continue
Added by Jeri Hurd on June 10, 2007 at 11:51am —
Added by Peg Weidemann on June 7, 2007 at 10:35am —
So much for promises to write during the conference. I discovered that being the new president of the Canadian Association for School Libraries meant that I had a lot of meetings and social gatherings to attend. This is rather late but here are some highlights.
School Libraries in Canada
Western Canada is holding its own with strong provincial associations in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Manitoba's provincal association is lacking members but the government still supports… Continue
Added by Richard Beaudry on June 7, 2007 at 12:04am —
Seeing the wonderful work that Joyce has done in creating her Teacher-Librarian NING has inspired me to create a Ning for Louisiana librarians. As a result, I've started the Louisiana LMS Ning at the following URL: http://louisianalms.ning.com/
. It is dedicated to Library 2.0 and how we, in our state, are using it in our classrooms. It is in its early stages and needs members and input, but it is our beginning. I hope to debut it at our state… Continue
Added by Jan McGee on June 6, 2007 at 7:43pm —
I am looking for some podcast or vodcasts ideas to get my teachers hooked next year on trying this out with their classes. I love the vodcast that Joyce Valenza's students made called Prepositionitis
, check the posting on May 24th. I will show that to teachers as an example. I also plan on having my young adult literature club make monthly booktalk podcasts of the books they are reading. Anyone else doing podcasting with their high school students?
Added by Sally Daniels on June 4, 2007 at 5:07pm —
At BookExpo America, they announced this year's Quill nominees. It's the third year for these consumer-driven awards. The last two lists helped me plan my summer reading and helped me to discover new authors and titles to include on our high school shelves. Scroll down to the bottom of the list for youth titles.
Added by Joyce Valenza on June 3, 2007 at 7:26am —
Yesterday I received my tentative teaching assignments for next school year (in addition to my duties in the LMC). I am now scheduled to instruct a mixed class of high school students in current events. I don't have any details yet, but the high school principal said this scheduling is a direct result of my advocating for more (any!) 21st century fluency skills in our district. My hope is the students and I will explore - and master - things like podcasts, blogging, etc. The first hurdle will… Continue
Added by Diane Cordell on June 2, 2007 at 2:09pm —
I've been reading articles on virtual libraries and making the virtual library space as cozy, comfortable and inviting as the physical space. I've also explored several impressive examples of best practice and "borrowed" some great ideas. Having mapped out the schema for the website, before I starting writing content I thought it would behoove me to organize this wealth of information into some sort of hierarchical set of principals to guide the development. I was talking to my Info Lit prof… Continue
Added by Jeri Hurd on June 1, 2007 at 8:50am —
Yesterday was my last day for the year, and it certainly ended in a rush. I repeatedly told teachers it was fine to keep whatever they needed until the last school day. Wow, when they did that it was great for relationship building and making them feel welcome. However, I didn't think about all the books that would show up needing to be reshelved. Whew!! Foolishly I thought I would end the year with things all neatly put away, and that would be a first. No, that didn't happen. I don't mind at… Continue
Added by Lisa Hunt on June 1, 2007 at 7:04am —