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March 2009 Blog Posts (22)

TV Studios: This Week in Rap

Flocabulary Launches ‘The Week in Rap’ - A Week's Worth of News, Rapped

– Teen-Friendly News Delivery Helps Spark Classroom Discussion About Current Events –'s about time! ...i suspect inspired by E! News - The Daily 10's Hollywood Rap-Up where each week, rapper Infinite-1 condenses all of the top stories into an extremely funky rap now we have that same idea but but classroom… Continue

Added by gwyneth jones on March 31, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Dublin: One City, One Book

Hello everyone,

For the 4th year running, the Dublin City Public Libraries is encouraging all Dubliners to read and discuss one book during the month of April.

This year: Dracula by Bram Stoker.

There will be events throughout the city for the month of April.

For more information:

Richard Beaudry
Langley Secondary School

Added by Richard Beaudry on March 30, 2009 at 3:14pm — No Comments

Nings in the classroom

Our freshmen English classes have just begun to use a Ning in their I-Search project. Has your school done this? Happily the library instigated it when the department chair came to me to ask how we (library) might creatively contribute to the project.

We've rolled out 3 Nings for the three freshman teachers late last week ( was great at removing ads after getting a request from me) -- a few bumps but so far working. Will keep you posted.

Added by Jean M Bruce on March 30, 2009 at 9:40am — 1 Comment

My Book

Hi! If there is anyone out there interested in poetry, I have had a book of poems published entitled Sweet Sorrow. I am very proud of this and it is available for purchase at or I feel these poems are very easy to relate to.

Added by Sarah Heukrath on March 29, 2009 at 4:03pm — No Comments

Gender equity

Does anyone have any suggestions, apart from perhaps Googling the 1964 Civil Rights Act, regarding gender equity in the library world? Thanks for your help.

Added by Larry Retzack on March 28, 2009 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Library of Congress embraces YouTube, iTunes

From the website NetworkWorld comes the following article.

Library of Congress embraces YouTube, iTunes
The Washington, D.C., library will begin uploading its digital materials to online services
By Grant Gross , IDG News Service , 03/27/2009

Added by Richard Beaudry on March 28, 2009 at 7:14pm — No Comments

Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education

From the Information Literacy Weblog comes information on a new online professional journal for librarians in Norway:

Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education (NORIL) is a peer reviewed open access journal. Information literacy is a multidisciplinary field as it is the subject of both academic research, as well as of library pedagogical practice. The development of knowledge in the field is nourished by perspectives from different academic diciplines, such as… Continue

Added by Richard Beaudry on March 28, 2009 at 7:08pm — No Comments

Guru Stalking @MICCA, NECC & AASL, Oh my!

WARNING: this is a very rambling & gushy blog

so who's goin to MICCA, NECC or AASL? anyone?

if so, are you presenting? and if so, what? i wanna catch it!

i'm representing Md. Digital Libraries at NECC (thanks Carol!!)...Whoohooo!

sounds silly but i do so much out of pocket this is a super thrill! sure, i have to go to EVERY sesssion & report back to my peeps in my county and do some PD but no big whoop!… Continue

Added by gwyneth jones on March 28, 2009 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Thing 19

I am at the end of a Web 2.0 class and choosing a social networking site is Thing 19. I really like the way this Ning is set up and look forward to using it often!

Added by Pat Dedicos on March 25, 2009 at 9:12pm — No Comments

Online free web tutorials...

In the just in case you wanted to know category- Christopher Bell and I are presenting a online workshop with School Library Journal...Technology on a shoestring- big tools for small budgets. The webcast will be Tuesday, 3/24. We're going to demo all kinds of free tools. Register online and join us if you would like! Most of you probably know the tools, but if you want to hop on so that you can laugh at my foibles- feel free!…


Added by guybrarian on March 23, 2009 at 11:42am — No Comments

Web 2.0 PhotoPeach and Women's History Month

PhotoPeach is easy to use, load in pictures and you can put in slides as pictures if you want more text, add music and then you can go in and put about a line of text under the images.


Added by bj neary on March 19, 2009 at 12:06pm — 2 Comments

Web 2.0 publishing tool - ISSUU

Well I am trying this new publishing tool because a new Friend from Images4Education showed us the great capabilities of this new Web 2.0 application. I used the element helium as a way science classes could use this. Make sure you listen to the music as you… Continue

Added by bj neary on March 19, 2009 at 11:29am — No Comments

New Issue of Educators Spotlight Digest

Hello everyone,

Here is an online magazine of interest for teacher librarians.

From the magazine:

The Educators’ Spotlight Digest is a free magazine for teachers of multiple literacies. It is published twice a year (fall/winter and spring/summer) by S.O.S. for Information Literacy, a project of Syracuse University's Center for Digital Literacy in collaboration with the American Association of School Librarians and the Association of College and Research… Continue

Added by Richard Beaudry on March 17, 2009 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Free ebook on the College Recruiting Process for High School Athletes

Just wanted to share this awesome free ebook about how high school athletes can get recruited by college coaches. It's written for high school athletes and their parents, as well as youth and club coaches and high school counselors.

Get your copy today at

Added by Monica O'Brien on March 16, 2009 at 3:45pm — No Comments

27 Things To Do Before a Conference

Hello Everyone,

For those of us who attend and present at conferences regularly (many many people on this ning as an example) comes an article on Chris Brogan's Blog 'Community and Social Media'.

27 Things To Do Before a Conference
Chris Brogan
March 13th, 2009

Richard Beaudry
Langley Secondary School

Added by Richard Beaudry on March 16, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Literacy Leads the Way

As a part of the literacy professional community, as a school librarian, I received an invitation through my school district to join other literacy professionals as a participant in Online Course Work targeting the theme Literacy Leads the Way.

The overall objective is for literacy professionals to increase their literacy building expertise so as to provide appropriate activities to build reading fluency, develop oral language, world knowledge; and, to build listening/reading… Continue

Added by Cheryl Hill on March 15, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Better Safe Than Sorry: Does Your Library Have an Online Acceptable-use Policy?

Hello everyone,

Here is an article worth reading.

Better Safe Than Sorry: Does Your Library Have an Online Acceptable-use Policy?
By Pat Scales -- School Library Journal, 3/1/2009

Richard Beaudry
Langley Secondary School

Added by Richard Beaudry on March 11, 2009 at 5:27pm — No Comments

International Women's Day

International Women's day is being celebrated for the 98th year across the globe. This year's theme is: Women and men united to end violence against women and girls. The official website can be found at this link:

Added by Richard Beaudry on March 7, 2009 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Response by Paul Volponi

Paul Volponi's latest novel, Response, takes on the dilemma of a hate crime in a racially divided community. Three African American teens go into Hillsboro, mostly white and Italian, to steal a car and make quick money. The car theft never happens, but as the boys walk home, they are chased by three white teens in a black Land Rover. Asa and Bonds, run for their lives, never looking back. If they did, they would have seen that their friend, Noah, tripped, and fell flat on the sidewalk. With a… Continue

Added by bj neary on March 5, 2009 at 7:02pm — No Comments

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