Saturday, October 18, 2014

It Can Wait and YouTube Teen Celebrities

  #X Before You Drive
Here's a news story written by our MHTV correspondent, 8th grader the uber awesome herself, Stephannie J.
"AWESOMENESS TV and many of your favorite celebrities, including James Maslow, Demi Lovato and R5, have joined the movement to stop texting and driving and you should, too! Check out this video featuring some of your favorite YouTubers. Weekly Chris looked pretty good in that video, am I right ladies? (Steph's words, not mine!) So how can you join the movement? Go to and take the pledge. Spread the word and make this known! #itcanwait"  Thanks Steph!

We grownups need to model this for our kiddos. Like transparency and creating a positive digital footprint, we don't have any credibility if we're texting and driving the same time we tell teenagers to X before you drive.
My new crosover RAV4 (Squee!) has hands free paring with my phone and I will use that - but I don't touch my phone when I drive...even at a red light - and yes, I'll X before I drive.
Visit the site to take the pledge, get more information, and MAKE Your Own MEME!
 Click to see ours!
YouTube Teen Celebrities
Did you know there was a whole cadre of teen real people celebrities who have their own YouTube channels? Like the MAGCON Viners I discovered last year (thanks to my 8th grade girls for filling me in!), these kids have MILLIONS of followers!
A couple have even leveraged their celebrity status & now make a living with endorsements. Here's a couple examples. I found out about Meredith Foster (700K+ followers)  because #MereBearsBacktoSchool was trending this summer on Twitter. 

She had my heart by taking out the trash! So she's a beautiful smart, Californian Christian but not preachy, nice, upbeat, & creative young girl - what's not to like?  Her big back to school giveaway created a frenzy online but that was how I found her!

Then I Googled (duh!) and found out about Bethany Mota (2M+ followers) who most say was the first and some say the original YouTube beauty advice teen and now is a beauty and fashion mogul. She was even a Project Runway guest judge the other week! Of course in the above video she makes (IMHO) the grave blogger or vlogger mistake of starting a post by apologizing for not posting - but maybe her teen followers need to know WHY!
Oh and who is this Chris that Stephannie was talking about? He's WeeklyChris! (800K+ followers) - a cute dude in Canada - NOT THE one who must not be named who has turned into a real life jerk  & who I made a return books Blabberize parody about a couple years ago....

This one is quite charming and says all the right things in the video below about what makes a girl attractive: honesty, natural, innocence, no drinking or smoking, and smiling....clever lad!

Want to know more? I didn't even mention 02L! Check out this article on Flavorwire

Is It Time to Start Caring About Teen YouTube Celebrities?

Parents & Grownups: So what's all this AwesomenessTV about? Check it out

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ISTE, Stirring the Pot, & Education Advocacy

Four years ago on Doug Johnson's awesome The Blue Skunk Blog a commenter named Glynda said

I just read in the SLJ that Teacher librarian Gwyneth Jones is now a board member of ISTE. Perhaps she can help ensure that administrators are not only aware of NETS-A but also following them."

ISTE NETS & the Common Core
I recently ended that four year elected term on the ISTE Board of Directors and as I reflect upon my service, participation, and accomplishments balanced with Glenda's comment, I can say that if that was the sole standard of success - I failed! I couldn't then, and I can't now, "ensure" that admins are aware of NETS and I surely can't make them follow the NETS.

I think we ALL must have an ongoing conversation with our Admin & staff about how we can integrate ISTE NETS into our daily instruction. Just like teaching technology in isolation, it shouldn't just happen once at a professional development in-service. 

You know what would really help sell the NETS to admins?  Having something that makes the connection between the Common Core & NETS.  It would be great if ISTE could spell out direct correlations from NETS to the Common Core. This would get our admin's attention, right? We DO have a Position Statement with an infographic showing why the NETS can maximize Common Core success.  ISTE Connects also produced this excellent blog post -  Common Core: It’s not what they know — it’s how they’ll use it  Great conversation starters! Is it enough? Is it an ISTE NETS & CCSS toolkit all wrapped up in a digital bow? Nope, but it's a beginning!

In 2010,  I blogged & gushed about the honour of being elected - and said that I "would love to inspire all Admins to share more with the community in an ongoing conversation their hopes, dreams, & plans for their kids! No need to have JUST a newsletter home - an Admin can have an online relationship and inspire the world!" Now my new principal Tweets from our school account! W00t! My district made a Twitter account for every school - some admins are involved more than others - but it's a start! boards of associations, sometimes move slowly. School librarians and teachers of ALL subjects, let's keep plugging away! These organizations need our voices and our passion. Never give up, never surrender, keep advocating. Keep serving. Whether on ISTE, ALA, AASL, YALSA, NEA, NCATE, METC, TCEA, or your local ISTE or library affiliate?  Wherever you can lend a hand, give an idea, take charge, or stir the pot - do it!

Why ISTE and not ALA or AASL? 
Though I go to AASL every other year & have presented several times, I feel that ISTE is more cutting edge, progressive, & inclusive. For years I spent my own money as an investment in my profession going to and presenting at the ISTE conference. I met amazing educators, collaborated with inspiring leaders and change agents, and ISTE honestly, changed my life!
In contrast, the ALA conference made me feel like a redheaded stepchild. Someone once asked me at the DC ALA conference in 2007 what kind of librarian I was,  I said "middle school librarian" all chirpy like & excited and she smiled condescendingly, raised her brows, and murmured dryly "how adorable." Womp womp. OMFG!*  Bless her heart! Stunned.
I also wonder why, out of 50 Library Mover & Shakers every year, Library Journal magazine (and I'm a grateful recipient of that award, mind!), why are there only 2 or 3 school librarians? Hmmmm?  Also, how come AASL or ALA don't ask people like Joyce Valenza, Kathy Scrock, Doug Johnson, or heck me! (LOL) to be a keynote or feature speaker? What's with that? Why don't we celebrate our own peeps? This is a conversation that if I were on the ALA or AASL board I would bring up - and it might NOT be popular. Stir, stir, stir!

Keepin it Real & Grabbin That Spoon
Yeah, stir, stir, stir!  Whilst on the ISTE board you know I tried to keep it real and stir the pot with the obvious but often unasked questions.  I wanted to passionately represent and advocate for librarians and school-based educators.  The majority of our ISTE membership are the people who work in the schools - the classroom teachers & librarians in the trenches - who are there for our BEST customers, our kiddos!  Never forget the kiddos! For a while there, I was one of only 2 school based board members - the rest were VP's, higher ed, superintendents, corporate, & big wig types. (I admit to many moments of being a tongue-tied fangirl!)  It was a lot of work and a lot of my summer, evenings, and weekends. I tried really hard to do my best & I loved every minute!
Stir The Pot, But with Respect
It's super important to strike a balance being an education advocate, pot stirrer, and question asker, with staying professional and respectful. I mentioned some of this in a previous post How to Train Your (New) Principal.
Believe me, I delete a lot of Tweets! I bite my tongue every day. I write long heated blog comments ranting & raving at education issues that irk, annoy, anger, & irritate me. I just deleted a whole paragraph naming some!  What do I do? I cut & paste them into an email draft & I sleep on it - then usually delete it the next day. Take the high road. Be positive!  I often think, would my Momma be proud of that? If it's iffy - I try and steer clear. But if I get to know you personally, I might rant a bit in private over a pint but not in PRINT! Cause like, I'm human! And I'm a redhead! LOL

It was a true honour to serve and four years later I can assure you that ISTE truly has their heart in the right place when it comes to advocating for kids, teachers, and technology integration. If they hadn't I would NOT have run for or accepted my second term.

I'd like to thank all the ISTE Staff in Eugene for their commitment to the members, all my supportive and inspiring fellow board members, and Dr. Kecia Ray ISTE Board Chair, for her mentoring, inspiration, and leadership.  I'd also like to thank Brian Lewis, the new CEO - who really gets the fact that branding is important and that ISTE really needed a branding overhaul. Dag, we look good now! ISTE Rocks!
WOW...that was an unusually large amount of blathering. I reserve the right to edit this later! LOL I should sleep on it -- but talking dead is on and I really need push Publish before I go to bed. Night friends!

Common Sense Media - Alignment and Standards
ISTE Board nomination packet! Why not you!?

*OMFG - Oh my fairy godmother! What were YOU thinking? My Momma might read this blog! 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Saddle Up & Rope ‘Em In!

Codes to Teach Like a Cowboy / Cowgirl

I am SO very excited to announce that two educators whom I greatly respect and admire are going to guest speak on our #TLChat Virtual Cafe webinar series:

Shelly Terrell & Jake Duncan
"Teaching can feel like trying to conquer the Wild West. We need inspiration and advice from trailblazers used to rough terrains. Two Texas educators invite you to join this campfire conversation in which they will share some practical ideas and tips for handling anything from fundraising to teaching with little technology. Giddy up! Get your boots on and join us for this adventurous ride that’ll get you fired up and equipped for the school year."

October 6th, 2014
8pm Eastern USA time

Session Wikipage

Did you miss it? It was AWESOME! 
A huge thanks to the ever amazing & generous Shelly & Jake! 

Watch, listen, & enjoy by clicking on the
Blackboard Session Archive Link
(Please give it a min to download & play) 

Follow Shelly Terrell---> @ShellTerrell
Follow Jake Duncan ---> @jkdncn

Click for Shelly's Pearl Trees List of Resources

Photos gleefully stolen from Shelly & Jake
Title photo design inspired by a Flickr Creative Commons
photo by Eric Leslie & graphic design by yours truly and PicMonkey!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

10 Things to Think About Before You Post

Over the last six years we've made some great friends with the cool people at the website Flocabulary and we love what they've been creating lately with super engaging rap songs & videos tied in with the CCSS! (Common Core State Standards) We've been using their Week in Rap news feature in our MHTV school TV studio since they landed on the hip hop education scene in 2008! Murray Hill even earned a video shout out last year! W00t! (We were SO proud!) So, when I heard that they were teaming up with the awesome Common Sense Media people, to put out a music video about Digital Citizenship, - I was SO excited! Talk about wonder twin powers!
This video is good to use with both students and teachers about making good choices across all social media outets.
I've been on Twitter professionally now for 6 years, and I have an AMAZING & generous personal learning network of followers - so being careful, upbeat, positive and mindful of what I Tweet is important to me.  I don't use Facebook - we just never got along.  At school, we have been loving us some Vine Videos, since we experimented and created video book trailers last year (see previous post) and we've even just achieved 100,000 loops across all posts, too! This Flocabulary digital citizenship video (and the supplemental lessons and teacher resources) explores not about what kind of social media you use, but HOW you use it! The choices you make - what you share and how much you share. Brilliant!
I think you'll like the video - let me know in the comments!
Flocabulary also has amazing resources for teachers in an easy to navigate format! I really like Flocabulary - month by month for teaching ideas.
They are also very, very, responsive to teacher needs. I've called the office in NYC, talked with real people, and they're super nice!

Give it a chance, there's a whole school free trial where "teachers and administrators can take an extended test-drive with no obligation to purchase." You'll get:
  • Hundreds of educational hip-hop videos to engage, inspire and teach
  • A Common Core guide to help you meet your objectives
  • Research-based activities for enrichment, test prep and more
  • Unlimited access for all teachers and students, grades K-12
You can also get a single teacher account account with teacher access to all the goodies to use with your kids in the classroom, school library, or TV studio!  That's what I have!

Maybe someday I will win a whole school account - I've given them away at conferences but don't have one myself! LOL

Monday, September 1, 2014

Back to School Special: Open Mic Edition

For the last five years at the #TLChat Virtual Cafe we've offered a FREE webinar to help librarians and teachers of all subjects and levels get ready for the next school year. This casual discussion generates ideas on how to build school allies, support new teachers, & become indispensable to administration & staff at the beginning of EVERY school year. I'm joined in this conversation by amazing, librarians, friends, and moderators Tiffany Whitehead and Jennifer LaGarde......and hopefully YOU! W00t!

Join in! Sept 8th, 2014 - 8pm EST
Participant Link
Back to School Special Wikipage
I Want YOU to Grab the Mic!
This year we've flipped the script and are inviting YOU to step up to the mic and share your ideas, tips, tricks, and cool ways to get excited, energized, and to supercharge the library program or classroom throughout the school year.

How to do it? 
Easy! Just add a slide! Visit our shared and open to edit Google presentation - check out the directions, our example slides, and go to the end of the preso and find or add a blank slide and add your ideas!

What to share? 
Decorating hints, tech tips, new ways to use old standby's, reading promotions, words of advice, PLN building strategies, lesson ideas, how you help new teachers, and ways you connect with your parents and the community. Anything that you think could help someone else make the year go easier!

Be a Sharing Super Hero!
I know it's sorta scary to put yourself out there and share an idea! We all feel that way from time to
time! But let me try and convince you that this year should be your year of shameless sharing!

So many times we are reluctant to share what we create because we're afraid of either looking like a show off, we think what we created may not be "good enough," or we're afraid of critique.

Consider shameless sharing as not shining a spotlight on you, but sharing the cool things going on with your kiddos with their parents and your community! Also consider that there are lots of new teachers and teacher librarians out there who are hungrily looking for ideas & examples!  I get emails all the time asking advice on how to get by that first year of teaching. One of the things I suggest is going back to check out the archives of this BTSN series.

So make this year the year that you GIVE and then GIVE some more! Embrace Creative Commons, Flickr, Slideshare, Wikis, & Twitter - build your PLN and share your AWEsome stuff!

My Gift to You!
Never one to give advice that I wouldn't follow...I created a simple PPT presentation template for my teachers (& FREE to you!) to use on back to school night which you can DOWNLOAD for FREE from either Slideshare or on my wikipage. Download it, modify for your school, and give it to your teachers as a template to modify & personalize to mix up their presos for back to school night.  Save them time & aggravation AND be a superhero!  Go NOW and SHARE Your Great ideas with us!  Please? Pretty, pretty, please? Like, after 5 years of doing this, we need you!  Thanks dear reader!

It goes without saying, that any spam slides or slides from vendors & not real teachers or teacher librarians will be removed forthwith.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

10 Things to do with QR Codes On Back to School Night

Inspired by a recent blog post by the amazing Richard Byrne I wanted to add a few more things to the list I wrote 3 years ago how to use QR Codes to connect with students, parents, and the community on Back to School Night and during the school year. Some of these ideas include examples, links to free downloadables, and graphics that you can snag & use in your school.  I've also updated my popular How to Create a QR Code in 3 Easy Steps Infographic comic tutorial to help out!
FREE Webinar! 
Also, don't miss the big announcement at the end of this blog post about a FREE #TLChat Virtual Cafe webinar - Back to School Special: Open Mic Edition and a FREE Back to School Night PowerPoint you can download and share with your teachers!  This is going to be a crowdsourced presentation where we invite you to add your ideas & slides and virtually "step up to the mic" to share with our PLN!

Set the Stage: Have Parents Download the QR Code Scanning App!
In preparation for BTSN I posted on our school digital newspaper Murray Messages:

QR Codes Hit the Hill!

"We embrace mobile media here at MHMS. Proof of which you’ll see in cool black and white when you visit us for Back to School Night! Have a smart phone? Be ready & download a QR code scanner app! We really like the FREE iNigma QR code reader available in both Droid, iPhone, or iPad versions. You’ll see several QR Codes around the building guiding you to different helpful websites (and maybe a secret message or two!) – be ready to scan! Want to learn more about QR Codes? Check out this handy Infographic Comic Tutorial

Now to the list! 
1. Post a QR Code to your teacher blog, website or wikipage!
A while back I created a QR Code Tree that hasd all the important QR Codes for our school, last year I designed a QR Code Pocket - This was an easy way for teachers to share with parents on Back to School Night.
I've also created blank ones for you to download & insert your own QR Codes on top using MS Word, PicMonkey, or Photoshop. Everything I make is Creative Commons - so you can freely take, use, & share!

2. Post a QR Code to a Google Form or Document. 
Just make sure you've set sharing permissions to "anyone with the link" and test it out beforehand - send it to a friend to try out! Or better yet, embed that Google form on a wiki or webpage and make the QR code from that URL! Scan the code on the left to give it a whirl!

3. Create a QR Homework Helpers! 
Create a QR code to your school's Research Resources & Databases webpage. If you district doesn't have any, create a web or wikipage called Homework Helpers and gather some together from your local library system & feel free to nab the national sources listed on our wikipage! That way, on Back to School Night parent's will know where to go to help their kiddos with assignments.

4. Calendar events.  
QR Droid's free QR code generator has field for calendar events.

Complete the form to create a QR code for an event. When parents scan the code the event can load in their preferred calendar apps. Don't forget to double check the timezone!
Try it out! Scan the code above to add the #TLChat Cafe Back to School Special: Open Mic Edition FREE Webinar! 
5. QR YouTube Channel 
Upload all the kiddos video projects to your own or the school's YouTube channel Before you get started, secure admin support, make sure you're following your school and district responsible use policy, and/or send home a video/photo release permission slip before posting anything. If the idea of having a YouTube channel still gives you hesitation or it's blocked in your district, why not try a SchoolTube channel? I also have a Vine video channel to share our Vine Video Book Talks!

6:  Virtual Classroom / Library Video Tour or Greeting
Create a video classroom, library,  or school virtual tour!  Post it to your blog, wiki, or webpage -let the kiddos/parents watch it to become familiar with their new environment or send to late arriving kiddos so that they feel more comfortable!
Want to up it a notch?  Create a video without words - just smiling, walking, pointing -show all the important places in the school, etc or think GoPro! Here's my 2008 Flip Cam example. (No laughing at the quality now, k?) Then collaborate with your ESOL (English as a Second Language) or foreign language teacher to have kiddos narrate a script in all the different languages that can be found in your school! Embed on your blog or school webpage and share with your student services department! How cool is that?

7. Flip Your Orientation! 
Record or animate a library or classroom orientation with maybe a tour, expectations, highlights, procedures, and tips! Saves your voice, makes it fun, & you'll know the students get the same message without you maybe forgetting an important point. Post it to your own YouTube channel! Kiddo comes in late, after orientation, send them the link or let them watch it in class! 

8. QR Photo Gallery 
Whether it's Flickr, Picassa, Smugmug (since 05), or some other digital photo hosting site - let the kiddos & parents keep in touch with all the photo fun with an online gallery!

9. QR Contact information
Fill in the short form under "contact" on QR Droid's free QR code generator, or the MeCard on QR Code Monkey and the code created will give parents access to your preferred contact information.

10. QR Business card 
QR Code to your school website - have them handy & pass them out on BTSN - Shows you're a professional - even if you have to buy them yourself. Here's an illustrated blog post on how to create them! 5 Easy Tips to Making Out of This World Mini Moo Business Cards
Here's my updated How to Create a QR Code in 3 Easy Steps again!
My QR Code Related Posts:   
The Daring Librarian: QR Code Loo Reviews & Pocket Videos
The Daring Librarian: Google+ Hangout with QR Codes!
The Daring Librarian: QR Code Scanning for Parents
QR Code Quest: a Library Scavenger Hunt
QR Code AT-A-Glance Comic Tutorial
HOT QR Codes in the Classroom & Library
MSET Conference, Colbert, Crabs, & QR Codes
QR Code Custom Jewelry, Swag  
Library in Your Pocket
Mark your calendars & get some ideas ready to SHARE! We're crowdsourcing the preso this year (our 4th!) swapping great ideas how to make yourself indispensable to your admin & school staff at the beginning of the school year! Add your ideas and slides to day by clicking on our Google Presentation BTSN slidedeck! You will see some slides there from me, Tiff, & Jennifer - we'll trim those down when you add yours - look for the slide that says Your Slide & go for it! Don't forget to sign your slide - by adding your name! How else are we gonna know who to "call up to the mic" during our webinar! Add your Twitter handle to join our PLN! I will follow every single TL who is daring, fierce, and sharing and who and adds a slide!
Sept 8th, 2014
8pm EST
- Webinar Participant Link
Back to School Special Wikipage 

Download a FREE Back to School Night PowerPoint Template to give out to your teachers!

As always, thank you for reading! I'm sure I'll tweak this later - but tomorrow I go back to school and I had to knock this out before that AWESOME cra cra starts!
Cheers! ~Gwyneth

Monday, August 4, 2014

Classrom Cribs! Brain Friendly Learning Spaces

Hello friends! This is a rare *guest post from my amazing friend Erin Klein, and her friends AJ Juliani, & Ben Gilipin about a topic that I find very fascinating! I've always had a obsession about interior design and decorating.
Teacher Librarians...what are our classrooms? Our libraries, of course! I also like to call my Daring School Library Media Center an Information Learning Commons...because it's beyond a classroom! ALL these techniques can and should be implemented into the learning areas of our school libraries!  Please keep reading!

Brain Friendly Learning Spaces

AJ Juliani writes: "As we look towards the 2014-2015 school year, one question continually jumps out to me as an educator: How do our learning spaces impact our students?

As a new English teacher I remember getting into my classroom for the first time. I set up the space like classrooms I had seen before; I got my lesson plans in order; packed the filing cabinets with resources; started to make copies of overhead slides; put together an area for reading and stacked the shelves with books I had picked up in college or from my parents house.

Then the students arrived, and all my plans went out the window. I realized very quickly that the type of teaching I had been exposed to and grew up with, and the type of teaching taught at many undergraduate programs…was quickly becoming a past practice. That’s not to say many of the pedagogical and instructional strategies I learned don’t stick with me today (the good ones always will) but these students were different learners than I was…and at the time I was only 22 years old.

Flash forward nine years and the classrooms look very different in my same school district. In the two years since my district began a technology initiative our classrooms have evolved once more. Throughout this process I have tried my best to stay on top of where education is headed and what are the emerging “next” practices. Yet, one area that needs to be improved and is often overlooked is our learning space designs.

How We Design Our Classroom Matters

Brain-based learning theory has been around for a long time, and it has been used to improve the classroom experience in many schools around the world. However, I was shocked how hard it was to find great resources on re-designing learning spaces when I started down the path of re-designing my own school’s learning environment.

Luckily, there are a number of creative and inventive teachers and leaders who have designed their spaces with purpose. In order to share our own work with learning spaces, and the awesome work of others in education, we’ve started a new website:

Classroom Cribs is our hub for “brain friendly learning spaces”. Our mission at Classroom Cribs is to enhance pedagogy and the learning experience with brain-based classroom designs that students will love. And that is the main point. We can (and should) create better learning environments for our students. Spaces that are centered around research and what works.

We recently launched and would love for you to visit and join over 1000 educators who are learning more about learning spaces from our newsletter. And to kick things off, we are starting the first ever “Classroom Cribs Challenge” on August 14th.

Kleinspiration: How-To Set Up Brain-Friendly, Beautiful Learning Spaces! 

The Classroom Cribs Challenge - Starts Aug 14!

Remember MTV Cribs? We thought, what if that same concept of Cribs...met the classroom! From August 14th to September 14th we’ll be running a challenge that anyone can join.

Here’s the details:

1. Rethink your learning space with the student in mind. What changes will enhance the learning experience?

2. Redesign your learning space and show us how you did it: Take pictures and video.

3. Create a 3-min "Cribs" video showing off your new learning space. Include a 250 word (or less) rationale for “why” you made the changes.

4. Submit your video, rationale, and bio to have a chance to be featured on our site and win great prizes!

How to Get Started

Come visit today and join our newsletter. We’ll keep you updated with new articles, videos, and more free design resources sent straight to your inbox. Then when August 14th rolls around, we’d love to see your learning space transformation as part of the Classroom Cribs challenge!"

Erin Klein, Adam Bellow, Nick Provenzano, Benjamin Gilpin & #MACUL13 friends at Slows in Detroit Michigan! What a wonderful night with amazing BBQ stimulating conversations with friends old & new!

Articles Worth Reading:
amazing thoughts from Nick Provenzano 
#NerdySpaces - My Project for 2014-2015
Reflecting On My Current Classroom Setup #NerdySpaces
More Learning Spaces Thoughts #NerdySpaces @Bretford

Transforming Learning Spaces (2 of 2)
Do You Wanna Play? @Jonharper70bd
(I totally stole most of this list from the amazing Ben Gilpin's blog!)

Photo credits:
Classroom Cribs Logo blog header based on a Flicker Creative Commons photo by Dukelyer
& the Classroom Cribs Graphic Designs are by Gwyneth Jones - The Daring Librarian

*About Guest Blog Posts: You Gotta Know Me!
I don't take offers to post on my blog unless I know you personally or you are an active part of my PLN. That means no businesses, startups, grad students, & strangers. Sorry if that sounds really hard lined but I take the "street cred" of this blog seriously! My readers know that my voice is authentic and I can't be bought (Ok, maybe bribed with hoodies & Tropical Skittles but NEVER bought!)  Please don't waste your time emailing me unless you know me, k?


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