Thursday, December 31, 2009

RP: Why your major academic conference doesn’t have (good, free) wireless internet

Brilliant Blog Posting - Really a Must Read for Conference Planners!

--- and here are my thoughts:

Brilliant! Thank you for this!!!…..Reliable, fast, and consistent Interweb access at conferences has been a source of constant consternation. Since NECC in Atlanta, AASL Pittsburgh, to NECC DC and AASL Charlotte (and other conferences in between)…Internet access has been frustrating! Aunty Tech aka Donna Baumbach compiled a free virtual AASL with links to the archive of Tweets here: If you want to see the reactions RT also I blogged about my experiences at AASL Charlotte and access was a sore point!

I also really resent having to pay upwards of $15 a day for Internet access in high end conference hotels…How come the Comfort Inn and the Hampton Inn can provide free Internet but the Sheraton and the Browns Palace can or will not??

I AM going to ISTE10 in Denver….& I’m really psyched about it! But I do have concerns about accessibility because though i always back up my presos with screenshots…it ain’t the same, baby!

But the Digital Learning Sandbox, Learning Uncommons, Second Life Playground, and the Bloggers’ Cafe NEED access to communicate with our PLN’s and crowdsource what we’re learning!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

It's Xtranormal to Blabberize and GoAnimate!

Part 1 of a 3 part series

I'm proud to say today's blog is being posted on the front page of ISTEconnects! It's going to be a series in 3 parts. Click here for the link to the full posting - by the way, I'm having problems bringing this up in Firefox!...maybe it's just me but it works dandy for chrome & safari....weird!

Oh and here's a BONUS!

"If there's one form of entertainment that perfectly encapsulates the first decade of the century, it's the viral video - as our attention spans shrink, we want our laughs in shorter and shorter doses."

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Thank you Edublog, Dear Readers & Voters!

Edublogs awards – Thanks! OMG! This is better than getting flowers at work!

"Thank you so much to all of the people who took the time to vote for Library Media Tech Musings and other blogs that were nominated in the 2009 edublogs awards.

The category of Best Library/Librarian blog was taken out by the wonderful, gorgeous, amazing and my personal goddess & guru Joyce Valenza and her extremely useful “Never ending search” blog.

The amazingly cool Australian Bright Ideas blog was fortunate to be awarded “First runner up.”

And I got third runner up! Whoohoo! I was totally psyched just to be nominated and share the stage with gurus and amazing educational technology professionals that I have followed & admired for years!

All of the blogs and wikis nominated were of an extremely high standard and the shortlists provide an excellent way to find great blogs to follow.

Best wishes for the season and hope you have a safe and happy time. Thank you to all the readers of the blog for their support and encouragement this year."
This blog posting was totally snagged from Bright Ideas because I sometimes have difficulty expressing my thanks and gratitude succinctly without gushing and sounding like a total doofus!

Steampunk Sir Bolt and Cecily Blabberize about ISTE10

New Video featuring That sexy Steampunk clank Sir Bolt
and his hot redheaded admirer Cecily!

Cecily Confesses her True Feelings!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

275 Twitter Apps You Can't Live Without

Or.... the Only Twitter Applications List You'll Ever Need
from Squidoo

I stumbled across this list and was very impressed. WOW... in only a few short years so many ways to modify, use, manipulate and make a site like Twitter work for you and your individual needs. Does anyone really need 274 Twitter Apps in their life? Prolly not, but it's great to have that many to choose from!

Twitter applications can be called by different names. They are sometimes called as "twitter tools", "twitter add-ons" and the likes. But whatever the name they are called, they are simply websites which have built-in scripts that complement Twitter."

Here's a sampling:

Graphic Twitter Resources

Resources where you can get backgrounds for your profile as well as icons to put in your blog

Twitter Backs
Free Twitter Backgrounds. Includes @problogger's background.
Twitter Patterns
50 design patterns you can easily use for your twitter background
Tweet Backs
Some twitter backgrounds you could use
Siah Design
free Twitter buttons you could use as well as animated ones.
Follow me on twitter buttons
Create your own twitter

Use Twitter on Your Site or Blog

Tools that can integrate Twitter to your site or blog

Add Tweets
Make Twitter Update Widgets for site or blog using javascript
Post your blog to Twitter through your RSS feed
Feed Tweeter
integrate Twitter with Plurk, your blog and delicious
Twitter Counter
Display your follower count on your site or blog.
Twit This
Add this option so people can easily tweet information from your site or blog
Twitter Tools
A wordpress plugin that lets you integrate Twitter with your blog. You can send your updates to your blog as well as create tweets directly from your blog
Twitter for Wordpress
displays latest tweets on your blog
Ships your tweets to your blog
Twitter Sharts
'Shart' your twitter status anywhere within your wordpress blog posts or pages
Twitt Twoo
plugin that will allow you to update your Twitter status right from your blog's sidebar.
Twitter Updater
automatically sends a Twitter status update to your Twitter account when you create, publish, or edit your WordPress post
Twitter Wordpress Sidebar Widget
a wordpress widget where you can send your tweets to your blog
a plugin that utilizes the Twitter API to automatically push a post to your Twitter account when it is first published.
Comment Twitter SMS Notification
plug in to be notified by SMS when a user post a new comment on your blog.
Stammy's RSS To Twitter
Not too many people have access to a Ruby-enabled server so the author decided to make a simple PHP script to get the job done.
automatically update your Twitter Account when you publish a new blog post

Create Reviews via Twitter

Who thought 140 character won't make reviews?

Micro Reviews
Post reviews on Twitter
Submit reviews. A partner of Microreview
Louder Tweets
Have your reviews of certain products posted

Tweet Reading Tools

change how you read tweets

Twitter Digest
Read tweets digest-style
Read the conversations between two people on twitter.
Choose the tweets you wants to read. Mute people or mute topics that you don't want to read

Twitter as an organizer

Remind yourself of certain activities you have to do

Remember the Milk
Manage tasks on Twitter as well as set notifications for yourself
Integrate your Google Calendar with Twitter
My Chores
Track your chores
Make plans and export them to Twitter
Server Mojo
Monitor your server with Twitter

Integrate Twitter with Files, Images and Videos

Upload anything to Twitter

Let you share photos on Twitter
Update your Twitter when you post a Flickr picture
Share your Flickr photos on Twitter
Allows you to share pictures on Twitter via your mobile phone
Visual Twitter
Answers "what are you doing?" with pictures.
Twitter Poster
A huge conglomeration of Twitter user images.
Think Twitter updates + video
Make tweets with pictures, videos and files
Share pictures, music, video and other files on Twitter.
Share photos and videos on Twitter
Tweet Cube
Upload files to Twitter
Post pictures on Twitter
Still hungry for more? View the complete list on Squidoo.

by airabongco from Squidoo

also check out her:

And when 140 Characters Just Aren't Enough?
SUMO Tweet!

Quick: What's Squidoo?

Squidoo is the popular publishing platform and community that makes it easy for you to create "lenses" online. Lenses are pages, kind of like flyers or signposts or overview articles, that gather everything you know about your topic of interest--and snap it all into focus.

Monday, December 14, 2009

ISO: The Perfect Pocket Video Cam - Must have Jack & Swivel!

Finding the best flip style pocket video camera has been never ending search of mine for years. I started with the Small Wonder vs. the Flip and ended up as a Flip grrl - see my wiki for more! But even though I've been very monogamous with the Flip I've had my eyes open for an upgrade... The Mino was a step up with the sleek smaller size and the rechargeable lithium battery....but I still wanted MORE!

Ahhh yes, the perfect school pocket video cam - one that kids & teachers can take on field trips, use for vlogging, TV Studio production, school special events, classroom presentations and for quick multimedia production. Not necessarily the best of the best in quality but tough and easy to use and I think we're getting close!

Before I start my tech search criteria I have to come clean about something ....I have an unrepentant tech crush on ├╝ber cool media specialist and SLJ "Test Drive" columnist Jeffrey Hastings... He has been my gadget guru for years. I don't really consider it stalking....ok, maybe a bit of fangrrl. But he's my go-to guy for most things tech & cool and I really recommend reading his articles... so if I gush a bit...well, that's why.

Ahem!....In his recent article: A pocket HD camcorder you could flip for Jeffrey reviews the Kodak Zi8 pocket camcorder. And I really had to remember my ladylike upbringing before I started drooling on my laptop when I was reading this.....Ooooer! This handy pocket video camera seems to have the best of the Flip....AND that one thing that we've been waiting for! a Mic Jack! Running anywhere from $149.99-$218.00 (and sorry, I'm teasing you with the Raspberry model...that's out of stock on Amazon!)...this new little cutie might just do the trick! And though the included software is not Mac friendly, Jeff says it doesn't matter cause it can easily be brought into iMovie!

Sorry Flip baby....but we've gotta talk!

Here are the things I want in a perfect pocket video cam for my school, students, & teachers... The perfect pocket video camera must have a:
  • rechargeable battery
  • image stabilization
  • tripod mount - even with the above this is really helpful!
  • external mic jack - OMW!!!! I've been SO waiting for this!!!
  • viewfinder that's not too small
  • tough exterior - won't break when a 7th grader or a teacher drops it on the floor (ahem!)
  • not too small or too big - must juuuuust right for portability & use
and please oh please.... if only it could have
  • a swivel viewfinder....Oooooh that would be perfect!...and yeah, the Zi8 doesn't have that..YET!
Really, like Jeffrey mentioned in the article I don't need or want HD on a day to day basis...all that HD yummyness is wasted and takes too much space and time to load and transfer...but I do want that flip out view finder..then I think we can be in vid nirvanna...but having the mic jack really is a help, too!!!


Photo credits from Amazon:
Zi8 flipping out by Sir Elric
Zi8 with Mic by Gerard J. Duya "James"

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Voting is Now Open For The 2009 Edublog Awards!

Photo Credit: Second Life Jokadia Island

"You can now vote for your favorite education-related blogs — voting for the 2009 Edublogs Awards is open until December 16th.

Here you can learn details of the voting, see all the nominees, and begin voting at The 2009 Edublog Awards!

You can see who I nominated at My Nominations For The Edublog Awards 2009.

I was SO honored to be nominated in the Best Library/Librarian Blog category (thank you to Shelly Terrell and all of you who nominated me!), but the really important thing about these awards is that they provide an opportunity for everybody to learn about great blogs and other resources out there that can be helpful to our teaching.

There’s an “embarrassment of riches” in the education blogosphere!"
Ok, let me fess up....the above text totally snagged & adapted from the super duper fabulous ed tech blogger Mr. Larry Ferlazzo!! And yes! i did nominate him and he's AMAZING!

I know i should be all low key and cool about this.....but I can’t help but being shameless and totally stoked ’cause I’ve never been nominated for anything like this before! I mean my school Library Media blog has been going since 06 but this one i started after getting totally psyched at last summer's NECC conference! Whoohoo! And OMW! to be nominated with the likes of other librarians like the Amazing Buffy Hamilton, The Unquiet Librarian and The Web Footed Book Lady, and Cathy Nelson and her blog Cathy Nelson’s Professional Thoughts... just brings me to that part in Wayne's World where Wayne says to Aerossmith "I'm not worthy!!!!"

Ahem! I mean, it's lovely & splendid to be included, really!

Seriously though, best of luck to all the nominees and thank you ALL for enriching my life and our profession with your thoughts, resources, and wonderful contributions!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Live Thursday! Library Media Marketing Through Easy Animation: ISTE SIGMS FREE Webinar

Live Thursday! Library Media Marketing Through Easy Animation: ISTE SIGMS FREE Webinar Live Long & Animate! by gwyneth

"Media Marketing Through Easy Animation"
Thursday, December 10 at 8pm EST/7pm EST/6pm MST/5pm PST
Presenter: Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones

Promoting your library media center and program has never been easier. Using quick, free, and easy animation studios teacher librarians can create engaging videos to market their media center, databases, research resources, special programs, and their love of reading to students, teachers, and the community. Combining easy animation with a wiki, website, or a blog your message will captivate your audience and reach beyond the brick and mortar walls of your school. Watch this Xtranormal animation to get a "taste" of the webinar. Library Media Marketing Through Easy Animation

Directions to join the SIGMS webinar event
1. Check that your computer is set up for Adobe Connect by visiting Adobe Connect Pro Connection Test
2. Use this URL to enter the webinar room 10 - 15 minutes before starting time:
3. Enter as a guest and type your first and last name.
4. Here is a link to a Visual Quick Start guide (pdf) to help you if this is your first webinar event.

Click below to check out the Xtranormal animation for this webinar:

Monday, December 7, 2009

Caledon Oxbridge University in Second Life

from the Caledon Oxbridge University Wiki:
"Caledon Oxbridge was originally founded as a collaboration between NCI and the Independent State of Caledon. It provides a complete Second Life tutorial for new residents. Based on the theme of an old English university, the Orientation is spread over six "Colleges", each covering a different area of the Second Life interface and world: Avatar Motion, Camera Controls, Communications, Search & Inventory, Avatar Customization, and Money & Commmerce. The tutorial experience includes not only traditional orientation posters, but also interactive exercises, free full avatars, and prizes. Caledon Oxbridge also incorporates three "Residence Halls", offering a short term apartment and prim allotment to new players, and a branch of the Caledon Library."
Here's an introductory video about Caledon Oxbridge University!

Visit in-world! Here's the SLURL (you will need to already be a member of Second Life to visit) and whilst you are there be sure to click on the Oxbridge University Map (created by Mr. Marion Questi) and keep the offered note card that gives you plenty of useful landmarks to various locations at the University.

The Mr. Desmond Shang, the Caledon Guvnah, created and philanthropically supports this world with a myriad of dedicated volunteers such as Mr. Carl Metropolitan, Miss Fogwoman Grey, and Dean Martini Discovolante as a helpful destination for all those who are new to Second Life and who wish a comprehensive and visually informative way to learn the skills needed to thrive in this 3-D virtual world.
"Oxbridge is easily the best education center and entry point for any avatar in SL" - TriloByte Zanzibar can even take sleigh rides!

Caledon Oxbridge University a beautiful destination for new residents to Second Life or for anyone who would like to brush up on in-world skills, take a class, or just soak up the lovely collegiate atmosphere!

I also created a Visit Caledon Oxbridge sign that gives out a note card of landmarks & a direct LM to the Uni as well as the ability to take a FREE copy of the sign for use elsewhere in-world which I've placed out on both of my properties in New Babbage.

Here's a peek at the Interactive Books in Second Life!

And just for fun, here's a video by Loki about a Christmas Snowball Party I threw with the expert evil genius help Dr. Obolensky in New Babbage. It's silly, but it brings a tear to my eye!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Share Out Loud: Join the Wiki!

Pointing to Effective Practice, Join the Wiki!

Joyce Valenza, in her SLJ NeverEndingSearch Blog, writes that we need to share out loud!

"One of the big issues in our field is that we do not have a clear way to point to effective practice. What does our best stuff look like?

Considering our relatively new ability to share so much of our programs online, this should not be a problem.

So, let's start collecting and sharing out loud."
Sometimes when re-vamping or starting a school library blog, website, or project it would be nice to see what others have done to get a fresh outlook and a new perspective!

Join in! For more, read the rest of her blog and join the newly re-purposed School Library Websites Wiki!

If you haven't joined Wikispaces before you will have to do that first, then click Join this Wiki and once we get your join wiki request we'll add you right away!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Edublog Award Nominations 09: Fearless Generosity & Insight

The Edublog Nominations are open! It's time to recognize those people in our PLN who have made a difference. Those who have touched our minds (and sometimes our hearts) and taught us something in this past year. Even recognize those blogs that have been our GO TO blog resource since blogging started.

I was VERY flattered, surprised, & thrilled when i found out that none other than the amazing Shelly Terrell nominated this blog for the Library/Librarian category. At first i thought she was meaning my school blog which i started in 06 but it's this blog!...still a bloggy toddler created after NECC09 this summer when i decided i needed an outlet to talk about my opinions about being a teacher librarian and a technology educator in the 21st century and show helps, cheat sheets, and links to resources. Oh and yes, i showed my Mum!

  • Nominations: Close Tuesday 8 December!
  • Voting: Ends Wednesday 16 December!
  • Award Ceremony: Friday 18 December!

Nominations are now open… read on to find out how to nominate:

Ok...nuff about me! Let's talk about some real amazing educators who make a difference!

Best individual blog: Joyce Valenza - the Neverending Search Blog - always on the cutting edge, generous, she gives, gives and gives some more to everyone. she pulls people in and includes everyone and is an inspiration to all teacher librarians everywhere.

Best individual tweeter: mtechman Melissa Techman -shares library & tech resources like a ninja and has a great sense of humour!

Best new blog: Teacher Reboot Camp by Shelley Terrell. No this is so not payback for her nomination - i'm a regular reader! ...she shares so much so clearly and with such heart that i frequently go back and check her posts!

Best resource sharing blog: Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day He's amazing! i could ramble on about his perception, generosity and sense of humour...but you've prolly heard it all...AND he's cool!

Most influential blog post: Danah Boyd: spectacle at Web2.0 Expo... from my perspective Why? See my previous post. That's why. Bravery and honesty and a voice of change.

Best teacher blog: The lazygal's Killin' time being lazy. this gal is anything BUT lazy! 1000+ blog posts since 2004!

Best librarian / library blog: Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Librarian and the Unquiet Library - she is amazingly generous, gracious, kind, and incredibly intimidating with her energy and creativity and her fearlessness to bring school libraries into the 21st century. her library has a FaceBook page a twitter feed AND she's had authors skype in for talks to her students. she's frankly AMAZING!.
Best educational use of a virtual world: Chris Smith aka Shamblesguru Voom in Second Life, creator of the The International Schools Island (isi) blog and a wonderfully generous educator.
Best educational tech support blog: Sylvia Tolisano Langwitches Blog
Best educational use of video / visual: Common Craft Show
Best educational wiki: WebTools4U2Use
Best educational use of a social networking service: Classroom 2.0
Lifetime achievement: Will Richardson – Weblogg-ed

Then, follow these two simple steps to nominate (nominations made without links or without correct submission will not be counted)

Step 1: Write a post on your blog linking to:

You can nominate for as many categories as you like, but only one nomination per category, and not yourself :) You can nominate a blog (or site) for more than one category)

For example:

My Nominations for The 2009 Edublog Awards are:

Best individual blog: Larry Ferlazzo
Best resource sharing blog: OL Daily

Check out these nomination posts to see how it can be done!

  • Silvia Tolisano has made her nomination post really EASY to grab her links to use in the voting process
  • Liz B. Davis’s nomination post has done an excellent job of explaining her choices

Step 2: Email us the link to your nomination post

Use the form below to contact us, please include a genuine email address (spam free, just in case we need to confirm identity) and the link to your nominations post.

Your complete contact form should look similar to this example below! You can’t submit your nominations without writing a blog post

So there it goes, i know i'm leaving some people out....i may let it germinate for a day or two but WOW! so many wonderful educators out many who inspire that it's just mind blowing sometimes! and the one thing all these people have in common? GENEROSITY!

There's a #Hashtag for That! & Mean Tweeting!

Baratunde Thurston speaking at the Web 2.0 conference about social media, the use of hashtags memes, and the power of community consensus.

But sometimes the community can be mean & spiteful.

That is why i am upset at what happened to Danah Boyd at that self same conference. It was a snafu where I really feel that those in charge of the technology & planning of the Web 2.0 conference really let down their speakers. Apparently Danah had a new talk she wrote for the conference, she regularly uses notes for her talks that she reads from her laptop that she uses as a teleprompter. But for some reason the Web 2.0 people said she couldn't have that laptop for her presentation so she had to use paper (!!??!!)...they also didn't tell her to the last min that the Twitter backchannel was going to be fed & displayed 10+ feet high behind her and when her talk went south...people started tweeting MEAN. Blood in the water and the sharks were biting and people started laughing in some sort of sick schadenfreude delight over the situation.
I wasn't there but there are several people who have written about here:
Danah Boyd even wrote about it herself - explaining how she didn't know what was going on behind her. It has sparked a lot of controversy and a highly passed around cartoon by Mr. Rob Cottingham.

And it just makes me mad AND sad! This is why some people don't want a backchannel at all at a conference...they're scared of it, or worried about it....thinking that it's dangerous.

the backchannel is's exciting! i LOVES it! i enjoy going back over it after i speak (and no one pays for me to speak yet..i even pay registration! LOL) ...but it's a wild west frontier out needs to be rich, informative, fair, and talking about the IDEAS and not the hot blonde (or redhead) chick talking too fast! (Btw, i do that, too.. i also crack corny irreverent BAD jokes when i get nervous...we middle school peeps are SO obvious!)

SO...a moderator who has a voice to the speaker and the audience helps direct the channel ...also, like middle schoolers, if we know we're BEING moderated i think we behave better! the sneaky passing of notes - with cartoons of the teacher - is not what we're going for here folks. it's the vibrant conversation that compliments the presentation...letting people share their ideas or related resources.

Danah, i saw you present at AASL in Charlotte...and grrl you rocked! of course i was already a fan....(not fangirl!)...and some of what you preach i've been saying for years (so i was saying hellyeah! in me heid a LOT!) we can't teach kids to be internet SAFE just AWARE. and that the kids that are getting in trouble on the interwebs are kids who are in trouble already... Oh and that our old MySpace pages are now a social history archive.

we NEED your message, Danah!'s important and informative and it's not always what educators or administrators want to hear!

...Social Media is here people!...we can't put that particular horse back in the barn or tie it down with firewalls, restrictive AUP's, and knee jerk reactions to when something new & scary comes out... we need to tame it and ride it cause otherwise we're left in the dirt. like the metaphor is a little bit much but you get what i'm saying here...Oh wait! i gots another! i'm waiting for the googlewave to be held back rather than flow in my county soon...heh heh see? i didn't say surf...\\FTW!// i'm also gonna quote @arielwaldman: "Google Wave sounds like a bad date so far: won't apologize for being difficult and talks about how awesome they are"

So keep talking Danah!...don't sweat it sucked! the situation not the talk... it's over BUT it started this new conversation and hopefully will make people think and THAT is the MOST important part of this whole spectcale!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Fleet Week - New Babbage, Second Life

As seen through the talented eye of Master Loki Elliott

His work, as always, fills me with wonder and awe, yet this time, a sad panging regret that i was unable to attend the grandeur.

Another amazing artist, but this one with heavy glass plates and exploding flash powders - Mr. PJ Trenton shares his images from this momentous event. One may also read more in the The Aetheric Log : the Primgraph.

Another talented photographer is Mr. Wildstar Beaumont - who also participated and won in several categories during the glorious event. The next two photos show just a hint of his many talents.

Though it is with a heavy regretful heart that I missed this spectacular event...the coordination of many including our own Miss Breezy Carver
and our City's Maceholder, Aeleous Cleanslate

The above two photos by Miss Bookworm Henrichs.
These images... both still and moving refelect the sound and beauty of what happens with regularity in the realm of New Babbage, Second Life.

The snow will come soon...bringing its cold hush to the cobbled streets of our city, the ringing clang of the passing trolley...and with it more events that warm the heart. Which reminds me of a particular favourite event that I threw last year...the Steampunk Snowball Fort Fight as seen here with my old factory in the background.

I need to spend some more time in New Babbage...The soot has nearly left my lungs and I am bereft without the sweet sting to my eyes and the wonder of the city.


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