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Edublog Award Nominations 09: Fearless Generosity & Insight

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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…

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

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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 i…

Fleet Week - New Babbage, Second Life

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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...brin…

ISTE SIGMS Webinar: Library Media Marketing Through Easy Animation

NEW! ISTE SIGMS Webinar

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. Join us Dec 10th at 8pm! Details on where to tune in coming soon!

If you can't see the video above go to my Xtranormal Channel or just click below! LOL

Steampunk Sir Bolt, ISTE10, & Simon Pegg

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Can't watch the above Video because YouTube is blocked? Try viewing it on my Xtranomal channel or umm just click below! LOL.


Well, I made my reservations for ISTE10 Denver!
What was once NECC is now called ISTE. Because the conference is now not National but International! This has always been the LARGEST Ed Tech conference in the World..upwards of 18,000 people attend! Seriously, people come from Australia, South Africa, and the UK to attend this so it makes sense that the name is changed.

I'm very excited to be going and to be a part of the Learning Tools Smackdown again! As Sir Bolt said, rooms are going FAST! Why not give it a try?! If you've experienced AASL or ALA and you liked it but wished they had more Web 2.0 tools or had more of a cutting edge Ed Tech slant, then give ISTE10 a try! I'm booky for sure, but i'm also webby! I would never give up going to an AASL conference...but since they're every other year i try and make the ISTE conference on the o…

Charlotte Re-examined Openly

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From Joyce Valenza's SLJ Blog
Joyce & Buffy ask us to evaluate and "to begin a very open conversation about what we loved and didn't so much love about our experience in Charlotte."

Answering the questions...evaluating the conference...starting a conversation about how we do things now... how we could do things next time, and how COOL things could be if we break out of the usual conference box is, IMHO, necessary. and please...don't ask me to translate that or type that again..

This was my third AASL...Pittsburgh, Reno, & Charlotte. The first AASL blew my mind..saw Francey Harris and she inspired me by her AWEsome Library Blog & presentation to start my own! Joyce Valenza inspired me to stretch beyond my walls and to communicate and create a conversation with my kids AND my community, use my databases more vigorously, and showed me so many cool geeky things/sites! AND..from Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Reno, Washington, DC i feel like i've been stalking her…

Turbo Charge Your Resources: More Stuffs

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Hi! Had such a great time presenting my Session: Turbo Charge Your Resources: Fabulous Freebies, Great Gadgets, & Sweet Sites that Go the Distance! AKA Gadget-A-Go-Go!

Everything i went over and MORE can be found on 3 different wikipages! Click on the images below for:




GoAnimate.com: Beam Me Up Databases! by gwyneth

Wanna learn more about creating cartoons and animation vids?


There were a few things i didn't get a chance to get to highlight due to time...

See the Kick YouTube Wiki for the below graphic & MORE!



See the Adding Widgets Wiki for the below graphic & More!



Thank you everyone for the great feedback & kind words for my first national presentation...i was so excited & a little nervous! i can't add you all to my wiki cause i made it for my Murray Hill Middle School teachers & staff and adding members means that you intend to change my pages or add to them...but they're all public and i invite you to link back, copy or use anything i've created …

AASL in Charlotte: Beautiful, Dynamic & Gracious

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AASL2009 Charlotte ....4,000 school librarians gathered to learn from each other and to build their personal learning networks...and to just be with their peeps. Brilliant!




The Bloggers' Cafe has already made a mark. Standing room only (until we got more chairs!) and upwards of 50 people all hanging out. AWESOME! A great place to chill, re-charge your laptop, meet new people, talk about hot topics (like flexible vs. fixed schedules) and share ideas. as Laura said: "Open Mike for Geeks" now if only we could have a strong, reliable Internet wireless connection in that corner life would be GOLDEN! Gah!




AASL Tech Angels!




I'm presenting my Gadget-A-Go-Go session this morning at 9:30: excited & a little nervous. Worried about connectivity - was very frustrating yesterday.....took some doofy movies with my digi cam back at the hotel...i really hope i won't have to show them. shaky dark cam....talk about Paranormal Technology! LOL and i'm super excited about th…