Sunday, March 28, 2010

Field Guide for Change Agents: TL Virtual Cafe FREE Webinar

TL Virtual Cafe: Field Guide For Change Agents on PhotoPeach

What it means to be a Change Agent in Educational Technology

Monday April 5 - 8:00 pm. EST
Special Guests: Ben Hazzard and Rodd Lucier
Hostess: Gwyneth Jones
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How this digital phenomenon came about and how it came to the Cafe.
I was watching from the sidelines in a snowstorm, dejected about not being at Educon this year...tapping my PLN via Twitter came across this product.
From the Educon Twitter Feed:
"benhazzard: We wrote a book today at Educon! The Field Guide for Change Agents (RT, take, read, share!)

So, of course i HAD to blog about it and was proud to be one of those first embeds. Was blown away by the simple, so sticky!Sunday, Jan 31 Afternoon: 1650 views, 12 favs, 8 embeds!!
Monday, Feb 1 Morning: 2647 views, 17 favs, 16 embeds
Tuesday, Feb 2 Morning: 3617 views, 23 favs, 20 embeds
Thursday March 4th.....6556 views, 39 favs, 31 embeds
Today Sunday March 28th ..6973 views, 41 favs, 34 embeds
I think this counts as Viral! and thus became our determination to bring Ben Hazzard (and hopefully his partner in crime, Rodd Lucier ) to our TL Virtual Cafe to talk about this very important subject!....

Animation ABC's - How IT works

Amusing and informative (but snarky & slightly inappropriate) overview of how animation works from Cirkus of New Zealand. Thank goodness for new animation resources & sites like Go!Animate and Xtranormal that take all these steps out of the way for you!

Sqworl Animation sites & resources for school use. Some for media/classroom/unit marketing and some to use with kids!

Of course, none of those products above can get even close to the animation genius of the Gorillaz video Clint Eastwood. Too bad they won't let me embed it here...but if you click below...

Friday, March 26, 2010

This Food is Coyrighted!

So my weekend thing (if not at the beach or otherwise engaged in play) is to clean out my DVR - Anthony Bourdain and No Reservations is a fave. Rock and Roll bad boy chef with a snarky potty mouth is to die for!
I mean....c'mon...Tony = HOT! The foodie buddha said it best:
"I have a soft spot for any television show that comes with an amended warning label. Moreover, if the show happens to espouse the intrinsic benefits of glutonistic hedonism, I’d say that show is a dream come true. Such is the case with No Reservations, that Travel channel icon of television programs. Hosted by none other than the heavily inked Tony Bourdain, No Reservations allows the viewer at least 60-minutes of food porn at its best. His language is crass, his vernacular is spectacular, and the entertainment level is high. Get on this and get on it now."
His recent show was about being Obsessed. And because i'm ADD and i watch TV with a laptop it led me to Google some of the people being covered such as the militant food bloggers who founded eGullet, Off the Grill, and Opinionated About Dining. Then i stumbled upon a Food & Wine article how Steve Shaw from proposes copyrighting recipes as a response to copycat chefs plagarizing recipes from other top chefs.

OK....OMG WTF!***???? Copyrighted FOOD!!?

Says Pete Wells of Food & Wine: "When Steven Shaw, eGullet’s cofounder, first weighed in on the site’s discussions, he felt the best way to deal with food forgery was through public shaming: Put the evidence out there and let copycats feel the heat. After a few days or so, though, he had a change of heart. Shaw, a reformed lawyer, learned in law school that recipes can’t be copyrighted. "Then one day I was sitting there," he says, "and I thought, Why not? It doesn’t make any sense. The assumption is that a list of ingredients is like a formula, as opposed to literature or art or craft. But I think serious recipes really are a form of literary craftsmanship. You can copyright the world’s worst photograph, but you can’t copyright a recipe, or its expression as food? That’s absurd!"

Interesting thought. How could this happen? How in the world would you accomplish this? Pete Wells continues:

"Shaw told me he hoped to convene a summit meeting with some of the smartest people in the food world to hammer out a workable model for copyrighting food. First, he’d propose changing the copyright code, possibly by making cuisine a subdivision of the existing category for sculpture or acknowledging recipes as a form of literary expression. For enforcement, Shaw leans toward creating a system like ASCAP, an association that collects composers’ royalties for public performances of songs—on the radio, in nightclubs and so on."
"Copyrighting recipes may be the most radical idea to hit the food world since the invention of the menu."
SO, Librarians....Writers....we're not the only one to think of copyright and intellectual property!

Read the whole Food & Wine article, New Era of the Recipe Burglar and then read Meg Hourihan of and her response to the controversy.

Oh and my steamed lobster & shrimp dinner i made at the beach pictured above? it's copyrighted!...but prolly by Old Bay!

But what do you think Librarians? Can you copyright a recipe?

**OMG WTF=Oh my Goodness, Where's the Fire! That's my story and i'm sticking to it!

photo credits: food shots from a previous blog post from Capt Red, No Reservations banner from the Travel Channel, Tony's pic From the Gut,
Steve Shaw pic from Serious NY Eats.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

ISTE SIGMS Election Please Vote for Brenda Now!

Right now a very special & talented person is running for Professional Development chair of SIGMS...and she needs and deserves your vote! She's talented, innovative, empathetic, energetic and a true change agent! She's dedicated, experienced and....she's amazing!

Please, if you're a member of ISTE SIGMS vote here for Brenda!

Here's the info on the ISTE site to seal the deal!

Brenda Anderson
Instructional Specialist
Montgomery County Public Schools
Kensington, MD
Blog: Imagine, Innovate, Inspire: Piecing Together My Learning Journey

Describe your previous work experiences and volunteerism with professional organizations which qualify you to serve as a SIGMS officer.
"Work Experience: I was an elementary library media specialist for 15 years before moving into a district level position of instructional specialist for the School Library Media programs unit in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. I have worked in this position for three years. In my district level position, I design and deliver professional development to over 200 library media specialists who work in PreK - 12 schools. In addition, I take a lead role in working on the district's elementary integrated curriculum team. My role is to infuse information and technology literacy skills into the curriculum, and I provide professional development for the team in the creation of multimedia resources for the curriculum. I am a member of the 2007 - 2008 cohort of the JHU/ISTE online Graduate Certificate in School Administration and Supervision. For my ISTE internship, I worked with Jennifer Ragan-Fore as a social media intern. Volunteering for Professional Organizations: Over the past 19 years, I have volunteered for my local (MCEMSA) and state library media organizations (MASL) and state technology organization (MSET) helping with special projects and presenting at conferences. This past year, I volunteered for the SIGMS playground at NECC. It was through this volunteer opportunity that I met Lisa Perez who asked that I serve as the SIGMS professional development chair. I have been serving in this non-elected position since July 2009 organizing the monthly webinars and article discussions."

Identify the three most salient issues in technology for school librarianship and how you will support SIGMS membership in addressing these issues.
"1. Staying current with the ever changing landscape of Web 2.0 and other technology tools and knowing how to effectively integrate the tools into their educational practices to support student learning; 2. Gaining access to resources, tools, or equipment that might be blocked or unavailable in their school systems due to lack of funding for school library programs; 3. Taking leadership roles in their schools and districts as information and technology specialists in order to help shape how technology is used with staff and students. I think the professional development opportunities that SIGMS has put in place this year has provided a wonderful start for offering school library media specialists support in addressing these issues. During this past year, I have come to realize how willingly many people in our practice share their time and experience to help each other with these issues. I would continue to develop relationships and make connections with the leaders in the ed tech and library fields in order to have speakers for the Second Life presentations, webinars, and other presentation platforms. I would work to recruit more SIGMS members to volunteer their time to work on various committees so that we can expand our professional development offerings. I do see the work we have done this year as very beneficial and I know it can grow. I would love to continue to be an active member in this growth."

Describe your management style and your experiences in working with other adults in committees. (If submitting a nomination for the PD chair, please also answer the following: Include information on your comfort in using various platforms for the delivery of professional development.)
"I feel that I am a very open and honest communicator and when I work on a team I focus on the project that needs done. I manage by developing and assigning tasks with the team members, establishing clear deliverables and deadlines. I check in on a regular basis as needed for the projects. I feel a team flourishes when people work to their strengths, and I like to provide the management support to enable them to be successful. I work on numerous committees/teams with my job. Some of them are fluid and temporary, others more permanent, for example: the elementary integrated curriculum team. I feel very comfortable in either a leadership or participant role on a team. I enjoy collaborating and creating with a team and feel that most team experiences are an opportunity to grow professionally. People tend to see me as a facilitator and trust me to complete and deliver high quality work on time. I am very comfortable in synchronous chat rooms, asynchronous discussions, and in hosting webinars. I can create NINGs and wikis. I have the least amount of experience in delivering any type of professional development in Second Life. If needed, I am sure that I can learn. I embrace learning new platforms."

Let me just add my opinion to that last statement - I've spent some time with Brenda in Second life (see our visit to my Steampunk Treehouse above) and I'm sure she could deliver professional development events in Second Life!

Pictured above: Meredith Dreamscape, Brenda's Second Life Avatar with Capt. Red Llewellyn - from her Flickr Stream

Brenda at AASL with Andrea Christman and Gail Bailey of MCPS - from her Flickr Stream

Brenda Presenting with Wendy Stephens at the Library Tools Smackdown at AASL - from her Flickr Stream

with Joyce Valenza at the Bloggers' Cafe - - from her Flickr Stream

Contact information: Follow Brenda on Twitter! @brendaanderson

Friday, March 19, 2010

ISTE Elections: Yes, I've Got My Running Shoes On!

Isn't this a face and cartoon you can trust to
represent you in the PK-12 for ISTE Board of Directors?

I want to thank my good friend, mentor, and Maryland buddy Ms. Brenda Anderson for nominating me for a position on the ISTE Board. At first, I didn't know the etiquette for revealing the person who nominated you - whether it was a secret kinda thing (as in don't blame them! LOL) but then slept on it and realized how silly! Thank YOU dear amazing Brenda for not only believing in me but taking the time and effort to encourage me to step up and try and make a difference.

I also want to thank my good friend and mentor Joyce Valenza for supporting me in her award-winning recent Never Ending Search blog. She asked me to write up my goals and my vision for leadership within ISTE. I'm gonna repost that here:

I was amazed and honored to be nominated for the board of directors of ISTE. I truly believe it's time for a teacher librarian, library media specialist, or school librarian - or whatever we're calling ourselves this week - to step up in the PK-12 Schools Representative Position and represent our tribe and our schools.

Now more than ever, I passionately believe that we need to be seen as vital to our schools and the technology education of our most important customers - our kids. I also think that as a teacher librarian we “see the forest “ and not just the trees in our schools. Though I very much respect my subject area colleagues, as Media Specialists (and often times the Technology leader in our schools), I think we are in a great position to see how to advance technology integration, digital citizenship, and helping our students create a digital footprint they can be proud of.

Innovative professional change is very important to me while nurturing and maintaining our traditional librarian values. I believe we need to support the effective use of technology in education to better the learning experience of the teachers and students while building and maintaining our library collections. I don't think that technology is a replacement for books but is a vital enhancement.

I am also enthusiastic to bring in new members to the association and to foster those new members to contribute, participate, and join personal learning networks to create a more involved community of learners. Collaboration, innovation, approachable leadership, and building community bridges are central to my vision of leadership if I am elected to the board.

If you're reading this blog that means you're already committed to your own professional growth, and you're probably a change agent for your school and county, and I'm "preaching to the choir." For years I've been active with ISTE locally but meeting and working with Joyce Valenza and the geek squad has inspired me to step up and try and make some changes for us and for our profession - changes for the BEST!

Oh, and in the above paragraphs I realize there were WAY too many "I's" for my liking - But hey, it's not easy to write about one's vision of leadership without them...but if elected I promise that it will be about the we, us, and about the you. Thank you for your time and consideration! Cheers!

If you are a member of ISTE I really would appreciate your support....and though I am a teacher-librarian I am very appreciative and supportive of all my other subject area technology education colleges, related arts, and support staff! - If you teach in a PK-12 School - I would be honored to be your voice to ISTE and am very approachable for any concerns you have - you would have an eager advocate in me!
Here's where you can find out more information and can vote.
ISTE Board Elections March 11–April 12

Voting for the 2010-2011 ISTE Board of Directors will begin March 11 and end April 12, 2010.

~Gwyneth Jones

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

SKJ for ALA in Second Life!

I support Sara Kelly Johns for President of ALA. I've met her, talked to her, read her webpage, and I think she has what it takes to represent us Librarians vigorously and nationally. And its time we had a school-based librarian in charge of the ALA. It's been a few years (how many? don't know...Bueller? Anyone!?) .....Seriously though, I really think she can close the gap between ALA-AASL and ISTE-SIGMS...she *wants* to work together! That's progress!

Come hear her speak tonight! 8pm EST or 5pm SLT
Get a FREE Tophat in-world at my factory & public house Red's Revenge in New Babbage

Visit her official website: Vote SKJ for ALA!

Quoting from a message from Lisa Perez to all members of Media Specialists SIG on ISTE Community!

Make plans to join your colleagues on Tuesday, March 16th at 8pm
ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT for a very special event, “A Chat with Sara
Kelly Johns”. Sara is a candidate in the election for ALA President
and she will speak to librarians about her platform and her vision for
ALA. Just as voting opens, this will be your opportunity to inform
yourself and share your priorities. Join us at ALA Mainstage: SLURL or IM Elaine Tulip (or Redgrrl Llewellyn!) for a teleport.

If you are new to Second Life, set up an account to join us:
1. Go to the Second Life website at several days in advance to set
up your free basic account.
2. Verify that your computer and connectivity meets the systems
3. Click on the orange “Get Started!” button. Go through the
subsequent screens to create your avatar account.
4. Download and install the Second Life viewer software
5. Open the software and log into Second Life using your avatar first
name, last name, and password. Watch your avatar “be born”. Complete
the orientation activities to learn about how to communicate, move,
search, and edit your appearance.
6. When finished, search “Places” for locations such as ISTE or the
American Library Association. Teleport to a favorite location,
explore, and become acquainted with Second Life. (When searching, make
sure the “search mature places” square is checked.)
7. Fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled meeting, log on and IM
Elaine Tulip for a teleport to the meeting location or use provided

Visit Media Specialists SIG

Monday, March 15, 2010

Shorpy, Urchins, & This Fabulous Century

Funny how these interweb things happen. You do a google search for one thing and stumble upon another.

Today i discovered Shorpy.

"December 1910. "Shorpy Higginbotham, a 'greaser' on the tipple at Bessie Mine, of the Sloss-Sheffield Steel and Iron Co. in Alabama. Said he was 14 years old, but it is doubtful. Carries two heavy pails of grease, and is often in danger of being run over by the coal cars." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine."

For some reason his face resonates with me. My Welsh ancestors were coal miners in Van Meter, Pennsylvania - site of the Darr Mine explosion of 1907 where 239 souls died. My gramma still talks about buying things at the "company store" and her father, my great-grandfather Williams, died of the black lung...

this picture also makes me think of the Second Life New Babbage urchins...and how these kids i think would fit in right fine with our tribe of scamps.

Old photographs have always spoken to me. When in was in Kettering junior high i found in my school library a Time-Life set called This Fabulous Century
and i poured over every one....looking at the pictures of everyday life in those times. into the faces of the people. The homes from plain homesteads, farmhouses to the opulent Victorian parlours where the "limbs" of pianos were covered up so as not to alarm the corseted ladies.

Though out of print now, these gorgeous hardcover books with lush fabric print covers can be found from resellers on Amazon.

i have several of these books i saved from a friends weeded library collection with the covers on...though the pretty fabric covers would look nice on my shelf...the librarian in me can't discard the plastic cover protection.

Photo by fernfern
so, when i came across these pics...for some reason...they touched me. Learn more about the real Shorpy here...
and if you're like me and love old photographs i invite you to visit and follow the main Shorpy pageSyndicate content History in HD: "Shorpy is a vintage photography blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago."

Here's an example of the yummy vintage photography fare:

Here's a fascinating example from my backyard of Washington, DC circa 1915
Fairview Hotel
Washington circa 1916. "Fairview Hotel, 1st Street and Florida Avenue." The proprietor is former slave and "colored philosopher" Keith Sutherland. See the comments below for more on him. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size. -- AMAZING!

Washington Post, Feb. 21, 1933.

Sage Dies

Former Slave Prophesied
Voters' Landslide for Roosevelt.

"Keith Sutherland, colored philosopher and prophet whose political forecast won him the thanks of President-elect Roosevelt, fulfilled his final prediction Sunday when he folded his hands about a Bible and died at his home, 1640 Eleventh street.

The former slave felt the approach of death Friday, his children said. He called his family together and instructed them to prepare a funeral, saying that he would die on the Sabbath.

Last August Sutherland dreamed of a great voters' landslide for Franklin D. Roosevelt. The dream was so "clear" that he wrote Mr. Roosevelt a description of it. Mr. Roosevelt responded with a "thank you" note saying he found the prediction "very encouraging."

For the past half century Sutherland has kept a restaurant in Washington where the walls were posted with his prophecies, many of them showing unusual foresight.

He was 79 years old. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the P.A. Lomax funeral home, Fourteenth and S streets. Interment will be at Harmony Cemetery. He is survived by four children."

Read more about this photo and about "Hell's Bottom" here

Once Dominated a Notorious Section of the City.


Reminiscences of "Hell's Bottom," Which Formally Kept the Police Department Busy, Recalled by "Keitt" Sutherland, the Odd Character Who Figured as Self-appointed Arbiter of all Brawls –- His Curious Resort in Center of that Section.

Washington Post, February 4, 1900.

Steampunk Waterslide: 1904

Off South Bass Island in Lake Erie circa 1904. "The Water Toboggan. Put-In Bay, Ohio." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

Read more & comments here

Photo credits:

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Rap You Mad Pi Day Love

Happy Pi Day!

When searching for a new video to play on MHTV for Pi Day tomorrow (& day old pi is still Mmmm Mmmm good!) i stumbled across the above video from uber cool math teacher, Nathan Shields at Fort Math....or the Math Department of Fort Vancouver High School in Vancouver, WA. And it's a whole lot of AWEsome!

Can't watch the above YouTube vid cause it's blocked for you at school? Watch it and download it here!

and i still LOVES our MHMS GT Dept. 3.14 Pi Vid from a few years back....still wished we ended with a Pi in the face....LOL

List of numbers – Irrational and suspected irrational numbers
γ – ζ(3) – √2 – √3 – √5 – φ – ρ – δS – α – e – π – δ

Number system Evaluation of π
Binary 11.00100100001111110110...[1]
Decimal 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288...
Hexadecimal 3.243F6A8885A308D31319...[2]
Rational approximations 3, 22⁄7, 333⁄106, 355⁄113, 103993/33102, ...[3]

(listed in order of increasing accuracy)
Continued fraction [3; 7, 15, 1, 292, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 3, 1, 14, 2, 1, 1, ... ][4]

(This continued fraction is not periodic. Shown in linear notation)
Trigonometry π radians = 180 degrees

How do YOU Celebrate Pi Day?

from wikipedia
graphics from Fort Math

Friday, March 12, 2010

MSET Conference Digital Sandbox - We Want YOU!

Relax & Play in our Digital Sandbox

Want to take a comfortable break from the conference hubbub? Need to recharge your laptop? Have something to share, but for whatever reason you are not scheduled for a concurrent session? Consider stepping up to the open mic at our Digital Sandbox, the UNconference side of the MSET Conference.

Or just stop by and listen as your colleagues share their ideas at the MSET Digital Sandbox! Presentation equipment and internet connection will be available.

Please sign up here on the MSET Ning by leaving a comment if you're interested in being either a Digital Sandbox lifeguard for an hour, presenter, or both!!

It's gonna be the coolest, Daddy-O! MSET Digital Sandbox by gwyneth

Like it? Create your own at It's free and fun!

and ps. if you recognize the bloggers' cafe beatnik theme it's cause:
1. it's state standardized testing month here in Maryland
2. i like beatnik style
3. i'm occasionally indolent

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Reflecting on My Library Web Presence - It's Never Too Late to Start

The recent TL Cafe Webinar on Web Presence got me to thinking about my slippery slope to a web presence of late.
Early on in my tech career I chose to create an Electronic Portfolio because it seemed silly to print out paper colour copies of web pages I made for kids and teachers for lessons to put in a 3 ring binder with plastic page protectors. (and because there weren't any rules for it - since I was the first in my county and I could go my own way! Muuwhaaaaaa! )

Forget the java and the html!
Created in 1997 with Netscape Composer and posted to Angelfire because my county didn't have a web server yet, my first portfolio was pretty raw - just a list of links really. It's now a quarterly updated iWeb site that has pages for my academic, professional development links.

Fast forward 8 years and a lot of simple but functional hot link pages, web quests, directed Internet tasks, and a smugmug digital photo gallery later and I was inspired by a presentation by Francey Librarian of Gargoyles Loose in the Library about having a library blog at the 2005 AASL Pittsburgh conference.

Though slow to start my MHMS Library Media Blog has been a great communication piece with the kids and my community.

That same year I created my first Steam-Powered Prof Dev Ed Tech wiki and that really changed my life. With the ease of the read/write web no more did I have to fetch or FTP my code to an outside server. Immediate gratification and the ability to create and adjust web pages on the fly for kids, teachers, and the community made me an instant wiki convert. I made a lot of mistakes early on and it took me a while to go transparent and create my own professional blog, I still need to brand myself and my program but I really think it's vital to have a web presence out there for my kids and for my career.

and here's an early webpage of mine to giggle at

a collage of my web presence as it is today...(click for full size)

other libraries talked about how to create a web presence a early as 2000

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Fair and Balanced with Jon Stewart

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Anchor Management
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorHealth Care Reform
I just love Jon Stewart.....and Steve Colbert....but what i love the most is Fair and Balanced News Reporting. Thank goodness we have Fox News for that!

Enjoy your weekend video!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Toshiba Netbook: New Toy Oh ay Oh!

"I want a New Toy (oh ay oh), to keep my head expanding.
I want a New Toy (oh ay oh), nothing too demanding.
Then when everything is in roses everything is static"
- Lene Lovich

Dear MacBook. I still love you. I just need a more portable friend to take with me to meetings, conferences, and on the space shuttle. Really. That's All. ~Gwyneth

So, I pinged my peeps out there in my PLN:

Trying to find a Netbook for #ISTE10 that has a USB & Video out under $500 and 5lbs: Any Suggestions?

And this is what i got:
lazygal@gwynethjones does this work?

(click for full size gorgeousness!)
  • 10.1-inch LED backlit widescreen display (1024 x 600-pixel resolution) provides richer colors and clearer definition--perfect for browsing the Internet.
  • 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 processor (512 KB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB) combines performance and energy efficiency to explore the Internet and stay connected while mobile.
  • 250 GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 RPM) with an impact sensor that helps safeguard your data by "parking" the hard drive heads in the event of a drop or sudden movement.
  • 1 GB of DDR2 RAM (800 MHz; 1 memory slot; upgradeable to 2 GB)
  • Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 video processor with up to 384 MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for greater speed and range.

(click for full size gorgeousness!)
  • Three USB ports with one Sleep and Charge port on the left side, allowing you to charge your mobile phone and other devices even when the notebook is asleep or off.
  • Full-size 85-key keyboard
  • TouchPad pointing device with multi-touch gesture control
  • Built-in stereo speaker
  • Fast Ethernet (10/100)
  • Secure Digital memory card reader also compatible with Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC, and MultiMedia Card (MMC)
and 11 flippin hours of Battery Life!

Found On Amazon for $399.00 \\FTW!//


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