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FREE Moo Cards with Flickr Goodness

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MOO & Flickr teamed up to offer FREE business cards you just pay for shipping! These sexy cards are powerd up with yummy Flickr Goodness.....Only catch...it has the MOO name & logo imprinted on it with a 15% discount for the first order.... all in all it's a GREAT DEAL for a great product!

BUT...I was super Ninja sneaky - MOO designs them so that the tiny commercial strip is on the front of the business card but i reversed the design and put it on the back! Voila! Hint: Download the MOO .PSD design template and create with Photoshop or your fav photo editing suite!

heh heh heh too bad Ninja Librarian was taken! LOL Moo Cards also rock because you can have a different picture on EVERY one! They call that Printfinity... i call that a reason to play with iPhoto and Photoshop! From the MOO Flickr Feed: a Business Card Template

(download original size)

Here's how my recent batch of business cards came out... I love the matte finish...slight sheen, great hand. Mini cards a…

Why Ning? It works!

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I'm speaking today at the MSET Spring Business meeting at Maryland Public television: Dr. Judith Tomeldson asked me to "show the Ning, go over social networking, demo the 6 groups, lead a discussion on the benefits of social networking? Puppets, dancing bears, ponies, whatever you would like"
(she's a doll!) Of course I was like, Sure!

How this all started: a few months ago i made a mistake. (just kidding!) I got all hepped up excited still about the NECC DC conference, going transparent, being recruited by the "Geek Tribe" and I contacted good friend and Making it Happen Diva Mrs. Julie Wray and suggested that we start a Ning for our Maryland ISTE affiliate MSET....and add a digital sandbox (also called a Bloggers' Cafe or Learning Commons) to the MSET conference and Julie said
...GREAT IDEA! Do it!
Doh! LOL

She's also one of the people on this earth i just can't seem to say no to.... That adorable and talented former MSET President Julie Wr…

Want to be a Nationally Board Certified Librarian?

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Want to Be a Nationally Board Certified Teacher?
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 8 pm ET/ 7 pm CT/ 6 pm MT/ 5 pm PT Presenters: Wendy Stevens Cathy Jo Nelson (Dorman HS, Roebuck, SC) (Buckhorn High School, New Market, AL) andCandidacy for National Board Certification is among the most rigorous professional development experiences any educator can undertake. School librarians working in collaborative environments can face additional logistical challenges as they assemble a series of portfolio entries demonstrating their teaching facility. Hear from National Board Certified Library media specialists who share their own experiences in pursuing the credential. The webinar will offer an overview of the certification process, share a range of resources available for candidates, and describe ways media specialists can begin work towards certification over summer break.Directions to join the SIGMS webinar event1. Check that your computer is set up for Adobe Connect by visiting Adobe Co…

Join the Library Tech Geek Tribe!

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adapted from Diane Cordell

Tribe: A unit of sociopolitical organization consisting of a number of families, clans, or other groups who share a common ancestry and culture and among whom leadership is typically neither formalized nor permanent... A group of people sharing an occupation, interest or habit.

"Due to copyright issues (about which librarians are VERY serious), we were unable to continue offering Library Tech Geek Squad buttons for sale."

The good news, is that we (Diane Cordell and I!) were UNDAUNTED so redesigned it and we are now the Library Tech Geek Tribe!

Items currently available on Zazzle include Tribe buttons and stickers, with other products in the works.
As before, any and ALL profits from the Geek Tribe swag line will be used to help support the Teacher Librarian Ning.
An AWEsome resource for all Teacher-Librarians and technology educators!

Please visit our Zazzle page for ordering information.

*Bonus!
A week before ALA and ISTE we'll be …

Animating Your Library Program- Tonight in Second Life!

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GoAnimate.com: Live Long & Animate! by gwyneth

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

Second Life: AASL-SIGMS Virtual Learning Community
Wed, May 19th: 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT
"Animating Your Library Program"
Presenter: Gwyneth Jones
Location: ALA Main Stage SLURL

If you missed the ISTE SIGMS Webinar back in December - I've updated it and will beg giving a preso tonight on this same (a fave of mine!) subject in Second Life! Hope you can join us!

"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 Go!Animate video to ge…

FREE Blabberize Video Conversions Till June

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Finally you can watch your Blabberize Full Screen (as above) upload to YouTube or Flickr, or download to your desktop & embed into a PPT.....But only till June!

from the Blabberize Blog:

Video Conversions free through June
Educators have been asking when the free test of blabber-to-video conversion ends, so that they can plan their Blabberize use around the features available.

Well, we’re not ready to release our membership features, but we can shoulder the cost of videos until June, which hopefully gets most of our educator users to the end of the current school year. So go make videos, and, if you get a second, let us know what you’re doing with them!Ahhh Yes, the halcyon days of the FREE interweb is going away and with it we'll get these last spurts of generosity from websites (like crack dealers giving out free hits) to get us all addicted to special features that we'll have to pay more for in the future....Enjoy it while it lasts people!~


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Tech Trouble Shooting Tips for Students, Parents, & Teachers

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(reposted from our MHMS Media Blog)

Every week we have kids come to the library media center, flash drive in hand, eyes wide and panicked because their computer or printer didn't work the night before and the paper is DUE TODAY!

And though 99% of the time we can help them - how much less stressful would it be if you had solid tech tips to finish, save & print that report or assignment outside of school?

Visit our newly re-designed MHMS Learning Wiki Tech Trouble Shooting Tips page for step by step directions (with pictures!) on how to email your teacher your work digitally if you find your printer out of ink at 10pm, how to save a .DOC and NOT a .DOCX, and other great techie trouble shooting tips!

First suggestion: Email your work to your teacher! Visit the Murray Hill Middle School Website and follow the directions below (click to go to wikipage)

Other Hot Topics Covered:

My Printer Isn't Working Home! What do I Do!? I can't open my report! I don't have Microsoft Of…

Tweet and Blog for Ed Tech May 12!

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Tweet and Blog for Ed Tech May 12!

From ISTE:

Funding for classroom technology is in jeopardy! We're calling on educators across the US to tweet and blog for education technology funding on Wednesday, May 12.

(this is my blog...sadly, Twitter is blocked at my school)

President Obama's budget for FY11 provides no direct funding for education technology programs. Instead, it zeros out the Enhancing Education Through Technology program, the only source of direct support for ed tech in many states and districts.

Congress doesn't have to agree to the President's budget recommendations.

Help your senator and representative understand what's at stake! On May 12 tweet, retweet, and blog your support for $500 million in FY11 ed tech funding. Mark the date on your social media calendar!

Watch the ISTE Connects blog and Twitter stream for more information on how educators can work with innovative tools to make our voices heard.

Library in Your Pocket

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The Library in Your Pocket: Mobile Trends for LibrariesView more presentations from Meredith Farkas. Today's blog was inspired by the amazing

Meredith Farkas, Head of Instructional Initiatives at Norwich University, columnist for American Libraries, lecturer at San Jose State University’s SLIS program, author, speaker and consultant on social media and managing change.
Information Wants To Be Free Website

The above slideshare preso is from
a talk for Western New York Library Resources Council’s "Gadgets and Gear: A Tech Gathering" - May 7, 2010

And it BLEW me AWAY!

WOW~! Groundbreaking stuff here! - easy to digest text and tastes frankly Nom nom! I'm going to quote and give you a small nibble but I urge you to try the whole thing....113 yummy slides of amazing information about a topic that is NOT going away....95% of this blog is quoting her preso..you'll see my reactions and comments mostly because i am wont to use exclamations and funky capitalization.

From her slides…

Netflix Epic Fail: Library Lessons Learned

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So...i'm a luddite when it comes to a few things. telephony and renting movies. i usually buy movies. if something is good enough i buy the DVD. The Wire. Big Love. Boondock Saints, Snatch, Torchwood, Sons of Anarchy, signed collectors edition of Clerks. So i gotta admit i joined Netflix late....WHEN...they added the watch instantly feature. I like instant gratification. Ahem.

LOVE the watch instantly feature. but there's no way to bookmark possible movies as you're browsing to go back and watch later. no way to make a wish list of instant movies to watch! like the youtube ADD to FAVORITES.

so i start looking for that...i go to the help section and check there...nada! then i google it. nope! so i look for the contact information page and would you believe it?

NETflix....doesn't have an email address you can use to write a suggestion or a problem to them. of course now i go and Google that "netflix no email contact"...and yuppers... it's just not there! A…