Sunday, September 30, 2012

I Want YOU! Free, Virtual, & Global

I want YOU! to experience the Amazing Personal Learning Network (PLN) that we are....Free, Virtually, and Global! 
The Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference - October 3 - 5

"The virtual Library 2.012 conference is a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on the current and future state of libraries. Held worldwide over the course of two days, with 150 sessions and 10 keynotes, subject strands include physical and virtual learning spaces, evolving professional roles in today's world, organizing and creating information, changing delivery methods, user-centered access, and mobile and geo-social information environments. Attendance is free; sign up at Library 2012 to attend or to be kept informed." -- from the #Lib20102 site!

The beauty of a global virtual FREE series of conferences? You pick your time, your expert, your topic, put on your bunny slippers, & soak in the learning and become a leader in your district!

Why do we need to do all this extra stuff?

 Well.... I'm gonna quote the great Joyce Valenza's inspiring blog post "The Year to Be Fierce"  here....

Train Thyself: "The stuff we are working with is pretty new. No expert is going to visit your school and tell you how to be a TL in the future.  So, don’t wait till the big expert comes to town with the most convenient workshop. Fierce librarians cannot wait for the annual conference.  Visit any conference that interests you via webcast.  Grab a Badge and Join the Geek Tribe.  Visit and lead at our TL Cafe and TL Ning and check out the fierce events hosted by the ISTE SIG_MS Wiki on a regular basis. Follow the #tlchat hashtag on Twitter.  Check the TL Chat Daily. Read a few key bloggers.  Add you work to the list.  Find someone else–someone perhaps, who is even more fierce–who wants to learn, who may know a little more and train each other. Seek the training you need and learn it yourself. And this is related to another new rule. . ."

You Can’t Punch This Clock: "I can’t even imagine being granted prep or workshop time to learn all I know I need to learn, as well as what I don’t even know I need to learn. No one can really fully teach you how to integrate wikis or other collaborative writing tools in YOUR classroom, for YOUR learners. You cannot learn  what you need to know about digital storytelling in a one-hour workshop. You’ve got to expect to invest the time it takes on your own time. Folks who expect release time will absolutely miss the fierceness bus." 

The Future of Libraries is in Our Hands

The Library Worldwide Virtual Conference*** is a great opportunity to put the future of libraries in our own hands, in our own time zones, in our own homes! FREE!

Follow the hashtag #Lib2012

I'm presenting one of my favourite keynotes, and a SlideShare blockbuster (nearly 100,00 views! WTHeck!?),
Transparency is the New Black!  Thursday, 7pm EASTERN time zone.
Speaking of the TL Virtual Cafe!  The presentation tomorrow night promises to be A - wait for it - Mazing!
Your Common Core Secret Weapon
with the Librarians in the Middle!
Your Common Core Secret Weapon Wikipage

Participant Link

Monday October 1st - 8pm Eastern US
Starring: Tamara Cox, Kristen Hearne AND Monique German

***Though, I'd be lying if I didn't disclose that I'm a little disappointed that there are no school based librarians on the keynote slate (heck, I woulda said YES! LOL) Hopefully next year! 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

BWAD: How to be a Ninja Warrior Filter Fighter!

Life is not filtered. But the Internet is - at my school.
What are we teaching the kids?  How can we teach knowledge, discernment, and ethics without giving them a chance to make good choices and yes, sometimes mistakes?
Celebrate: Banned Websites Awareness Day
"AASL has designated October 3 as the second annual Banned Websites Awareness Day. To raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries, AASL designates one day during Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day. AASL asks school librarians and other educators to promote an awareness of how overly restrictive filtering affects student learning. The Freedom to Read Foundation and the ACLU are also supporters...."
from AASL, Sept. 25; FTRF Blog, Sept. 25

Complimentary BWAD (Banned Websites Awareness Day) Webinar
Join us! How to be a Ninja Warrior Filter Fighter! Presenter: Gwyneth Jones
Wednesday, October 3, 2012  |  7 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. CDT/5 p.m. MDT/4 p.m. PDT

Here are the slides from my preso on Slideshare! Thank you to everyone who attended! AASL will be posting the archive in a few days if you miss it! Contact Melissa Jacobson (mjacobsen AT ala DOT org) for more information! Cheers!

 AASL BWAD main site with background and resources

Michelle Luhtala's Blog postings:
danah boyd article on Huffington Post:
 Kids And Social Media: danah boyd Asks Parents To Name Their 'Biggest Fear'

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Back to School Special: Rocking the New Year!

Monday, Sept 10 8pm EST -- You're Invited!
Join yours truly, The Mighty Little Librarian Tiff, and fellow Mover & Shaker Jennifer LaGarde for a casual discussion at the TL Virtual Cafe to generate ideas on how to build school allies, support new teachers & become indispensable to admin & staff at the beginning of every school year. Featuring how Google tools (forms, docs, & presentation, and more!) interactive Wikis, and school blogs, can supercharge the library program & classroom throughout the school year. For Teacher Librarians, classroom teachers, tech teachers, admins, & well...everyone!

Reflective & Raring to Go!
Hopefully we've all had a great summer taking time & tide to reflect on our program & practice and are ready & raring to make this new school year ROCK! I know I am! My summer was super busy with the awesome ISTE conference in San Diego, camping out at my parents house in Annapolis because of the East Coast Derecho, and an amazing life-changing trip to Australia with Dr. Joyce Valenza speaking for @sybasigns to wonderfully inspiring school librarians in 3 different cities - Sydney, Adelaide, & Perth. Since I got back (& slept in for a few days!) I've been super busy working to start up this new school that I haven't had time to do much else! But it's so important to remember ALL YEAR to take time to be reflective about the great responsibility and honor to be teachers, librarians, and to have a positive impact on the lives of our kiddos and community.

My 5 Professional Goals for the New School Year

1. Celebrate reading & my readers!
Every year I try & think of new ways to inspire my kids to read and to promote the life-long JOY of reading. This year is no different! But here's an idea that's an oldie but a goodie! A few years ago I facilitated a "library collection bookfair" or a lesson called Book Pass -The Power of Choice that I had heard about at the AASL Reno 07 conference. The short version of how it works: pull all kinds of fiction & non-fiction genres & hot titles and just oppulantly pile them up on the tables purposefully messy & haphazard...inviting the kids to DIG in! The object of the activity is for kids to "shop" for books they haven't read yet and compile a list of books to read for the rest of the school year. If they've read the book before I encourage them to grab a post-it note & write a quick recommendation for other kids to read! This list will be kept on file for them alphabetized in a notebook in the Media Center and when they come next to get a book and say "I don't know what to read!" we'll refer them to their list! Read more & download the lesson and all the worksheets on our Book Pass MHMS Learning wikipage! I LOVE another & similar idea that Tiff has with post- it gotta come to the TL Cafe to hear about that!
2. Nurture & inspire my reluctant tech users
This year in my district we had a LOT of changes in our staffing & curriculum placing former Reading teachers into positions where they have to teach modules that include more technology than ever! So now I have another opportunity (ok, due to urgent necessity on their part) to coach and inspire them to step up their tech skillz! This is fantastic and challenging at the same time. It's not easy to preach to the reluctant tech user, it can be frustrating, you're not always gonna make them drink the tech koolaid, but you GOTTA KEEP TRYING! Be positive, be gentle, don't roll your eyes, stifle the snark, smile, go to THEM so they feel like they are on their turf, go slowly, & follow up with supporting & supportIVE notes, emails, & wiki and webpages! And be prepared to go through things more than once, modeling as you go - and don't for the love of all that is holy, touch the mouse or trackpad FOR them. I'm going to blog about this more - I promise!

3. Crowdsource & connect (more!) with my community
I've always tried to have a ongoing conversation with my students and community but I really want to step it up even more this year! I'm gonna post more consistently on our Facebook page, really push for more Twitter reviews (we did them in-school last year!), and put out more interactive polls and Google forms! I want the kiddos & parents to feel like they truly have a voice!

4. Crowdsource & connect (more!) with my PLN (that's you!)
This year we're gonna try and step up our game with #TLChat by making it LIVE! on Twitter! Second Tuesday of the month (depending on holidays) at 8pm EST With Join guest hosts Joyce Valenza, Tiffany Whitehead, Nikki Robertson, Linda Dougherty, Tamara Cox, Michelle Luhtala, Shannon Miller, Debbie Schiano and me to talk about a variety of topics that YOU can Vote on! More information will be shared later but let's just jump in & talk! This will be a great way for all of us to crowdsource, connect, & build our PLN! Read more at Joyce Valenza's Neverending Search SLJ blog!

5. Improve & step-up my school library EduBlog!
It was really hard giving up the school library blog I started in 2006 & move to Edublogs but it ended up being a WONDERFUL thing! But honestly, I have not taken advantage of all the possibilities & features that Edublogs provides for connecting all of our web presence vehicles together in one spot. A GREAT example of this is The Librarian's Locker from shared by amazing educator, admin, & new Canadian friend George Couros. WOW, this blog blows me away! This best practice blog inspires me to step up & mirror some of my pages on iWeb and Wikis and put the same info on our Daring School Library blog by Edublogs! It's always such an honor & pleasure to meet new & exciting educators! W00t! A great resource for this is sure to be Kick Start Your Blogging! (I'm so glad I don't have to pay for every damn "!" I use when writing!)

FREE Bonus Download!
And as always at this time of the year I create a fresh new Back to School Night (or BTSN) Powerpoint for you to download & share with your teachers! Take off our branding slides & re-save with your name & call it your own - I won't tell ;-) Just be the school hero & provide them with a custom designed communication piece to share with parents with my compliments! More stuffs on my BTSN Wikipage!
This is my Media Orientation Video for this year!

Thanks so much for reading! What are YOUR goals for this coming new year? I'm always appreciative & eager to hear from you & publish your comments!

Be AWESOME this Year!


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