Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Everyone Likes a Smackdown!

Please join us Monday, December 3rd at 8PM Eastern, TL Virtual CafĂ© hosts our 2nd annual FREE EduTech Smackdown/Open Mic night webinar.  Please plan on visiting or participating!

"You don’t have to be a librarian to play!  We welcome classroom teachers, tech directors, administrators, enthusiastic partners of every persuasion! It's  more fun when we can learn from each other!"

Joyce will be sharing her trend list and some of her favorite discoveries and so will several good friends. 

The event will be ably moderated by yours truly and the lovely & talented  Tiffany Whitehead, aka The Mighty Little Librarian.

We highly encourage moving beyond listening to sharing!

"If you’d like to take the microphone with your own exciting discoveries of the year, please grab a slide/slides and add to our crowd-souced presentation/book in advance. Share your best recommendations for tips, resources, etc. and help us build an interactive resource book."

You can also create a slide & just share visually if you're microphone-phobic - we won't press ya! If you do wish to speak, having a microphone & headphones set will improve your sound quality by 97% (Ok, I can't back that with Science!)

Participant Link for December 3rd at 8PM.

And don’t forget to vote in the Twitter poll for your preferred topic for #TLChat Live!, coming up on December 10th at 8PM. 

The above post was inspired shamelessly cribbed by a post from Dr. Joyce Valenza's Award Winning blog The Neverending Search

Heh heh... I'm home sick on antibiotics w/ a pesky upper respiratory infection so yeah...it's taking shortcuts & drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea with honey I am! Cheers dears!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Edublog Awards Nominations 2012

When it comes to the Edublogger Awards, I've "always (been) a bridesmaid and never a bride" but surprisingly (for me!) that's...OK.  Because I get SO much more from the Edublog Award process learning about and from new teachers, librarians, administrators, etc. than I can ever explain. It has been a super game changer and PLN builder for me. NEXT year for this I've got a new idea...I've created a new Sqworl group to save all those amazing blogs & educational sites I run across that I'm keeping an eye on to make next year's noms EASIER and hopefully faster! LOL
Individual Blog - Free Technology for Teachers
Group Blog - LevelUpBookClub
New Blog - The Mad River Librarian
Class Blog - Campbell 156
EdTech Blog - Mr G Online 
Teacher Blog - The Nerdy Teacher
Library/Librarian Blog - Mighty Little Librarian -Tiff
Administrator Blog - The Principal Of Change - George Couros
Influential Post - Game Based PD for an Epic Win
Individual Tweeter - Tamara Cox
Twitter Hashtag - TLChat - Now LIVE!
Free Web Tool - PicMonkey  - Made of Win!
Video/Podcasts - Karen Mensing
Best Educational WikiWebTools4U2Use by Aunty Tech
Best Open PD - TLVirtual Cafe
Social Network - LevelUpBookClub
Mobile App - Dropbox
Lifetime Achievement 
 - Sue Waters (I swear, this is NOT a suckup!)  I know over at Edublogs it's probably "family hold back" but have you READ that Edublogger blog lately?  It's ridiculously Amazing!!
Still don't believe me? Read this mind blowing post!

The Twitteraholic’s Ultimate Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter

I was so honored to meet her this summer whilst speaking in Perth, Australia and let me assure you that she is just as amazing in person as she is online! Actually, more!  (She's pictured above L-R - Dave & Sue Waters, Audrey Nay, & Joyce Valenza)
Though I doubt her humility & desire to not win an award that she's basically running will allow this nom to go through, she is SO well deserving! So, OK....though I know they will prolly NOT choose her....she gets it from me! See below! [grins and steps gingerly off box of soap]
You have until November 26th 
to make your nominations, 
Follow #Eddies12 on Twitter to keep up on the noms & stay tuned for when it's YOUR turn to be a part and VOTE!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

How to Easily Archive & Embed Tweets

With Search Hash & Google Apps!
The Backstory:
Taking our TLVirtual Cafe webinar series and Twitter chat #TLChat one step farther a few months ago we started #TLChat Live! (For some reason I always have to type the word LIVE! and Science! with an exclamation - don't judge.) Spearheaded by Joyce Valenza, Nikki Robertson, and a core group of or TL Geek Tribe (volunteer moderators listed on our TLChat Live! front Wikispaces page! Add your name to the list!) we were so jazzed to get this ball rolling!
We meet the 2nd Mondays of the month at 8pm Eastern time, we chat for an hour on a crowdsourced topic, share ideas, grow our PLN, make new connections, and enjoy each others company! It's grand! Our first Live! discussion hour was on September 17th and thanks to Library Girl Jennifer LaGarde we have a cool infographic created with Easel.ly to share about it!
Wow! Pretty outstanding, right? The Archive from the chat is embedded on our wikipage. (come right back I wanna tell you how to do it, k!?)  Ok, so the hour is up, our fingers are numb, and we wanted to archive all those Tweets and really? I had NO idea how to do it! EEP!  I've used a few disappointing 3rd party clients for this before, and IFFIT used to work but is now not connected to Twitter and basically each one has let me down!   
Dr. Joyce Valenza to the rescue! She found a way to use this cool site Search Hash and Google Apps to easily archive, publish, & embed Tweets on a Wikispaces, website, or a blog!  And I thought it was so spectacular that I was inspired to create this Comic Tutorial  on how to do it! (Oh and also people kept Tweeting & emailing me how it was done! LOL) So I had to, right?!
Here's a big size for your viewing pleasure which can be found on my Flickr Page!
Important Tips:
Here are some afterthoughts that were too long to make it to the comic. I do try & be brief on those, you know! 
Twitter hashtags are time sensitive. You can't go back in time & grab them all, grab them soon after the event, conference, or conversation takes place.
Search Hash is British - so make doubly sure when you put in the date it's YYYY-MM-DD.
HIDE certain columns of information then re-size fields so that the user name can be easily read & the Tweet isn't all mushed (#TechnicalTerm)
Export out your Spreadsheet to MS XLS to easily sort your Tweets by author & to gather raw Data for Infographics! Aggregated data is SEXY!
REMEMBER: Scroll down & read from the bottom of the spreadsheet up! Tweets are chronological that way.
After you grab the EMBED code & before you publish it - I edited and hanged the size of the pixel width & the depth of the embed - so readers could see a large part of the page without too much scrolling.

Like the comic? Want to make your own? Read my blog posting Creating A Comic Life to learn how!

Your comments, thoughts, & ideas contribute to the conversation! What do you want discussed at our next #TLChat? 
Also, your corrections to any typos are appreciated, too! ;-)

Search Hash was created by Dave Briggs and Steph Gray. n.b. Results cached for 60 minutes; it isn't designed for realtime search.
Participate in our next #TLChat Live! Monday, Dec 10th 8pm ET - What's Your Choice? Please vote on our Twtpoll! 

Get ALL my Comic Tutorials on my Flickr Gallery!

Resources and Links:
ReadWrite – 10 Ways to Archive Your Tweets
How to archive your tweets | Macworld
Eight ways to save your tweets | VentureBeat 
Twitter: How to archive event hashtags

Sunday, November 11, 2012

8 Tips for the Care & Feeding of the Reluctant Tech User

Teaching tech in isolation never works. When a reluctant tech user learns how to do something with a project about which they're personally passionate, they're gonna be instantly engaged, work hard at it, and feel super exultant when it works!  For example, when I teach iPhoto, I have the teachers bring in 10-15 pictures of their vacations, hobbies, pets, or yeah...their families and kids. OR if they didn't bring them in, I hand them a digital camera with a grin and say "Go take a 15 min digital safari - lay down, lean over, step on chairs, and take pics of your classroom or the school from freaky angles and come right back!"  From there we teach how to import, edit, crop, enhance, adjust, and then export those photos in different sizes. That way when they email that photo of "little Johnnie on the pottie" the recipient doesn't have to scroll to see one eye...then the other, etc.  In the second session we use those same pics to make an iPhoto slideshow and WOW! LOVE!  The next step would be teach them the amazing & easy to master & totally made of Win the digital image glam studio that is @PicMonkey.  All of a sudden, these teachers are excited and they GET IT!  Make the tech learning and the project personal & they will be more motivated to learn.   
Tweet-tastic! A while back, when I first thought of this post (and before school started! LOL)  I asked my PLN on Twitter their thoughts, advice, & tips to encourage the reluctant tech user and I'm going to include their tips throughout this post:

I run a monthly tech tips PD session and ask these teachers to share what they know...build relationships ahead of time so they feel comfortable approaching me for help with tech  everyone has something to contribute! let them know that I will gladly help if they run into snags - that someone has their back if they try something new 

Hold a  Digital Petting Zoo where each table has a different tech gadget, tablet or laptop with APP, software or super cool website loaded, and a volunteer to casually introduce them & show how they could transform their classroom and practice with this new friend. Then hand it over & let them touch, play, explore, and try the tech. With familiarity comes fearlessness. I'm a visual and kinesthetic learner. I like to see what's going to happen & then do it. That's why I create the Comic Life Comic Tutorials I'm sorta known for! With lots of screenshots & easy to follow bubble directions. Read Creating a Comic Life post for more!
Karen Mensing Karen Mensing@MsMensing
Lots of us are visual/hands on learners for sure! When I see something in action, I'm more likely to DO it! #edchat

Melissa Jensen Melissa Jensen@mjtlbarrieI tweak their favorite activity by adding a tech tool to their plans and hold their hand thru the whole process

Hold ongoing  Tech Tuesdays, Espresso Tech 10 (a fast-paced, coffee friendly 10 min tip session) or a Tech-Fueled Drive By where you teach one tip in 2-3 min, show how it works, and then for the rest of the time let them try it and play with it themselves.  Teachable Moments are made of Win! When a teacher really needs to know, seize the opportunity to jump in with ‘let me show you how to…’ followed immediately by ‘you will so be good at this!’ Keep it short and sweet! Teachers, staff, and admin will respond better when you show them one tip at a time instead of everything you might know about technology. Follow up either situation with a short email with links to more information, examples, a comic, and maybe a link to a Poll Daddy asking for what the next time's Tech Tip session will be!  "What do you want to learn next?"  Baby steppin to tech nirvana?  Yeah, small steps work best!
jake duncan jake duncan@duncanbilingual
We start small. Take lessons and up HOTS/Bloom's by integrating web 2.0 tools. They see more engagement and better outcomes...Then they want to explore more ways to integrate tech. They see they don't have to teach the tools to implement them in class.
Once you identify those reluctant tech users who are baby steppin it to a new world - pair them up with a colleague, friend, team member, cheerleader, coach, who they can learn WITH!  Make sure that their buddy continuously checks in on reluctant staff to make sure they're still trying & haven't gotten discouraged at any step of the way.

Angie Harrison Angie Harrison@TechieAng
@gcouros @gwynethjones Collaborate with them, do coplanning & share lots! I found sharing shared reading interactive lessons to be helpful
Some teachers don't want to come to the library or computer lab to learn with a group of others. They might be shy, intimidated, or just reluctant (hence the title!) to do it. Go to THEM! Make a house call! Bring your laptop to their room during their planning period and have a quick one on one session. How do you get them? Go LOW TECH: Put tech appointment slips in the staff bathroom and in all the mailboxes. Keep the appointment and follow up! 
Meet them where they are, provide lots of scaffolded support & love! Provide work time when you can B there as back-up and...praise! praise! praise! share successes w/students, colleagues, admins, etc. (Please also see Jennifer's fab post: Six Tips to Help Teachers Move From TechnoPHOBE to TechnoFAB! -- Great minds and all that! ;-)
Kris Paterson Kris Paterson@krispaterson  
work w them 1on1, small grps, give them actual technology, support/handhold them, with specific, achievable tasks
Challenge the kiddos to learn the skillz, let them practice on their own (at home, the local library, at a friends house, etc.) and then let them teach the teachers. Tell teachers is great to say things like: "Hey, this is new to me, too...let's learn together!" "WOW...Cool! Show me how you did that!?" "Show me how you would teach this to a 5th grader" (or any grade that is 3 lower than the grade you're teaching - the kiddos seem to go puff up a little with confidence teaching younger kids) If it weren't for my TV studio tech kids I never would have learned how to use iMovie (I'm still NOT great at it!) and I'm NEVER too proud to say "Gee, I don't know how to do that, can you please teach me?!"  It's a good thing.
Confession Time: As they say on Revenge, "Confession is good for the soul" admitting to not being great is good for the kids and reluctant learners. And here's the truth - I used to be great at iMovie, then I taught my kids and they took over and for years they were the experts... I would help with storyboarding, direction, costuming (YAY!) and I let them edit the footage. Then, of course iMovie changed - the new versions didn't look like the old one and I lost my touch. I had to get the kids, a fellow teacher (Thanks dear @emsingleton), and one of my awesome tech coaches in my district (Thanks dear @KrissieMarie!) to get my skillz back. I'm still not there 100% but ...well, I'm baby steppin back! Be honest, ask for help, get help when you need it, and keep trying.

 I do tech training w/ students across each grade level &train their teachers w/ them- it's a "we're all in this together" vibe.

model it's use with a class, sharing your thought process out loud as you go. Positive baby steps.
Random Acts of Awesome!  Every time you see a baby step forward, praise and recognize! It sounds obvious, but it goes a long way. If you have a school electronic forum or conference - take some pics of finished projects, screen shots & links of NEW Cool teacher wikipages, and share them with a WooHoo compliment! Maybe create a series of badges for your school Wikispaces or webpage to show achievements.  I know, badges aren't everything but learning from the #LevelUp Book Club - people enjoy earning prizes, badges, & street cred! The amazing Jennifer LaGarde even came up with a gamification-style ed-tech professional development program! Game Based PD for an Epic Win 
Karen Mensing Karen Mensing@MsMensing  
Patience, support & encouragement!

Tamara Cox Tamara Cox@coxtModel the tech, let them try w/ no audience around, offer to be there when they try w/ students, brag to admin about efforts

Every once and a while (every month, quarter, year, etc.) throw a sharing party! After a group of teachers finish a personally inspired product (Tip 1) or create something fantastic, make sure to have a show & tell session. Teachers are usually super excited to show what they've made and what they're passionate about.  They also can get great ideas of what to do next from their friends & co-workers. A fun way to do this is with a Gallery Walk, a voluntary 2 min LCD Show & Tell (have flash drives handy!), or ask for contributions (give those that private the choice to opt out) and burn a collection CD to give out to all the participants. Snacks are always a bonus!
I'm not gonna give this a number, but do realize that no matter how much you offer, are patient, and even throw in bagels & Keurig coffee... there will be some educators who just don't WANT to learn and will never try to learn and that's OK, too! Always keep the door open but sometimes you gotta cut your losses & go after the newbies! BRIBES WORK! I give out 4G flashdrives to all of my new teachers - loaded with a folder of helpful stuffs!
 With patience & persistence - & to know when it's a lost cause. Some will never move with the times or give new things a try

More great advice from my PLN! 
Ryan Archer Ryan Archer@ArcherMHHS  
Offer unlimited help, let them ask many questions, offer encouragement and console them when they think they can't do it

Adam Carney Adam Carney@acarney_nths
What I've done is find something similar to an activity or tool they already use and gradually move them into the tech version

Join us! 
For more ideas to hear some of the cutting edge leaders [cough cough including yours tryly]  in Library tech - Join us for a FREE Google+ Hangout: “Creating a Culture of Learning: How Librarians Keep Up with Digital Media and Technology.”  Wednesday, November 14 7pm Eastern US time. This forum will be hosted by OITP Fellow Renee Hobbs Bobbi Newman, aka Librarian by Day, Caroline Haebig, Jamie Hollier,  Anu Vedantham and me!

What do you do to encourage reluctant tech user? 
Your comments, suggestions, resources, & ideas are ALWAYS appreciated & desired!


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