Archive for February, 2012

Small Demons

Have you ever found yourself wondering, as you read, about the people, places, songs, food and so on, mentioned in a book? And maybe thought to yourself “I must find out more about Charles Lindbergh, or Seagrams 7, or …”?

Well here’s the website to help you do just that. Small Demons invites you to “Experience books a new way by viewing all the people, places and things inside them. Choose any person, place or thing and discover everywhere it leads.”

Say, for instance, you’re a fan of James Patterson’s Alex Cross books. As you’re reading your way through Along came a spider, you can look up snippets of info as you go along. Not familiar with Brooks Brothers? Look it up. Trying to remember who starred in An Officer and a Gentleman? You can check that too.

When you read aloud to kids, you often find yourself doing just this sort of thing, having these little conversations aside about all sorts of things. I love the idea of finding something like this for kids – or making it with them! – using  a book you’ve shared and enjoyed. Wouldn’t that be fun?

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It’s Called Reading – Cartoon by Glasbergen

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Learning@School and Ed Talks – a conference in your lounge

Here is your chance to attend Learning@School and other conferences too from your sofa, listen to the keynotes and seminars of some of New Zealand’s formost movers and shakers in Education.  The Ed Talks Channel also includes  presentations from Ulearn, Educators Leaders Forum, Nuthall Symposium and Nethui, seriously there is enough here to keep you professionally stimulated and developed for a goodly long time.

If you are looking for things to fill in on your Professional Registration BOKs and especially the hard to find good things for BOK 11 then you will find plenty of good stuff here. 

 

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The Good Word Junior

In a NZ Book Month special, a panel of book-mad 12 and 13-year-olds take over The Good Word for four weeks in March.

With only a little help from presenter Emily Perkins, they are the reviewing panel in their own mini series titled The Good Word jnr.

 
The Good Word jnr on Sundays March 3, 10, 17 and 24 on TVNZ 7 at 7.05 pm.
It is worth noting that the fabulous Channel 7 home of many good programmes such as this, great documentaries and robust political commentary – the only place you can get it on our televisions, is due to be discontinued later in the year.  Tragic!

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Ten trends in education 2012

Every year Core Education puts out it’s list of the Ten Trends it sees emerging in education  and it is fresh out now for this year.  Head on over to their website for full details and to see the list expanded and explained but the list is as follows.

  1. Open-ness by Derek Wenmoth, Director (Feb)
  2. Ubiquitious Learning
  3. Personalisation
  4. Smart Web
  5. Citizenship
  6. Virtual Learning
  7. Data Engagement
  8. Thinking 3D
  9. Social Learning
  10. User + Control

Some of these are the same trends as last year but there are a couple of new ones.

 

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YALSA research – young adults and teens in libraries

If you work with teens and young adults in school libraries you may well be interested in heading over to YALSA to read  – the articles at The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults.   Of particuar interest to me was Carol C. Kuhlthau’s article – Research Matters: The Long Reach of the Model of the Information Search Process (ISP)  as I revisit our Info Lit model and think about how well it is used by both our staff and our students this is a timely read for me, and leaves me wanting a lot more in terms of research into the processes students go through after finding lots of good information and presenting their assignments.

I found the diagram below interesting.

 

 

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The SLANZA Facebook Page

Thanks largely to the efforts of Catherine Lee the SLANZA Facebook page has become a place to find really great library links.  She has been posting links to items of school library interest for several months now and they are interesting, sometimes fun and a great way of getting up to date links straight to your facebook feed.  So, thanks to Catherine and if you are on Facebook, and let’s face it the vast majority of adults in New Zealand are, then do join the page.  You too can share fantastic library links with the community on there.

You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLANZA/ or just search Facebook for for SLANZA, there is also a link on the SLANZA homepage.  You don’t need to be a member of SLANZA to join but of course the benefits of being a SLANZA member make it really worth joining. Details of how to do that are here.  $50 well spent!

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