Archive for February, 2012
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?
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.
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.
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.
- Open-ness by Derek Wenmoth, Director (Feb)
- Ubiquitious Learning
- Smart Web
- Virtual Learning
- Data Engagement
- Thinking 3D
- Social Learning
- User + Control
Some of these are the same trends as last year but there are a couple of new ones.
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.
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!
I know that many many readers of this blog will use Google Reader every day, but many of the teaching staff I talk to, and librarians too for that matter, wonder at the ability of some of us to munch through so many blogs, gleaning good stuff and sharing it around. Google Reader makes it easy.
The RSS feed is the key to all this blog reading goodness.
Sue Waters has written a really great explanation of how to manage your blog reading life using RSS feeds and Google Reader. If you struggle to keep up with online reading, or you are looking for a clear introduction to using Google Reader then her article is certain to help you.
You will find it here. You will also find all kinds of good things on the blog, it is specifically for people using Edublogs but even though I don’t use that platform I find lots of really good things on The Edublogger.
Sit down, turn up your sound, and watch yet another video, this time beautifully made, atmospheric and clever. Well done NZ Book Council! Share the love, let them know that you like it. Their Facebook Page is well worth joining and while you’re at it join Booksellers NZ’s Facebook page too.