Archive for April, 2012

Stephen Abram – Sharing the foundation of social institutions

I’ve never heard Stephen Abram in the flesh giving a keynote, Stephen’s Lighthouse is one of my favourite blogs, for wise, insightful and sometimes pointy commentary on matters library.  The next best thing to bring at a conference where he is presenting is to watch him give a keynote on a video.  Here is your chance.  You’ll need 44 minutes of uninterrupted peace to enjoy, but worth every minute.



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Standardised testing – great story from New York

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I really enjoyed this story about a story by Daniel Pinkwater which was used on the New York State Test which primary school children sat.  As New Zealand now has National Standards this story resonates!

Shared on Facebook by Support School Libraries.  They post lots of interesting links on there and if you are interested in advocacy in school libraries you will find good stuff there (not all of which is relevant to us, but some is).

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What to do with weeded books

You could try this with your weedings for the year!  I’m feeling inspired to issue a challenge and wondering what the boys would do.  I think it is awesome.  It is from Cathy Jo Nelson whose blog is always full of good ideas.  I found it as I was reading about censorship here.  Another great post.  I’m just heartily recommending Cathy Jo.

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Alternative Use For An iPad

Cannot resist sharing this 30 second video – so, so funny.

Something to think about when increasing numbers of schools around the world now require students to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Perhaps we’re not all quite ready yet . . .

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You Tube Tricks

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Joyce Valenza has posted a great guide to using You Tube.  You can find it here. As she says in the post, there are lots of times when you want to show students or other staff a You Tube clip but you don’t need all of it and you don’t want to start at the very beginning.  Learn how to cue it to start when you want it to start.

You can find helpful You Tube tips galore in the post.  In fact it would take a bit of time to work through them all.  You will find Copyright, Tips on Sharing, help with music for your videos and a whole heap more.  But wait, there’s more!  There are more links in the comments.

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