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Joyce Valenza at TEDx PhiladelphiaEd

If you missed conference, or if you were at conference and you just want more … watch Joyce at TEDx Philadelphia.  Her talk is called See Sally Research.

Joyce is talking research shifts, helping students find quality information, website evaluation,and changing tools for our students doing research.

I love the quote,  “the library is not just a place to get information, it is participatory”

Joyce mentions Mashpedia, Filter bubbles, pathfinders, Jstor widgets, RSS feeds from databases like Epic has, Twitter hashtags, copyright, creative commons, slideshare, vimeo,

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Did you know? Shift happens in Iowa

Via Diane McKenzie

Read the story behind this very interesting video clip here.  Iowa has some big educational challenges, but when I watched this I thought that there would be many places in New Zealand that would have all these educational issues, and perhaps the whole country could take note of these very same issues.  The population of Iowa is 3,007,856 only 1 million less than the 4 million who live here.  And we are a country whose main exports have sprung from rural industry base. Things to mull over in here.  Are we moving forward?

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Judy O’Connell showing, telling and teaching

One of the absolute best things about the SLANZA conference for me was the chance to meet Judy O’Connell.  I’ve been following her writing on her blog Hey Jude for a long long time and night after night I watch with amazement as she shares links galore on Twitter and now she is actively posting on the SLANZA Facebook page.  I like her take on the world, the way she shows practical ways of using the web 2.0  technology she is keen on.  I like the fact that she is an Australian Teacher Librarian who has worked in school libraries for a long time and who is fully aware of the environment we work in, the challenges we face and she likes practical solutions to everyday problems, and best of all she likes to share her knowledge.  She now works as a Lecturer at Charles Sturt University and is training today’s students to be tomorrows education leaders.

Judy loves technology and she loves sharing technology and I love people like that.  I was really lucky to get to ‘play’ with Judy during one of the workshop sessions (Who? Wagging? Me? Never!) and that was time really valuably spent and I learnt such a lot in that time it was just staggering.  From impromptu sessions around Judy’s iPad outside the auditorium with a bunch of fellow conference goers, to her fantastic lightening speed workshop Judy shared so much information and ‘stuff you can use’ in a very short three days that my brain is still spinning.

Below is a link to the google doc that Catherine Lee and I typed in tandem (Yay for Google docs) while we sat in the workshop (Miriam did the tweeting).  If you couldn’t get to conference we really hope that the doc gives you an in to the feel of the workshop and that you can use some of the things in there.  Click here to go to the document.  As it states in the document everything is available in the Livebinder.  There is so much in there that it will take me a long time to work through it all, I keep finding new treasures.

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Library Girl: 5 conversations I don’t want to have any more

One of the school library-related blogs I read regularly is The Adventures of Library Girl (written by @jenniferlagarde). Her latest entry is a post entitled “5 conversations (about libraries) I don’t want to have any more”. Jump over and read it now.

I found myself nodding in agreement with every one of the points she makes, viz:

  1. Copyright. I am tired of feeling like I am the embodiment of the copyright police at my school. Now, I’m by no means an expert in the field of copyright, but I have an uncomfortable feeling about some of the  images and music and so on that I see being used in digital content created at school and republished to the web. What to do about it? Taking a positive approach to this isn’t always easy. Finding ‘stuff’ that’s free to use isn’t as simple (for young kids, especially) as doing a quick Google search, so although there are plenty of alternative places to look, making sure people know what to do takes time and requires some effort on everyone’s part. All of which can be in short supply, in my experience.
  2. 21st Century skills. Don’t get me started. Next thing you know I’ll be using “paradigm” in a sentence 😉
  3. The Digital Divide. Yes, it does worry me. Even in a decile 9 school such as mine, there’s a wide range of access to technology – and the skills to use it –  both inside and outside of school. Not every family is the same; not every classroom is the same – (why) should they be? What are we doing to raise both access and skills to a reasonable level for everyone?
  4. eBooks vs pBooks. I don’t care that the Horizon Report says “1 year to adoption” for eBooks. See 3 above. The simple fact is that both will have to co-exist in my school library for the next while – we’re talking years – while problems relating to access, and availability of quality eBook content catches up with what’s possible for my library using print books.
  5. Social media. My own primary school-age children are online more and more, and there’s just no avoiding social media. They blog at school. They play Club Penguin at home. My 11 year old asked me a few days ago if she could join Twitter, and I had a very interesting chat with some of her classmates this week about being yourself online – would you tell lies online? would you tell lies in real life? They need to talk about this kind of thing, not just at home, but at school too. Give them access to social media at school, and be there to help them learn how to use it responsibly.
What are your thoughts about these? How do you address these problems proactively in your school library? And are there other conversations you’re sick of having? What makes you want to throw up your hands and say “Could we just move on already!!?!”

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