25 December 2010
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04 December 2010
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29 November 2010
28 November 2010
In this session, we look at one simple action you can take each month to get elected officials not only to understand library issues, but to actually do something about them.
Advocacy "guru" Stephanie Vance presents sugegestions for an advocacy calender. The calendar allows for planning and organizing one's advocacy efforts for an entire year and keeps those efforts continual rather than only at the time that budgets are being developed, or when a position and/or program is being considered for reduction or elimination. The advocacy plan is broken down into monthly segments that move sequentially from one activity to another and build upon previous activities. Ms. Vance is very down to earth throughout the presentation and includes examples to illustrate the activities each month. I really enjoyed the presentation and think is would be useful to try.
There are many other grassroots advocacy webinars that focus on a different aspect of advocacy, as well as a three-part online course, "Messaging and Talking with Congress: An Interactive Workshop" offered free to ALA members.
15 November 2010
02 November 2010
29 October 2010
- I wanted to find a site that would help with the practice of typing an author's name and title, with the correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
- The flashcard set had to be accessible simply with a url, without the need to login.
19 October 2010
I just attended a webinar, eBooks and Audiobooks for K-12 Schools, sponsored by OverDrive. Their School Download Library service was explained and demonstrated. The service includes eBooks, audiobooks, video, and music, though, you can select the type of content you want. Two models were explained: One student at a time (content purchased) or Unlimited, simultaneous use (content by subscription). Or a combination.
07 October 2010
24 September 2010
Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the impact of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Find more information and ideas on how to celebrate the freedom to read here, here, here, and here.
The Banned Books Week site has a cool map showing where censorship is occurring.
The National Book Festival at the Library of Congress is another venue for information.
If you are Second Lifer, check out Banned Books Week in Second Life.
Look for READOUTS happening at your public library or favorite book store.
21 September 2010
My favorite was the keynote by Shelly Blake-Plock. He gave many examples of practical and everyday uses of online tools such as Twitter, wikis, blogs, and more. How his classroom was converted to function as a 21st century classroom is amazing!
Two others that I enjoyed and recommend are Richard Byrne's Back-Channeling in the Classroom and Joe Bower's Abolishing and Replacing Grading.
The links for the archived Elluminate sessions are found on the ABOUT tab, MEET THE PRESENTERS. Each presenter has a separate page with information and a description of their presentation with links to their website, Twitter handle, and the archived Elluminate session.
A Google doc, Links-Reform Symposium 2010 , was collectively created to gather links discussed by the presenters or shared in the chat by the participants into one great resource.
15 September 2010
07 September 2010
Paper.li is a site that creates a daily newspaper for links shared on Twitter by user/s, list, or #tag.
Now I don't have to feel like I'm missing anything when I'm not logged into Twitter. I created my own Twitter newspaper and I receive an email with the link to today's paper. Paper.li collects the links, photos, and videos, then categorizes the information into subjects. Just a few are shown on the front page for each subject with the option of viewing all.
Look at mine for an example. Here are some others that I also like: #tlchat Daily (teacher librarian chat); #edchat Daily; and #edtech Daily.
17 January 2010
The first activity of 2010 was a webinar, "Fighting the Filter" presented by Buffy Hamilton, The Unquiet Librarian. Ms. Hamilton's presentation included 13 different strategies to remove the "roadblock of fear," ways to challenge and change filtering policies.
- Establish a conversation with the decision makers in control. Gather your documentation in support of access to web-based information and send it to those decision makers and cc your principal.
- Ensure that filtering policies and procedures are in writing. Volunteer to serve on any filtering policy committee.
- Collect examples of effective instructional practice to include with documentation when arguing for the use of a specific resource or tool.
- Develop a plan for the use of that resource and how it will be implemented.
- Develop a plan for addressing the potential challenges.
- Advocate for intellectual freedom and equity of access to information.
- Become transparent - show why/how the resource makes a difference.
- Advocate for the digital citizenship which 21st century students will need.
- Remind decision makers that students need guided instruction to learn how to use the resource effectively.
- Enable students to voice their needs to decision makers.
- Collect qualitative and quantitative data to support your story of the effective use of the resource.
- Tie your argument to performance standards, i.e. AASL, NET-S, and district/building goals.
- Let students learn how to be their own filter.
In addition to Ms. Hamilton's presentation there was a back channel also happening. Much conversation and sharing took place with Ms. Hamilton and among the attendees. A great suggestion that one attendee voiced was changing AcceptableUsePolicy to ResponsibleUsePolicy.
Ms. Hamilton has gathered various resources including the slides used in her presentation at ISTE-SIGMS Filtering Issues Webinar LibGuides. She also shared bookmarks from her Delicious account here.
If you are not a member of ISTE-SIGMS go to the ISTE Community ning and sign up and then participate in the discussion in the Media Specialists SIG group. See the sigms home's schedule of upcoming activities.
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