Last night I responded to a tweet from dmcordell, which in itself was a link to CathyJo's blog post on professional development. I said that "Yes [sometimes administrators limit professional development because] there are days away from work to think about (interruption to schedule, coverage, etc.)" In the example in CathyJo's post, where faculty are… Continue reading Why 140 characters isn’t always best
Today three things happened that got me thinking about privacy: @lbraun2000 tweeted approvingly about this NYTimes article, saying that libraries need to consider adopting this model. I heard about PleaseRobMe, a website that links to Foursquare in an attempt to make people aware of their privacy breaches. (although, as this post posits, it's a case… Continue reading Privacy Thoughts
One project that's come through the library recently is one that a teacher has done for the past five years. It's on slavery, and it's a companion to Lester's Day of Tears. Over the years I've tried to explain to students that there was slavery in the North, that some blacks owned slaves, that not… Continue reading Words Words Words
Radical thinking This past week I’ve been reading with equal parts dismay and anger about the roles of librarians vs. policemen and teachers. The dismay is a “wow – has it really come to this” reaction, the anger is “what on earth is going on “ reaction. Let me explain. Ann Dutton Ewbank posted a… Continue reading Radical thinking
Imagine how happy I was to learn that the Internet Archive included live music. Now imagine how much happier I am to learn that they have an embeddable widget! <img src="http://kwout.com/cutout/m/dd/46/t94_bor_rou.jpg" title=" Widgetbox › Internet Archive: Free Music Widget via kwout Get yours today.
Google's all abuzz with Google Buzz. According to the screen that shows up when I log in, I'm supposed to start sharing my updates, photos, videos, links, etc. with all the other Googlers out there. (quick question: if people have become "peeps" and my twitter friends are "tweeps", will we now start talking about "geeps"? … Continue reading What’s the buzz?
A while ago I wrote about destination fatigue; I've been thinking about this more and more, particularly after a conversation I had with a friend this past weekend. My friend teaches graphic design at a SUNY not far from where I live, and we were talking about preparing students for the World Out There. Their… Continue reading Stop, time
When we teachers/librarians talk about scaffolding, we're usually referring to ways in which we help students get the most from a project (as opposed to just assigning a topic and saying "ok, have fun"). But today I'm not talking about that type of scaffold, I'm talking about the building type. The type that used to… Continue reading No scaffolding
One of the sessions I "attended" at Educon was "Managing Filter Failure: Getting to the Good Stuff". This wasn't about how schools (and students) often miss out of "good stuff" because of CIPA-mandated filters, it was about what we often call "information overload" and what Clay Shirky says is really "filter failure". We talked a… Continue reading Professional clutter