I've already blogged about the Opening Session, and those that follow me on Twitter know how excited I was by the PowerPoint presenters. Despite that, I went into each session hoping for the best and expecting to learn from the presenters. Enable Reading with 21st Century Skills The skills mentioned were nothing new: digital reading… Continue reading NECC09 Roundup (part one)
When danah boyd asked her tweeps to submit questions for a conversation she was having with teens, I asked Do they really care about/use school library websites? Twitter? Pageflakes? Libguides? or only if teacher insists?. The response? Nope, they don't. All but Twitter are categorized as school tools and are only used when absolutely necessary… Continue reading What’s it all for?
I've been reading a number of blog posts and articles talking about The Future. The Future of libraries. The Future of education. The Future of reading. Many of them start by talking about The Future as a post-literate society Excuse me? A what? What does "post-literate" mean? We're all telepaths? No, apparently it means that… Continue reading Back to The Future
Over on NEXTGENLIB there's been a lot of discussion about the US News & World Report article that says being a librarian is one of the best careers of 2009. Some of the discussion has revolved around the fact that the American Library Association tells of an upcoming lack of librarians, a problem they've been… Continue reading Best careers?
I've had some time to digest and rest after the SLJ Summit last weekend. The theme is Remixing Library Collections for Digital Youth (aka "the School Library in 2013"). So, in short bites, here's what I heard/learned/pondered. Pre-Summit: I'm reading Britannica Blog's posts about Classrooms 2.0. One post suggests that all this collaborative learning that… Continue reading The view from the Summit
Along with some of the changes we've made over the summer, we're creating a new K-9 skills curriculum. For grades 5-9, these skills will be intertwined with their classes (in fact, the new 9th grade history curriculum deliberately includes projects designed to train the students in doing research and will bring the classes to the… Continue reading Valuing my independence
When you're in library school, you're taught Ranganathan's Laws and you're taught about the ALA's Library Bill of Rights. These are supposed to guide your decisions and actions as a librarian, no matter why type of library you're in. There's one thing "they" leave off, and it's equally, if not more, important than those two… Continue reading A new mantra
Last night I attended a "conversation" between the Head of Emma Willard and several alumnae about what it means to be global today: is it enough to admit students from foreign countries? what about multi-cultural literature? what should be taught in the history classes?We were asked to think about what global meant to us and… Continue reading What does global mean?
This past week I taught two sections of our sixth grade about "bogus" websites. Some sites were real (like the one I blogged about earlier) and some were clearly fake. The first class met on April 2, so I started the lesson talking about pranks and hoaxes (like Google's Wake-Up Kit) and moved on to… Continue reading Good educational fun
I'm just starting to work this through, so bear with me... I've been at MPOW for two years, and in that time I've implemented some changes. My desk has been moved, we're weeding/updating the collection, there's a massive change to our staffing structure, etc.. One of the biggest - and first - changes was to… Continue reading Irreconcilable Differences