Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Click on the link below to see a tutorial video:
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Can't wait to read it!
"Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, at the U.S. Capitol Building to deliver a lecture, is drawn into a desperate search through the hidden tunnels and temples of Washington, D.C., when his mentor Peter Solomon, a prominent Mason and philanthropist, is kidnapped and the only clue to Solomon's whereabouts lies in an ancient invitation to a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom."
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Google Swirl is Like Wonder Wheel for Images
Google announced a new image search option called Image Swirl. Image Swirl is similar to Wonder Wheel which I've previously written about here and here. To use Image Swirl, just enter your search term as you would in the regular image search service. The results of your search will be displayed in a grid similar to that with which you're probably familiar. Click any image in the grid a web of more, related, images will appear. Click an image in the web and another web of images will appear.
Applications for Education
Image Swirl, like Wonder Wheel, could be useful for students who need a little help diversifying their Internet searches."
Friday, November 6, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Teachers and other staff members turn to me to help them use technology including that which goes beyond the media center and information technology.
I'd doing alright with finding new tech tools but I'd like to implement and integrate them more into the curriculum. I do feel overwhelmed at times, trying to keep current.
I'd like to establish more of a leadership role in my building. The Director of Technology has a committee to set goals for integrating and implementing technology. I'm going to ask her if I can join it. Also, I'd like to start providing regular teacher in-services for Web 2.0 tools.
I've established a good relationship with my teachers, and I'm open and flexible, but I need to be more persistent. I need to show the teachers what all I can do for them in meeting their curricular needs.
I need to put myself "out there" more and take on more challenges.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Goodbye to the days of working with an actual card catalog and printed material; hello to OPAC, digital databases, and Web 2.0 tools.
To keep up with our digital native students with their hypertext minds, I make as many resources as I can accessible remotely. My website and Blackboard course are accessible from anywhere any time. We must promote new technologies that enhance learning. Creative and interactive tools like Glogster and Voicethread appeal to today's kids.
In these hard financial times, becoming a digital pioneer and adapting to change makes us LMS less vunerable to staff cuts. We need to shed the "Marian the Librarian" old lady stereotype and dive into the information ocean!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Free Guide (PDF) Tips for Teaching With New Media
"Edutopia has created a new guide for the new school year. Ten Top Tips for Teaching with New Media is a free PDF download that offers some very solid advice. If you're just beginning to explore the uses of social media in your classroom, this guide is well worth downloading. If you're in an technology integration leadership role, this guide is worth distributing to your colleagues."
Monday, September 21, 2009
Philadelphia libraries in danger of closing are now safe.: "Examiner Bio Philadelphia libraries in danger of closing are now safe."
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Grab your history books, conspiracy theories and decoder rings:
The long wait for a new novel from Dan Brown is over.
To see the full review, click on the link below:
Dan Brown Lost Symbol
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
A library without the books - The Boston Globe:
"“It makes me sad,’’ said Vezina, who hosts a book club on campus dubbed the Off-line Readers and has made a career of introducing students to books. “I’m going to miss them. I love books. I’ve grown up with them, and there’s something lost when they’re virtual. There’s a sensual side to them - the smell, the feel, the physicality of a book is something really special.’’"
Monday, August 31, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Nailed 'Em - Library Crime|
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
It's a blank canvas where you can easily post text, pictures, etc. You can zoom in and out on the objects.
As they say: "Prezi is zooming sketches on a digital napkin. It's visualization and storytelling without slides."
Check it out-you can learn it in a matter of minutes.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
They're divided into 6 categories: Organizing, Content Collaboration, Curriculum Sharing, Media Sharing, Virtual Environments, and Social Networking.
Wonderful Web 2.0 stuff!
See the following link: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aboutaasl/bestlist/bestwebsitestop25.cfm
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I also like the PDF to Word Converter that's available free on-line!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Teenagers today don't really worry about on-line privacy. When asked if they knew that anyone could access their profiles on-line, they replied "but why would they?" That concerns me because they don't realize that invisible audiences look up profiles of job or college applicants, lurkers might follow friends of friends to find juicy gossip, etc. What you say or post sticks around, it never goes away. Also, anything on-line can be copyable and searchable. Today, I came across an AP article Researchers Claim They've Cracked the Social Security Number Code which told how Carnegie Melon researchers could predict SS #'s by looking at the birth dates and hometowns listed on Facebook profiles. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10280614-83.html
These social networking sites are great and a big part of teen life. As educators, we need to teach students media literacy, on-line safety and responsibility. -quite a challenge!
Monday, July 6, 2009
I especially like to get new ideas from Glogster and find out what's coming soon...
Title Detail: "Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (January 1, 2009 (Vol. 105, No. 9))
Pearl’s latest literary historical mystery aligns perfectly with his two previous works, the widely applauded Dante Club (2002) and the equally esteemed Poe Shadow (2006); like its predecessors, the novel is a brilliant, exciting thriller exactingly set in past times and involving mysterious aspects of the lives of famous writers. This compelling yarn opens with a—yes, mysterious—scene set in 1870 India, in the wilds, when a mounted policeman invokes the name of Dickens while chasing a robber. Zoom off to Boston on the same day, when a clerk at a publishing house, who was sent to take into his own hands, for his boss, the advance sheets of the next installment of the recently deceased Charles Dickens’ novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood, is run down by an omnibus on his way back to the office, and the pages go missing. This situation necessitates the publisher’s going to England to attempt to ascertain how Dickens intended to end his novel. Just what do the seemingly disparate parts of the story have to do with one another? What the publisher becomes embroiled in, in London, is far more complicated than simply manuscript detection. A whole world of life-and-death nefariousness awaits both him and the reader, who will be well rewarded."
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Collins gripping, suspensful novel tells the story of sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen, who inadvertently becomes a contender in the annual Hunger Games, a grisly, televised survival competition where young boys and girls are forced by the Government to fight each other to the death.--Talk about Survivor on steroids! Sounds bleak, but it's a pretty exciting read.
This futuristic genre is very popular with teens- Similar titles I'd recommend is Scott Westerfeld's series: Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras.
East of the Mountains. His provocative Our Lady...tells of a pill popping teenage runaway's visions of the Virgin Mary in a Washington forest. Campers hear of her visions and soon through their texts and tweets, summon hoards of religious fanatics who see the girl as an instrument of devine grace. The young priest doesn't know what to believe. Are her visions real, or drug induced? Guterson made me wonder...
This is a culturely rich saga-such a wonderful read based on a true life literary puzzle!