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Cybersafety – With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility!

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Teaching about cybersafety is the responsibility of every teacher.

Carey Leahy‘s insight:

We all need to take this information on-board for personal and professional purposes.

See on resourcelinkbce.wordpress.com

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Creating a path – to find!

Wiki Pathfinder for Year 7 History Unit

Wiki Pathfinder for Year 7 History Unit

Wow, found this missive has been sitting in the ‘Drafts’ section for some time and thought I should get it out there!

The process of creating a pathfinder was challenging yet satisfying.  The task really brought relevancy to the kinds of collaborative teaching and planning that a TL can do with classroom teachers.  Ideally, the TL and the teacher together would identify the inquiry topic and assessment tasks, then research the types of resources that would be needed for these specific tasks and the level of language literacy ability within the student group.  Agreement will have been reached about the content of the site and which pages might be interactive for the students.  The ‘editing’ ability for the T and TL would need to be agreed too.  The focused selection of appropriate resources and task-specific information saves countless fruitless hours of ‘Google’ searching.  More time will be spent assessing and using the resources that have been evaluated by a TL as being uselful, relevant and authoritative. Access to a pathfinder or learning website would be a great reference for students and staff as they progress through the unit and whole research process.  The interactive features allow ‘feedback’ information the be considered for evaluation of the learning and effectiveness of the tool.

Although on this occassion, I didn’t produce this pathfinder in collaboration with a colleague, the process of planning and creating the site was a valuable learning experience for future use.  Creating a template for the pathfinder has now given me a format to use as an example for future reference.

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Free Technology for Teachers: On YouTube You Can Now Find Free Music to Legally Download and Re-use

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“For the last couple of years Vimeo has offered free music to download and re-use in your video projects. Now YouTube is offering the same thing through the YouTube Audio Library. This library is slightly different than the free music available when you use the YouTube slideshow creation tool. The music in the YouTube Audio Library is music that you can download to use in projects online and offline. You can search the library of music according to genre, mood, instrument, or duration. You can listen to the tracks before downloading them as MP3 files.”

See on www.freetech4teachers.com

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Designing Research Assignments

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Designing assignments to develop information literacy skills via #Drew http://t.co/LGb562TIRi

Carey Leahy‘s insight:

The essential steps inthe research process with the ‘digital citizenship’ factor added in too. Then suggestions for assignment styles that could support the development of the IL skills.

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Bringing it all together . . .

While on my Work Placement at a P-12 college, I noticed that most ‘handout’ and booklet material had included some attribution to the creator.  I decided to go back and have a closer look at Creative Commons and learn how to do that on my own work.  So . . . I now have the symbols on the home page of my blog site and plan to use it on any future work I create. Will discuss this concept with colleagues at our face-to-face TL Network meeting this Thursday and add a similar widget to the TLsConnecting Blog.

Ideas connect and build . . .

Ideas connect and build . . .

Having gone into my ‘Dashboard’ to add a Creative Commons licence to my right sidebar (long overdue), I also noticed that the last 6 blog posts have been completed through my social book-marking connections. Namely – Scoopit and Pinterest.  Both active and visually appealing places where I have RSS feeds finding me links based on topics I’ve chosen.  Every other day I check the links that have been collected together for me and check out the ones I believe warrant closer inspection and then save some of the links and images to my own sites (boards and topics).  Adding the link to my blog site was made easy earlier this year when Scoopit added a ‘pop-up’ that allowed me to send out a tweet about my find and/or place it directly onto my blog site.  I like the idea – seems an efficient and effective way of saving and sharing the things I’ve found.  What these links do lack (since they are placed quickly) is the categorisation and tagging I usually give to my posts.  I need to check in and do that ‘little thing’ – to include them in my ‘searching system’ – as an item within my collection, each is desperately in need of ‘description’ – so I can later find them through their access points!  So, the concepts I’m learning in ETL505 I am able to apply to my own digital collection. Wow, I feel like I am bringing it all together?!*

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Virtual mentor – words from guru Joyce

I first saw this Vimeo clip a couple of years ago – and have revisited it recently as I reflect on how my repertoire of skills has increased; my knowledge has developed and my philosophy on being a teacher-librarian has become more clear throughout my Masters studies over the last 2 years.  I thought it worth embedding within my blog because it is such a powerful presentation of all the things to consider, as I aspire to be a better ‘information specialist’.

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Learning 2.0 – Steve Wheeler’s thoughts

We’ve shaped the development and changes in technology – and these new technologies are now shaping the way we learn.

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