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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

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A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens

Carey Leahy‘s insight:

Lucid explaination for the need for well stocked libraries!

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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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Preparing Teachers to Teach Writing Using Technology

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Technology is changing not only how people write, but also how they learn to write. These profound changes require teachers to reconsider their pedagogical practices in the teaching of writing. This books shares instructional approaches from experienced teacher educators in the areas of writing, teacher education, and technology.

Carey Leahy‘s insight:

Suggestions and examples for teachers at several stages of experience.

Note 4 me – Comic Life information p163.

See on www.etc.cmu.edu

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6 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen

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Teachers really want to the ability to display their iPad or their
students’ iPads on a projector screen. Projecting on a large screen is
great for demonstrations, simulations, explanations, and showing examples.

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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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Compiling the DDC numbers.

The Dewey Decimal System is one of the most challenging of the topics I have studied in the course so far.  Although I am a fairly logical person, I find it quite difficult and at times frustrating to understand the process of allocating numbers after the decimal point in DDC23.

A solution for every challenge

A solution for every challenge

Most schools in my experience, use Schools Online Information System (SCIS) to download the bibliographic information needed for the commercially purchased objects.  Only if items are locally produced will TLs have to allocate Dewey numbers to resources.  On the subject forum students are questioning the need for us to learn Dewey to this extent. However, what better way to understand the principles behind the system, and to realise the value in common vocabularies and metadata than to have to allocate the numbers ourselves.  The use of the online WebDewey to complete study exercises and the assignment is giving us the knowledge and practice that may well be vital to the future retrieval of information for many searchers.

Education Services Australia Ltd. (2013). School Library Services.  retrieved 24th September 2013 from http://www.esa.edu.au/services/school-library-services

Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC). (2011). WebDewey. Retrieved on Sept 24th, 2013 from http://www.dewey.org/webdewey/standardSearch.html

Image: Personal collection.

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Basics of on-line citizenship.

Wow, I’ve finally made a PowerPoint presentation I’m pleased with and uploaded it to SlideShare and now I am embedding it back into my blog!  It’s been a bit of a process – using the software, finding the appropriate images, accurate attribution and acceptable layout for eye-catching publication.  Designed for use with primary students & young adults to consider content and publishing features.

This is such an important aspect of the teacher librarian’s role – to get these ‘safety on-line’ ideas and habits understood happening with all students and teachers.

This is an example of how an ePortfolio can be used as a repository of the artefacts of one’s learning and skill building.  The collecting of ideas and reflections on that development form part of the evaluation process in the learning cycle.  Next I’d like the image to cover the slide and the text to be superimposed.

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