After attending the YouTube Summit this past year, I had been inspired through the creativeness from the content designers and the standard of videos available.
Welcome to the 11th episode of the Tech Educator Podcast hosted by Jeff Bradbury, Sam Patterson, Jeff Herb and Jon Samuelson. The Tech Educator Podcast
Very helpful insight into Google Hangouts, how they work and how to use them. (1 hr. podcast) Resources too.
“The Tech Educator Podcast is a weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational technology.”
#elemchat #spedchat #literacy
A nice resource for “Readers’ Theater” scripts. Also you will find teacher resources and plans to go along with them.
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Readers’ Theater Resources and Scripts Nice collection of resources (if I do say so myself). 🙂
This past week we had our annual state library conference in Columbia, SC. SCASL: Impact @ Your Library‘s primary focus this year, under the leadership and excellent planning by Anne Lemieux, SCASL’s president-elect. The conference focused on how we as librarians can impact our learning community and prove it.
The conference began for me with a ride down to Columbia, SC Tuesday, March 5, 2013 right after school. This year I could only attend two of the three day event. Since I’ve had so many professional days prior to this IMHO “must attend” event, I either had to take my last personal day to attend all three days, or opt for just two. I attended Wedneday and Thursday, saving Friday for my upcoming trip to the TLA conference in April. THAT Friday is my last personal day. Decisions, decisions. So hard to choose sometimes. Because I decided so late to actually get a hotel (thank you Priceline for finding me a great hotel in the Harbeson area for $50 a night!!) I decided I’d go on down Tuesday afternoon. The plan was to head to the Convention Center and help set up. Ha! I arrived just in time to be kicked out at closing time. No great loss though. I went to dinner with Heather Loy, our SCASL current president. It was great to catch up with her, as she has been a close friend for a number of years. We ate dinner at a Copper River Grille, and they seated us right in front of a fireplace.
Wednesday – Day One at Conference
I began my morning by hooking up with my friend Jennifer Tazerouti, fellow board member and “AuntieLibrarian.” As part of the SCASL Board, we had to set up displays representing each of our committees. So we scurried around getting all our gear inside and set up. We found out that Kevin Merritt (an honorary conference husband is what I like to call him) was celebrating a birthday, so Jennifer and I went to a gourmet cupcake shop (Cupcake Down South) to get him a birthday cupcake. (Of course this was conference planner and SCASL pres-elect Anne Lemiuex’s idea, so I must give proper attribution here.) Anyway a group of SCASL Board members and conference planning committee presented him with a candlelit gourmet birthday cupcake along with a serenade of “Happy Birthday to You!” I had a chocolate mint cupcake that was divine!!
Kevin Merrit – Your PD Credit Tracking Expert
Who is Kevin Merrit, you might ask. Kevin is a technology specialist who works for Greenville County Schools, but each year helps SCASL out with its tracking system for conference attendance. He programs the scanners, dessiminates our tracking cards, makes sure each session has a volunteer to tack attendance, and once conference is done, downloads the data so that each attendee can receive a personalized record of the sessions attended at conference each year. A group of us always arrange dinner out with him. This is why we like to call him our conference “husband.” It’s wonderful that SCASL has devoted people to help us each year. Kevin is a dream come true. When we return to school, early next week we will receive in our email the session attendance record to turn in for documentation and recertification credits. Kevin, I hope you had a wonderful working birthday!!
Board of Directors Working Lunch
Midday Tuesday we had our annual board meeting at conference which was a working lunch. Heather, as president, presented us with a gift of thanks that will come in SO VERY HANDY at future conference-like events. It’s a badge holder pouch that can clip onto the belt, the bag, or be worn around the neck. It can hold a few personal items too (like a cell phone!) Score! It’s a great gift that will be used for a long time (at least for me.)
Preconference Session With Keith Curry Lance
Next I attended the Pre-conference session presented by Keith Curry Lance. It was slam full of data and statistics, and it along with the online discussions the group had engaged in left me thinking I am not doing enough to show I impact my school. I need to make more connections numberwise, and make sure my administrators know what I contribute to the numbers they count on! So much to process from this session. Inbox me if you want to get access to his slides and such. Very thought provoking. I know my money was well spent to attend this, as we learned at conference that South Carolina (through SCASL and hopefully some other funding sources) are in talks with Dr. Lance to do a South Carolina Study of Library Impact.
The Grand Opening
At the opening of the Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall, we committee chairs and board members hung out near our displays, trying to encourage visitors to become more actively involved in SCASL through committee volunteer efforts. I was excited to have several sign up for Regional Network. I am ecstatic to report I was able to fill a vacancy for the Regional Network. Now I am GLAD I made a display and talked it up to visitors.
Near closing for the Grand Opening, we had an adventurous crowd engage in a SCASL version of the Harlem Shake. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out this video. Special thanks to Valerie Byrd-Fort (aka Library Goddess) for organizing and leading it, and Marty Fort (hubby) for recording it. It’s a Youtube sensation!!
Wednesday’s Dinner with Friends
Wednesday evening I had dinner with many friends, including Steven Reed (and wife), Heather Loy, Fran Bullington, Amy Conkleton, Ellen Bunch, Jennifer Tazerouti, and more. We had a larger group that included Tamara Cox, Kim Hearne, Monique German, and more, but our group was too large to be seated together. We ate at the Blue Marlin down in the Vista area (walking distance from the convention center.) I had the yummiest Shrimp and Grits ever! It wouldn’t have mattered if we had gathered around a hotdog stand, the fun comes from gathering with friends and like-minded, job-alike educators. We had a blast. The funniest part of our evening was when one shared about some potential censorship happening in their library, all over ads that have caused a stir from the Sports Illustrated magazine. They actually appear in several magazines, but have taken notice in this library. After looking them up on our phones, we laughed until we cried. I won’t post any pictures here, but you have to go look at them yourself. OMG, how do we as school librarians squash censorship, yet protect our innocent students! Anyway, some of us laughed until we cried and caused quite a commotion at the restaurant. Can you say librarians gone wild?
Thursday Begins – The Eye-Opener Session
For my eye-opener session at 8AM, I attended Michael Giller’s session “You want to stick that where?” Michael really knows how to grab the attention of the audience through titles–did that one grab your attention? His session focused on the many databases his school offers to students, and promoting them to us. I tweeted out how much I love to hear students and teachers say how they use them, and Michael provide the perfect balance of this in his session. I must confess I left with an immediate desire to talk to a rep at ArtStor. With Common Core coming, this will be a nice addition to our digital collection AND I know the art department will be ecstatic.
The Daring Librarian “Replacement”
Jennifer Tazerouti performed beautifully to the tune of Comic Life, GoAnimate, and Edmodo as she amazingly pulled together a last minute session to replace Gwyneth Jones’ early morning session. Gwyneth was slated, but unfortunately for SCASL, was snowed in by the latest snow storm to slam the east. Jennifer talked us through the cool applications, even pulling directly from Gwyneth’s flickr pictures to show us samples of the resources. With such a lively red head leading a session, I’m not sure those who popped in late realized we didn’t have Gwyneth. Jennifer was AWESOME. I’m thankful she volunteered to fill in for Gwyneth. I have to share a COMIX that Jennifer says I inspired. You see all the time I am sending messages via our SCASL networks about links, websites, and more they might try out. I also promote the TL Cafe, even though lately I myself have been too busy to virtually attend (so glad they are archived!!) Jennifer showed this in her session, telling everyone I was in the third caption–that was me letting everyone know about a TL Cafe that was featuring Gwyneth and Comic Life! LOL. I love it, Jennifer. Click the graphic to see and read it. I am in square three!! Just like me!
First General Session
Keith Curry Lance led us in his keynote through the various library studies. How awesome is it that SC is endeavoring to engage him in a Library Impact Study in our state? Stay tuned to SCASL for details. Fingers crossed that it comes to be.
SCASL Annual Business Meeting at Conference
Several things were addressed in the business meeting, and I hope I don’t misrepresent anything. Memorable were the motions that carried unanimously:
- SCASL has decided to waive membership fees for students who must join to be on the book award committees.
- We also changed some terminology in the bylaws; most memorable is that the Executive Board for SCASL will now be known as the Board of Directors.
Second General Session
Since Gwyneth Jones didn’t make it to SCASL (and I hope we are already in talks about next year!!) we were lucky enough to already have on site Dr Linda Karges-Bone. She gracefully stepped right in when asked, even though she hadn’t come prepared to lead a keynote. NONE of us left disappointed. Her research and books were well received, and having her lead a surprise keynote got many excited to have her at our author signing later after the genreal session. SCORE. SCASL really lucked out with Dr. Bone there to help us out. Be sure to read about her using the link above, and if you want to see her content on Edmodo, the group code to join is amt12g. In her folder on the Edmodo group, she has many resources shared there. These would be awesome to show any administrator or to use to lead a staff development, but it would probably be BEST just to invite her to your school or district. She was awesome and very thought inspiring. Here’s a link to a much better summary of the keynotes.
Other Fun at Conference
After the Second General Session, attendees were given time to go to lunch (on own or at the Awards Luncheon), explore the exhibit hall, head over to the Author signing area, and attend the University of South Carolina’s Alumni Tea. Surprise visitor’s included Cocky and the retired Dr. Dan Barron, who led the keynote at the Awards Luncheon (which I didn’t attend.) Attendees were delighted with the visit.
My Final SCASL Session
My final SCASL session was my own, a meeting for the SCASL Regional Network. I shared what I would like to call “The State of the State Address” for the Regional Network. It’s been a bumpy ride this year as I took the reins of the Regional Network, but overall I am pleased with our accomplishments. Here is the slide set I used in our meeting, which was very productive.
A final get-together
I did go to dinner with so many friends before leaving. We all went to Long Horn’s, another short walk from the convention center. Best, Long Horn’s WAS able to pull enough tables for us to sit together. I sat within good talking distance of Heather Loy, Fran Bullington, Kelly Knight, Jen Chesney, and visiting authors Heather Birch and Sophie Jordan. It is so enjoyable to interact with author’s as they talk writer’s craft. Also at our dinner, friends who joined us included Susan Meyers, Michael Giller, Tamara Cox, Kim Hearne, Carla Nash, and Kevin Merritt. (I think I’ve included everyone.) We had a blast, and I’m sure our waitress did too.
At that point I drove back to Spartanburg so I could reunite with my much missed family (at least the ones at home: hubby, two cats, and a dog) and prepare my body and soul for a normal day of school Friday. I was sort of dreading returning to work Friday when my heart wanted to be back in Columbia, but thanks to Twitter, Facebook, Edmodo, and good friends, I felt like I was able to enjoy it some, even from my little spot in the upstate (at Dorman). Best, during that before school time when we have around 120 students in the library, I had a few ask me where I’d been. So there. That tells me I was missed.
Tweets about “#scasl13″
Science videos. Not all appropriate for classroom use but most are. Interesting collection.
- Best ed tech / resource sharing blog – Free Technology for Teachers – Free Technology for Teachers
- Best group blog – The Nerdy Book Club
- Best library / librarian blog – Teen Librarian’s Toolbox
- Best individual tweeter
My friend and neighbor to the north, @AuntyTech (aka Donna Baumbach)
- Best twitter hashtag #wonderofwonder
- Best free web tool
- Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast & Best use of an educational wiki
K12 Online COnference 2012
- Best open PD / unconference / webinar series & Best Educational Use of a Social Network
TL Cafe every first Monday of the month. folowed by a Twitter chat the second Monday of the month.
I traveled to Fort Worth, Texas April 25-27, 2013 to the Texas Library Association Conference for the purpose of sharing the AASL 2012 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning. Here is my slide set used.
In my presentation, I started on this PowerPoint, then moved over to one of the winning tools, Projeqt, and finally returned to my Powerpoint. Hindsight, I wish I had just put the remaining slides planned after the “Projeqt” in the actual BWTL projeqt I created. I was so happy with my projeqt set, I never even went back to my powerpoint slides where how to nominate a site, how tog et in touch with me, and the rest of the sldies were. Sigh. I don’t think my audience noticed. But I was really mad at myself when I realized I hadn’t included that.
- AASL 2012 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Slideset
- My online handout
- Nominate sites
- Download AASL BWTL Resources (bookmarks, etc.)
- Previous Winning Sites
A special thanks and shout-out to AASL BWTL12 Committee Chair Heather Moorefield-Lang! Heather allowed me to use her “Projeqt” from our ALA session. While in the end I created my own, I did base it off much of the one we used at ALA< including some of the videos.
Get your #Creativity Groovin’ with Disney Create free online apps! (50+) Create art, comics, flipbooks, animation, song/video mashups and more.
#digtalstorytelling #artchat #literacy #edtech
Disney Create Apps are terrific! You can paint, create comics and mashups, animate your art work and if you register you can add your work to their online gallery.
Below are just a few of the 50+ apps..
All included in Paint/Draw/Create Online
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NGA for Kids (awesome!)
Artsonia (great for project ideas)
This is a great idea and it really works. I’ve used it many times.
Play and learn online with the Strange Matter of Materials Science.
“What’s materials science? You could call it the study of stuff! Just about everything you use every day – the shoes you wear, the dishes you eat from, the CDs you listen to, the bike or skateboard you ride – it’s all made of different kinds of stuff.”
This is a really interesting site geared for kids gr. 5-8. “Strange Matter” features online interactives as well as fun things to do in the classroom.
Downloads and guides included for teachers.
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This little creative interpretation of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” takes on a definite library slant and is so cute! It is making its rounds on our SCASL Library Listserv, and very much worthy of sharing!!
“Christmas Wishes”Written by Frankie Adkins, ML, NBCT Professional Storyteller President Ex-Officio North Carolina Storytellers Guild PO Box 295 Honea Path, SC 29654
‘Twas the month of December, and all through the school
The kids were excited; the teachers were, too.
The sun, it was shining; The weather was warm.
When from the library there came a loud cry!
“Oh goodness! Oh gracious! Oh what shall we do?
We have just too many books overdue!
We’ve sent out the notices to no avail.
What do you suppose has caused us to fail?
The semester is ending, the holidays neigh.
Why, St. Nicholas soon will fly through the sky!
We have an idea – What more can we do?
We’ll make an announcement to say, please won’t you
Bring your book back today, or as soon as you can,
So we can get on with our holiday plan.
Look under your bed. Check in your locker.
Maybe you’ll find a book. Won’t that be a shocker!
And all of the books will come back like they should.
That’s the end of this poem. (Don’t you think it’s quite good?)
So bring us a present, but not one you bought.
Your overdue book is the one that you ought.
Then go sing some carols and deck all your halls,
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Have a Cool Yule you all!”
I’m tickled to share my newest collection, “My Sweet Valentine”. Hope it puts a smile on your face.
Penguin in Cup, Bear in Cup, Cup, 7 Candies, 3 Polk-a-dot Papers (red, purple, yellow), 1 Flower Frame, 2 Heart Tags, 1 Scalloped Heart
17 large png images
Commercial use welcome! Hop on over to my TpT store to learn more.
Also don’t forget to grab my Valentine’s Day freebie.
That was one of the tweets I read this morning. I arrived home late last night, weary and worn from my two day whirlwind at the Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference. The conference began earlier in the week, but I couldn’t snag the days for the entire conference, so just scheduled myself to attend Friday and Saturday, the last two days. I was an invited guest speaker, giving a breakout session on AASL’s 2012 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning.
As you can tell I did not take many photos. I think I walked around more star struck than anything!! When I agreed to come and be a guest speaker, I had no idea the sheer size of this conference! In conferring with my shuttle mates on the way back to the airport Saturday afternoon, I found out that TLA (or TXLA, as some called it) is the largest library conference behind ALA Annual. Yeah, it was definitely LARGE. For general sessions there was a humongous ballroom set up to seat well over 3000, and then another location to serve as an overflow room. WHAT? Yeah, they have to have overflow rooms since everyone attending cannot fit into the general sessions.
Just two days
I didn’t arrive until LATE Thursday evening. I worked Thursday, and then booked it over to Charlotte Douglas to catch my direct flight to Dallas-Fort Worth. Despite the issues surrounding airports with traffic controller layoffs, both of my flights took-off and landed on time. My only travel issue was upon return, when I could not remember where I parked my car. All I could remember was “long term one” and somewhere CLOSE to the entrance. LOL, yes, I walked up and down a few rows in the RAIN looking for my car. My electronic key’s battery was weak, so I couldn’t just “flash” my lock lights. I had to walk around a good bit in cold and dark all alone. That was a little unnerving.
TxLA’s slate of speakers floored me. To discover my friends and rock star librarians (Joyce Valenza, Buffy Hamilton, Shannon Miller, and more) were speaking too put me in such a tizzy! Being a guest speaker too, I was in GREAT company. I must thank Mary Woodard of TXLA for inviting me AGAIN. Buffy had two sessions and Joyce had two. I attended one of each which I will share here.
The Flipping Librarian
I went to Joyce Valenza’s session titled “The Flipping Librarian.” She absolutely flies through her material, and her handout is essentially her libguide on the topic. Since I already understand the concept of the flipped classroom approach, the biggest take away from this session are some of the tools used. I can’t wait to create and embed playlists in some of my virtual spaces using MentorMob. It is going on a nomination for AASL’s Best Websites for Teaching and Learning too, cuz I’m going to nominate it. Another I liked from the session was “Digital Libraries to School Libraries,” which lets librarians identify digital content, generate metadata, and ADD it to their OPAC so it can be searched in their system. How cool is that?? Another idea/takeway: Use google hangout to archive discussion/instruction in flipped classroom. Maybe Google hangout should be a BWTL too!
Buffy Hamilton talks about MakerSpaces
How could I do it justice? As usual her session was very thought provoking. Her ease with the topic amazed me, and she gave PLENTY of different examples, from small scale to big scale (where libraries have purchased EXPENSIVE 3-d printers to use in a “makerspace.” Her tip for those just beginning the concept: Start small. Here is her slide set. Be sure to use her embedded links.
Shannon’s visit to Fort Worth was sponsored by Mackin, where she was slated to speak at the after hours dinner. I luckily snagged an invite to the Mackin Dinner. She did a very informal speech using no powerpoint or slide, but rather a simple yarn necklace with 10 notes. She was fabulous. Her speech was about making yourself as librarian indispensable and vital in your school and community. Shannon shared 10 ways to make inroads with your school and community, tips that implemented can go a LONG way to making you indispensable in your school. I tweeted some of them as she spoke, so check out my twitter feed for Friday, April 25, 2013. Here are a few I was able to tweet:
- Join Twitter; cultivate a PLN
- Model and teach digital citizenship to students, faculty, and community
- Be a collaborator! Work to develop collaborative working relationships in your school community.
- Make inroads with admin; be their friend as well as TL. Develop a relationship.
- Be linked to student learning. Be linked to your standards. TLs have a birds eye view to plugin here!
- Be at every table plug your skills on at every meeting in your building.
- Be inspiring to students, teachers, & community Be creative; show the power of connected learning.
Friends, old and new
Wow that sounds so harsh! My friends are NOT old. They are just experienced. At TXLA I reconnected with Sue Fitzgerald, my librarian friend and predecessor at Dorman High. Sue looks wonderful!! I can’t believe I didn’t get a photo op with her. I think she came to my session too. I spent a good bit of time Friday with Carolyn Foote, who I met for the first time in Atlanta at ISTE 2007 (NECC then.) The last time I saw her was in San Antonio-ISTE 2009. We copresented with Joyce Valenza at the first Educon in Philadelphis that January. Much of our friendship has been virtual and online, so it was WONDERFUL connecting face to face again. Carolyn presented at TXLA, but it was on Thursday before I arrived. Read about her session (iPads in the library) on her blog.
I also made a new friend. Nancy Jo Lambert attended the Mackin Dinner event and sat beside me. She was one of the TXLA award winners, being named a 2013 TASL Librarian MVP Award for her most AWESOME library website. We laughed at the “Jo’s” sitting together! There is so much power in connecting with like-minded school librarians. The networking at conferences like this is SO addictive. At times it is hard to choose between hanging out with your PLN and attending much needed PD through wonderful sessions. And TXLA13 had SO MANY to choose from.
Speaking of sessions…
Want to see the handouts that are available now? Click here. I’m sure more will be added in the days to come. My own is not listed here yet, though I submitted it. I was told then it would be added after conference. I will be posting my session material on my blog soon.
Okay it is difficult to explain how many authors were at this conference. This picture might do it a little justice though. You can tell from the author signing schedule there was a lot of competition for attention. This is yet another reason I walked around star struck!! Just look at the author signing schedule and activity posted in the Exhibit hall. I usually do not stand in line for author signings, but I decided to pay for and get Ruta Sepetys’s book Out of the Easy because she will be visiting our school in September. Most of the authors also had time in their publishers booth AND in panel sessions throughout the conference. What a treat to actually talk to Ruta Sepetys face to face! I attended several of the panel sessions of authors too.
Neil Gaiman – Last General Session
Listening to Neil Gaiman close the conference was the very best treat. I heard from veteran TXLA attendees that this was the first year they had a really BIG NAME closer. There was speculation as to whether or not folks would stay. I have to say the room was slam full (and remember the general session ballroom looked to hold about 3000 people.) Neil Gaiman definitely made folks stay for the closing and his closing speech was so worth it.
Great sessions, visiting authors, book signings, and more. The power of TLA and TASL coming together annually to put together such awesomeness has inspired me. I know SCLA and SCASL have worked together before Maybe it’s time to revisit that idea. This conference was just awesome. I’ll close with these two tweets, one by a middle school TX librarian, and one from Neil himself that she retweeted. Sums it up perfectly!! Magical. Yes, Neil, it was.
New addition to Amazing Animal Webcams Livebinder…Twins!!! Watch Andean bear cubs and their mama Billie Jean live.
Make sure you turn up the volume when you tune in to watch. They are very noisy cubs.
Born Dec. 13, 2012 at the National Zoo.
Included in Amazing Animal Webcams under the tab “seasonal finds”.
Doodle for Google is now open for submissions!
“6th annual U.S. Doodle 4 Google competition, inviting K-12 students around the country to create their own “doodle” (one of the special Google logos you see on our homepage on various occasions). This year’s theme: “My Best Day Ever…”
Learn more here.