October, 2009

Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter


The Personal Learning Network (PLN) that I''ve built on Twitter over the past couple of months has become an amazing resource for learning about what''s going on in the educational technology world. I was excited when I had an opportunity last week to present using Twitter as a tool for personal learning to some of my colleagues.

Revising Short Texts and Syntax on IWB

Nik Peachey

WordMagnets is a really useful tool that students can either use alone on a computer, or that you can use in class with a projector or IWB. Here's a short video showing you how to use it. You can download a copy of the video here and copy suitable for iPod here. WordMagnets is a simple tool that allows you to paste text into a field and then click a couple of times to change the text into word tiles a little like fridge magnets that you can drag and rearrange.


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9 Ways to Use Google Wave

The Electric Educator

It has been great watching the stream of potential uses for Google Wave roll in. I wish that I had more than nine invitations to give out! Here are what I believe to be the best potential uses of Google Wave. Some are ideas for specific classroom lessons while others are big picture concepts. I am proud to be able to provide access to Wave for these 9 individuals. Your invitations should be arriving shortly!

The Office: Male Prima Donna

The Daring Librarian

taking a wee webisode video break from AASL prep.i bring you. Male Prima Donna by Subtle Sexuality. "I''m I''m the OG prima donna. My rhymes bite like piranha, Hotter than a sauna, Straight out of Lackawannaaaaaa!" -- Song & Vid available for download on iTunes - photo from iTunes sorry if you had to watch a Disney commerical to get the vid (i *hate the Mouse)and i can''t link to YouTube when the NBC version has better resolution (and is legal).it''s

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Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

Creating an Online Journal for CPD

Nik Peachey

The importance of careful thought and reflection on what we do as both teachers and learners can not be overestimated in terms of the learning process and retaining information in a way that we can actually use it and make it part of our experience and practice.

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Wikis: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Electric Educator

On Tuesday, October 6th, I will be leading a professional development workshop at my school on Wikis. One of the first things I will be doing with the teachers is having them view a 5-slide presentation on Good, Bad, and Ugly uses of wikis. I would appreciate feedback from those of you who are using wikis: 1. How have you seen wikis used effectively? What are common but ineffective uses of wikis? What are some downright bad uses of wikis? Thanks for subscribing to my blog.

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Shaping Well-Rounded Youth in a Digital World


This video profile of 14 year old Virginia from Edutopia had multiple impacts on me. First, I was impressed with the balance this young lady is learning as she conducts her life on many fronts: home, church, school, service, and social.

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Ready to Wave? Invitations Available Here!

The Electric Educator

I was excited to receive an invitation email to join the Google Wave today. I haven't had much time to explore Google's latest innovation, but I am excited about its possibilities. If you haven't yet heard of Google Wave, here's the basic idea: email is now a standard feature of our lives, but it was envisioned nearly 40 years ago. Technology has dramatically improved since then as has the availability of bandwidth. Add web 2.0

Operation Christmas Child - A Simple Shoebox Can Impact a Life!


In the "About Me" section of my blog page, I have a little statement that says there are "no guarantees that a more personal post might not sneak in every once in a while". Well, this is one of those posts! My blog is 99% edtech, but Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is such an important ministry to me personally that it gets to sneak into the 1% non-edtech. OCC is a ministry of Samaritan''s Purse International.

The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

Did You Know 4.0 & Where Are We Going?

The Daring Librarian

In 2007 i blogged about the first Did You Know by Karl Fisch for my parents, teachers & community. because when i saw it (the first one) it rocked my world! back then it was MySpace that could have been the 8th largest company.Facebook wasn''t even invented yet.nor Twitter! we''re still not there in the school system (at least not mine) using social networks FOR us rather than being AGAINST us! i SO admire Web 2.0

B There! A Pining Robot's Plea

The Daring Librarian

or the sad tale of a lonely Clank who wants to go to the AASL conference in Charlotte: Part 1: Clank He can''t join in on the Bloggers'' Cafe.but YOU Can! Join us@the Unconference ! Part 2: Cecily & Clank b there! You’ve registered for the AASL 14th National Conference & Exhibition. Before you start your engines, be sure to take advantage of the b there – Your Virtual Track Pass Web site – the national conference offered in a virtual setting.

GoAnimate.com: MHMS Media Center Adventures!

The Daring Librarian

GoAnimate.com : MHMS Media Center Adventures! by gwyneth Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It''s free and fun! OK, so i''m getting better at GoAnimate! and it really is a WAY cool, user friendly animation studio! that will probably be blocked by my county next week.just as i do any prof dev on it it gets blocked.cause that seems to be the kiss of death for anything cool - like Twitter or Flickr - i share it with other teachers or media specialists and blammo! blocked! rant) ANYWAY.i

Bloggers' Cafe: Animoto Fun!

The Daring Librarian

AASL 09 bloggers'' cafe unconference


Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

The Unconference@The Blogger's Cafe

The Daring Librarian

GoAnimate.com : The Unconference@The Blogger's Cafe by gwyneth Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It''s free and fun! AASL 09 american association of school librarians bloggers'' cafe unconference


NEW Animoto: Get JAZZED for AASL2009!

The Daring Librarian

Great Animoto, Joyce! Thanks for sharing with everyone! It''s hard to watch that and NOT get JAZZED up for AASL in Charlotte! AASL2009 AASL 09 charlotte joyce valenza


#AASL09: Rev Up & Go!

The Daring Librarian

Join IN the FUN EARLY! You Gotta b there! Your Virtual Track Pass. Your one Pitt Stop Chop Shop for all the Cool links to get your AASL Experience Turbo Charged! Ooooer! i''m getting SOooo Excited for #AASL2009! and i have several reasons to be Excited! and like on Seinfeld i''m going to be using a lot of exclamations! so.buckle your seatbelts.you''ve been warned. I''m excited to be one of the conference bloggers (OMWerd, what an honor! no pressure there, dear reader!

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Bloggers' Cafe: The Hepcat Learning Lounge

The Daring Librarian

What is the Bloggers’ Café? The Hepcat Learning Lounge@AASL The Bloggers'' Cafe is the coolest place to hang out at any Ed Tech conference! This was the "the place to be" hub @NECC09! This is where all the cool peeps are going to chill.once you''re there anyway why not stand up and share? In a low key, high-tech, beatnik kinda way - beret & goatee optional. Are you attending the 2009 AASL National Conference in Charlotte, NC?

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

Neil Gaiman and Twittering the Exquisite Corpse

The Daring Librarian

So, yesterday i got really excited about the Neil Gaiman Twitter writing opportunity the Exquisite Corpse.I instantly thought of our Writers Guild and how they could have really gotten involved with the writing experience. However, Twitter is now Blocked in HCPSS. WARNING: Mini-Rant & Personal Opinion Here Not Related to HCPSS or reflecting on them yada yada yada - yeah.i gotta big mouth!

Book Crossing & Pass That Book

The Daring Librarian

Well, i''m excited! The Howard County Library is starting a Teen program that i blogged about on my Media Center Blog called Pass That Book.it''s along the same lines as Bookcrossing.com.i''m m reposting that here because this is a GREAT idea for other Library Media Center & Public Library partnerships! PSST.PASS THAT BOOK! Beginning October 19, be on the lookout for specially marked copies of The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld. Read the book. Register the book''s number at hclibrary.org.

Second Life: Interactive Books

The Daring Librarian

I was very pleased and gratified to have Sir JJ Drinkwater of the Caledon Library bestow upon me a very special bookcase ((I later found out they were FREE for the asking! LOL)).using using scripts provided by the esteemed code poet Sir ZenModo Wormser. This special bookcase is very interactive and actually gives out books that you can read in-world! pray, gentle reader.click on any picture below for a Full Size version!)