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Dennis OConnor

Public Praxis: Interventionist Librarianship - 3 views

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    Here's a media rich blog with some disruptive ideas.
Dennis OConnor

#PleaseHelp: Learning to Write (Again) on Twitter | Digital Is ... - 1 views

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    A writing teacher's narrative about re-discovering a writers process by slowly learning Twitter.  This is a thoughtful account that may lure some who are hesitant about using twitter into giving it a try. (More than a try really, it takes some time for you too find your voice and your audience.)
Dennis OConnor

search-cube - the Visual Search Engine - 4 views

  • search-cube is a visual search engine that presents web search results in a unique, three-dimensional cube interface. It shows previews of up to ninety-six websites, videos and images.
Dennis OConnor

The Next Web | The Next Web - TNW is the International Source for Internet News, Busine... - 3 views

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    A source for app reviews and mobile news that filled with interesting resources. 
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Home - New Tools - LibGuides at Springfield Township High School - 0 views

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    More great resources organized by Joyce Valenza.  You'll find something new and fascinating.  I guarantee it ! 
Dennis OConnor

Facebook, Farcebook, and Fakebook | the daring school library blog - 2 views

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    Clever ideas and good energy from a Library Media Specialist in Maryland with a very strong voice.
Dennis OConnor

How to Search YouTube Like a PRO with Google Advanced Operators - 2 views

  • About 2 years ago (maybe more) Google started operating YouTube search — if you haven’t noticed Google Video Search and YouTube search have even identical (advanced) search options. And with Google coming into play, there turns out to be some really tricky and smart ways to search YouTube using Google search operators.
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MAGPI - 6 views

  • K12 students and teachers are creating unprecedented opportunities for inquiry-based learning by expanding the geographic boundaries of their classrooms - - virtually and cost effectively.
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Tag Team Tech October 2010 - 3 views

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    Manifesto for 21st Century School Librarians
    By Joyce Kasman Valenza
    October 2010
    A couple of summers back a young school librarian, fresh out of library school, asked a very honest question at one of our state retreats:
    We're all doing different stuff. The other school librarians I know are not doing what I am doing. Some maintain Web sites and blogs; others do not. Some have seriously retooled; others have not. In the 21st century, what does a school librarian do?
Dennis OConnor

50 Great Examples of Data Visualization - 3 views

  • Wrapping your brain around data online can be challenging, especially when dealing with huge volumes of information.

    And trying to find related content can also be difficult, depending on what data you’re looking for.

    But data visualizations can make all of that much easier, allowing you to see the concepts that you’re learning about in a more interesting, and often more useful manner.

    Below are 50 of the best data visualizations and tools for creating your own visualizations out there, covering everything from Digg activity to network connectivity to what’s currently happening on Twitter.

Dennis OConnor

14 Ways K-12 Librarians Can Teach Social Media - NeverEndingSearch - Blog on School Lib... - 0 views

  • This is the best time in history to be a teacher-librarian. Major shifts in our information and communication landscapes present new opportunities for librarians to teach and lead in areas that were always considered part of their role, helping learners of all ages effectively use, manage, evaluate, organize and communicate information, and to love reading in its glorious new variety.
     
    A school’s teacher-librarian is its chief information officer, but in a networked world, the position is more that of moderator or coach, the person who ensures that students and teachers can effectively interact with information and leverage it to create and share and make a difference in the community and beyond.
Dennis OConnor

100+ Alternative Search Engines You Should Know | Tools - 0 views

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    As advertised, this site has one of those endless list of links to many search engines you've probably never heard of. It's fun to cruise the list and try some of these specialized se's!
Dennis OConnor

Introduction to Google Forms | Matt Silverman - 0 views

  • Google recently released a revolutionary gem into its increasingly robust Google Docs platform.  Meet Google Forms: a flexible form and survey development interface with built-in reporting.  Why is this significant?  Well to start, it means the days of SurveyMonkey are numbered.  While still in its infancy, Google Forms is the start of an incredibly versatile data collection framework. How long did SurveyMonkey really think people were going to pay monthly fees to store infinitesimal tidbits of survey response data?  Survey data is far from being difficult, nor costly, to store. How to create your first Google Form:
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    This is a very smart solution for online forms. The article details how to create online forms with google. Best of all the results are dropped into a spreadsheet. A great solution for my moodle class signup process.
Dennis OConnor

CyberSmart! - 0 views

  • Two free resources support daily teaching. The free CyberSmart! Student Curriculum empowers students to use the Internet safely, responsibly, and effectively. The free CyberSmart! Educator Toolbar puts 21st century skills into practice every day, with just-in-time 24/7 access to annotated essential resources to support student learning.
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    Free k-12 Curriculum featuring Information Fluency/literacy issues.

    Professinally prepared, available by grade level in pdf format.
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Internet Search Challenge: Coolhunting Web 2.0 - 0 views

  • The basis of coolhunting is that you can use Web 2.0 tools to locate creative swarms of individuals who are developing new ideas before they reach a tipping point. Web 2.0 forums, chat, bulletin boards, etc. (even emails) afford a window into the communication patterns of people who are engaged in creative swarms.
  • That means when searching Web 2.0 for information, at least 80% of people are at a distinct disadvantage. Without being involved in a conversation, they don't earn the trust of the individuals who are involved.
  • I highly recommend reading the book Coolhunting by Peter Gloor and Scott Cooper if you want to know more about social network analysis, swarm creativity, collaborative innovation networks and so on. There are some very powerful search tools in this field that are like Google on steroids. I'll blog about that later.
Dennis OConnor

Simply Google, Google search and service, Google Desktop, Google Earth, Google Video Pl... - 0 views

  • Google is so big nowadays, its very easy to lose track of all the services, products, and pages they provide us.
    Simply Google managed to summarize all of those things into one single page.
    Simply-Google.com is a roundup of every Google search and service out there on one convenient page.
    For those people who don't have time to learn the shortcuts or creating smart keywords, this page puts everything Google has to offer on one page.
Dennis OConnor

10 Digital Writing Opportunities You Probably Know and 10 You Probably Don't | ICT in m... - 0 views

  • On Thursday I finally had some time to sit with our Key Stage 2 (junior) literacy coordinator and talk about how technology can support writing outcomes for the Primary Framework for Literacy.
  • 10 - Myths and Legends Story Creator 2 - a free online version of Kar2ouche that focuses on a specific story type. Classes can have unique logins and they can record audio and build scenes from a set of graphics, their own images can be imported. A great alternative to Kar2ouche and perfect for the Myths and Legends unit.
  • Wordle - I thought this little tool would be great to analyse written stories in the same way Steve Kirkpatrick has done with his class. A Wordle could be a great way to introduce a text - exploring what is emphasised to help understand the type of writing it is taken from. Is it instruction, explanation - how can you tell? Another idea is that the children create a poem as a Wordle, it would certainly be challenging the form of conventional poetry.
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    I've seen the connection between information fluency and writing since my early work researching in the field. Here's a strong blog post chock full of interesting tool recommendations.
Dennis OConnor

ScreenToaster - - 0 views

  • Free Online Screen Recorder

    • Register & use it anywhere, anytime
      No download. Compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, Linux.
    • Capture videos of onscreen action in one click
      Record screencasts, tutorials, demos, training, lectures and more.
    • Share and stream videos online in Flash
      Embed them on blogs and webpages or send them by email.
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    Free online screen recorder: create screencasts, tutorials and reviews in a few clicks
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Just One More Book!! - 0 views

  • Just One More Book is a thrice-weekly podcast which promotes and celebrates literacy and great children’s books.
  • Just One More Book is a thrice-weekly podcast which promotes and celebrates literacy and great children’s books.
  • Each weekday morning, we take a few minutes out of our morning coffee ritual to discuss one of our many favourite children’s books. We also feature weekly interviews with authors, illustrators and experts and enthusiasts in the areas of children’s literature and literacy as well as listener-submitted audio reviews.
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  • Episodes range in length from 5 to 30 minutes and can be played directly from our web page or downloaded to an iPod for listening on the go.
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    This is a podcast driven site that's clearly fueled by folks passionate about children's books. If you're looking for a way to fill your iPod, create a listening center, or tap an audio oriented learner on the ear.. this is the place. They've been at it for awhile and have a deep archive of podcasts about dozens (hundreds?) of children's books and authors. They also do a fine job of explaining the Web 2.0 techniques used to create a web-based community of interest.

    From the site: Just One More Book is a thrice-weekly podcast which promotes and celebrates literacy and great children's books.

    Each weekday morning, we take a few minutes out of our morning coffee ritual to discuss one of our many favourite children's books. We also feature weekly interviews with authors, illustrators and experts and enthusiasts in the areas of children's literature and literacy as well as listener-submitted audio reviews.
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