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Dennis OConnor

Smashwords - School Libraries: What's Now, What's Next, What's Yet to Come - A book by ... - 24 views

  • School Libraries: What's Now, What's Next, What's Yet to Come

  • A crowdsourced collection of over 100 essays from around the world about trends in school libraries written by librarians, teachers, publishers, and library vendors.
    free e-book
Dennis OConnor

The Future of Reading and Writing is Collaborative | Spotlight on Digital Media and Lea... - 19 views

  • “I think the definition of writing is shifting,” Boardman said. “I don’t think writing happens with just words anymore.”
  • In his classes, Boardman teaches students how to express their ideas and how to tell stories —and he encourages them to use video, music, recorded voices and whatever other media will best allow them to communicate effectively. He is part of a vanguard of educators, technologists, intellectuals and writers who are reimagining the very meaning of writing and reading.
  • The keys to understanding this new perspective on writing and reading lie in notions of collaboration and being social. More specifically, it’s believing that collaboration and increased socialization around activities like reading and writing is a good idea.
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  • “We find when writing moves online, the connections between ideas and people are much more apparent than they are in the context of a printed book,”
  • transmedia work
  • The MIT Media Lab tagged collaboration as one of the key literacies of the 21st century, and it’s now so much a part of the digital learning conversation as to be nearly rote. In his new book, “Where Good Ideas Come From,” Stephen Johnson argues that ideas get better the more they’re exposed to outside influences.
  • Laura Flemming is an elementary school library media specialist in River Edge, N.J. About three years ago, she came across a hybrid book—half digital, half traditional—called “Skeleton Creek” by Patrick Carmen.

    “The 6th graders were running down to library class, banging down the door to get in, which you don’t often see,” Flemming said.

  • It is not only the act of writing that is changing. It’s reading, too. Stein points to a 10-year-old he met in London recently. The boy reads for a bit, goes to Google when he wants to learn more about a particular topic, chats online with his friend who are reading the same book, and then goes back to reading.
  • “We tell our kids we want them to know what it’s like to walk in the shoes of the main character,” Flemming said. “I’ve had more than one child tell me that before they read ‘Inanimate Alice,’ they didn’t know what that felt like.”
  • Stein says it’s better to take advantage of new technologies to push the culture in the direction you want it to go. Stein is fully aware of the political and cultural implications of his vision of the future of reading and writing, which shifts the emphasis away from the individual and onto the community. It’s asking people to understand that authored works are part of a larger flow of ideas and information.
Anne Weaver

Information Investigator 3 by Carl Heine on Prezi - 17 views

    What if every student (and educator) was a good online researcher?  I know, you don't have the time to teach information fluency skills.  What if you could get a significant advance is skills with just a 2 -3  hour time commitment? 

    Here's a great Prezi 'fly by" of the new Information Investigator 3.1 online self paced class.  Watch the presentation carefully to find the link to a free code to take the class for evaluation purposes. 

Anne Weaver

ALA | Big Six Information Skills - 22 views

  • Several information problem-solving models exist for teaching and reinforcing the research, problem-solving, and writing processes. The Big Six information skills model (Big6) is one that is primarily aimed at kindergarten through twelfth-grade students. This model is intended to foster the acquisition of research, problem-solving, and metacognitive skills through the cooperation of both school library media specialists and classroom teachers. While a strong anecdotal record exists supporting the use of Big6, empirical research support is less evident in library and education literature. This study examines the effect of Big6 on a class of eighth-grade students asked to research and write about events surrounding the African-American Civil Rights movement.
Dennis OConnor

Information Fluency Common Core Alignment - 18 views

    One school districts work aligning information fluency with the new Common Core Learning Standards.   Lots of work done here.  Are you facing a similar project?  
Dennis OConnor

CyberSmart! Student Curriculum - 14 views

  • Over the past year, Common Sense has updated and enriched many of the CyberSmart! lessons and incorporated them into our free K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum available at
    K-12 Student Curriculum Free to educators, the CyberSmart! Student Curriculum empowers students to use the Internet safely, responsibly, and effectively.
Dennis OConnor

Education Week Teacher: High-Tech Teaching in a Low-Tech Classroom - 6 views

    Might help create a blended classroom, even when you have to share the blender.  Common sense advise for the real world of underequipped classrooms and stretched thin teachers.
Dennis OConnor

Wolfram Alpha adds powerful, interactive search results - TNW Apps - 21 views

  • The world’s geekiest search engine (that’s a ‘Computational Knowledge Engine’ to you), Wolfram Alpha has launched a new feature that allows you to manipulate data interactively.
  • This allows you to: interact with your results using sliders and controls; rotate and zoom 3D graphics and visualizations, and manipulate results directly in your browser.
  • “Sometimes being able to change parameters dynamically just enriches what is already rather complete output. But often, it’s what really makes the output meaningful.”
Dennis OConnor

School Librarians and the Common Core Standards: Resources - 2 views

    This is a livebiners presentaion from Carolyn Jo Starkey that presents detailed resources on how the Common Core Standards relate to school library media studies.
Dennis OConnor

The Power of Twitter in Information Discovery | Both Sides of the Table - 0 views

    The author provides a short history of information discovery that provides a fascinating context for the article.  You see the evolution of web info over the paste decade. You also get some true insight on how to consume information using social tools.  Abundant links to web 2.0 apps make this article well worth the time to read (and re-read it).  
Dennis OConnor

Digital Preservation Channel Library of Congress - 0 views

    Description: Digital Preservation is a series of thought-provoking videos produced by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress, highlighting its efforts to develop a national strategy to collect, preserve and make available significant digital content for current and future generations. Learn more about digital preservation at the Library of Congress by visiting
Lissa Davies

sigms - home - 0 views

  • New SIGMS Article in Mar/April 11 "Learning & Leading" Magazine
    "Not Your Grandmother's Library" featuring Joyce Valenza, Keisa Williams, Wendy Stephens, and Chad Lehman
    "New SIGMS Article in Mar/April 11 "Learning & Leading" Magazine
    "Not Your Grandmother's Library" featuring Joyce Valenza, Keisa Williams, Wendy Stephens, and Chad Lehman"
Dennis OConnor

ALA | Interview with Keith Curry Lance - 1 views

  • A series of studies that have had a great deal of influence on the research and decision-making discussions concerning school library media programs have grown from the work of a team in Colorado—Keith Curry Lance, Marcia J. Rodney, and Christine Hamilton-Pennell (2000).
  • Recent school library impact studies have also identified, and generated some evidence about, potential "interventions" that could be studied. The questions might at first appear rather familiar: How much, and how, are achievement and learning improved when . . .

    • librarians collaborate more fully with other educators?
    • libraries are more flexibly scheduled?
    • administrators choose to support stronger library programs (in a specific way)?
    • library spending (for something specific) increases?
  • high priority should be given to reaching teachers, administrators, and public officials as well as school librarians and school library advocates.
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  • Perhaps the most strategic option, albeit a long-term one, is to infiltrate schools and colleges of education. Most school administrators and teachers never had to take a course, or even part of a course, that introduced them to what constitutes a high-quality school library program.
  • Three factors are working against successful advocacy for school libraries: (1) the age demographic of librarians, (2) the lack of institutionalization of librarianship in K–12 schools, and (3) the lack of support from educators due to their lack of education or training about libraries and good experiences with libraries and librarians.
  • These vacant positions are highly vulnerable to being downgraded or eliminated in these times of tight budgets, not merely because there is less money to go around, but because superintendents, principals, teachers, and other education decision-makers do not understand the role a school librarian can and should play.
  • If we want the school library to be regarded as a central player in fostering academic success, we must do whatever we can to ensure that school library research is not marginalized by other interests.    
    A great overview of Lance's research into the effectiveness of libraries.  He answers the question: Do school libraries or librarians make a difference?  His answer (A HUGE YES!) is back by 14 years of remarkable research.  The point is proved.  But this information remains unknown to many principals and superintendents. 

    Anyone interested in 21st century teaching and learning will find this interview fascinating.
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