Friday, April 15, 2011

Cynthia's Project Continued

New Project

Out of the 200 sacred heart schools I am the only one who is doing this. Need 100% commitment. starts in Sept. with a workshop in citation. The need 6 sources. We subscribe to Questia. We did history first. All the students choose their own topics. Choose a topic that you will learn something new. I told them that their lead teachers may run out of ideas so come to the librarian for more ideas.

I always emphasize that I am here for help. They are supposed to connect their topic within a discipline. History: sacred sounds. You have to have 100% commitment and support of the administration. It is an extra job for the teachers and librarians.

It is a requirement. It is a 1/2 day workshop. It has been going for 12 years. I'm the resource advisor now. I emphasize the use of primary sources. I wanted them to learn the difference between primary and secondary. It is due in April and they invite their parents to the presentation.

The sacred heart schools act as a consortium and share resources. They all have one IP range. They are buying less nonfiction and more fiction. Questia is serving most of their needs. Her kids like the print better.

Darwin Project

What would Darwin think of genetic engineering..... was one of the questions. Very interesting.

Sacred Heart Presentation continued

Cynthia is going to talk about the high school program:

Every year each teacher selects a goal. This year I selected building community. We invited four finalists, a priest from the vatican, a professor, science author, and Nobel Prize winner.

The Darwin Project. WAtched a movie about the project where the four speakers above were brought together and the kids discussed Darwin's theory of evolution.

They had the panel appear before the students and discuss the ideas. The students where then allowed to ask the panel questions. This was then continued in the classrooms with lessons in science, art, theology, etc.

friday live blogging: sacred heart school presentation

200 plus sacred heart school around the world. They are connected with each other and they do exchanges. There is a lot of networking and they are still in a familiar environment.

recently, they set up a global dance project. EAch school did this. There is a website where you can see each school's video. We used the same music, slow build up and then a back and forth of everyone dancing.

Cute video, with all the different schools and kids dancing. Builds a sense of community.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

fourth session paperless: brian Thomas

collaboration with teachers for paperless research assignments: wow that's a boring title. (his title, not mine! 8-)

Schools with strong libraries and strong collaboration between fac and librarians had better student achievement. colorado ststudy what is it about collaboration that makes it a positive?

Patricia Montiels model is more doable and simple. It's measurable.

model a


Model b:


model c: integrated instruction

model d; integrated curriculum

Obstacles: Biggest: time.

Cloud computing is good for collaboration. when time is a consideration, you do need to look for asynchronous solutions.

favorite tool is google docs and google apps

24/7 libraries continued

stealth marketing


let us be your info retrievers

course catalog: researchnotetaking, etc, Yudu....

They use moodle as well.

We use camtasia to record content. cost $92 dollars. for video.

Academic integrity tutorial. combines steps to avoid it. Has video, collaborated with teachers. They feel involved in the process. I think we will go and break out cheating from plagiarism.

teacher features::

24/7 library continued

All of our stuff is public.

There is a gale mobile app. Accessmylibrary: only have to authenticate once! if they go to new york once, then they can get into all of NYPL for ever!

We have seen an increase in authentic assignments. Students are in a mock senate trial.

The school has their own live stream channel. they have their own channel. it helps with storage space issue.

We recorded our parent meetings and put them up for them to see if they couldn't come.

Media 21: stem science technology math and engineering. We are also getting rid of print textbooks. we are looking at teachers creating their own curriculum.

Stem curriculum comes alive: above project was taking the construction project and making it a stem project.

Bringing faculty onboard. twitter as a personal learning network.

professional development: 23 things

She would do 10 things now. Do it differently if she did it now. She got 77 people to sign up. Her incentive was that they could wear jeans every Friday.

You dream it...

we will build it for you.

we will help you use it.

we will learn something new together

this is our job.

third session: 24/7 library

by susan geiger and and anne arria

1:1 laptop school
blended it and library staff
fully networked

managed not locked down network.

philosphy: yes kids are distracted, but they will learn how to handle it.

We were able to reinvent our roles as librarians. Our mission is the same.

transliteracy: is the ability to read write and interact across a ranage of platforms tools and media from signing, orality through ....definitation from wikipedia.

The use flat screen ads: book covers,

Their students are auditory learners.

They use QR Codes: quick response codes. each one has a you go to the link, it creates the QR code and you can create the parcode for the smart phones to use! google QR generator. Free apps for smart phones. QR reader for app for your smart phone! Don't link to a film. Test it on your mobile.

great way to collaborate with English teachers.

We have a facebook. We try to post regularly.

We do wikis. We consider ourselves to the be technology leaders. WE do it for them if they don't know how.

Rachel continued

"it must be so hard for teens to focus all day if it is hard for me to do this for 2 minutes"

For instance, I teach freshman, freshman seminar. I do a lot of things that aren't a part of being a librarian. 14 year old boys, teaching them meditation, we are int he drama room, and I hear something. Someone had thrown a ball at another student during meditation, but I had to be in the meditation moment and they were waiting for me to be mad. I just rang the bell. I was modeling the behavior. The more that you sit and do that, particularly as a mom, the more you can be open and be there. I also realize how many mean things you say to yourself. I'mnice to myself now.

We want them to be self reliant and empathetic, etc. How do we get there when they feel tottered when they don't have technology? Mindfulness and meditation helps with that. Some have become full on buddhists. Some just know about this tool and they will always have it and can use it in times of need.

The last thing I'll say is that this conference called Wisdom 2.0, google, facebook, etc. were there. These were not my people. They also had the big names in meditation there. They were talking about how tech companies are teaching their employees meditation. But while there is a commercial component to why they are doing it, it is a good thing for everyone to know.

after meditation

sit up straight, close eyes and find your breath

she rang the bell thre times. focus on the sounds and if you have any thoughts, bring them back to nothing.

we sat for 2.5 minutes.

Bell at the end.


second presentation

rachel shaw the bay school the mind unplugged

kids think of technology differently.

We don't teach them how to pay attention, we just tell them to pay attention.

Mediation is a path to pay attention. In brain research Monks have an area of the brain that is used more because of their meditation practice than other people. So at the bay school we meditate.

The bay school started 7 years ago. He had a vision of a secular high school that took religion seriously. We have a buddhist priest as our chaplain. We have meditation every morning. It is within our curriculum. We aren't a magical high school, but it is something inherent in the school culture. it's like prayer. For us it is mindfulness. Many teachers start their classes with meditation.

We will now try meditiation.

Abilock continued

A good rule of thumb might be to mind the gap between when it happened and when it was first reported.

rule of thumb: look for doctoring.

do an evaluation of journal article in science.

evaluate wikipedians: use their tools. who the contributors are and use the wiki dashboard. And use wiki trust.

Different kinds of contirbutors. sometimes it steers coverage.

take a look at grady harp in amazon. see how ha reviewed so many books!!

Twitter decides reputation by voting.

our job is to show them where to put their effort.

read the checklist manifesto! great book.

push back on brand loloyalty teach corroboration with factoids.

design assignments that have kids becoming civic contributors to wikipedia.
go to noodle tools. click on 21st literatices and click on who knows what


Debbie Abilock's Presentation

Member of BAAISL for many years and is wonderful! Has her finger on the pulse of independent schools.

Who Knows What... A school-wide lens on Evaluation

This will be online and I will give you the link at the end.

WE have a problem. Everything is misc. China completely censors every word that comes out of a news anchors mouth.

When we use the fake examples, it's a gotcha. It doesn't translate into real learning. Or we give them huge checklists with lots of acronyms.

new research on kids:

these are debbies words.

credibility switches based on point of view.

credibility also changes with expectations

credibility changes with sosource

credibility changes with your need

kids understand flexible criteria but they search by popularity when they use google

It is also important that librarians teach their parents!

Underpinnings of her program

Manta: educate and encourage and empower girls. We do use it like a mission statement although it isn't one for us. We are using it for a framework for teaching notetaking

Another underpinning is the AASL 21st century learning standards.

Used the terminology to send out to parents in the monthly newsletter!

Pat Basset wrote a letter in Independent Schools and we used it to create some Paradigm Shifts:

move from teaching to learning....
20th cent finite and knowable
21st exexpandable so 21st cent homework....skills skills skills....useless to us!!!

The system that works for us is that the girls is at the center, ....too fast....

working on a child center scheme to plan curriculum.

Programming in Your Library (Delmar Burke Library)

Moving into this new library, we deciding to use this library as an art gallery. We display art by female students. We have four computers dedicated to our online access catalog. 24 laptops in a laptop cart and seating for 72 and can accommodate 140. Students visit for researcerh. K-8 grades. 40,000 items in the collection.

Head of school: Library is the center of our campus. It is the heart of our school. It is the hub of what goes on. What is the future of libraries and information. We are at the cusp of a change. We need to honor reading and the love of reading. I'm a fan of the library. we make a big push for supporting the library. We provide food for thought among teachers, parents, students. Welcome! We are thrilled you are here. Librarains susan faust and Helen wily we are so proud of them and the job they do.

Susan faust's presentation:

the library is a learning center. we work closely with teachers. it is in our institutional DNA. Art science, classrooms, library, technology. Our program has proceeding on two tracks: literature and art. literature appreciation. We guide them to more adventuresome reading and more thoughtful reading. We ask them to read in more categories. we ask them to respond to their reading in different ways. Ask them to have a literary frame of mind. another way we foster this is through author visits. The visit is tied to something going on in the classroom. another major part of the theme for this year has been the idea of play. In many ways we have played that out this year in activities this month. We did one school one poem. Played hide and seek in the library. the other piece we pursue is information literacy. We do this K-8. Information needs, note taking etc.

We also want to deal with social responsibility. We created a human timeline of wilma rudolph's life as an example. Right now we have 4th framers trying to nominate someone to the hall of fame. The girls are putting their reports on the iPad. their reports are iBooks.

thur. live blogging attempt 2 Katherine del mar burke school

Introduction of Joyce, the Delmar Burke Librarian. She is also President of BAAISL. The local network of schools (over 100), Joyce has been responsible for many workshops, etc. she has been pres. for two years. She wanted to do something special for this conference.

Joyce: About 3 years ago, Tevis and Debra came to a BAAISL and said we have an opportunity and we should bring AISL to the Bay Area. I couldn't be more happy to see you all here. Stand up Tevis and Debra. They have been wonderful. I want to say, we want to have you have a little flaver of san francisoo. We are going to have a raffle of five California raffle of baskets with wine, books, etc. and we will pull it at end of the conference.

Susan is going to talk about programming in the library. and then a talk from Debbie Abilock.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Common Sense Media

!5% of the educators are librarians who are using their materials. They do have info on research and info lit and copyright.

Common Sense Media closing statement

goal to empower young people to be safe respectful and responsible.
comprehensive: safety/security: digital citizenship; research, and info lilit collaboration: harvard graduate school of ed
target: k-12 sstudents alignment NETS, AASL, ELA, ...

kids said to be successful: don't be cheesy!

Framework: yourself, friends and family, community. Most stop at protecting yourself. Key is to get out to the outer ring and do all three rings.

AISL 2011 Live Blogging Experiment first session

We are at Branson School in San Francsisco listening to a gal speak about Common sense Media and digital literacies. They take a comprehensive approach to media education. They do a l ot of reviews and then share them. Librairans have disagreed with them, but they do have a group that agree with the review component that they have on their site.

They also deal with sexting, cyberbullying, media images, etc. Schools are looking to them for help. They are also looking at advocacy and privacy issues. They want digital literacy and citizenship is on the radar for legislatures.

How many of you are doing work on digital citizenship? What is Digital citizenship?

Respect of online behavior. Treat them the same as your would treat them face to face.

By virtual of being born in this world you are all dwellers in the digital world. A DC in csm is someone who can make safe ethical and ....choices (spoke to fast) There is a balance. We try to help stuuents harness the full potential of technology. This is an in a more informal context.

From an informal context, we are talking about gaming, downloading, researching, socializing, creating, texting.

I'll talk first about the Net Effect. It's about whow the media landscape has shifted. The baseline is that there is an enormous scale about how kids are approaching tech. FAcebook: 600 million members. equals what country the #3 country in the world. Far bigger than the USA. Our students are engaging in this world. They don't know who they are communicating with.

They have no concept of the scale of the audience of what they are doing online. Because the audience is invisible. There is a disconnect between audience and person posting. if you are putting someithing out there you lose control of it. Cyberbullying is part of that loss of control. Things are replicable. Relationships are changing. Things are searchable. They need to know that things can be found and that they can be persistent once posted. College counselors can search for things you posted in high school.

Not only is it searchable, it may have been archived, cached, downloaded, etc. You may have taken it down, but others may have it. The digital footprints may be positive or negative. We need to be helping them leave positive footprints.

YOu are helping them create and be creators.

You want them to be able to show a digital profile that presents a portfolio that is positive.

we need to teach them about using them responsibly. It's about building a leadership team and identifying goals. This is really for a whole school. You want to include faculty, parents, and students. Add the guidance counselor. Who is responsible for this? Determine who this is. Meet regularly. This can't be done in one meeting. Define your Digital Citizen. create your mission statement and identify your goals. then develop polcies and procedures. consider comlince issues. May not apply to indepenet school as much. make sure the policy is comprehensive. make sure it is differentiated by grade. who has responsibilities for what areas. refine your acceptable use policies. make sure it is understandable!!! AUPs are usually written in GREEK.

Educate across the entire community. FAculty, parents and students.

Take an empowering approach.

They have resources at their website. Parent media education program. They have surveys.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Joyce Valenza's Libguides

[Note: You can Poster Yourself at the ALA Website (something I discovered by looking at Joyce's Libguides). ] I have to admit that there are some people in the world who make me tired and a little depressed. Joyce Valenza is the main one.

She is pretty amazing, just scroll down her library's website and you can see all of her awards. Her website is chock full of interesting things, and it seems like every new Web 2.0 tool that comes along is just another old notch on her gun belt.

How does she do it? I don't think she sleeps. At all! Ever.

It's the only explanation. Of course, she could have a towering intellect and an amazingly organized mind. I did hear her speak at an Association of Indepedent School Librarians conference several years ago, and she is pretty brainy and organized as well as super nice. It was overwhelming, the sheer number of things she does and knows about. Dutifully, we all took copious notes. Then as we all were leaving her very energetic and amazing talk (it truly was spectacular, don't get me wrong! Funny, insightful and informative.), it hit us. We aren't Joyce Valenza. It's as if we all became a pack of Eeyores. Our heads dropped, our voices became whispers and our pace slowed to a crawl. One of looked at the others and said in a moan, "We can't do a quarter of what she does!" The rest of us just patted her on the back and moved along in silence.

So I was actually feeling a little good about myself when I started playing around with Libguides. Springfield didn't have any libguides. She hadn't found that playground. But it was only a matter of time. She's like Mad Eye Moody. She sees everything! You can't keep any neat technological advance from her.

This morning, one of our IT coordinators stopped in to tell me all about Joyce Valenza's AMAZING LIBGUIDES on WEB 2.0 TOOLS.

Thanks. I think I will kill myself now. But I went and I looked at them, because she is the guru of all things and I do respect her. I, even in my most small and humble way, try to replicate a teen-nitzy portion of the things she does.

Imagine my surprize when I saw two other names on the libguide! Two other people created the libguide! Two other people! Not Joyce!

You know what this means? It means that she might sleep after all!

It means that there might be hope for all of us!