Friday, October 30, 2009

Use Google Doc Forms for Instant Feedback

Erika Eich and I have been collaborating on a presentation on October 31st for the 2009 ISLMA Conference, Embracing Change. Our focus was Using Google Docs, especially forms, for student feedback and teacher collaboration. The New Trier Library pages have many examples of how we’ve used this tool, including surveying interests before a project, assessment, and reflection after a project is completed. We’ve even used this feature to help students “Ask a Librarian”.

There’s much from which to choose, but here are some of the other resources we have found:

Official Google Docs Blog
Google Docs for Educators
Google Docs Video from Common Craft and presentation from Google
Google Docs tutorial from Michigan State University
7 Things you should know about Google Apps from EDUCAUSE (March 2008)

So create an account OR login here and have fun experimenting!

An Ode to the Internet's Big Bang

Forty years ago , two guys in California sent a five-letter message over a primitive computer network. Enjoy Public Radio Morning Edition's "shout out" to this event and see just how far we've come.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Library 101 is here!

Do you know about the Library 101 project?

The event took place at Internet Librarian October 28th in Monterey, CA where Librarian and Michael Porter (aka Libraryman) and Librarian/Author David Lee King launched the Library 101 Project.

Check out their new website. I thought the Libary 101 song was quite annoying but am looking forward to reading several essays which support the needs of librarians trying to navigate the "still-emerging landscape" of changing technologies.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Howard Gardner Presentation

Just another quick reminder that Howard Gardner, author of Five Minds for the Future, will be speaking at Gaffney Auditorium tomorrow evening, October 29th at 7:00pm.

More information is available on the Family Awareness Network (FAN) site, including details about the Parent Discussion Groups to be held November 2nd.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Google sites --collaborative web page making

Google Sites makes it easy for anyone to create and manage simple, secure group websites. You can create and publish new pages with the click of a button, edit web pages like documents.

Monday, October 26, 2009

A School Library Journal Must Read

If you have not yet seen this article, be sure to read, “Things that Keep Us Up at Night” by Joyce Kasman Valenza (JudyG’s guru) and Doug Johnson (speaker for our copyright session at ISLMA last year).

It makes many, many provocative comments on topics of importance (e.g., use of space, copyright issues, social media, reading, intellectual freedom and more) to the future of librarianship and has generated quite a bit of debate, much of which is linked from Doug Johnson’s Blue Skunk Blog and Joyce Valenza’s NeverEndingSearch Blog. This article seems sure to be a topic of conversation at ISLMA and AASL.

Consider adding your own comments to one of those blogs or add them right here. As you read the article, what’s an idea that strikes you?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

A Teacher's Guide to Web 2.0

This was originally posted in early September by Sacha Chua:

Beyond Google

Read Beyond Google: 15 Tools and Strategies for Better Web Search Results

Shared by teacher Richard Byrne with a shout out to Joyce Valenza post on Twitter.
Wouldn't have found it without Twitter.

Engage Your Students With Facebook

Presentation for ISLMA October 30, 2009

Visit Prezi for a preview!

Learn how to use Prezi --great Flash CS3 presentation software.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

PBS Webinar

From the PBS web site: PBS Teachers is hosting a free webinar for educators on Thursday, October 22nd at 8 p.m. ET to showcase its recently updated website. PBS Teachers relaunched during the summer of 2009 and continues to roll out new Web 2.0 functionalities and new and reorganized content. The redesigned website makes it easier and quicker for educators to find appropriate instructional and professional development resources from across all PBS' education services.

During the webinar, PBS Teachers staff will provide a tour of the site, including search and browse functionalities that let educators access resources related to PBS on-air and online programs and information on exclusive content such as the PBS Teachers Activity Packs and Media Infusion blog.

Friday, October 16, 2009


Another new tool: PopScreen

I discovered this on Twitter via Joyce Valenza.

Bookmark your favorite tv shows, movies, webcasts, news clips, music and viral videos from hundreds of online sources in one location.

PopScreen makes it possible to...

* Save videos to watch them later and never waste time searching for them again.
* Keep tabs on your favorite live web shows and get notified when they are on air.
* Share and discover videos between friends, family and colleagues effortlessly.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

How can we help students who procrastinate?

What do students say about Wikipedia?

Project Info Literacy: Student frustrations with research

What do students say about frustrations in conducting research in the digital age? The video's content is drawn from the PIL Discussion Groups, held on seven U.S. college campuses during fall 2008. Public service video (June 2009).

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Received an invite yet? If you do, invite me to Google Wave

What is Google Wave? It's succinctly described as a forum by one commenter who recently viewed the YouTube video.

The Mashable website reports on ways to procure an invite to Google Wave which has the "potential to change the web".

The beauty of how it simplifies email and makes it more collaborative is easy to understand in this video (which has been re-tweeted 939 times!)and viewed on the YouTube site 175,707 times since October 2nd:

I have applied for an invitation, but haven't heard anything yet. When you get an invite, invite me into your discussion.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

More Google Search options

Google is rolling out 8 other search options available to everyone today. Those include the ability to search within a specific date range, shopping site filters, a visited pages filter, and an option to see only results from Google’s book, blog, and news search tools.
Any time
Recent results
› Past hour
Past 24 hours
Past week
Past year
› Specific date range
To: ex: 5/23/2004

› Sorted by relevance
Sorted by date
› Standard view
Related searches
Wonder wheel - -check this out!
› Standard results
Images from the page
Prices from the page
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