Top 10 from 3/1/2010

Please go to new blog for “alive” links

1. Improve readability of web pages Drag to bookmark bar. Click when you get to a page you want to read and useless stuff disappears, text becomes black on white in decent size, pick format (do that before dragging the tool to your bar).
2. 12 essentials for technology integration
3. Facebook guidebook
4. V like vintage search – historical search images
5. Comparison of social learning networks
6. Ten TED talks
7. Google wave new official video Google Wave
8. Future? – “Constant partial stupidity” – at least not another weird new Web 2.0 word
9. Google chrome- making an impact
10. Social networking summary

Relocating – moving blog from Edublogs to WordPress

Edublogs is great, but my free version is running out of room. Find instructions at and also has a fun write up on photfiltre. So far the transfer of text to has been easy. I have not copied images yet. I am still working out reconstructing widgets and other multimodals as it is not the same process- not even sure it can be done. The themes are different too…

Ten more titbits

1. Youth Books-Cybils Best Books, Movies of the decade – Barnes and Noble Peachbook Award
2. Predictions 2010
3. Digital writing ning
4. IWB ning
5. Engaging learners
6. ReadWriteWeb’s Top 5 Web Trends
7. Google Search Evolves
8. Future of Writing
9. Untweeping
10. Vokle for online events, hosting shows, teaching class

Giving up can be good

1. Give Up!
2. “Partial Agreement and Refocus” V smart comebacks
3. Twitter for Teachers in 15 minutes
4. Best teaching books of 2009 including free book download– “Teaching as a subversive activity”
5. Relevance? Is your Library a grocery store or a kitchen?
6. Humor- 2009 USA review
7. Kill your online footprint
8. Sweet search engine for students
9. Library customer service Resolutions
10. Library staff- front and centre

Nappy Yew Hear – What next? Will Apple’s islate be the kindle killer and google’s plans for schooling

1. Apple’s islate- The kindle killer ?
2. Using Web 2.0 tools to teach “The Outsiders” use of stupeflix to create Greaser culture – bit like Animoto- though it looks like its function of finding images for you is no longer working – copyright?. Used Penguin style action book maps using google maps and streetview (picked town) and then wrote descriptive stories from google streetview from character point of view. Penguin digital storytelling with google maps
3. Reclaim your brain – GTD Getting Things Done And Evernote or Action Method Online
4. Googlios -eportfolios
5. Steal this preso- copyright
6. Inteteresting Google/student search article
7. Useful Lesson about putting your name on writing to help prevent plagiarism
8. Google taking over?
9. Great resources from the National Library
10. Digital Radio has landed in Australia, but will not play on normal radios – see reviews

Top 15 for today

Many of these resources come via twitter, so thank you to the generosity of those who post new resources there.
1. Nifty PowerPoint technique
2. Orientation in Second Life -first half pretty much says it all – 18 mins
3. Blogging improves writing
4. Create your own online magazine Here is another version of an online magazine- very easy
5. “…School District is on the verge of eliminating all of its library media specialist positions over the next three years… to move its librarians into the classroom to become teachers, replacing them with support staff. See
6. Comparison of ebook readers
7. Research on teachers
8. Instructional Strategies that work with videoconferencing – ways to use in class- 15.5 mins Classroom instruction that works- there IS time for Web 2.0 Monster Exchange
9. If you host it they will come- running an online project Alice project the magic of google forms
10. Options for building your teacher website and why YOU should 20mins, easy – Weebly wix yola harder – Komposer
11. Manage passwords
12. Tools to create online tutorials
13. Digiteens: Digital Citizenship by Digital Teenagers
14. Whither ePortfolios students already publish online using Web 2.0 so should these creations should be acceptable for assessment? – includes Mahara. 33 mins
15. Moogpal in Action Moodle + google + drupal (powers websites) 22 mins
The IASL conference is in Brisbane in 2010, and our school library will be on the tour list, so here are some new and not so new photos of our Libraries.

Top 20 for today :)

Great quote It’s not information overload. It’s filter failure.” – Clay Shirky

1. Using E-Books to Motivate Pupils Writing -students make ebooks and publish at and easyspeak microphones 15 mins. allows uploading a pdf file for conversion into an online magazine. Link to samples Colin Hill recommends free online private diary. Here is Colin’s blog very nice page design.
2. Netbooks – One device or many?
3. Releasing movies “free” online,8599,1950005,00.html?xid=rss-topstories
4. Tricky – If an assignment can be plagiarized, it’s probably not very exciting or engaging, much less valid.
5. Another free gadget – Snapshots
6. Web 3.0 (still catching up on Web 2.0)
7. 10 greatest free apps –what would your choices be?
8. Big for 2010 -big blue button?
9. Virtual environments – one of my exploration goals –
10. Way of the future -open online learning-
11. Wikipedia for schools
12. Web 2.0 tools A-Z
13. Fast video to MP3 conversion
14. How to find anything online Have just changed from IE to firefox-all good so far
16. Inexpensive games improve student reasoning
17. Vote for best books of 2009
18. Twitter is great for PL – twitter lists
19. News images, google books
20. “Teaching students to handle Web 2.0 privacy” by Mike Hominck

2009 The year that was…in our Libraries

Inspired by Cathy Nelson’s review of her professional year , here are highlights of our Library year. Already, planning is underway for 3 major new projects for 2010… It was hard to draw the line to keep the list concise, so the many competitions and usual Library activities have not been specifically mentionned.

February The Library entrance was constrained due to the Aquinas building project, but the lift was completed – great for students on crutches who want to use the Potter Library and also book deliveries. The inaugural textbook collection from Potter Library over the Christmas break was a success. All Year 10s received netbooks. A Library card is no longer needed to borrow (so long as there are no overdues).

March We moved to Word 2007 and Word 2007 References using APA. The Library website moved from Dreamweaver to Moodle, allowing many interactive activities. Teachers and students can now check current loans, loan history, and make reservations and one renewal, online, via the library catalogue. The annual Parent Support Your Daughter evenings were held for Year 8 parents – with hands on instruction provided for parents in use of Library and other online resources.

April Author Andie Griffiths visited the Middle School. The Library implemented a “Big Ideas, Action Planning” model.

May Students competed in the Year 8 and 9 Readers’ Cup Competition, organised by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. This year we had 2 teams, plus our reserves also competed in a mixed schools’ team. Students met author Jack Heath there. The Middle School participated in the MS Readathon and the Gold Star Reading Club hosted by Brisbane City Council Libraries. A representative from the local library branch at Brisbane Square addressed the girls at Middle School Assembly.

June In the last week of term, all Year 8 and 9 students were addressed about referencing in Word 2007 and new features of the Library catalogue in Claver Theatre, plus some Web 2.0 tools. The Middle School Readers’ Cup was held. Workshops were offered for staff on using turnitin and Word 2007 referencing, plus internal Professional Learning (PL) for Library staff.

July Moodle/turnitin integration now makes plagiarism checking for staff and students MUCH easier. A new database was completed where students can share book reviews on Moodle. The Library Procedures manual was “refreshed” and launched to stakeholders. Students were given the option of Library service to pay for lost books instead of paying fines.

August The inaugural Terrace/All Hallows’ Book Odyssey was held for Year 8 and 9 students. Author Pat Flynn and Fiona Steiger from Avid Reader Bookstore made presentations. Library staff offered book trailer workshops for students at lunchtime. The Middle School celebrated Bookweek, Book Safari with wonderful displays, competitions, activities and the Terrace/All Hallows’ Safari Trivia Quiz participated in by 156 students. We competed in the Secondary Readers’ Cup final, our first one – author, Jackie French, was quizmaster; so a very interesting event.

September Over 80 students taken to the Brisbane Writers’ Festival and listened to a host of authors, including Pamela Rushby, author of “When the Hipchicks Went to War” which features the school. Also, all students were invited to listen to author, Michael Bauer, after school in Claver Theatre.

October Harry Potter Day was a big success with many great costumes seen throughout the day. The external Library blog was started at Author Pat Flynn came to the Middle School.

November A life size poster of Robert Pattinson was a big attraction in the Potter Library.

December New Co-curricular Copyright license for showing movies announced – yay! A break up was held for the Year 8 and 9 Book Club, after a very successful year, and another one for the library parent and student volunteers – thanks so much for your help. Video removal was completed. The Potter and McAuley libraries were culled, and the stocktake was largely completed. Blogging workshops were offered to teaching staff, and more internal PL was provided to Library staff. Our new “Big Ideas, Action Planning” model worked well in furthering Library team operations, and the year ended with 2009 reflection and 2010 planning. Holidays – hurray!!

Managing time more effectively

“Organisation Learning and Technology Collide” (short- 14 or so mins) Ben Grey makes some wise points about effective time use, though who needs other distractions when there is the internet? See Argyris’s theories of action are not unlike UBD – plan and operate with the end in mind.

Saving time and managing information – Diigo, Twitter, Blogs and Netvibes To keep up with new online resources try diigo. Diigo makes it easy to use twitter to share professional resources. Many professionals check twitter irregularly like once per day, not all day– not unlike email – it has great professional collaboration uses– but there must be moderation and effective use – it is not possible to follow everyone.
Diigo demo video – saving time
Diigo webslides
With diigo, decide if personal or public use – do you want the world to see your bookmarks? Blogs help manage personal professional learning and information – easily searchable; and netvibes helps manage reading other blogs through RSS.

Web 2.0 on excursion Very accessible and practical examples of how to use Web 2.0 tools from Chris Betcher – See related resources at

Various New Web 2.0 tools Great infographics Future work planning

Make your own widget with glogster

Glogster is very useful for creating posters, indexes, and graphic interactive webpages. Glogster can also be used to create your own blog widget that is just a link to a website as shown below right where the spider links to the public part of my netvibes site.

And here is an amazing very recent glog from Joyce Valenza used to navigate the many google search tools

Self-driven and Classroom-based: Professional Development in the 21st Century

Another excellent presentation from the k12 conference. Konrad Glogowski discusses (30 mins) how teacher Professional Development must be reflective and classroom based to be effective, and teachers need to learn WITH other teachers and their students. Every classroom must be seen as organic and places of inquiry where teachers research their own practice. Teachers need to build learning with 2 or 3 other teachers they follow, not thousands. To grow as professionals, teachers need to be able to identify why they make choices and decisions, and reflect on what is happening in the classroom, and evaluate these.

Literacy, text to speech conversion and chapter summaries

Web 2.0 tools can be used to help with editing and proofreading. An important part of editing and proofreading can be listening to how work sounds. It appears text to speech has been removed from Word 2007. This interesting literacy site suggests a plugin to fix this at More at which highly recommends wordtalk.

Newtools suggests for coverting text to speech. It was easy and worked fine. Here are reviews of free text to speech software and and I tried and it just stalled, so not sure if this is normal. This site was easy to use but appears to have only a mechanical voice in the free version. Some of the software is limited in amount of text that can be downloaded.

Another Web 2.0 literacy tool idea is using comic strips for novel chapter summaries. Students can be allocated a chapter in which they have to summarise the main information of a chapter in four frames of a comic eg. ttp://

This document summarizes some handy Web 2.0 tools.…/1/5/…/21_things_assignments_revised9-11-09.doc
Thank you to for some of these ideas.

Notes and links for “The Wizard of Apps”

New 21 Century Research (Information Literacy) Skills – What does it look like? Joyce Valanza’s “the Wizard of Apps” presentation exemplifies new information literacy directions.
Here is the presentation with singing
Here is the corresponding slideshare version

Please click here for a file with notes from the presentation and the websites for further exploration.

To read more about the presentation Link to presenter’s K12Online Ning Profile page
Briefer version of the presentation
Virtual Library:

Other resources
Response to horizon report
On finding Finding Dulcinea

Weakness for widgets

As you can see from this site, I am fond of widgets. I have just added retaggr and widgets to the right sidebar for comparison, and have not decided one which to keep. They have slightly different standard add-site options – retaggr does not have google as a standard choice – how strange. These are online business cards,which may help keep track of one’s collaborative sites…one hopes.

Great free online conference

The K12 Online conference : Bridging the Divide, is currently happening online and has some excellent presentations.
For example, The Virtual Heroic Journey shows how to use graphics, animation and google maps to stimulate writing heroic stories. There are also great presentations on geocaching uses in education, and OpenSims which is open software similar to Second Life.

These and many other presentations can be viewed at your convenience, or attend some live events – all free. You may need to sign up. The email alerts are good too.

Using Web 2.0 for poetry analysis

This year I used wordle with students to help analyse the poem “Dulce et Decorum Est..” The oucs site below is also interesting and highlights analysis of how words are located in relation to other words.

Putting Web 2.0 in practice

The following video is a wonderful example of putting Web 2.0 in practice in a Year 7 Asia unit. You may need to sign up first at Jean Moore and Robin Beaver show a unit that combines glogster, gmail webchat, and a webquest, with the video created in prezi. They also show a student using glogster for maths.

Another great exemplar is Anne Robinson at

Her library renovation is inspiring, as well as use of Web 2.0 tools to implement her library program. She shows this in a voicethread presentation with links to flickr. The use of netvibes for language news is a great application as shown at:

And here is yet another youtube video about why teaching needs to be heading in this direction

the role of the teacher librarian will be very different in the future…?

This post title is attributed to a quote from from the Manager Library Services, Ed QLD ( Post titled BER in Queensland: New Libraries But No Books or TLs? ) So who will determine what the role be like in the future and how can teacher-librarians contribute to these determinations?

The Hub also reports: … 35% of government school libraries have no teacher librarians. Approximately two thirds of all schools have either no teacher librarian or less than one Full Time Equivalent (FTE) working in their school library. After the Northern Territory (5%), Tasmania (50%), Western Australia (almost 60%) and Victoria (65%) have the lowest number of TLs employed K-12 across all sectors. Instead there are high numbers of library technicians in Tasmania and Victoria and library officers in Western Australia.

These are very challenging times for teacher-librarians and I have submitted an article to Access that I hope will contribute to positive discussion about the future role of teacher-librarians. Unfortunately, not all Principals or Education Departments are supportive of the ideals of teacher-librarianship, but neither are all teacher-librarians. Similarly, the low level of teacher-librarian staffing at Australian schools should be promoting discussion about where school teacher-librarianship should be heading in the future. Efforts to connect with employers on this topic need to continue.

An example of this was the “Creating Future Libraries” Conference, an
initiative of the Brisbane Central West / Brisbane North Future of Libraries reference group.

This was a one day professional learning event designed for teacher librarians on October 19, 2009 at the State Lirbary of QLD. The event involved presentations and discussion starters from Education Queensland eLearning Branch, Brisbane Regional Executive Director, Chris Rider, State Library of Queensland staff presenting new initiatives of the State Library, and SLAQ and ASLA presidents discussing National Standards. The day was designed to have important future perspectives information about the teacher librarian as the information, knowledge and media specialist, positioning the library as a vibrant learning hub of any school, and all teacher librarians from State and Independent schools were invited, though the invitation to private schools was quite late.

However, this event was somewhat “one way” with teacher-librarians who attended largely present in a listening capacity. ASLA is certainly making efforts to promote two way dialogue, as is The Hub blog with its Campaign for Quality School Libraries in Australia. However, they require support and contribution from the teacher-librarian profession if we see our role as essential for a quality education for Australian students. And this includes support from those of those of us fortunate enough to work at supportive schools, like All Hallows’, who value teacher-librarianship and school libraries.

However, there also needs to be realisation that there is a vast difference in the resource capacities of schools across the education sectors and across Australia – so how can teacher-librarian skills be accessed by all students? This may mean quite radical “new technology” solutions.

Read more at:
AEU Teacher Librarians and School Libraries Policy 2008 (2009). Letter to the Rudd Government. Retrieved December 12, 2009, from ASLA:
Broady-Preston, D. J. (2009). The information professional of the future: polymath or dinosaur. Retrieved December 12, 2009, from Caval:
Oxley, C. (2009). Diminishing respect for teacher- librarians. Retrieved December 12, 2009, from Discovery 2.0:
BER- about buildings –
Parker, M. (2009). Writing on the wall for library revolution. Retrieved December 12, 2009, from Daily Telegraph:
The Australian School Libraries Research Project
The Hub blog – member contributors. (2009). Retrieved December 12, 2009, from The Hub-Campaign for Quality School Libraries in Australia:

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