November 22, 2015

An updated school library mission statement to reflect our updated program!

Just added a third part to our library's mission statement, to reflect our updated program:

Our Library's Mission:
1. to assist students in becoming more effective, ethical users and creators of information; (existing)
2. to foster reading as a life-enhancing skill and pleasure; (existing)
3. to encourage and support exploration, collaboration, and creativity. (new)

This makes official the direction in which we've been heading for the last couple of years, with our fledgling Maker, #TechTalk, and #Unplugged programs.

It feels good to have an updated mission statement that accurately reflects what is happening in our library!


November 17, 2015

Explaining Scary News to Our Kids -- 2 Posts and a Video I'm Sharing With our Faculty

Dear Faculty,

I stumbled on a short opinion article I thought you might find useful: Explaining the News to Our Kids. It's from Common Sense Media, a website I highly recommend. 

Here's another article from Time: How to Talk to Your Kids About the Attacks in Paris

And "out of the mouths of babes", this article: ‘There’s bad guys, daddy’, and the video:


November 11, 2015

Forced to Copy a Google Doc, Spreadsheet or Slide? Preview it First!

+Kasey Bell tells us in great detail how to Force Users to Make a Copy of a Google Doc! here. Simply replace "edit" at the end of the URL with "copy". 

Most of the time I like to look at a document before I copy it. So I simply reverse the process when the "Copy Document" request pops up.

Here's a "Copy document" screenshot from Shannon Long's tutorial in her blog technology rocks. seriously (great title!).

Changing "copy" to "edit" creates a "View only" version, not an editable version as one might think. 

Obvious? Sometimes the obvious looks me right in the face for a very long time. :) Thought I'd share this little tip with those of you who also sometimes overlook the obvious. 

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On this Veterans Day, I would like to extend a sincere Thank You to all of the men and women who served or are still serving our country!


November 04, 2015

Let's Teach Social Media Learning Literacy in the Classroom -- A Hand-Picked Collection of Resources

presented at the Schools of the Future Conference yesterday and thought more educators might find this hand-picked collection of links useful. 


October 20, 2015

13 Study Tips for Middle School Students, from my 13 Advisees

Coloring while we chat

Our student advisory group gets together about once a week, and last week we talked about Study Tips.

Here are 13 tips my group shared:

1. Have your parents time you while you do your homework.

2. Find a partner to quiz with.

3. Try not to cram for tests the night before.

4. Try chewing gum, music, and energy drinks to help you think.

5. Turn off your devices so you won't be distracted.

6. Isolate yourself in your room.

7. Don't overstress about your tests. Always assume you're going to do well.

8. Use an object to help you remember.

9. Do your hard subjects first.

10. Do first the homework you know will take you less time.

11. Do your homework the day you get it.

12. Think of rhymes to help you remember facts.

13. Make up a bunch of questions and then test yourself.

My advisees came up with a great list, I think. Got anything to add?