December 23, 2010

"Yes, Virginia, Libraries DO Twitter ... "


Sarah Milstein

So many libraries and librarians are using Twitter!

Sarah Milstein's article in InfoToday paints a bright picture of how libraries are using technology to better serve their patrons.


Twitter for Libraries (and Librarians)

I especially like the sidebar describing Twittiquette for Institutions -- excellent advice!

Here's a list of Libraries using Twitter, compiled by Lindy Brown and updated recently (thanks, Lindy).

I received a reply from Sarah to my tweet regarding her article, and here's her reply:  

"SarahM @ Thanks! I wrote that story a while back, but most of the tips (maybe all) all still very relevant."

Yes, Sarah, I will be able to use those tips. Thanks!

So, Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus Libraries DO Twitter ...

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P. S. You might want to ✓ out  The Twitter Book by Tim O'Reilly and Sarah Milstein

December 20, 2010

They're Selling iPads at Verizon!


I couldn't believe my eyes -- they're selling iPads at Verizon? Could iPhones be close behind?

I drove down the hill this evening with my grandson to get the Android X he wanted for Christmas, and came away with the Android, a new water-proof phone for my dad (he's hard on phones), cases for both, AND a wireless keyboard to go with my (actually the school's) iPad. The keyboard is my Christmas present to myself.

Yes, the prices for the iPad and accessories are exactly the same as at Apple. Neil, the super-nice salesman pictured above, pulled up the Apple Store screen to show me.

I'm waiting for the iPhone to come to Verizon, I told  Neil. Me and a lot of other people, I added. Neil's shrugged his shoulders and said he wouldn't know until two or three days before it actually happens, if it happens. 

So for now, mum's the word at the Kahului Verizon. But my hopes are definitely UP.

Thanks for the great service, Neil!

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December 19, 2010

SEABURY READS reaction to "Three Little Pigs iPad App Presents Pop-Up Book Of the Future"

Photo courtesy of Huffington Post


Received a great response from Dr. Heather L. Wittenburg of babyshrink.com, who referred me to her March 25, 2010 article --


Dr. Heather notes that high-tech toys won't rot our children's brains unless we let them. She notes that it's all about balance and moderation -- very sound advice from an expert!

Thanks, Dr. Heather!

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December 17, 2010

Harnessing Twitter as an Interactive Newspaper -- Paper.li for Teachers



2014 update to 2010 post on paper.li: 

Educators are using paper.li to share their Twitter content in a daily (twice-daily, or weekly) interactive newspaper. SmallRivers is the Swiss-based company that created paper.li.

Anyone can easily create (and delete) a paper, which could make for a transient experience. However, there are some Tweeters you can count on being there. And papers created from solid educational hashtags like #edchat and #edtechchat will always be around.

Paper.li content can come from a variety of sources:




The possibilities and purposes are endless.

Could paper.li be used in the classroom? Of course! Think a student newspaper, a compilation of student writing/multi-media projects, for starters ...

Here's a selected list of great education-related dailies already on paper.li:

I recommend that you subscribe to them, for most efficient use of your time.

Papers that curate hashtags:

paper.li/tag/artsed The artsed Daily (Arts Education)
paper.li/tag/cpchat The #cpchat Daily (Connected Principals)
paper.li/tag/edapp The #edapp Daily (Educational Apps)
paper.li/tag/edchat The #edchat Daily
paper.li/tag/edtech The #edtech Daily
paper.li/tag/education The #education Daily
paper.li/tag/elearning The #elearning Daily
paper.li/tag/elemchat (Elementary Ed)
paper.li/tag/engchat The #engchat Daily


paper.li/tag/gtchat The #gtchat Daily (Gifted and Talented Children)
paper.li/tag/globaled The #globaled Daily
paper.li/tag/lrnchat The #lrnchat Daily (similar to #edchat)
paper.li/tag/mathchat The #mathchat Daily
#midleved Daily (Middle School)
paper.li/tag/mlearning The #mlearning Daily (mobile)
paper.li/tag/musedchat The #musedchat Daily (music education)
paper.li/tag/ntchat The #ntchat Daily (New Teachers)
paper.li/tag/parenting The #parenting Daily
paper.li/tag/ptchat (Parent-Teacher)
paper.li/tag/science The #science Daily
paper.li/tag/socialmedia The #socialmedia Daily
paper.li/tag/sschat The #sschat Daily (Social Science)
paper.li/tag/scichat  The #scichat Daily (Science)
paper.li/tag/tlchat The #tlchat Daily (Teacher-Librarians)

Papers created by individuals:

The classroom-teachers Daily (Free Technology for Teachers author Richard Byrne's classroom-teachers Twitter list)
The Cool Cat Teacher Daily Tweetpaper Vicki Davis
http://paper.li/creativeedu The Creative Education Daily
http://paper.li/educationweek The Education Week Daily
http://paper.li/LitChat from litchat.net
The Steven W. Anderson Daily (Web20classroom author)


Want more? Find more papers or people at the paper.li newsstand.


YES, I did create two papers: 

The #GTANY Daily, which looks like a hashtag-created newspaper, but is instead a newspaper created from Danny Silva's public list of Google Teacher Academy New York attendees. I must keep up with what my compadres are up to!

And I just created The Teacher-Librarians Daily, from my public Twitter list of 435+ teacher-librarians that I continue to grow. I must check "the Twitter pulse of school librarians, daily." 

Harnessing Twitter with newspapers like paper.li
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December 16, 2010

L☉☉K -- No Software! Animation Created Using Google Docs

This short Google Demo Slam clip shows what can be done in Google Docs. I'm so impressed!

I think some of our students would take off with Google Presentations.



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December 14, 2010

QR Codes in the Classroom and the Library -- thanks Gwyneth!

Gwyneth Jones The Daring Librarian explains QR Codes and how they can be used in the classroom and library as she does with anything else: with PIZZAZZ!



HOT QR Codes in the Classroom & Library


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December 08, 2010

COOL TECH Sighting in Our Library > Video X 3

Had to share this wonderful video of a person (me) taking a video of one of our students taking a video of a YouTube video.



The reason? -- portability of course.

The student's video was to be used to practice for a history project outside, and if you live on Maui where the weather is mild, outside is a much more desirable place to be!

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December 05, 2010

A Quick Blog surrounding "A Class Divided"

Created this page for our history teacher to access the series "A Class Divided".


The nice thing about this simple set-up is that students can submit comments.

In fact, I set it up so that anyone can comment, but "Always Moderate" is my safety net.

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November 27, 2010

What Librarians Make -- Joyce Valenza Says It All



Inspired by Taylor Mali's "What Does a Teacher Make?" and in response to articles by Dr. Marc Bernstein, Superintendent of the Valley Stream (NY) Central High School District that question the relevance of libraries, Librarian Joyce Valenza says it all about what it means to be a librarian.

¡Bravisima, Joyce!

Here's the text, from the Neverending Search article:

What librarians make. (Or Why Should I be More than a Librarian?)

(Inspired by Taylor Mali and his poem What Teachers Make, or Objection Overruled, or If things don’t work out, you can always go to law school www.taylormali.com)


(in response to Dr. Mark Bernstein's relevance-questioning articles about libraries)
He says the problem with librarians is that they are antiquated.

The problem with libraries is that they are anachronisms, sacred cows.

Sometimes, when I am introduced, people refer to me as more than a librarian because I write a blog or speak at an occasional conference. Because it is not impressive enough to be a librarian.

In polite company, I bite my tongue when I hear them ask:

“You’re a librarian, Joyce,” they say. “Be honest. With all the information available for free on the Web, what exactly do you do?”

They ask me to be honest.

And, you see, like Taylor, I have a policy about honesty, especially when it has to do with equity for kids. To be honest, I believe that all children deserve strong school libraries with professional teacher librarians.

And, if you ask for my honesty, I have to let you have it.

I am not an anachronism.

You want to know what I do? You want to know why I am here?

I am here to introduce young people to a rich world of books and literature, options they can select themselves. I am here to see the joy on a kid’s face when she shares that she loved the book she borrowed last week. The one she stayed up all night reading.

Recently saw that joy on a kid’s face when he borrowed his first e-reader.

I have a library collection that includes everything the modern literate kid needs-ebooks, audiobooks, open source software, streamed media, flash drives, digital cameras, tripods, laptops, digital storytelling and digital publishing tools, cookies and pretzels. My collection includes and validates the writing, the art and the media that my own kids create.

I am here to help learners ask important questions.

I am here to help learners understand that when they ask questions, they have a rich search toolkit available to them and that toolkit reaches beyond one big search engine and that that toolkit offers them access to high quality databases and ebooks and blogs and tweets and magazines and newspapers and wikis and scholarly journals and primary sources and media of all sorts.

As it continues to shift, I am here to organize the information world for my teachers and our kids.

To help them efficiently access the stuff they need through the websites and pathfinders I create and maintain. I model for our kids and our teachers how they might organize their own information worlds and networks.

I am here to help learners question and critically evaluate, to triangulate the authority of information and media in all formats. My kids can evaluate a website before they even visit it.

I am here to teach kids strategies so they can effectively and efficiently find the information they need. I am here to teach them search tricks, tricks that have legs, special tricks that give them special searching powers.

I help students build knowledge from the information they gather. I help them analyze and synthesize and make meaning. So that they can use information to solve problems and make decisions.

I help learners communicate and collaborate using the tools of their time. I help them become writers and producers and storytellers and networkers and sharers of new knowledge.

I help them discover that what they create should have meaning and audience. That it should make a difference.

I teach kids to be solid and proud digital citizens. I teach them to be kind bloggers and tweeters and networkers. I help them understand their digital footprints, to build academic digital footprints.

When my kids build media, when they remix, they know how to respect the intellectual property of others.

They know about the Creative Commons movement. They are beginning to attribute Creative Commons licensing to their own work.

They know the rights and the limits of Fair Use. They know how to attribute credit, how to cite, how and when to quote.

I am here to work with teachers to build instruction, to build projects and assessments that focus on creativity and meaning using the information tools and strategies of our time.

Our library is more libratory than library. It is the center of our school. It is often a little noisy. You can here the sounds of podcasters and video production and storytelling and presentation.

Library is not merely a place to get stuff. It is a place to invent, to create, to make stuff, to collaborate on stuff, and to share stuff. It is more kitchen that grocery store. More transformational than transactional.

I am here to ensure that all my students have equitable access to the tools they need to learn and create. I know that access to these tools is an intellectual freedom issue.

You want to know what I make? You want to know why I am here?

I make kids smile and laugh and think.

And I make them work hard. “Don’t waste my time with anything but your best.”

And I make them read.

I make them plan and write and produce and communicate.

I make kids wonder,

I make them question.

I make them search.

I make them analyze and evaluate.

I make them take a stand.

I make them defend their stands with evidence.

I make them tell stories.

I make them invent.

I make them create.

I make them collaborate and share.

And I celebrate their best.

Let me break it down for you, so you know what I say is true:

My classroom is the largest classroom in the school and I know the names of nearly 700 kids and I greet as many as possible personally each day.

Our library is everywhere. Our virtual library is ubiquitous. It is open day and night.

My kids do well on their bubble tests. But I am also here to ensure that our kids become information and media literate citizens. I am here to ensure they become transliterate.

Our library is not a sacred cow. It is a growing, vibrant, central element of my school’s learning culture.

If you want evidence, come for a visit. Ask my kids. Ask our graduates. I can share the research if you like. Check out the Impact Studies collected at the Library Research Service site or scan the collected body of literature in Scholastic’s document School Libraries Work

I make a goddamn difference!

I am not an anachronism.

And there is no need for me to be more than a librarian. Being a librarian is more than enough."


'Nuff said...

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November 26, 2010

How do you say Librarian in Chinese? Testing Google Translate



Selma sent me the Chinese characters for librarian (圖書管理員), which immediately sent me on yet another research adventure (so typical of us librarians!).

Choose your Own Research Adventure #Umpteenty-two:

How do you say the word "Librarian" in different languages?

Using a regular Google search, I typed in my word, and the language I wanted it translated to.

"Translate (librarian) to (Spanish)"

Up came a reference to translate.google.com, with translations available for over 50 languages.

So, these are the languages that piqued my curiosity:

LIBRARIANS ALL AROUND THE WORLD
(some of the links have audio translations)
Afrikaans bibliotekaris
Arabic أمين المكتبة‎
Basque - liburuzainak
Chinese traditional 圖書管理員 Túshū guǎnlǐ yuán
Filipino katiwala ng aklatan
French - bibliothécaire
Haitian Creole - bibliyotekè
Hebrew - >ספרן
Irish (Gaelic) - leabharlannaí
Hindi - लाइब्रेरियन (lā'ibrēriyana)
Icelandic - bókasafnsfræðingur
Indonesian - pustakawan
Japanese shisho 司書
Spanish - bibliotecario (m) or bibliotecaria (f).
Russian - библиотекарь bibliotekarʹ
Slovenian - knjižničar
Swahili - maktaba
Turkish kütüphaneci
Vietnamese thư viện

An interesting feature of Google Translate is that readers can submit translations if they think they can improve upon the translation displayed. Simply hover over the translated text to submit.

This was fun for finding individual words, but I was curious as to how accurate phrases are. I tried translating "reading a book" to Estonian and "I love reading" to Spanish. I have no idea if the Estonian translation is correct, but "I love reading" in Spanish brought up "Me encanta leer".  This led me to the YouTube clip above, which explains how Google Translate works:  everything is computer-generated, compiled from documents gathered throughout the Internet in a matter of seconds-- very interesting!

The only thing I'm disappointed about is that the Hawaiian language isn't included.

I am now reining myself back to the task at hand ... but, I'll be on another choose my own research adventure soon, you can bet on it!

(Thanks, Selma!)

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Related:
The Official Google Translate Blog
Top 10 Services that use Google Translate
Google Language Tools  Review - rated 4 out of 5 by appappeal.com

November 14, 2010

Completely Online Global Education Conference -- a sign of the times


Courtesy of teachthought.com
It's history in the making -- Global Education Conference 2010 will be completely online, and it involves a a multitude of big players. November 15-19, 2010,  and absolutely free!

It's mind-boggling: 397 general sessions from 62 countries, plus 63 keynote speakers. 

I don't see a search box, but there's the schedule of offerings and times, for those of us who live in Hawaii. The website makes it easy to find out information by time zone.

The conference is very well-organized (as is the website). I see different tracks (available:  teacherstudentcurriculumpolicy and leadershipglobal issues, and higher ed. Here's an overall description of the tracks. The teacher track is the primary conference track.

Here's a word from one of the co-chairs of the conference, Steve Hargadon, including a call for assistance with Elluminate, the web-conferencing program they'll be using. http://www.stevehargadon.com/2010/11/2010-global-education-conference.html

This is technology at its finest, in my opinion. I'll be following closely to see how this grand experiment plays out. More importantly, I'm interested in how we can use some of this information at our school. 

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Update 11/14/10 2:06 pm HAST: Here's the official The Global Education Collaborative, the official ning of the conference.

November 07, 2010

Crowdsourcing in School? -- COOL!

Is crowdsourcing the same as collaboration, and is it something we could do at our school?

Crowdsourcing is the buzzword these days. It piqued my interest this morning because of the cool art projects that are springing up that might interest our teachers and students.

As I did a little research about the word, I discovered that crowdsourcing is something colleges and universities are beginning to take seriously. [Crowdsourcing, the Future of College Education]

YouTube got involved in crowdsourcing in May when it asked for Crowdsourcing suggestions for use with Google moderator, a lesser known Google product for "helping the world find the best input from an audience of any size."

According to Macmillan Dictionary, crowdsourcing is "trying to find a way of completing a task, a solution to a problem, etc. by asking a wide range of people or organisations if they can help, typically by using the Internet".

Journalist Jeff Howe identified the phenomenon and coined the term in his Wired article "The Rise of Crowdsourcing", in June 2006.

Here's a video about the term:

What is crowdsourcing? From crowdsourcing.com

(Side note: I found it interesting that Wikipedia is mentioned as a 
crowdsourcing example "whose accuracy often comes into question")


What started me on this research path? Mashable's article about crowdsourcing ART projects:


My favorites of the projects mentioned?
I'm passing this info on to our art teachers, just in case they haven't heard about some of the projects.

AND, we could do a crowdsourcing project (either art or any other discipline) using Google Moderator at our school.

Now that would be the coolest.

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November 06, 2010

A Librarian's Review of the Unquiet Library

Photo courtesy of unquietlibrarian
WOW -- just...WOW! Unquiet Librarian Buffy Hamilton just unveiled her new Library 2.0 site and it is ... um ...  spectacular!

--> -->    The Unquiet Library  <-- <--

She built it using Google Sites, which fascinates me because we've just adopted Google Apps for Education at my school. There are so many ideas here that I can use!

Buffy's use of widgets caught my eye right away, but oh, what those widgets revealed was what truly blew me away. The UnQuiet Library has a
And the content? Mind-bogglingly rich.

Here's what Buffy says about her Unquiet Library:

"People often ask me where I came up with the "The Unquiet Library" brand for my library. As an Ed.S. student, I read a book, Library: An Unquiet History by Matthew Battles, as part of my research study of libraries as sponsors of literacy. When I opened the library in August of 2006, I wanted to come up with a brand that fit my vision of my high school library as an agent of change. "The Unquiet Library" fits because I want our library to make some positive "noise" as we try to build a library program that makes a difference in the lives of our students and teachers."

Check out Joyce Valenza's raving review of the Unquiet Library:  "If I had my way: More unquiet libraries!"

The bottom line, specifically? Buffy taught me that I should aim for the kind of 1-click simplicity that she has created with her Library 2.0 site. The beauty of Google sites is that I can do a one-page cover site such as she has done, and have a "Search this site" that really works.

The Big Picture? You know the Unquiet Library is the place to be, and for all the right reasons! Buffy and her Unquiet Library inspire me to "build a library program that makes a difference in the lives of our students and teachers".

Mahalo, Buffy.

... Excuse me while I go and explore all of the nooks and crannies of this gorgeous site.

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October 23, 2010

Project Vote Smart -- A Just the Facts Library

Project Vote Smart = Democracy in Action!



This week, our US History students will be creating websites that summarize and analyze local, state, and national elections (more about this in another post). I will definitely be recommending they consult Project Vote Smart.

Here's what you'll find at Vote Smart (among other things):

Biographical Information on Officials and Candidates
Voting Records
Issue Positions - Political Courage Test
Campaign Finance Data

Be sure to check out Project Vote Smart before the November 2 election!

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October 15, 2010

Our School is One in Ten Million!

Full-blown educational cloud computing -- love it!

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Google Apps for Education Users Grow to 10 Million

By Tammy Wolf, TMCnet Copy Editor

The idea of the classroom being the only outlet for students to learn from and interact with faculty is almost antiquated, as the development of out-of-the-classroom tools continues to skyrocket.

One of these includes Google’s (News - Alert) Apps for Education, a version of Google’s online productivity tools geared toward K-12 schools and universities. Since the beginning of the school year, Google said the application has gained a substantial amount of new users – a staggering 2 million on top of its 8 million students, staff, faculty and alumni from a few weeks ago, bringing the total to almost 10 million.

Blogger Audrey Watters recently pointed out in a post that more and more school districts are choosing to move to cloud-based offerings such as Google’s Apps for Education, saving these educational institutions a significant amount of money.

Oregon was the first state to take a swing at the program, which Google said it plans to continue as a free offering. By using the application, Oregon school districts were able to save about $1.5 million for e-mail, as well as cut down the budget in hardware and software upgrades since the OS is in the browser.

Also, Howard Chan, director of technology for K-12 public charter schools in San Diego, helped eight schools make the move to Google Apps for Education. According to Chan, this saved the school time and money since e-mail servers did not have to be administered. He also cited the development of new tools such as a Tech Support System using Google Voice and Google Docs.

The service currently offers filtered e-mail, calendar, online documents, video conferencing and website development. Schools are granted their own domain that is managed by IT departments, while the school staff manages the amount and type of e-mail messages that pass through the system.

The three C’s – communication, collaboration and customization – enable faculty, staff and students to work together and learn more effectively, according to Google. Community dialogue is enhanced with hosted e-mail, shared calendars and integrated video chat; students and teachers can share documents online at any time and location via Google Docs and Google sites; and IT systems can be easily integrated with Google.

Google is not alone in its attempt to break into the educational sector with its tools. The search engine giant and Microsoft (News - Alert) are going head-to-head, as Microsoft offers Live@edu, a similar suite of online productivity tools for students and faculty.

According to a recent article, Live@edu has close to a whopping 50 million users. It will be interesting to see if Google will be able to catch up.

Tammy Wolf is a TMCnet copy editor. Previously she was assistant to the editor at The Darien Times, a weekly newspaper in Darien, Conn., where she edited submissions, did page layout and design and helped manage the newspaper’s website. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

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http://education.tmcnet.com/topics/education/articles/109042-google-apps-education-users-grow-10-million.htm

October 12, 2010

One Man Teaching Math to the World



The power of one -- quite impressive.

The Khan Academy is "a not-for-profit organization with the mission of giving access to knowledge to anyone, anywhere."

Thank you, Aimee, for letting us know about this website of free, short video lessons of math, with more subjects to come.

Khan Academy is Harvard MBA and fund manager Sal Khan's non-profit baby and has received a lot of press. Check out Money's article about Khan being "Bill Gates'  favorite teacher".

Khan's lessons are colorful, simple, and best of all, repeatable to match the pace of the learner. He narrates and records the lessons in a converted closet in his house and has spent very little on video equipment.

Khan Academy's YouTube Channel boasts 1831 videos.

Here's a sample, about the Quadratic Equation:


Check out Frequently Asked Questions about Khan Academy

How popular is the site? The live tracker at the top left of the site shows how many people are "learning right now" (2111 at this moment).

Khan is an amazing success story, and Khan Academy is a superb model of online education.

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October 11, 2010

Speaking OUT about Bullying -- A List of Resources

The American Library Association has put together a terrific list of resources about bullying:

Speaking OUT about Bullying
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/glbtrt/popularresources/bullying.cfm

Here's the embedded article:

Immediate Help

The Trevor Project

A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.

Youth are Speaking OUT

The Equality Project

An organization founded on Facebook by openly gay public high school students. They strive to eliminate bullying and attain equality for all school students.

Make it Better Project

In response to columnist Dan Savage's "It Gets Better," video project (linked below), the Make it Better Project gives youth the tools they need to make their lives better now. "Through our website and YouTube channel, youth and adults can work together to make schools safer for LGBT youth right now. We aren’t waiting until high school is over for our lives to get better. We are taking action now! Join us!"

Everyone is Speaking OUT

It Gets Better Project

The project that started it all. "Hearing about these kids that have committed suicide, the reaction as a gay adult is always, 'God, I wish I could have talked to them for fifteen minutes or five minutes and told them it gets better,'" said gay columnist Dan Savage.

ImFromDriftwood.com

ImFromDriftwood.com collects true LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) stories from all over the world--from the smallest towns to the biggest cities--to help gay youth feel not so alone.

We are the Youth

We Are the Youth is a photographic journalism project chronicling the individual stories of queer youth in the United States. The project aims to capture the incredible diversity and uniqueness among LGBTQ youth.

Ellen DeGeneres

Kathy Griffin

Organizations are Speaking OUT

Gender Spectrum

Gender Spectrum provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens.

GLSEN: Anti-Bullying Resources

Through research-based interventions, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) provides resources and support for schools to implement effective and age-appropriate anti-bullying programs to improve school climate for all students. While many schools show a willingness to address bullying generally, effective efforts must address the pervasive issue of anti-LGBT bullying as a crucial element of the problem. Listed below are programs and resources to help all members of the school community address bullying in inclusive and effective ways.

Safe Schools Coalition

The Safe Schools Coalition offers resources as a starting point for educators, parents/guardians and youth.

Stomp Out Bullying

A national anti-bullying and cyberbullying program for kids and teens is a signature program of Love Our Children USA who since 1999, has been the national nonprofit leader and ‘Go-To’ prevention organization fighting all forms of violence and neglect against children in the U.S.

A Thin Line

MTV's A Thin Line campaign was developed to empower youth to identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abuse. The campaign is built on the understanding that there's a "thin line" between what may begin as a harmless joke and something that could end up having a serious impact on you or someone else.

TransYouth Family Allies

TYFA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected. We envision a society free of suicide and violence in which ALL children are respected and celebrated.

Welcoming Schools

Welcoming Schools is an LGBT-inclusive approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying and name-calling in K-5 learning environments. Welcoming Schools provides administrators, educators and parents/guardians with the resources necessary to create learning environments in which all learners are welcomed and respected.

Resources to Help You Speak OUT

Santa Clara University Library Resource Guide on Bullying

David Brian Holt, Electronic Services Reference and Law Librarian at Santa Clara University, maintains Sexual Orientation and the Law: Bullying, a resource guide for his law school students and faculty. The guide lists great resources about bullying.

Gay Author Gives Away Debut Book

Gay Author, Rakesh Satyal is offering his award-winning debut, Blue Boy, as a free Amazon Kindle download.

New Film to Combat Anti-Gay Bullying

Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History, is a documentary film that chronicles one student’s ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers an inspiring message of hope to those fighting harassment today. It can become a cornerstone of anti-bullying efforts in middle and high schools.

CNN Resource Guide on Bullying

A great resource page on the diffrent aspects of Bullying from CNN.

Research Article about Bullying

Researchers are exploring ways to leverage online social networks to reach at-risk LGB adolescents and young adults. Their article is available online for free.
Silenzio, Vincent M. B., et al. 2009. Connecting the invisible dots: Reaching lesbian, gay, and bisexual adolescents and young adults at risk for suicide through online social networks. Social science & medicine 69, no. 3:469-474.
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October 08, 2010

The New Facebook Groups Feature -- Know Who Your Friends Are

 
 
Our school has an official Facebook page, so we're always interested in all the Facebook developments.

No doubt about it, the new Groups feature holds a lot of potential for collaboration, including the ability to share documents. Here's an article that describes Groups, from PC World, a source I highly recommend:

New Facebook Groups: Key Facts about Facebook Groups | PC World

But today's news about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg being added to a group by someone else without his knowledge exposed a giant wart about the feature. Your friends can add you to a group without your knowledge. You can opt out, but you can't opt in.

PCWorld advises us about what to do:

Facebook's New Groups: 5 Things You Need to Know

The bottom line? “… using Facebook as a place to connect with people you actually know becomes more important than ever.”

 

October 03, 2010

Mobile devices in the classroom!


No-o-o-o, we haven't incorporated iPhones, iPod touches, or iPads into our curriculum yet, but YES we will be experimenting with these devices in the classroom, this year!

Two main reasons we think these devices are worth exploring:
  • They engage students
  • They promote anywhere, anytime learning
But how to create order out of the chaos that is bound to happen with each student having their own device?  Here's a fantastic nitty-gritty how-to article about management:

"The list is for large or small class sets of handhelds; if students are using their own personal iPods you'll have a different set of considerations and technical issues to deal with."  [Conclusion reached by me: best to buy a classroom set that doesn't leave the classroom.]

Miss Davis, Mr. Turbeville and I did a workshop for the MISO (Maui Independent Schools Organization) Conference on Friday on this very topic: "Speed Apping -- Mobile Devices in Your Classroom". 

Check out the site we created. You'll find
Enjoy.

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October 01, 2010

What's in a Name?

People have asked me, "Why Charlotte?" in the name of this blog?  My answer: I wanted the name to constantly remind me of the child-like excitement I felt as I learned about the newest technologies at the 14th Annual American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Conference held in Charlotte, North Carolina, in November of 2009.

Today, I've decided to change the name of this blog to MauiLibrarian2 in Olinda, where every day I feel that same excitement as we experiment using new technologies in our classrooms.

Today is also the Maui Independent School Organization (MISO) Conference, to be hosted by my school. I'll be learning from teachers throughout the island and I'll also be presenting with my colleagues Miss Davis and Mr. Turbeville. Our workshop is called "Speed Apping: Mobile Devices in the Classroom".  I'm very excited; it's the perfect day to change the name of my blog.

... More about the conference and our presentation in my next post.

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September 30, 2010

AP: Libraries launch apps to sync with iPod generation


Our library is a warm and fuzzy place in an idyllic setting. It's also a place where exploring new ways to infuse technology into the curriculum is encouraged and celebrated.
This news story tells is like it is -- libraries are keeping up with the times, and should always be part of the mix. The desirable bottom line? Access to information for all.

Libraries launch apps to sync with iPod generation
GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio — Libraries are tweeting, texting and launching smart-phone apps as they try to keep up with the biblio-techs — a computer-savvy class of people who consider card catalogs as vintage as typewriters. And they seem to be pulling it off.
Since libraries started rebranding themselves for the iPod generation, thousands of music geeks have downloaded free songs from library websites. And with many more bookworms waiting months to check out wireless reading devices, libraries are shrugging off the notion that the Internet shelved them alongside dusty books.
"People tend to have this antiquated version of libraries, like there's not much more inside than books and microfiche," says Hiller Goodspeed, a 22-year-old graphic designer in Orlando, Fla., who uses the Orange County Library System's iPhone app to discover foreign films.
The latest national data from the American Library Association shows that library visits and circulation climbed nearly 20 percent from 1999 to 2008.
Since then, experts say technology has continued to drive in-person visits, circulation and usage.
"It also brings people back to the library that might have left thinking that the library wasn't relevant for them," says Chris Tonjes, the information technology director at the public library in Washington, D.C.
Public library systems have provided free Internet access and lent movies and music for years. They have a good track record of syncing up with past technological advances, from vinyl to VHS.
"They've always had competition," says Roger Levien, a strategy consultant in Stamford, Conn., who also serves as an American Library Association fellow. "Bookstores have existed in the past. I'm sure they will find ways to adapt."
Now, the digital sphere is expanding: 82 percent of the nation's more than 16,000 public libraries have Wi-Fi — up from 37 percent four years ago, according to the American Library Association.
Since the recession hit, more people are turning to libraries to surf the Web and try out digital gadgets.
In Princeton, N.J., 44 people are waiting to borrow Kindles.
Roya Karimian, 32, flipped through the preloaded e-pages of "Little Women" after two months on the waiting list.
"I had already read it, but I wanted to experience reading it on the Kindle," Karimian says.
A growing number of libraries are launching mobile websites and smart-phone applications, says Jason Griffey, author of "Mobile Technology and Libraries." No one keeps tabs of exactly how many, but a recent iPhone app search showed more than a dozen public libraries.
The Grandview Heights Public Library in suburban Columbus, Ohio, spent $4,500 — a third of what the library spent on CDs — to give patrons access to songs by artists from Beyonce to Merle Haggard using a music-downloading service called Freegal.
Online services point to technology as a cheaper means to boost circulation.
The Cuyahoga County Public Library near Cleveland laid off 41 employees and cut back on hours after its budget shrank by $10 million. But it still maintains a Twitter account and texts patrons when items are about to become overdue.
As more libraries log on to social media, their lexicon is changing, replacing "Shh!" with "LOL." In Florida, the Orange County library's Twitter feed sounds more like a frat boy than a librarian: "There's more to OCLS than just being really, really ridiculously good looking. We created an App!"
Crops of social networking sites are popping up specifically for bookworms — electronic or otherwise — and library junkies.
Jennifer Reeder, a 35-year-old mother of two in suburban Phoenix, tracks her reading stats onGoodreads.com: 12,431 pages so far this year — most of them in library books.
"When I was growing up, I always felt like a library was where I was supposed to go and like do homework," Reeder says.
Now, it's where she checks out audio books for her kids' iPods and sates her addiction to iTunes with free downloads of songs by Pink and the cast of "Glee."
Even the brick-and-mortar buildings are evolving, as libraries cater to a generation with smart phones stapled to their hands and music plugged into their ears.
Sleek study areas give off a coffee-shop vibe, while silence seekers are relegated to nooks. Self-checkout stations feel more like supermarkets, with patrons ringing up books and DVDs instead of boxes of cereal.
Libraries are designing new branches as hybrid technology centers — dedicating more space to computer labs and meeting rooms.
The Central Library in Seattle houses some 400 public computers — some of them clustered in rows with cafeteria-chic chairs, compared with 75 computers in the old building. The building opened in 2004 and looks more like Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, than the imposing stone or brick building that's come to symbolize a library.
"The traditional function of a library, of being a place where people can come to get information, to learn, to relax, to kind of lose themselves in books, is going to continue," says Tonjes, of the D.C. Public Library. "It's just not going to be constrained by physical boundaries."
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August 25, 2010

Experimenting with Picasa Web Albums

Our school just started using Google Apps for Education, and Google's Picasa integrates beautifully into the system.

Here's a slide show of a few photos taken of our Orientation Day.


I discovered that it's less complicated to send direct album links, than to send email invitations to an individual group.

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July 05, 2010

iNudge -- Everyone Can Create Music Just for Fun


iNudge, a basic online music synthesizer, looks like it would be a lot of fun for kids and kids-at-heart to try!

You can combine 8 different patterns to create music, including frogster, avatar, and rhode bass.

And if you think your iNudge creation is good enough, you can email it to friends, embed it in your projects, or share it on your online communities.

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(via Patricia Sarles of Jerome Parker Campus Library, Staten Island, NY)

June 30, 2010

Hawaii School Librarians are Wallwishing Us Tips from the ISTE Conference


It's all about connections!

Hawaii school librarians now attending the ISTE Conference in Colorado are sending us quick tips via Wallwisher, a FREE Web 2.0 online bulletin board-like tool -- how cool is that?

Here's the link to the full-screen version of the HASL (Hawaii Association of School Librarians) wall shown above. http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/hasliste2010
MAHALO to librarian extraordinaire Patricia Louis for setting it up!

YOU can build your own wall too. It's the perfect way for many people to share quickly in a multitude of situations, e.g., brainstorming in a crowd, obtaining quick feedback from a large audience, gathering resources on a specific theme on the fly, _______________insert your idea here.

BTW I learned about this tool at the HASL Conference on O'ahu this past spring, courtesy of librarian goddess Joyce Valenza.

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June 05, 2010

"Youth Safety on a Living Internet" -- Scare Tactics Don't Work


Our legislators need to read this!

A report from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Online Safety and Working Technology Group advises what we knew all along: that the key to keeping our children safe on the Internet is EDUCATION, not filtering.

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June 01, 2010

Creating Narrated Tours on Google Earth

Just discovered Creating a Narrated Tour in Google Earth. Our history and foreign language teachers will love it, I think, and students will take to it too!

Here's Google Earth Outreach's 3-minute tutorial:


You'll need Google Earth 5, which you can download for free.

Enjoy ...
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May 10, 2010

Facebook as an Academic Resource? -- The Case of Brooke and Simon J. Ortiz

If you have to do research about a post-colonial poet who's living, where do you look?

Sophomore Brooke Sturdevant decided to try Facebook FIRST to look up Simon J. Ortiz and found that he was listed!

Here's the Facebook exchange.

From: Facebook
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2010 4:00 PM
Subject: Brooke Sturdevant sent you a message on Facebook...

facebook
Brooke sent you a message.


Brooke SturdevantApril 26, 2010 at 1:00pm
Subject: HI MY NAME IS BROOKE
I live in Maui, Hawaii and I'm doing a massive report on your poetry. I was wondering if you could help me out by translating a selected amount of poetry and also giving me more information and a deeper connection to why you wrote some of your poetry. I was excited when I saw you had a Facebook because I can keep in touch with you easily. Please write back!
my email: (---@____) or just message me on Facebook.
Thanks for your time!
~Brooke


On Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 8:07 PM, simon ortiz <-----@_____> wrote:

Hi, Brooke,
Thanks for your FB message about needing help for a project.
You ask at a bad time since this is the end of spring term at ASU where I am a professor.  Term papers are due and exams are upcoming.  No time for anything else but that.

I have the feeling you need considerable help for your "massive report" on my poetry.  Translation takes a lot of work and a long time.  Trust me since I experienced it which is why I don't do much translation.

I apologize I will not be able to help.  If you ask at the beginng of a semester, that's always much, much better.
All best, Simon Ortiz, Professor, Department of English, Arizona State University

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Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 3:30 PM
Subject: Re: Brooke Sturdevant sent you a message on Facebook...

Thanks for replying! I understand that you are busy but could you answer one question?
Why did you become a poet?
~Brooke

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Hi, Brooke,
Thank you for understanding.
I don't think I necessarily became a poet.  Language is part of the human physiological and cultural substance and structure of who we are as human-animal beings.  We communicate instinctually I believe whether by word, neurologically, physically, spiritually, or even in ways we don't really know nor understand.  Poetry is one of those ways since poetry is imbedded so deeply within our personal human psyche we do not know its origin.  Perhaps poetry--I think and feel--has to do in origin with the first moment of life.  Hmmmm.  That's quite a thought, isn't it?
All best, Simon

 Simon Ortiz, Professor, Department of English, Arizona State University

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What does Brooke think about all of this? She's simply amazed! She says that the poet's highly personal and thoughtful response MAKES her paper, and she's so appreciative that he took the time to write her.

Thanks to Brooke for allowing me to share this exchange with the world, and thanks to Simon J. Ortiz, one of today's most important Native American poets, for his generosity.


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