We’re getting close to the end of the Cool Tools for Schools learning project. May 31st is the deadline. Finish 5 or 10 Things by May 31 to receive 10 PD hours (for 5 Things) or 20 PD hours (for 10 Things) from your BOCES School Library System.
Even though most of you have been reporting each of your posts on the class log form, we’d like you to take a minute to fill out this final form, to make it simpler for your SLS Directors to award you the PD credit.
You can fill it out anytime after you’ve completed your 5 or 10 things. We’ll start compiling the lists of PD credit later in May. Each SLS director will be handling the process a bit differently, so watch for updates from them.
And yes, I’m still reading blog posts! It’s taking me forever because there are so many great posts and I want to read them all! Keep up the great work!
I’m really looking forward to the NYLA-SSL conference coming up this week. Sounds like many of you will be there! Yay! Looking forward to seeing old friends and new! If we haven’t met, please say hi. (Forgive me, but I’m absolutely terrible with names and faces, maybe that’s the result of online teaching?)
For those of you planning to do our last topic, “Thing 20: Websites, Pathfinders and Portfolios”, do take a look at the Friday program on LibGuides that Andrew Dutcher and Annarose Foley will be presenting. It’s a terrific option for creating pathfinders and even a library website.
And if you’re curious about Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox project, I’ll have a LibraryBox with me. Turn on your wifi and look for the LibraryBox wifi signal. It will have conference information, David Lankes “Expect More” ebook, info on the 2014 Teen Book Festival and more for you to download. The signal won’t run through the whole conference building, but if you see the signal popping up, you’ll know I’m probably in the same area as you.
The last lesson for Track 1 has been posted. Thing 10: Productvity Tools.
Remember, the program ends on May 31, 2014. Finish 5 or 10 Things by then to receive 10 PD hours (for 5 Things) or 20 PD hours (for 10 Things) from your BOCES School Library System.
Later this week we’ll post a form for you to fill out to get your PD credit. You’ll just need to check off all the things you completed. The School Library System directors will use this to issue PD credit when the course is over.
For those of you on spring break next week, ENJOY! And because it’s spring break, there won’t be a lesson posted this week. We’ll be back on schedule on April 21 with the final Thing in Track 1.
My goal for the next few days is to read lots more blog posts and make sure that everyone has received some comments on their blogs, though I won’t be leaving comments on every single blog post. And you’re all encouraged to read posts from your colleagues and comment on things that interest you. You’ll find all the blog posts listed on our Netvibes board.
Thing 19: Online Learning & DIY PD is being posted a few days early. I’ll be attending the Computers in Libraries conference next week and wanted to make sure this was done before I leave. Will any of you be there? The Internet@Schools track is always full of terrific speakers, including Ross Todd, Joyce Valenza and one of our own colleagues from NYS, Diane Cordell.
On to Thing 19: All of you are already had Online Learning and DIY Professional Development experiences through taking this workshop and maybe other courses and webinars as well. We have so many different ways to learn online – from short webinars to multi-week ecourses and even full degrees. The resources here focus on helping YOU find ways to learn the things that you want & need to learn and get you thinking about creating your own DIY PD plan. Have fun!
I just ran across this student blog and loved the activity the students were working on AND how could I not love this quote from a student:
In writing, we had to do a Where I’m from iMovie. Before we did this, I had no idea how to use iMovie. I looked at it, and it was sooo confusing. But, once our librarian came in a explained how to use iMovie, it really wasn’t that hard to work. When I found out I had to do an iMovie, I thought I would fail this assignment.
From iMovie and Review
Your search is over, Thing 9 is here! Our next topic in Track 1 gives you a chance to explore the databases that you provide to your school community, new and old web search tools and more. You might think about new ways to teach searching skills or how to improve access to the resources you provide. Lots of options!
Some odds and ends of interesting resources from the past week or two.
What is your Digital Footprint? What trails are you leaving online? Have you Googled yourself lately? What is public about you on Facebook? The things you share online are permanent, just like a tattoo! What does your Digital Tattoo look like?
In Thing 18, we explore Digital Citizenship. Our students (and many of us!) are living huge portions of their lives online, and as educators we need to understand this world and help them navigate it.
“Digital citizenship is a messy subject, and schools should be a safe place to explore it.” Sarah Ludwig, Skills We Can’t Teach: Facilitating Authentic Experiences with Digital Citizenship