Library to do list 2012

So I returned to work yesterday and very pleased to be back. I have a lot of things on my to do list this year and now I’m 0.4, I’ve got more of a chance of achieving them. So here goes:

Ereader survey for school website
Diigo for subjects, link to wiki
Pininterest for new books and topics?
Book blog using posterous? Add book trailers. Use that URL for QR code new books there too
Podcasts for wiki
QR codes for fiction
Add list of useful apps to wiki
Douchey’s podcasts for wiki biology page
Readers Cup. Do at years 7-8 and 9-10
Link blogs to Twitter using Twitterfeed
Investigate Overdrive with a visit to Jenny Luca’s school

This is above and beyond what will be required of me in terms of providing professional learning for staff. The good news is that the Heads of Library and English support the idea of the Readers Cup wholeheartedly; the Principal agreed to a library Twitter account and I’ve started that as well as a book and reading blog and Diigo account. I’ve linked the blogs to Twitterfeed and Diigo via Packratius. I’m pleased with my progress considering we had meetings until 2.30pm yesterday and I don’t return to work until Monday.

I’m also really pleased how supportive the admin are and most teachers seemed genuinely pleased to be back. I’m looking forward to what else might appear on my radar in 2012. I wonder what it might be? What’s on your 2012 to do list?

Twitter for teachers – an online learning experience

A while back a new and interesting site was being talked about on Twitter. MightyBell was developed by Gina Bianchini, who was a developer of Ning. MightyBell is a site where anyone can develop a step-by-step online learning experience. Initially it cost $1.00 to join, but now it’s free.

It took me a while to get around to developing a unit, but finally it’s here – Twitter for teachers. MightyBell allows you to include instructions, photos, YouTube videos and more. Anyone reading this probably already knows the basics of Twitter, but it might just be what your colleagues need to get them started! Please give me any feedback to improve the unit. Hopefully, I’ll develop a few more in time.

Social networks to build knowledge, collegiality and community

My presentation for the SLAV Activate: Learning with Emerging Technologies on Monday 17 October 2011 is below.

All of the links given are here:

ASLA XXII conference presentation: Developing a Personal Learning Network for fast & free professional learning

Having designed the Victorian PLN program for the School Library Association of Victoria and the State Library of Victoria in 2010, I thought this would be a good opportunity to share some of the tools that will help library staff engage in fast and free professional learning.

My presentation took place on Tuesday 4 October. The presentation is below and the links for the session below that. I hope it helps!

Finally… some news

There hasn’t been a post here for a while for a couple of reasons. Lots of things happening that I wanted to blog about but family illness has had my mind elsewhere for a while now.

But I can’t hold on any longer. I have to gush about the wonderful day SLAV put on at the MCG with the amazing Joyce Valenza.  All of her presentations and tools she mentioned are here and check out the #slavconf11 stream for lots more links and ideas.

It was also an incredible day as I finally got to meet some of the lovely people who I mentored during the VicPLN program in 2010. Awesome meeting the lovely Bev Novak at long last!

I also attended one and presented one #rscon3 session. What an honour to hear how Kelly Tenkely started her own school thanks to a blog post and a tweet! Thanks too, to the people who took the time to attend my session. You can access session recordings here and read how people have reflected on the symposium here.

I also was the lucky recipient of a magical quill. That’s right, on the first day of the Pottermore promotion, I snatched a quill and will be granted early access to the site. Pottermore will have interesting implications in teaching and learning due to the way it’s going to be using transliteracies, so as well as being a Potterhead, I’ll have an educational reason to spend some time there.

I’m also really pleased that my wonderful Principal (who sets great examples like helping tidy up the yard and remembering to ask after sick relatives – although I’m only part-time) has agreed to my idea of having a school cybersafety blog. We’ll have one post per school day and hopefully the information we share might help guide parents.

Last week I ran the first session for a small but enthusiastic group of colleagues on our semester long online learning program. Great to see a few of the teachers already have Twitter accounts!

Top 10 Bright Ideas

This is the presentation I gave to the NSWAIS teacher librarians on 3 June 2011. As the former author of the Bright Ideas blog, I was asked what were my top 10 tools for keeping up with technology.

If you cannot see the Prezi on your device, try this link.

Supporting documentation on starting or enhancing your PLN and links available here.

Jackie Chan death hoax a teachable moment

Last night (Australian time), some of the people I follow on Twitter were tweeting and retweeting that actor Jackie Chan had died. Before retweeting, I like to check whether or not news with such gravity is accurate.

There was nothing on news feeds such as Reuters, the ABC or even TMZ, the showbiz webiste that broke the news of Michael Jackson’s death.

What I did find, however, was that Yahoo 7 were reporting his death. Initially, I thought they had heard the rumours and jumped the gun a la Richard Wilkins on the Today Show re Jeff Goldblum in 2009. But on closer inspection, someone had used the Yahoo 7 logos, advertising and page template to make the report look authentic. Further investigation of the page revealed other bogus links and reports. As of 7am Wednesday 30 March Australian EDST, the hoax page is still up. The biggest clue to the site being a hoax is the URL.

The bogus site looks just like a Yahoo 7 news site

The bogus site looks just like a Yahoo 7 news site

MTV reports that Jackie Chan lives

MTV reports that Jackie Chan lives

Jackie Chan's official and verified Twitter account page

Jackie Chan's official and verified Twitter account page says he's alive and well. (Yay!)

As teachers, we can use this example of verifying sources and facts from multiple trusted sites with our students. 12 hours after initial reports of Jackie Chan’s death, “RIP Jackie Chan” is still trending on Twitter. An in-depth look at the hoax site and how it purported to be a Yahoo 7 site is also worth discussing with students.

Intellectual property: a word of warning

Almost two years ago I went to a DEECD inservice, where intellectual property was discussed. A presenter outlined that if we developed work at school, using school time and school resources (such as a computer) then the intellectual property belonged to the school. Initially, for about two seconds, I was shocked. But it all made sense really quickly, that’s why we get paid, to essentially sell our souls.

People who work for, say, Lego or Greenseas Tuna and develop a new line of toys or flavoured tuna don’t actually expect to be paid over and above the work they’re paid to do. They’ve been employed to develop these new lines and by doing so, they are fulfilling their role at work.

So if you work in your own time and use school resources, some of the work belongs to you and some to the school. How on earth would you ever work out who owns what in that instance? I guess you’d have to hope that there is never an issue arising with such work.

Taking the DEECD advice into account, it then follows that if you tweet, Facebook or develop blogs, wikis, etc. in work time using work resources, this actually belongs to your workplace. If you leave your workplace for another sector, you may actually be required to give up some or all of the examples above. Makes you think, doesn’t it? Almost panic, in fact.

What of people who kindly share their work, developed at school, but don’t attribute it to their workplace but just to themselves? What of people who sell such work on Scribd?

So what about if you do work in your own time, with your own resources, but make a wiki, for example, with your school name and/or logo on it? Expect that you might need to fight for it. I know of a friend who did all her work in her own time, using her own resources and no links whatsoever to her workplace and her school STILL tried to take it away from her when she moved on.

Some of these scenarios are nightmarish, so it could be useful to ensure that they are covered in the school or workplace social media policy. As the pace of technology outstrips policy and legislation, it may pay you and your workplace to be ahead of the game to ensure no nasty surprises down the track.

Google Teacher Academy Sydney April 2011

Yesterday afternoon I discovered via email that my application for  #gtasyd was unsuccessful. After taking to Twitter to share my news, a few things quickly became evident. A lot of quality teachers missed out, a lot of quality teachers got in and a number of people obviously have Twitter blocked in their schools!

Last night, Henrietta wrote an excellent post on resilience, which explained how I was feeling much better than I could manage.

In November, my darling 8 year old niece, who excels at the track events in Little Athletics, participated in a ‘multi event’, which is like a pentathlon but with only five events. Scoring is determined by times in track events and distances or heights in field events. She won four out of five events, yet didn’t win the gold medal. She was initially disappointed, but quickly picked herself up and decided she wanted to practice discus and shot put, her only weaknesses, to try to improve.

Weeks of practice over the Christmas holidays were fun and challenging for her. Her excitement at doubling her discus distance in two months and getting a terrific shot put PB was a testament to what a Principal of mine used to say; “you never know when you’ve been done a favour”. So I’m going to take a leaf out of my niece’s book and look forward, try harder and enjoy what I’m doing. Because for her, winning is good, but having a go and having fun are always the best bits.

Congratulations to all who’ll be going to #gtasyd and thanks to the State Library of Victoria for promptly arranging and alternative day for those who missed out. And a big thank you to my Twitter colleagues who were quick to console and congratulate those who didn’t make it and those who were successful respectively.

*As an addendum, my gorgeous girl won every event at Little Athletics this week for the first time ever during non-championship competition. Another PB in shot put (yes!) and high jump. Well done darling. The practice has paid off!