Advocacy videos


A little humor


We all need a little humor from time to time and Will Unwound has some: Here is his list of “stupid reference questions” some of them made me laugh out loud!

http://willmanley.com/2010/04/21/will-unwound-88-are-patrons-getting-smarter-by-will-manley/

The Denver Writing Project


I have been .a member of the Denver Writing project for nine years now. First I worked as the Director’s assistant, then as the librarian and payroll coordinator, then I attended an institute as a member.

In every aspect, I found my time with the DWP to be a rewarding experience as a teacher and as a writer.

My children have enthusiastically attended the Young Writers’ Camp for the last three years an have made lasting friends.

I wholeheartedly recommend the DWP summer institute for teachers of every subject who wish to include writing in their curriculum, who wish to be even better teachers, and/or who want some time to work on their own writing.  Many alumni have published as a result of their work at the summer institute.

http://denverwritingproject.org/content/how-do-i-get-involved

Embrace the Google


Denise Cushing brought my attention to this article: Ten Simple Google Search Tips from the NY Times

Richard Byrne has posted some amazing Google  tips as well, including the links to a 33 page online book, “Google For Teachers.”

You know that Google would really like to be in every classroom, and they have a myriad of helpful tools, tips, and tutorials for educators on their site as well. 
Google held a teachers’ academy the last two years and likely ahs an upcoming one for 2010.

When information is available, we’ll post it.

Social Networking and your library


Social networking tools are a valuable way to promote your library. As a school librarian, it may not be as effective as it is for public librarians, but you can be assured the children notice when the library home page announces its presence on MySpace, Twitter, or Facebook.

They may not be willing to be your friend, but they might check in to see what’s up.  A savvy librarian can also link twitter and Myspace or Twitter and facebook. If you get your connections right you can update three places at once!

Because of the increase in popularity of these social networking options, you can set up an account, search for libraries, and instantly you have at least a dozen friends! Post videos, update often, and advertise on your homepage. A little typing goes a long way…Here are some tips.

How to Better Engage Facebook Fans: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/how-to-better-engage-facebook-fan-page-fans/

There’s even a facebook group called Libraries Using Facebook Pages.

Here are the slides from a presentation on libraries and facebook & Second Life. http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/education/brownbags/spring2008/slface2/SLandFacebook2.pdf

This is an excellent article for libraries considering Twitter. It answers many FAQ’s and offers sound advice: http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/may09/milstein.shtml 

Myspace also has a group called Libraries on MySpace.

Here;s an interesting article on how one library has used MySpace (It is from 2007) http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6456389.html

Just remember, keep it fun, multimedia is always a hit, and update often.

A Guide to Twitter in Libraries: http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/2007/a-guide-to-twitter-in-libraries/

New presentation tools


Tired of the same old powerpoint-style presentations? Are you a mind-mapper rather than an outliner? Try Prezi.  You can view a 1 minute example on the home page: http://prezi.com/

Some helpful tools for the New Year


Welcome back!
Here are some gems I found on the web during winter Break:

If you’re familiar with Common Craft, you know what great videos they make about finance, American government, computer issues and, of course, my favorite: how to survive a zombie attack. Their latest video is a great one for students; it’s a “think before you post” video called Protecting Reputations Online.
It’s worth a view or two.

Looking for SAT and ACT prep tutorials? Brightstorm offers some great free videos for ACT and SAT math prep. You can check them out here.

Here’s a fun video from Youtube and failblog that highlights the importance of math and decimal conversion: It’s from Youtube, but the link to the converted file is here.

The Howard Zinn project: Teaching a People’s History is based on his book of the same name, but the culture-centered approach to teaching history offers some interesting supplementary materials.

The Guardian has posted an infographic titled The Decade in Business. Each of the 120 images offers a brief blurb about an event that affected the business world when clicked upon.

CBS News Sunday morning usually has an interesting tidbit or two and here’s a video from them on the history of credit cards in America

I’ve seen a few kids looking up political cartoons lately; a great website for this is Cartoons for the classroom. This site offers numerous examples of political cartoons as well as downloadable lesson plans and links to other sites such as the Opper project, a site dedicated to teaching history through political cartoons.

Side Note: Cartoons for the classroom is currently hoding a caption contest. Deadline is Jan 18, prize is a copy of May it Please the Court

Biology Teachers: Cold Spring harbor Laboratory offers a library of animations for biology including cloning, DNA transformation, and cycle sequencing. They also offer a library of 3-D models including a chromosome 11 flyover, DNA wraps, and DNA replication.

If you’re interested in old advertisements, the Vintage ad browser offers a selection of print ads dating back to at least the 1900’s. You can click on a topic or search for your preferred product.

Looking for a new spin on Photography? NPR offers The Picture Show Blog which features a weekly slideshow of brilliant work and current events. This week’s slideshow is just gorgeous.

I’m becoming quite the fan of infographics. Here’s one that’s helpful: Earning Power: A Visual Survey of 80 Occupations.

There’s also the list of Best websites for students exploring jobs/careers on Larry Ferlazzo’s blog.
Oh, and for those of us working on slideshows and other fabulous presentations, Ferlazzo has another list of best sources for royalty-free music and sound effects.