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Category Archive for 'k12 Education'

Tapping in to students….

How many of us plan our instruction so that we get kids tapping in to these? Should be automatic, no?

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There is quite a buzz in school library land regarding the massive librarian cuts to the Philadelphia School System (from 200+ school librarians down to now just around 15.) My friends  Joyce Valenza and Jennifer Lagarde have both provided us with great action items to ensure we “educate” those powers that be who are making […]

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A very natural part of being a high school librarian is being able to match books to students when they come asking. All of us feel very adequate in doing this when it comes to students who read the middle of the road popular YA books.  Over the years I have been literally to my […]

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Observations from Experience

1:1 allows for individualization, no matter the device. Shared devices limit individualization. Managing an app account that is shared throughout the building is a struggle. Who knew apps from a shared account automatically appeared on any device logged in to that account when it synchs? If working in a shared account educational environment, should there be […]

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Last week our state had our annual SC Edtech Conference in Greenville, SC, just up the road from me.  It’s a great conference that is timely, as it’s still close enough to the beginning of school to actually “try out” anything new you get from the conference. I had take-aways from every session and/or event, […]

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Over the last few years in my thus far 28 year old teaching career I can distinctly recall a portion of our welcome back meetings by district leaders focusing our attention on data: test scores, attendance, graduation rate, etc.  It’s just part of the nature of the education climate today. I may or may not […]

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Follett listens to our wants and needs.  It seems each time Jason Smith, our SC/NC Account Manager with Follett Library Resources visits, he takes time to learn and relay our specifics needs, likes, and yes, even gripes back to the company. Whenever he calls to say he is in the area, we invite him in. It’s just a […]

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Getting Ready 4 TRW12

My intern the other day shared with a colleague that she thinks she is more interested in an elementary setting than secondary. When asked why, she made the comment that there are more opportunities to have fun. What!!??  I think we have good opportunities to have fun at the high school, like celebrating literacy events […]

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So I’m sitting here tonight listening/viewing the Alan November keynote from the SIGMS Breakfast at ISTE.  During this keynote he polled the audience to see how many were familiar with Eli Pariser, his book, and/or the Ted Talks video.  Oh my, only maybe THREE acknowledged awareness of it.  I blogged it May 8, 2011 and […]

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Today our library participated in a South Carolina Association of School Librarians’ Snapshot Day.  This is an effort to capture the essence of what happens in a library on a single day.  Here are the numbers we crunched, but this does not show everything.  I spent time visiting two classes today to introduce and go […]

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