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iPad-elicious!

We began allowing “in-library” checkout of the five iPads we were given Monday, and after only three days, word has gotten out. Our kids are clamoring for the chance to use them.   My Biggest Surprises: Not a single complaint from students about the inability to download apps Not a single argument about having to stay in the […]

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We started allowing students to checkout iPads from the library today. Sigh–still having a hard time wrapping my mind around how they can work like this, especially considering students cannot personalize or download apps. But the excitement is palpable. Today’s task as our students explored–leave a “note” using the note app on the ipad listing […]

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iPads in my library!!

Recently I submitted an requisition to order five iPads to be used in our library. Now mind you I’ve had serious reservations about the use or usefulness of an iPad in a school setting at all if they were not going to be implemented as a one-to-one program. In my mind, the device is meant to be […]

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In July, 2011, the AASL Board approved the Position Statement on Labeling Books with Reading Levels. If you haven’t read it, do take some time to do so.  I wrote about it over at the SCASL blog back in September, and our SCASL listserv had a pretty heated debate by those who were defending the labeling […]

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Survey Says…

I conducted an INFORMAL SC School Library Technology Survey yesterday. Very informal, but I wanted to mine some data so I could compare my school’s library to others. I have found that I’m not so great with validity and reliability either.  :( As I analyzed I found issues where I needed to be clearer in my survey. […]

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Rant two:  student ID’s. See rant 1 here. (Fictitious letter, all names and locations are anonymous.) Dear School Library Professional Guru, My colleagues and I don’t agree on the requirement of student ID’s to check out books from our high school library.  Can you guide me in how to handle this situation?  I want to […]

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Bringing together new voices along with veterans, here is a collaborative work that will inspire teacher librarians everywhere!!  Buffy Hamilton and Kristin Fontichiaro solicited contributions in an effective crowdsourcing manner to pull off a superior text worthy of any shelf!  Looking for inspiration or professional development form a text? Look no further.  This all in one collaboration […]

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This year I thought we’d invest a little (more like a lot–>$6000) of our book budget into the ebook mix.  After trying to figure out what the dominant player is in the fieid, we at my school decided to go with Overdrive.  With our pending launch date the end of this week, I am doing […]

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A friend of mine pointed me to an article, one of many I’ve read over the last few days as the media and Americans everywhere commemorate the tragedies of September 11, 2001, vowing “we will never forget!”  This is just one fo several I read: After Sept. 11, A ‘Missed Opportunity’ For America by NPR STAFF I think what he says […]

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The American Association of School Librarians released its 2011 list of the 25 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning recently. This list provides several topical areas, topics naturally aligned to the AASL standards, as well as a brief description of the tools themselves along with links. While the list is targeted at school librarians, the list is most certainly […]

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