This week I’ve been attending the Connect conference in Niagara Falls for the first time and as a representative of the Ontario School Library Association Council.  It also gives me a chance to speak about my M.Ed. capping paper on how teacher-librarians are in the ideal position to facilitate transliteracy. I mean, we really do […]

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A colleague of mine asked me this question today.  Here’s my reply: I think it is possible to be proactive with technology and social media, because I think the growth of social networking is plateauing.  In preparation for our group assignment on games, I have come across this business researcher, Seth Priebatsch, who says: For those of […]

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When Nicholas Carr wrote the infamous article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” (2008), he made waves in the education community who had bought into the Marc Prensky vision of today’s students as “digital natives” (2005).  While making impetuous decisions about technology integration in schools, Carr halted everyone into thinking maybe we should be a bit […]

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I submitted this paper today in fulfillment of the requirements for my M.Ed. INTRODUCTION From curious to competitive  I always felt most comfortable working with students in portfolio courses where students knew what they needed to accomplish and had ample opportunity to do and re-do their assignments until they were satisfied.  I came into being […]

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I start off trying to set context for 4 variables in redefining reading: reader, user, hardware and software using myself as the reader/user.  Then I add in various perspectives on how digital reading is changing reading and finally I suggest that teachers and teacher-librarians can play a key role in levelling the playing field for […]

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the […]

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I am concerned about the availability and accessibility of our catalogue.  Our catalogue is completely online and in 2012 we moved from the Horizon software to Workflows Symphony software for our circulation.  While there are certain advantages to our new software, the cataloguing is still primarily controlled and managed at the board level.  Maybe they’re […]

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Our secondary school is one of 11 in our school board and one of 4 with a full-time teacher-librarian.  Other than guidelines from our provincial school library association (OSLA) there are very few mandates for library.  The community of Orangeville is about 30 000 people and while initially agricultural, it is now a commuter town […]

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E contacted me today thinking about career changes, or sidesteps moving from classroom teaching to some of those rarer positions in schools like teacher-librarianship, and asked what are the differences between being a classroom teacher and being a librarian.  Moving into my fourth year in the library, I had a lot to say.  Here’s my […]

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Resource title: TakingITGlobal Author: TakingITGlobal Bibliographic entry TakingITGlobal (Ed.). (2012). [Http://www.tigweb.org/]. Retrieved November 30, 2012, from TakingITGlobal website: http://www.tigweb.org/ Description Using the “philosophy of Ken Wilber, which posits that there are 4 areas (quadrants) where progressive development can occur: Interior Individual, Exterior Individual, Interior Collective, and Exterior Collective” http://www.tigweb.org/about/why/change.html Reaction The causes sound very noble but the […]

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