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MORE Great Web Tools and Apps for Student Engagement

In my last post, I included some great ideas for K-12 library media specialists as they collaborate with classroom teachers about quality online tools for instruction. Here are a couple of others, along with lesson plan ideas, that work well for some of my students. (Posted with permission) HSTRY: (Middle School level) Students will be required […]

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Great Web Tools and Apps for Student Engagement

I’ve discovered that some of the best advice I have to share with practicing school library media specialists comes from my own students at the University of West Georgia! For example, my Ed.S. students provide some excellent examples of developing student engagement through use of web 2.0 tools and apps. I’ve pulled (with permission) some […]

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Movin’ and Shakin’: The P-12 Media Center Transforms For More Collaboration and Participation

So, what’s the difference in a P-12 library media center and a P-12 learning commons? I’m glad you asked! Perhaps the best word to describe the difference is “moving.” The traditional P-12 library media center is certainly a place filled with resources, technology, personnel, and learning, but it is often based upon the concepts of […]

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The High School Library: Portal for STEM Programs Through ROV Support

When my 16-year-old grandson started talking about being on the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) team a couple of years ago, I knew he was referring to robotics of some sort. It was certainly not an area of expertise for this Grandmother librarian, so I didn’t realize the full impact of what he was explaining. Two […]

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Let’s Talk About What’s FAIR

This week, I enjoyed leading a spirited discussion with a Georgia school district’s media personnel about the topic of copyright and fair use. I was interested to hear the questions these P-12 media specialists had regarding what can and cannot be done regarding copyright law — in other words, what is FAIR?   A few of the […]

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What Makes a Super Hero?

I am excited tonight, even though it is a rainy night in Georgia! I have the distinct opportunity this week to participate in the Media Specialist Task Force for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). The goal is to “Inform the work of developing and/or revising educator preparation standards for the Media Specialist field.” The […]

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Lost in [Cyber] Space…

It has been said that our opinions of others are formed within the first few seconds of meeting them. For example, take librarians… I look at one dressed in their interesting clothing with hair exploding, glasses crooked, and inquisitive eyes and think, hmmm, that must be an academic librarian. I look at another dressed in […]

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In the Eyes of the Children…

I LOVE working with the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl! What’s that, the HRRB, you say? The HRRB is, simply, confirmation that many, many students in Georgia P-12 schools love to read. They love to read to the point of passion, commitment, and COMPETITION! A dream began in 1985 when Mrs. Helen Ruffin served on the […]

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Warm Thoughts from HICE

So, I just attended and presented at the Hawaii International Conference On Education (HICE) last week. “What??” you say.  “It was 10 degrees Fahrenheit in west Georgia last week and you were on the beach in Honolulu??” I’m sure that places me very near the bottom of your friend list. However, it was not all […]

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CURATION Smorgasbord!!!

CURATE, when used as a verb, implies action: “To take charge of (a museum) or organize (an art exhibit). To pull together, sift through, and select for presentation, as music or website content…”  Considering the origin, the term “curate” dates back to 1300-50 from Middle English. The act of curating as well as the term, […]

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