Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Joyce Valenza's Resources from PETE& C

I couldn't type fast enough to keep up with Joyce Valenza's session School Libraries and Web-based Practice: A Tour of Effective Practice
Although I arrived about 10 minutes late, I feel like she shared 2 hours worth of information and resources and 
Let students create book talks, incorporate Web 2.0 tools as platform, let them mash things up
Book talk a day
Joyce shared Book trailers for all https://www.4shared.com/u/ZiDT_kOV/Book_Trailers_for_All.html
and how she makes Summer Reading transparent http://springfieldreading.wikispaces.com/
http://www.paperbackswap.com/index.php Great way to stretch library budget and it is FREE print out mailer, wrap book in it.
LibGuides http://libguides.com/community.php?m=i&ref=libguides.com
LiveBinders, Google Sites
I don't think that she could make finding the google tools any easier than THIS http://joycevalenza1.edu.glogster.com/googlesearch/
wow, Wow, WOW shouldn't all the PA SGPs be done like THIS http://tinyurl.com/4ao5oj2 via @joycevalenza #petec2011

As soon as she has her slides posted on slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/joycevalenza/presentations I will be sure to post them here but I think this tweet kind of sum's up my feelings about this session.


And here are her slides if that wasn't enough

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Thoughts about Internet 2010 in numbers

What happened with the Internet in 2010?
How many websites were added? How many emails were sent? How many Internet users were there? This post will answer all of those questions and many, many more. If it’s stats you want, you’ve come to the right place.
We used a wide variety of sources from around the Web to put this post together. You can find the full list of source references at the bottom of the post if you’re interested. We here at Pingdom also did some additional calculations to get you even more numbers to chew on.
Prepare for a good kind of information overload.

READ MORE & see the STATS royal.pingdom.com
WOW...107 TRILLION emails sent...1.97 BILLION Internet users worldwide (up 14% since 2009), 152 MILLION blogs publishing even easier than before, 100 MILLION new twitter accounts added and 250 MILLION new people on Facebook. 2 BILLION videos are watched DAILY on YouTube and flickr hosts 5 BILLION images (3,000 are uploaded each minute). Whether this information is even true I would need to spend a ton of time researching.
It is fascinating to me how MUCH information is out there...Just this morning in frustration over her spelling ...my 8 year old turned to google to help her find the song lyrics for a favorite song. Even mis-spelled, her new friend google helped her to find About 534,000 results (in 0.58 seconds).
Are we doing enough to help our kids learn how to navigate this information landscape?

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

It's a LIE mom

Watching Groundhog Day Livestream from Punxy, PA the inner circle mentions it's Phil's 125th BDA10yo says "no way, 125 years..." disappears, comes back 10 min later, "it's a lie mom, I looked it up- groundhogs only live 10 years in captivity" LOL 
via twitlonger.com

Funny that when my 10 year old hears something he questions on TV or in conversation, his first thought is to go "look it up". He is curious, creative and knows how to seek out information.  He thinks deep and is a great problem solver. 

It is unfortunate though that he is good at "school" too.   in school he is learning that in order to succeed, he needs to know what's "in the book" and nothing more.  When he does dig deeper he has found that his answers are counted as the "wrong answer"

Where is the disconnect? and how as educators do we fix it in our current system of recall & standardized testing?