Useful sites (weekly)

  • Dvolver Moviemaker. Make digital movies online. Formerly Dfilm. Home a tool to create your mini animations by pointing and clicking. You can choose the setting, characters, music at the background and how the chosen characters interact in your animation. You write what you want your characters to say and it shows up in bubbles in your animation. Children can watch a video and write an ending for it or they can summarize a story.   

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

What do TL’s teach?

After a week where I read about the trials of the school librarians in the US and then some of the articles following the recommendations of the Parliamentary Inquiry it was timely to remember the positive things. The SLAV submission to The Inquiry and read some of the great things that have been written by some of our great advocates.

This is an excellent visual supporting the work of teacher librarians by Joyce Valenza. It is also great that she has made it available for us to use by attaching a cc license. It is linked to a great post that offers other links. Another one I like is ” 100 things kids will miss if they don’t have a School Librarian in their School” by AASL President Nancy Everhart.

There are many great things going on in school libraries (and libraries in general). The Bright Ideas Blog is just one way of publicising these ideas and programmes/projects. This grew out of a  The PLN  programme, called “Learning through sharing” this year, has recently started and a lot more teacher librarians will be exploring the opportunities the digital world offers us in our never-ending search to give our students the best opportunities to learn.

And a video (link found thanks to Joyce Valenza) to finish on an upbeat note.

Student views on e-books

A lot of schools and libraries have purchased e-books (and e-book readers) or are in the process of purchasing them. Everyone assumes that the students will like them/prefer them but until now very few seem to have been asked for their opinions. We now have more student’s experiencing e-books so I am interested in finding out what it is they like and what they may not like or would like to see improved. I was pleased to find these videos made as part of Net Gen Ed Project ( A Flat Classroom Project). 

  • E-Books: Innovation In Education was one student’s view of e-books. She looked at a few of the benefits of e-books as opposed to the traditional text books.
  • Another one was titled “E-books This or That? “. The student said this about her video ” This is my video comparing the good effects of the e-book to some of the negative ways of learning we use now.”
  • Simply entitled “Ebooks”  yet another student gave a her video summary of e-book use and touched on the ability to collaborate with some e-books.

 It is clear that these students see a number of advantages in using ebooks. I also liked the project they were involved in and using many technology tools to create and reflect on their projects as well as to give and receive comments from others

Future libraries

What will libraries be like in the future?

I stumbled upon the  The Mosman Library of the future blog yesterday. It is a “collaborative blog by Mosman Library users, staff, residents & visitors”. The theme for may was about the future of libraries. On this site they have gathered a lot of ideas/visions about where libraries are headed. They have some great quotes, links and  I particularly liked the videos below.

The first video (2nd May) records interviews with some of the younger users of the library. The questions were: Will we have books? Will we have a library?

A second video with older users answering the same questions:

Have a look and try to answer the same questions? What do you think about the future of libraries? Will they be run by robots?

Useful sites (weekly)

The difference between school and life by ecastro, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License  by  ecastro 

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