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Here’s an excellent video created by Kevin Honeycutt about the need for teachers to embrace Web 2.0 technologies and elearning:

If they’re unsure of where to start, send them to this article written by Joyce Valenza in Tech & Learning:


How to retool yourself–a roadmap of at least 16 ways for school librarians (and their classroom teacher colleagues) to develop professionally

1. The Common Craft In Plain English video series provides no nonsense explanations of nearly all things 2.0 and many of us use these little videos in professional development workshops.  Watch them; share them; embed them.

2. When I need to get up to date quickly, I often look for presentations created by folks I respect and I search the SlideShare archive.  I am blown away by the content our colleagues freely share.

3. Discussion hubs:

4. ISTE’s SIGMS and many of the other SIGS),offers a variety of ways to get involved and retooled.  Join the SIGMS group and participate in the community discussion in the ISTE Ning.  The AASL-SIGMS Virtual Learning Community hosts regular meetings in Second Life featuring notable speakers like Alan November, Mike Eisenberg, Doug Johnson.  Among many other things, ISTE’s Second Life Wiki shares an archive of videos from the ISTE Eduverse Talks in Second Life.  Facebook users might prefer to join the ISTE Facebook

5. TeacherLibrarianNing is a meeting place for TLs all over the world. We are completely redesigning the interface and hope to feature more provocative discussion. Volunteers are always welcome to inspire forum discussions and polls and more.  Email me if you’d like to be made an administrator!

6. Check in regularly with David Warlick’s Hitchhikr to see what’s hot and to keep up to date on upcoming confs on- and offline.

7. Absolutely better late than never! Visit any already held conference and experience it from a distance. November Learning and last year’s ISTE/NECC host a wealth of fabulous video and slideshows and wikis filled with resources for learning.  Here’s our Smackdown Wiki from NECC09 in DC, the event held at ALA, and the most recent AASL event.

8. Join or visit any of a variety of relevant bookmark sharing groups in Diigo.  I belong to: Interactive Whiteboards in the Classroom, Diigo in Education, Educators, History TeachersWeb 2.0 @ School, Project-Based Learning, Teacher-Librarians, eLearning 2.0, High School Librarians. You have so many choices!

9. Plan to attend the free, global K12 Online Conference that started just this week! You will be amazed at the wealth of options. Experience presentations by leaders, thinkers, and practitioners (most participants span all three categories).  Participate in the live discussion.  Visit and share the archive.

10. Follow a few bloggers. Just a few.  Visit my NewTools page on blogging for lists of teachers and librarians who blog.

11. Follow a few Tweeters.Just a few. Visit my NewTools page on tweeting for resources to build your network.  One of my personal favorites is Twitter4Teachers.

12.  I’ve been maintaining this page on 2.0 Learning Resources.  Start anywhere, but I recommend visiting:

13.  Steve Hargadon of Classroom 2.0 recently offered school librarians Elluminate space and time for our own monthly/regular discussions.  A steering committee is currently planning a series of events of interest to school librarians, as well as other educators, to be held the first Monday of each month.  Our first event is tentatively scheduled for Monday, February 1.

14. Check out any of a growing number of video learning portals for professional development, as well as content area learning. My very favorite of these portals is TED, where you can gather wisdom from some of the most creative thinkers and speakers of our time, but there are so many:

15. A few of us on the AASL Geek Squad recently built a wiki to share effective online school library practice. Visit the site to see examples at all levels of instruction and for a variety of aspects of library service.

And sneaking just one more item:

16. Visit the shortlist nominations for the Edublog Awards to see examples of effective practice in blogging, tweeting, wiki creation, and, in general, teaching and learning using the information and communication tools of our time.

Did You Know 4.0

Many of you will be familiar with the video Did You Know 3.0, (see below) watched by millions of people since it was released in October 2008. This video was a remake of the original “Shift Happens” videos (see the Shift Happens wiki)



How will we be reaching students in 2020?

The new Did You Know 4.0 video was created in September 2009, and predicts that the next big wave of advertising and social networking will be via mobile phones. 

Will schools be ready for this challenge when we ban phones in classrooms today? Sometimes not just in the classroom, but students are banned from bringing them to school at all.  Over the next few years we will need to get our heads around another big paradigm shift in education – and this while we are still struggling with elearning via one-to-one laptop programs.

However, doesn’t this create an ideal way for Teacher Librarians to lead the way with researching how mobile phones can be used in the classroom, and implementing some strategies themselves? For example, book reservations and RSS feeds on new items via text messaging, chapters of novels sent out via SMS (copyright free books), useful websites added to the Library webpages and sent to teachers and students via SMS etc.  Others are already exploring the potential – author Marieke Hardy earlier this year was commissioned by The Age newspaper to write a novel specifically for mobile phones: The Age Text Tales with Marieke Hardy.

We need to think carefully about Alvin Toffler’s comment:  “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”  Teacher Librarians must make sure that they are not only literate, but also leaders.

Have a look at  10 Ideas for Engaging Learners with Cell Phones, Even in Districts that Ban Them by Lisa Neilsen, also Mobile Phones, Mobile Minds: “a look at the world of young people with mobile phones, and the impact on schools and education”

Owning a mobile is becoming an indispensable element of young people’s lives, for both teenagers and increasingly primary age children, all around the world.

Are mobile phones a force for good, or an example of technology gone awry? Is it sensible to ban their use in schools or should this device be given a place in lessons and learning?” (teachers.tv)


Great Wikis for Teacher Librarians

I am always excited when I come across collectons of incredibly useful links, especially when many of those have been tried and tested by other teachers, TLs and educators. I also feel humbled by the generosity of those who create and share their knowledge so freely with others.

Below are some great wikis that I’ve discovered, with a wealth of information that you could lose yourself in for hours – or days if you’re lucky enough to have the time!! You could even sign up to some of these wikis and add extra websites that you’ve discovered – after all, that’s why these sites have been created as wikis, rather than websites.

Joyce Valenza –  Copyright Friendly Images & Sounds Wiki

Joyce Valenza – Library Learning Tools Smackdown

Joyce Valenza – TeacherLibrarian Wiki

Joyce Valenza – School Library Websites

Joyce Valenza –  AASL Conference Wiki

Joyce Valenza – Web 2.0 Meets Standards for 21st Century Learners

Joyce Valenza –  Information Fluency Wiki

Joyce Valenza –  New Tools Workshop Wiki

Donna Baumbach – WebTools4u2Use Wiki

Buffy Hamilton – Cool Web 2.0 Tools for Librarians

Buffy Hamilton – YA Lit 2.0 Wiki

Anita Beaman & Amy Oberts – Reading 2.0 Wiki

Nancy Pearl – Book Lust Wiki

ISTE – Digital Citizenship Wiki

Camilla Elliott – Personal Learning Network Wiki

Collette Cassinelli – VoiceThread 4 Education Wiki

Ransomtech –  Digital Footprint

Cool Tools for Schools Wiki

Charles Leadbeatter says in his YouTube video We Think that “mass innovation comes from communities – it’s like a bird’s nest where everyone leaves their piece….In the past you were what you owned, now you are what you share.”

That’s the beauty of Web 2.0 – everyone sharing, everyone collaborating and working together to create knowledge communities.

Downloading and Converting Videos

Have you ever done a presentation where you have an embedded link in a PPT to a YouTube video, you click to play the video, then you have trouble getting back to your PPT?  Or have you found the perfect video to show for a lesson, only to find that the network can’t connect when you want to show it, or the video won’t play?

 What you need is to actually download the video, then embed it into your PPT.  This is not all that straightforward however, especially when some videos are particularly large in size, so you need to compress the video or reduce its size before using it.  Click here for Mashable’s list of 23  different ways to download YouTube videos – just check first the copyright details on the videos before you download them.

One of the easiest ways I’ve found for downloading videos is to use ZAMZAR, an online file conversion site, free for files up to 100MB. Not only will it convert video files for you, but also music files, images and documents.   Watch a video from the Zamzar website showing some of their great features.  I usually choose to convert  videos to avi format, but all of the following formats are avaialbale:

Output formats: 3gp, 3g2, avi, gvi, iphone, ipod, wmv,  flv, mov, m4v, mp4, mpg,  ogg, rm, rmvb, vob


If, on the other hand, you don’t want to use an online conversion site, you can download Any Video Converter, a free open source software program, and convert your videos using that instead:

“Any Video Converter Freeware- the Free Video Converter – is the most renowned free video converter for converting video files between various formats, with fast converting speed and excellent video quality. This powerful free video converter application makes video conversion quick and easy.

This FREE video converter software can clip any segments and optionally merge and sort them to make a creative movie. And even more, Any Video Converter Freeware can crop frame size to remove any unwanted area in the frame just like a pair of smart scissors.” (from the website)

Input formats:  avi, asf, mov, rm, rmvb, flv, mkv, mpg, 3gp, m4v, vob, YouTube videos


Output formats:  avi, mp4, wmv, swf, flv, mkv, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, mpg (PAL or NTSC), mp3, wma, ogg, aac, wave, m4a

Main screen of Any Video Converter Freeware



Prezi Logo 

If you would like a different presentation option to PowerPoint, take a look at an amazing new tool called Prezi. It replaces traditional PowerPoint slides with one single screen; you lay everything out to create your overview and then choose pathway links between different words or objects, as you ‘drill down’ into your subject matter. Place and rotate objects using the ‘zebra wheel’, add text, then create your presentation pathway, zooming in and out to alternately see the big picture, then details within that picture.  Once you’ve created your prezi, you simply move between ideas and concepts by clicking your mouse, just as you would with traditional PowerPoints.

 To get more of an idea of the simplicity of the concept, yet complexity of detail that is possible with Prezi, watch this amazing demonstration of Tips and Tricks.

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” ‘Prezi makes slideshows bearable again by presenting “slides” as simply areas of one giant whiteboard with infinite resolution…. I liked Prezi because it was so different than any other concept. It isn’t a complex mash-up or …concept only tech people can appreciate. It is a better way to give slideshows….. Prezi is clearly more engaging and interesting, for both the creator and the audience.” (Rob Dixon’s comments on his blog)

This is a brilliant example by Anne Robinson of the Dixie Grammar School, showing the use of Prezi for teaching students about research, plagiarism and citing references:


“Prezi have launched a topic on their forum about how to use this presentation tool in education. Follow this link  to join the conversation:    http://community.prezi.com/prezi/topics/prezi_in_the_classroom_how_do_you_use_it


http://prezi.com/zjdhu-n35zcg/  by David Pinto


This YouTube video from Palm Beach Cafe shows how to use Prezi -( from about 4.30 mins till the end)

Other examples – Echo – a presentation using images

Top 50 Librarian Blogs

If you’re looking for some blogs to subscribe to, you’re sure to find something to interest you at this site. The blogs listed include personal blogs, collective and community blogs, library and reference blogs, fun stuff blogs and Twitter streams.



Jing – Instant Screen and Video Captures

  • Explain ideas                                     
  • Give feedback
  • Collaborate on projects 
  • Share information

If you’re tired of repeating the same instructions again and again, then maybe a Jing audio screencast or a screen capture with text is the answer you’ve been looking for.

Jing, by TechSmith,  is an extremely easy-to-use free screencasting software which makes capturing screen shots and screen videos very simple.

Jing Home 


Once you have downloaded Jing, a 3-armed ‘sun’ – which you use to activate the program – will appear at the top of your screen. If you”d prefer, you can drag it to the side of your screen, and you can also set it in Preferences so that it doesn’t automatically load when you open your computer.  

Screen captures can be quickly and simply created, then you can add text, arrows and highlighting using a variey of colours and fonts.  Watch a video   to get an idea of the different ways you can use Jing, and read some examples to see how teachers have successfully used Jing in the classroom.

While Jing is free for up to 5 minutes of video capture, if you would like to make higher quality, longer videos you will have to purchase Jing Pro for $14.95/year.


25 Tools: A Toolbox for Learning Professionals 2009

Here is a great SlideShare presentation of Web 2.0 tools for teachers by Jane Hart, founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, “one of the world’s most-visited and most popular learning sites on the Web, with over 8,000 unique visitors a day.”

If you visit this site, you can go to the Directory of Learning Tools where you can access over 3,000 tools for learning – and the good thing is that over 2,300 of them are free!

Jane is currently compiling a 2009 list of the Top 100 Tools for Learning, so if you would like to share your Top 1o Favourtie Tools, click on this link


My Top 10 Favourite Tools so far:

Animoto, Cooliris, Diigo, Jing, Ning, Prezi, SlideShare, Twitter, Vodpod, VoiceThread
 (This was a difficult list to choose!)


View more presentations from Jane Hart.

Cyber Bullying

“Cyber bullying is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyberstalking is NEVER called cyber bullying.”  (STOP Cyberbullying)

With the suicide death this week of the fourth student from Western Heights College in Geelong, discussion has sparked again on how to best prevent this type of tragedy from occurring in the future.

Chanelle Rae, aged 14, ‘wanted to die’ after receiving a message on the internet an hour before she took her own life.

Both paents and teachers need to be aware of cyber bullying and the devastating effects it can have on children. The PPT below on Raising Digital Citizens is very timely, and incudes the types of cyber bullying outlined here:-

8 Forms of Cyber Bullying

Flaming: using inflammatory or vulgar words to provoke an online fight

Harrassment: continually sending vicious, mean or disturbing emails to an individual

Denigration: spreading rumours, lies or gossip to hurt a person’s reputation

Impersonation: posting offensive or aggressive messages under another person’s name

Outing: posting or sharing confidential or compromising information or images

fooling someone into sharing personal information which you then post online

Exclusion: purposefullly excluding someone from an online group

ongoing harrassment and denigration that causes a person considerable fear for his/her safety

A Week in the Life of a ‘New Media’ Teacher Librarian

Here is a link to an article written by Judy O’Connell, a very active and inspiring role-model who incorporates Web 2.0 and ICTs in her everyday professional life.  Hmm – rather challenging, especially the sentence at the end where she says “Now it’s your turn to be a Web 2.0 Teacher Librarian!!”   (Judy’s blog is called HeyJude.)

A Week in the Life of a New Media Teacher Librarian