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Tech in the classroom

Looking around a room of over 130 librarians at the NYLA/SSL leadership conference this year, I’m impressed at how many more tech tools I see. The iPads, tablets, chrome books, laptops, etc are so much more a part of everyone’s everyday tools than they were even a year ago. And two years ago, I remember being one of the few folks in the room with a tablet. In the Tech Tools Smackdown last night, the majority of the tools shared were apps and great examples of how they’re using them in their schools, we even ran out of time for sharing, we could have gone on for another hour!

Just having tech doesn’t mean it’s being used effectively to support learning, but these guys are leading the way, they’re doing it! Excited to be here, seeing and hearing the enthusiasm and ideas being shared.

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Coursera to offer K-12 Teacher Professional Development MOOCs

An interesting move : Coursera Announces Professional Development Courses to Facilitate Lifelong Learning for Teachers


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“Today we are extremely pleased to announce the launch of a teacher professional development category on Coursera. We believe that helping teachers improve their skills is an important contribution that we can make to the education of students everywhere. We are truly excited about the possibilities that having these courses available for free online, to be used independently or in a blended learning capacity, (more…)

Cool Tools for Schools 2013/14 – Interested?

evaluationI’ve had several requests to run another round of the Cool Tools for Schools project starting in October 2013.  It would be great to get a few more BOCES SLS regions involved as well.

If you’re not familiar with the project, it’s an online learning program based on the original 23 Things  Learning 2.0 program developed by Helene Blowers. Participants read through an online lesson, explore tools and examples, then do a learning activity to gain experience with the tools covered in each lesson.

Goals for the program are:

  • Gain familiarity with a variety of technology tools and explore how they can be used in K12 settings.
  • Opportunities to make connections with other educators and develop collaborations.
  • Increased confidence in exploring technology tools.

The two Cool Tools programs that have just finished running are:

Past Programs:

If you want to hear more about whether the program was valuable to the participants, the SLS Directors of the participating regions will be happy to share their experience with you.

And I’ll be happy to provide you with additional information about fees and how the programs are structured.


23 Things and Learning 2.0 in Schools

This past week I had the pleasure of presenting with Sarah Ludwig and Sara Kelley-Mudie during the Internet@Schools sessions at Computers in Libraries in Washington DC. Our session focused on Learning 2.0 and 23 Things in Schools. My slides are available below and on the conference presentations page, along with lots of great presentations from other sessions.

Bloggers who have shared notes from our session include:

Digital Learning Day – Feb 6, 2013

Digital Learning Day is coming up on Febraury 6, 2013.  Showcase your classroom and school!

Digital Learning Day is a national campaign that celebrates teachers and shines a spotlight on successful instructional practice and effective use of technology in classrooms across the country. The inaugural Digital Learning Day boasted tens of thousands of teachers representing nearly 2 million students.

The second annual Digital Learning Day is gaining momentum with ongoing activities, ideas, and collaboration opportunities leading up to February 6, 2013. Join the wave of education champions who seek to engage students, (more…)


BingItOn  – Enter a search and BingItOn retrieves a set of results from both Google and Bing, but doesn’t idenetify which set is which. Have students evaluate which set of results is better, identify criteria for good results and learn that using additional search tools has value.  (via: Online. 36.6 (November-December 2012): p13)