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School Library Tech Camp – March 2010

Last weekend, 30+ school librarians & classroom teachers gathered at the Hotel Thayer at West Point for 2 days of Tech Camp! After a bit of a rocky start due to problems with the hotel’s wireless network (which the ever resourceful Danielle handily solved!), we were off to the races.

Tech camp is a two day immersion in technology tools and and an opportunity to explore ideas for integrating technology into the curriculum.  The sessions offer school librarians (and classroom teachers) (more…)

Ft Plain Central Schools Tech Camp

Ft Plain Jr Sr High Web  2.0 Workshop I’m looking forward to meeting with 20 teachers at the Ft. Plain (NY) Central School on Saturday Dec 6. At 8 am! On a Saturday! Wow, you guys are dedicated souls.

This is going to be a 2.0 “tech camp” training day. We’ll be covering social bookmarking with We’ll use iGoogle to create a personal web portal and as a place to pull together RSS feeds from blogs, news sources, databases, delicious and more. iGoogle is a fun and useful tool that students can use to gather research material. (more…)

School Library 2.0 Weekend Retreat

Coming up next weekend (September 27 and 28th), I’ll be facilitating a workshop for School Library Media Specialists. I can promise you it will be a weekend full of learning, laughter and a lot of fun. The workshop will be held at the Hudson Valley Resort in the Catskill Mountains, so it will also be full of beautiful mountain views.

The new AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner include inquiry based learning and student-to-student collaboration for learning. Integration of new technologies is a given. Students need to know how to use ALL of the tools available to them to work effectively and efficiently. Many of the newest tools, such as wikis and tagging, provide for collaborative work. School library media specialists are strategically positioned to lead learning communities in the responsible uses of technology for learning. This two day fall retreat is designed to help library media specialists gain a comfort level with some of the Library 2.0 technologies (blogs, wikis, de.lic.ious, Flickr, Library Thing, Podcasts). Sessions will be informal and collaborative. Strategies for integration into the curriculum will be offered and shared.  (Dutchess BOCES SLS Blog)

I love this weekend retreat format for training. It gives everyone an opportunity to immerse themselves in learning, while providing time to relax and network with colleagues. I’ve seen so much learning going on outside of the classroom at these retreats, in what one colleague has dubbed “canoe time”, sharing ideas and inspirations while outside the classroom (whether in a canoe or not!)

Hope to see you there! Sponsored by the Dutchess County and Ulster County BOCES School Library Systems.

Sharing 2.0 Curriculum Ideas for K-12

I just ran across the California 2.0 Curriculum Connections wiki. It has some great ideas for using 2.0 tools in the K-12 curriculum. The wiki is a part of the California School Library Learning 2.0 project.

Another great repository of curriculum ideas is the Classroom 2.0 wiki.

You’ll find these and a selection of other resources for school librarians in the School Library section of my wiki.

Linda’s Animoto video of Tech Camps

Hey tech campers! Linda did a terrific video with photos from all the tech camp sessions. She used Animoto to create it.

Give it a whirl with your own photos. This would be a fun way for students to create short videos of their art work, a portfolio of projects, videos of events. A good visual storytelling tool.

What else can you think of to use it for in your schools?

Check out more digital storytelling tools on