Saturday, May 22, 2010

Advocate for Learners-Advocate for strong school libraries

This video by Joyce would be a great resource to share with staff.

Advocate for learners. Advocate for strong school libraries. from Joyce Valenza on Vimeo.

Prepared by Joyce Kasman Valenza for Library Advocacy Day.
May, 2010

Imagine- School Libraries-Library Advocacy Day

Imagine (Library Advocacy Day) from Joyce Valenza on Vimeo.

Film by Sal D'Angelo, Springfield Township High School, inspired by John Lennon's Imagine.

Creative Commons Attribution

Librarian: Joyce Valenza

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Book Reviews come in all shapes and sizes these days.

I really like the following type of book reviews
StoryTubes-Kids talking up their latest read....


There are a number of other StoryTubes to choose from. I intend to get the students to evaluate the videos before they even start planning any of their own. This task allows students to develop skills in talking & listening, reading & writing, multimedia, visual literacy& movie making!!

Learning for Sustainability Rap has commenced.

2010 is the Year of Learning for Sustainability.
The focus of the rap is to share and learn from others
 about ways of living more sustainably.

Even if you are not participating in this rap you can  follow its progress throughout the rest of the term. Rapping is a great way to incorporate ICT and Web 2.0 into CPPT, T&L, S&T and HSIE ( Ian Mc Lean)

The "Learning for Sustainability" Rap is hosted by the NSW DET's School Libraries and Information Literacy Unit.  The rap is aimed at Stage 3 and Stage 4 students. and the first rap introductions can be found by clicking on "Task 1"

 Teaching resources are available for downloading.

The blog also presents a great list of online resources to support sustainability. There is an important section included at the blog on Tips for Students-Cybersafety

For fantastic Sustainability literature visit Reading Enriches Learning (REL)  The array of books featured in Reading Enriches Learning has been carefully selected and written by well-known Australian authors.
Extensive resources have been created for each book, comprising:

•Author and illustrator profiles
•Focus questions prior to reading, during reading and after reading
•Relevant websites
•Student-centred activities
•Interactive proformas and worksheets
•Ongoing assessment ideas (for learning, as learning, and of learning).
Developed by leading educators including Barbara Braxton, Joy Lawn and Jennie Bales, the resources can be freely downloaded and put into classroom practice.

Games for Sustainability from Sites2See.

Planning for sustainability and education across a school community is a contiunal process. Use this checklist from NSW Sustainable Schools to track the school's progress. Use the toolbox to monitor usage.

Important message from Colleen Foley, Manager School Libraries & Information Literacy Unit

Dear Colleagues,
You may be interested in 2 topics at this page:

Parliament of Australia  House of Representatives
1. Inquiry into cyber-safety
2. Further down under About the House, click on How important are school librarians? then Play for great 5 min video which mentions that there is: a looming skill shortage of in the school library sector is one of the factors that has prompted an inquiry into the problem by a Parliamentary committee.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Recently retired and looking for interesting voluntary work to undertake

Lizzie Chase from School Libraries and Information Literacy Unit has some info that may be of use to use or a friend:

If you live in Sydney and have a teacher librarian friend [or a librarian friend] who is retired and looking for a wonderful volunteering opportunity, please let them know about the Jessie Street National Women's Library at Ultimo which is seeking volunteers.
Where: 523-525 Harris Street, Ultimo
Hours: Monday to Friday 10am-3pm
Phone: 95715359 
The National Women's Library was established to meet the need for a national library with its sole focus on the literary and cultural heritage of women. It collects the published works and archival material that documents the lives and experience of women. 

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Submissions are all available on Parliament website NOW!!

359 Submissions are now ALL live on:  

What a fantastic effort from so many people and from so many groups!!


Amazing Range of Google Search Options

Successful results from searching come from using the right tools.

A great place for students to start their search
After your search there are even more options to consider as well.

Use this Glogster page as a guide to  
Google's search tools 
beyond that first little box!

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Best of web 1

Check out this SlideShare Presentation: