Sunday, September 27, 2009

Do you twitter? Are you interested in what other Aussie TL's say?

 Join the twitter group  #austl

Enter #austl into each of your library related tweets to allow Australian Teacher Librarians to  collect, share, recreate and collaborate with each other....

C U there......

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Best time ever to be a Teacher Librarian....??

Joyce Valenza says: "A school’s teacher-librarian is its chief information officer, but in a networked world, the position is more that of moderator or coach, the person who ensures that students and teachers can effectively interact with information and leverage it to create and share and make a difference in the community and beyond."

Check out the retooled learning strategies that teacher-librarians should be sharing with classroom teachers and learners in the 2009–2010 school year@

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The POD's are Coming

The POD's are coming...R U Ready?

more about "The POD's are Coming", posted with vodpod

The Kindle 2 Wireless Reading

reading in the future?

R U ready?

more about "The Kindle 2 Wireless Reading", posted with vodpod

Twouble with Twitters

for all those who know not what twitter is all about!!!

more about "Twouble with Twitters", posted with vodpod

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Building a school library 2.0

Check out this SlideShare Presentation:

Quote of the day-What do you think?

Information OverloadImage by DeaPeaJay via Flickr

Information overloadImage by Holster® via Flickr

"We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge."
        John Naisbitt

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What sort of reader are you?

"Readers may be divided into four classes:
1.) Sponges, who absorb all that they read and return it in
nearly the same state, only a little dirtied.
2.) Sand-glasses, who retain nothing and are content to get through a book
for the sake of getting through the time.
3.) Strain-bags, who retain merely the dregs of what they read.
4.) Mogul diamonds, equally rare and valuable, who profit by what they read,
and enable others to profit by it also."

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Great new resources available for Teacher Librarians and Teachers.

for students and teachers 
It will help you determine the value of a resource.

Have you seen the Information Skills Posters from the 
School Libraries and Information Literacy Unit?

All the valuable strategies now available in digital format.

If you are looking for explanations of commonly used  
thinking tools go to:

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Monday, September 14, 2009

A message fom Kerrie Smith-You are never alone.

Tomorrow’s From the Coal Face blog post features some more pictures from library safaris during Book Week.
Did you see last week’s at
Kilimanjaro SafarisImage via Wikipedia
Don’t forget, if there is something related in particular to ICT in education that you would like to showcase, then you can send me an email with text and a photo or two.
I’m interested in DER/BER progress in particular so if rebuilding is happening then that might be a topic.
At the moment From the Coal Face happens on Fridays, but if I get a flood of material then I may use it on other days.
Kerrie Smith
Executive Officer
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Adventure Genre/ Jobs for the future?

LONDON - FEBRUARY 13:  Vale, a four week old r...Image by Getty Images via Daylife


What next?

21st century skills?

One of those jobs that hadn't been invented yet??

A man dressed as a monkey has been hired by Lucknow train station in India to scare monkeys. 

It really is thinking OUTSIDE THE SQUARE!!  Problem solving at its BEST!!!???

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

NAPLAN Results Publication

With Victor's permission I bring you this idea of his:

While not everything that counts can be measured I do
believe there is a strong correlation between
recreational reading and measurable literacy skills.
For some years I have kept an eye on borrowing rates and reading
patterns including the use of Premiers Reading Challenge records.

The NAPLAN National Summary Report is due for release
"mid September 2009" according to the FAQs
(Next Monday 14 is a likely candidate).

 I will be analysing my school's results closely to see if certain
 conclusions I have drawn are correct.

 I encourage you all to seek out your school results with a view to
finding leverage points to promote recreational reading as part of the eternal lobby for a healthy library budget.


Victor Davidson
Teacher Librarian
Birrong Girls High School

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Wanted 21C Librarian

Illawarra Grammar SchoolImage via Wikipedia

Subject: [Oz-teachers] TIGS: Wanted 21C Librarian

Hello All:

The Head Librarian position has been advertised in the paper
for The Illawarra Grammar School.

Details can be found at:

The person needs to be very familiar with Web 2.0 technologies
and a mover and a shaker. The person would be working with
the school's eLearning Director (not me) who is a very energetic

The Executive is looking at renovating the library itself which
is only about 7 years old to cater for the 21 Century.

Wollongong is a great secret location and 20 minutes from
anywhere in regards to the ocean, the escarpment and
cold rain forests.

The current librarian is retiring and has been very involved
in Future Problem Solving and Tournament of the Minds.
She came back from the States with more than one team
that were World Champions.

Please pass this on to your Library networks.

Steve Marsden

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Author Posters available for free download

Do you have an author visiting your school?
Are you decorating your classroom or library? 
 Here you will find posters of our authors that you can download and print (colour or black and white), ready to pin up on your wall.

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