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June 2009 Blog Posts (9)

Another Info Filled Day at NECC

The day started with controversy: "Bricks and Mortar Schools are Detrimental to the Future of Education!"

Robert Siegel from NPR's All Things Considered moderated the debate.

We were able to vote electronically before the debate began and after. You can view the video of the debate along with videos of… Continue

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on June 30, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

NECC Web 2.0 Information

A number of sessions here have been devoted to using Web 2.0 in various ways. These have included Joyce Valenza's Library Tools Smackdown and ISTE's NECC SIGMS.

One session that I went to was helpful in whittling them down to just 10 different applications. Here's a link to the presentation The Best Web… Continue

Added by Chris Barlow on June 30, 2009 at 5:23pm — 1 Comment

A Great day at NECC

Started the day with Jamie McKenzie who will be our CECA/CASL conference keynote speaker. His morning session "Beyond Mere Gathering" focused on collaboration and synergy. Got several ideas about how to "really cook." A cool tool that he used was the Visual Thesaurus and I learned that I want to be a flaneur in my retirement. It means one… Continue

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on June 29, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

New Higher Common Standards

Are you following the development of a voluntary core of standards by 46 states? blog 6/15/09:

Last night Secretary Arne Duncan pledged to help pay for the development of assessments aligned with the higher common standards that 49 states and territories are developing. In remarks at the Governors Education Symposium in Cary , NC , he said:

“Once new… Continue

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on June 22, 2009 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Great Webinar!

Joyce Valenza, Buffy Hamilton, Cathy Nelson and Carolyn Foote had a fabulous webinar on Elluminate tonight. What a wealth of information!!! There will be a link for it on Future of Education so you will be able to listen to the discussion. That is a definite must if you want to stay current and informed. They talked about possibly making this a monthly meeting. Let's hope so. What a valuable service that would be for all of us. It is an exciting… Continue

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on June 18, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Is there a place for LMSs who don't know social media?

Join the discussion tonight on the Future of Education at 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day) when Joyce Valenza leads a discussion on the future of librarians and their role in education. Special guests: Buffy Hamilton, Cathy Nelson, and Carolyn Foote! See the full event details at

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on June 18, 2009 at 10:04am — No Comments


Following up on Irene's posting to CASL-L on the virtual opportunities to participate in the NECCC conference, here's a link to the ISTE SIGMS wiki for their events at the NECC. There are a number of links on the page as well as some interesting discussion topics. Here's the link:

If you didn't see the email, here's the link for the SIGMS NECC Ning:… Continue

Added by Chris Barlow on June 17, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

What a challenging model!

I just read Joyce Valenza's 12 page year-end-report. Incredible! Do you think she has cloned herself to be able to do all that?!!!

Read her blog which gives a link to her report as well as links to two other HS reports. There is a wealth of ideas for high school programs.

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on June 13, 2009 at 10:13pm — 1 Comment

21st-Century Skills

This is the most talked about phrase around these days. Maybe too talked about?

The School Library Journal Leadership Summit's topic is "Librarians As Leaders of 21st-Century Learning." Ross Todd is hosting a moderated discussion on this topic. The Partnership for 21st-Century Skills is currently hosting a Cyber… Continue

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on June 4, 2009 at 7:45pm — No Comments

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