Connecticut Association of School Librarians

November 2009 Blog Posts (11)

NAEP 2012 Technological Literacy Draft

Check out the NAEP 2012 Technological Literacy Draft and participate in their feedback survey through January 15, 2010. The tables on pages 147 - 148 are a crosswalk of the NAEP 2012, ISTE NETS, and ITEA standards for technology. On pages 149 - 151, they have an international crosswalk. The AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner is listed in the bibliography.

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on November 25, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

National Initiatives You Should Watch

I read the Nov. 17th eSchools News article entitled "Stakeholders advise on national ed-tech plan." In the article, Susan Patrick, the person who oversaw the creation of the last national ed-tech plan, had some interesting suggestions which acknowledged an increasing electronic presence.

I decided to check out the National Educational Technology Plan… Continue

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on November 19, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

SLMS job description

The L4L (Learning 4 Life) task force, has produced an L4L Sample Job Description.pdf based on the new AASL Standards & Guidelines. See how it fits with your perceptions and expectations.

I created a Wordle graphic of the job description:

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on November 14, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Sec. Duncan says school administrators should protect funding for libraries

A welcome comment from Arne Duncan today. He said that school administrators shouldn't cut school librarians or funds for school libraries.

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on November 10, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

New 2009 Partnership for 21st Century Skills Mile Guide

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills announced its new 2009 Mile Guide. AASL is one of the partners along with the Department of Education and many corporations. AASL executive director, Julie Walker, is the current vice chair. View the conference presentation.

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on November 9, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Heading to the Finish Line

I started the day with a great session on Empowering Learners--Unpacking the Guidelines with Dr. Carol Gordon from Rutgers. She had great insights into the guidelines and their intent since she was on the committee to create them. Carol is also able to synthesize the research on instruction and learning so well. The question was "What does a good 21st century school library media program look like?"

"Instruction has taken center stage." The library media program is… Continue

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on November 7, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

TGIF in Charlotte

Started the day at 7 am this morning with a book discussion of Born Digital and then caught a little of James Patterson. He is working on 26 books! Talk about multi-tasking. He explained how he collaborates with his co-author. He writes an outline. His co-author writes a first draft. Patterson then reviews and edits and sends it back. This goes on until they are both satisfied. Fascinating. He is a role model of collaboration.

My next stop was a workshop Drive… Continue

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on November 6, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Reving Up in Charlotte

I'm registered and ready for the green flag.

I stopped to listen to a Bloggers Cafe session led by Joyce Valenza. Unfortunately, the internet connection was unavailable and that limited what she could do. She and Buffy Hamilton showed some slides that they had on Pageflakes (a social personalized homepage tool that she uses as pathfinders), creating widgets to make access easier for students, creating iGoogle accounts, and… Continue

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on November 6, 2009 at 10:35am — No Comments

Rev-Up Research--An ELMSS Research Design Symposium

This AASL Pre-Conference workshop focused on these questions related to 21st Century Skills:

What past research is applicable to the AASL Learning Standards?

What research questions arise from the Learning Standards?

How can ELMSS members collaborative to design and implement these research questions?

The session broke into groups, each focusing on one of he new standards and posted them to a wiki.

The wiki is at this address:… Continue

Added by Chris Barlow on November 5, 2009 at 10:53am — No Comments

b there - Your Virtual Track Pass

The American Association of School Librarians wants to ensure School Library Media Specialists who are unable to attend the AASL 14th National Conference & Exhibition are aware of the features and benefits offered with registration to b there - Your Virtual Track Pass. It's almost like being track-side with access to professional development materials and a vibrant networking community for an entire year!

Check out the info on… Continue

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on November 2, 2009 at 7:45pm — No Comments

House Re-Introduces SKILLs Act emphasizing role of SLMS

Yahoo! What a great announcement. The Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries Act would ensure that all students have the support and resources they need for a quality education by establishing a goal that all public school libraries employ no less than one highly qualified school library media specialist.

Recently, American Libraries interviewed… Continue

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on November 1, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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