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Tech tips for the Collection Development Academic Librarian

Practical advice on how to  make email communication, google docs, facebook, Pinterest best work to promote newest acquisitions and circulation rates.

A simple but comprehensive introductory “guide” to Academic Library Collection Development.

Open Resources for Blended Learning Initiatives

The Blended Learning Toolkit is a free, open repository of information, resources, models, and research related to blended learning. Funded by a Next Generation Learning Challenge Wave 1 grant, the Toolkit is a collaboration between the University of Central Florida and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Join the iSchool Initiative!!

The iSchool Initiative is a student-led, non-profit organization that is dedicated to revolutionizing the education system through innovative technology. With a mission  to inspire and educate students on how to become life long digital learners in the information age, iSchool Initiative raises awareness for the technological needs of the classroom, providing collaborative research on the use of technology in the classroom, and guiding schools in the implementation of this technology.

Create customized teacher portfolio in just 5 minutes!!

Portfoliogen is the first absolutely FREE online service for teachers to create their own customized portfolio webpage. Registered users receive their own URL web address allowing them to share their credentials with prospective employers, principals, professors and peers.

Create a Portfolio

Find Employment

This online service provides teachers with a way to create their own professional looking webpage in less than 5 minutes.

Quality online teaching…

Posted in Uncategorized by Lia Sant on May 20, 2012
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How do you want to teach online?

This question really asks you to consider your basic teaching philosophy. What is my role as an instructor? Do I take an objectivist view, that knowledge is finite and defined, that I am an expert in the subject matter who knows more than the students, and thus my job is to ensure that I transfer as effectively as possible that information or knowledge to the student?

In this post,Tony Bates will be discussing the first and by far the most important step: deciding how you want to teach online.

Facebook for School Counselors Guide

The American School Counselor Association and iKeepSafe have put together a great 9-page PDF file to help counselors better understand, address and resolve new technology and social networking issues.Image

Developing Mobile Learning Tools

Posted in Uncategorized by Lia Sant on May 20, 2012
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Featuring one more Edudemic article on Challenges, Strategies, Features and Apps associated with effective and engaging Mobile Learning Design.Image

Helpful Tips on how to weave aspiring PLNs

Personal Learning Networks, or PLNs, are a universal reality extending from family and friends teachers and students, to worldwide communities like Facebook, blogs, wikis…

Your  PLN can do wonders for your Professional development, Classroom resources and lesson plans and your students skills (Watch the Networked Student Video)

It is in fact a global learning network, enabling you build personal relationships with fellow educators, school administrators and experts from around the world, share resources, learn and collaborate and get feedback on your ideas and projects.  It’s well worth taking time and effort to build it as you’ll soon discover that your PLN is the best professional development you’ll ever have.

At the beginning, the whole process might seem overwhelming. However, creating a PLN, has proved to be the best way to get new teachers on the move.

Start with what you know! Set your goals

Open yourself to the world!

Become an active social-media (Twitter) user by visiting, choosing from hashtags that connect to your interests and  starting using them. It might seem difficult at first to follow threads of conversation but before giving up, try rethinking your strategy. It’s only a matter of weeks before you’ll be able to train others in social media practices. Remember that educators always look for innovative resources.  Thus sharing quality content, will help make more connections quickly!

Sign up in twitter,a diverse and innovative network giving you access to thousands of like minded  teachers around the world with rich backgrounds that can contribute to effective teaching and learning, complete your bio, connect to edubloggers from the Edublogs  (International Edublog DirectoryEdublog Awards Nominees) community, tweet, retweet and contribute.  Don’t forget to check your twitter interactions, email inbox daily and always respond and comment back and thank for RTs / mentions. Whenever possible start twitter topic discussions

Set a daily routine


Take one step at a time.   Read educational blogs and keep on tweeting about your professional discoveries, news, considerations. Get involved in webinar series as participant or presenter.  Share links, ideas, content with other educators and connect to those having a more in depth knowledge about different topics.

Alternatively view webinars (Serendipitiy – FineFocus) post your thoughts about them on your blog, leave comments and  links to your blog posts..

Join educator communities such as EdutopiaClassroom 2.0, and Teacher 2.0 forums that encourage and promote teacher collaboration.  Learn from others, be appreciative and help others learn.

Organise your Resources Put together livebinders, start scooping your favourite content, define your blog objectives

Don’t rush things. Let time take its course

Be resourceful and creative in the use of Skype

Be Prepared to Collaborate and Take part in projects

Blogging (wordpress)and following other blogs helps you build a strong PLN. Read , Write, Comment… Approve comments quickly, and always respond back to your posts readers

Subscribe to RSS feeds,

Use Flipboard,

Backchannel in conferences, follow conversations and highlight links

Share Bookmarks (Diigo, Delicious)

Keep up with experts (LinkedIn Teacher’s Lounge, ISTE),

Become an effective facilitator

Posted in Uncategorized by Lia Sant on May 2, 2012
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Become an effective facilitator with help of upcoming ASCLA webinar | American Libraries Magazine.

During this 90-minute online session, Brenda Hough will prepare you to run meetings and lead planning discussions with confidence in both face-to-face and online sessions! The effective facilitation skills that will be covered in this session are relevant to many professional situations, including focus groups, staff meetings, brainstorming and learning sessions and countless other group opportunities where a leader is needed to guide the conversation. Hough will also provide tips for improving participation and productivity and cover important topics such as group dynamics, learning styles and models for running meetings and group sessions.

Register online…

Typical school experience vs. 21st century world

Posted in Uncategorized by Lia Sant on April 29, 2012
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Read Dr. Bluestein’s comprehensive side-by-side comparison of Industrial-Age vs. Information-Age guide  and learn how rethinking educators’ action steps can better prepare students for success in a 21st century world.

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