Archive for the ‘LiveBinders’ Category

I sense a theme!  Earlier today I skyped into the BCTLA conference in Coquitlam, B.C. to talk about school libraries and participatory culture.  In a few minutes, I will be skyping in again to share some ideas for how school libraries and teacher-librarians can use technology to build a school-wide reading culture.

My entire presentation is a LiveBinder, which is available here: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=225482

Thanks again to the BCTLA for inviting me to participate in this year’s conference.

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Last week I was asked to do a short, introductory presentation on Evidence Based Practice for a group of Quebec school library staff.  The presentation slides are available here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1BDKPuiVE_fAWgxlonh5M-2GmLeKeTGV0vKOJdb7CZgc/edit 

To supplement the presentation, I also created a LiveBinder of resources related to the topic. The LiveBinder can be found here: http://www.livebinders.com/edit/index/379283

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I have the pleasure of presenting to teachers from the English Montreal School Board over the next 3 Fridays at their district PD Days.  I am presenting on the topic of Building a School-Wide Reading Culture.  To construct the presentation, I am using the same LiveBinders binder I created on the topic last fall.  I am using that binder to help guide our discussion.  You can see the LiveBinders here: http://www.livebinders.com/edit/index/225482

I also gave the teachers who attended my session a handout, which is here: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B26FVFyG1P7lZEZvVV9QUE5Rb0NuVjJzMkdjRENzQQ

The first presentation was this past Friday and it went very well.  I spoke to an engaged and interesting group of about 18 teachers and preservice teachers (it was great to have some student teachers in attendance!) and they asked some great questions.  We talked about the role of leveling books in junior and senior high school level classes, we talked about technology, we talked about finding resources for kids and teachers online.  I started the session by reading Lane Smith’s fabulous book It’s a Book with them and they loved it!  Check out the trailer below for It’s a Book…we also talked a lot about book trailers and how they can be used to engage kids with books and reading.  All in all, a great day with teachers from the English Montreal School Board.  I’m looking forward to next Friday’s session!

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I am pleased to be presenting a session for the Saskatchewan School Library Association next week.  I will be doing a session called “Developing a Culture of Reading in Schools using Technology”. Due to technological limitations with the online webinar format, I have decided to go low tech for this presentation.  Below is the slide deck I will be using for the session.  I have also created a LiveBinder (which I blogged about here) for participants to use as a virtual handout after the presentation. You can see the LiveBinder here.

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Take Note (Creative Commons Attributed flickr Image)

I love notebooks and binders and paper.  As a kid, I remember one of the best gifts I ever got was from a family friend who gave me a binder all my own, full of lined paper that I could use for anything, and some new pens and pencils.  Call me a  nerd, but nothing made me happier!  Fast forward a few years and I would be less thrilled with binders and paper as a present, but I do still love great organizational tools.  Enter LiveBinders…a virtual three ring binder for all those fantastic web based resources I find online.

I am doing a presentation later this month for the Saskatchewan School Library Association’s Learning Events on developing a reading culture in schools using technology.  The session will  first explore the idea of a reading culture, what it is, what it looks like in schools and school libraries, and why it is important to develop a reading culture.  We will then identify ways in which technology can be used to both build and maintain a reading culture in schools and school libraries.  This will include a discussion of online book clubs, using sites such as GoodReads or Shelfari, skype an author events, and more.  The session will be a practical introduction to the ways in which technology can be used by teachers and teacher-librarians to promote reading and literacy in their schools.

I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to try out LiveBinders as a way of organizing my examples for the presentation.  I think I’m in love!  Although it is still a work in progress, I am pleased with the results so far, even though I just found out that presenting directly from LiveBinders won’t be an option for this online presentation.  I will have to go ‘old school’, using offline screenshots in a PowerPoint for the actual presentation.  But, the LiveBinders I created will be a fantastic virtual handout for the participants to refer to after the fact.  I really like the ease of use of the tool and the functionality of the interface.  It is intuitive and easy to use.

As I said, this is still a work in progress, but here is my binder so far.

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