Wednesday, February 27, 2008

New Perspectives on Teaching & Learning

I was extremely intersted by Holly Barton's excellent article on the new informational literacy which can be found in its entirety at

The zoo lessoon unit I used for fifth grade this year I think was a first move in this direction - from teacher to facilitator.  What do you guys think?
Be interested to hear your thoughts on whether teaching and learning are undergoing a shift....

Monday, February 25, 2008

Google Docs

Google Docs looks like a great way to share and edit our written work. This from the google site: "Edit and present with others in real time. Multiple people can view and make changes at the same time. There's an on-screen chat window for spreadsheets, and document revisions show you exactly who changed what, and when. Viewing a presentation together is a breeze, as anyone joined in a presentation can automatically follow along with the presenter."

We could post our docs here and either use the on-screen chat window or do a skype conference call while we work (See my comments under Stacey's post about skype. I did some research. Here's the link about conference calls:

If we do a skype chat while working on Google Docs, we can bookmark for later use. Not sure if that is a feature on Google Docs. If it is, no need to open two windows.

Google Docs might solve some of the problems we've been having with our current wiki (space limitation, fee after certain storage used, and login problems). Thoughts?

Monday, February 11, 2008


Anyone check out for chatting voice over internet?
What do you think?

Tuesday, February 5, 2008


School library media specialists are, by necessity, experts at multitasking. Information Power defines our roles as: teacher, instructional partner, information specialist, and program administrator. Blogs and wikis are fast emerging as effective tools, adding capability to our multitasking. While we are in separate buildings, Web 2.0 tools offer us collaboration. The purpose of this blog is to foster communication, keeping us on track with our wiki(s) and other current projects, and affording us the opportunity to think, post, and comment, whenever time allows.

My intended audience is first, my colleagues in Newport. In this narrow vision, many of my questions will be directly related to Newport's projects in progress. Of course, I would defy the nature of a blog if I didn't take advantage of the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues anywhere in the world. I'm sure I'll find similarities in our goals, our challenges, and our triumphs. I welcome your comments, too.

First topic: Newport colleagues: How far have we come in our goal of curriculum mapping, K-5? How much of the curriculum has been posted to the wiki, and what remains to be done?