Tuesday, April 24, 2007

CO Teen Lit Conference

Just pictures- you'd better ask me for stories:

Karol S

Just a quickie to let you know Karol's presentation at the Colorado Teen Literature Conference was the best! People were flowing out in the aisles. Nobody (and I mean nobody) does book talks like Karol! She is simply fabulous :)

Joyce Valenza's New NING

Yes you read it right- I said NING. TL extraordinaire has set up a social network just for Teacher Librarians! There are only about 65 of us so far- but what a great way for Marians to read/meet and send each other great info. It is really a cool way to communicate and get ideas! TAKE A LOOK!

Longmont Makes LibVibe

Many of you already listen to the LibVibe library news podcast. When I was listening recently - I heard some news of Longmont Public Library on this national podcast about meeting space. Wow! Marv has started to do interviews and incorporate them into his podcasts too. Nicely done!

Speaking of libraries- the Longmont Pulbic Library is about to hold their spring book drive May 2nd. Make sure to contact Kim if you need books!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Who's your favorite librarian?

In a recent search on Askville today, I ran across a question in the top ten questions...it went something like this:

"Most people have a favorite teacher or two, but do you have a favorite librarian?"

What a cool question! There were lots of nice answers to this question (you can read them yourself! - click here)

Most of you folks ARE librarians, but how would you answer the question? Make a comment on this post and we'll all read about your fav's!  ~guybrairan

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Powerpoint evil for educators?

Attention presenters! Australian researchers have found that powerpoints are not necessarily the best tool for education!

In the article Research Points the Finger at PowerPoint researcher Peter Costello presents findings that show there are limits on the brain's ability to process and information in keep it in short-term memory.

So- reading straight from the bullet points on a PowerPoint is actually supposed to be worse for education. Bummer huh- However he also says:

"It is effective to speak to a diagram, because it presents information in a different form. But it is not effective to speak the same words that are written, because it is putting too much load on the mind and decreases your ability to understand what is being presented."

OK- I think I can do that!

BTW- next Marians 4/26- see you there!