Friday, April 25, 2008

Marian Notes from 4/21

Thanks to Beckie for facilitating and providing these notes!
** NOTE - next Marians Monday, May 19th!

· 21 skills are online learning in variety of ways: Blogging, video, databases.

· Virtual Campus is what St. Vrain is using. Classes are set up to use Moodle.

· Teachers are creating online professional development communities

· Alternatives to PowerPoint. Photo Story is an example

· The Program Destiny is used in Estes. When looking up books/topics in the library it connects to websites for research purposes.

· Transferable skills are what we need to teach.

· It was brought up that in Estes they are required to do 3-4 hours of professional development on computer skills.

Laura adds: great resources at:21st Century Skills

Also, the Framework for 21st Century Learning was presented at the CAL Pre-conference in November with Allison Zmuda. She was talking to librarians and principals and making sure principals knew that the skills businesses want to see in graduates are not necessarily the same skills be assessed in schools. Click here for her PowerPoint from that presentation.

Monday, April 07, 2008

CO Teen Literature Conference Authors

Teens had the opportunity to ask questions of Alane Ferguson and Gail Giles during the Teen Literature Conference April 5th 2008. (Notes for some of the conversation below)

Next year's authors were announced: Jordan Sonneblick (Notes from the Midnight Driver) and David Lubar (The Curse of the Campfire Weenies/Sleeping Freshman Never Lie). This should make for a great conference!

Mark your calendars now- see if you can join us APRIL 4, 2009!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Teen Lit Author Panel- Denver 4/5

Authors Hilari Bell, Linda Collison, Laura Resau, Donita Tompkins talk about the process of writing and answered questions.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Alex Award winners...

Thanks to Learning Gems, I now have a nice piece to tease ALA's 2008 Alex Award winners! Have a look: