Monthly Archives: May 2012

What is ClassConnect?

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Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Teaching Tools, Technology, Video


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Students’ Awareness of Their Library

The American Federation of Teachers ( provided resources to enhance the classroom experience for students and teachers. In American Teacher, there is an article about tapping the school library. I just want to share some of their suggestions and add my two cents.

As a teacher/instructor:

  • Build time into your lesson plan to visit the library or have the librarian attend your classroom
  • Sit in on students’ tutorials/information instructional sessions (confirmation from a teacher about the information shared during the session is a great way to show collaboration between the classroom and library) 
  • Link the library’s website to your classroom website
  • Make sure that the library have enough resources to support your class assignment

What do you think librarians can do to enhance the learning experience for students?


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Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Article, Checklist, Teaching Tools


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Have you used Wordle before? As a tool for the classroom this is pretty cool. You can build word clouds from any piece of text. It’s free! 

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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Teaching Tools, Technology


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I was visiting a library’s website and noticed a unique avatar on the librarian’s profile. The avatar can be created by going to  Voki is a free service that allows anyone to create a personalized speaking avatar and use it on your blog, profile, and in e-mail messages.

Example: Image

Additional Reading:

Au, Wagner J. The Making of Second Life: Notes from the New World. New York: Collins, 2008. Print.

Baylor, Amy. “The Design Of Motivational Agents And Avatars.” Educational Technology Research & Development 59.2 (2011): 291-300. Academic Search Premier. Web. 21 May 2012.

 Ebbers, Suzanne J. The Impact of Social Model Agent Type (coping, Mastery) and Social Interaction Type (vicarious, Direct) on Learner Motivation, Attitudes, Social Comparisons, Affect and Learning Performance. , 2007. Internet resource.

Mason, Robin, and Frank Rennie. E-learning: The Key Concepts. London: Routledge, 2006. Print.

Rymaszewski, Michael. Second Life: The Official Guide. San Francisco, Calif: Sybex, 2007. Print.


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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Office 2010

If you or your students are having problems with Microsoft Office 2010, go to GCF (Goodwill Community Foundation) offer free online tutorials for everyone.


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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Teaching Tools, Technology, Video


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Online Portfolio

One way to create a portfolio is through It’s free which is important for job seekers or students. You won’t have quite the level of customization as you would with WordPress, but it has a more plug and play feel. Here are a couple of librarian examples from the site: and This information was shared to me by a colleague on a group discussion board. I created a professional portfolio using WordPress.

Additional Information:

“ePortfolio HOW.” ePortfolios For All: A Roadmap for Success. City University of Hong Kong, 2009-2011. Web. 19 Apr, 2012. <>

Cambridge, Darren.Electronic Portfolios 2.0: Emergent Research on Implementation and Impact.Sterling: Stylus, 2009. Print.

Foster, Bill. A Beginning Teaching Portfolio Handbook: Documenting and Reflecting on Your Professional Growth and Abilities. Upper Saddle River: Pearson, 2007. Print.

Friedman, Delores. Creating and Presenting an Early Childhood Education Portfolio: A Reflective Approach. Belmont: Wadsworth, 2012. Print.


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Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Reading List, Teaching Tools, Technology


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Technology in Education

Helpful Books about Technology in Education

Jacobs, Heidi. Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World. Alexandria: Assoication for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2010. Print.

Orlando, John. How to Effectively Assess Online Learning. Madison: Magna Publications, 2011. Print.

Manning, Susan. The Technology Toolbelt for Teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011. Print.

Bates, Tony. Managing Technology in Higer Education: Strategies for Transforming Teaching and Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011. Print.


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