Monthly Archives: April 2013

Keith Curry Lance: Receiving the 2013 AASL Distinguished Service Award

Library research/statistics consultant – School library impact studies – LJ Index – Project evaluation – Proposal Writing

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

Keith Curry Lance’s research work on the effectiveness of professionally staffed library media centers is remarkable.  The fact that in the face of impeccable proof that professional librarians and media staff provide remarkable boosts to student learning–libraries are still being closed makes me question any bibrary closing decision maker who claims to be research driven.

If you are not familiar with his work, you should be! 

See on keithcurrylance.com

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Pennsylvania Study Concludes School Librarians Boost Student Achievement

The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA), Education Law Center (ELC) and Health Sciences Library Consortium were awarded a National Leadership research grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for this study. By analyzing the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), which measures reading, writing, math, and science achievement for schoolchildren, this study determined that “reading and writing scores are better for students who have a full-time certified librarian than those who don’t.”

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

I”m surprised research is still being done on this topic.  For my money, Kieth Curry Lance proved the point sometime ago: http://keithcurrylance.com/

See on creatingthefuture2020.wordpress.com

MOODLE MOOC

MOODLE MOOC – Integrating Technology 4 Active Lifelong Learning

Sponsored by WizIQ.

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

I know that many of my students in the E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate want to learn more about Moodle.  I introduce Moodle in the first course (E-Learning for Eductors) but can’t really do it justice in just a few weeks.  

I’d recommend anyone interested in learning to teach on line or design online curriculum to get deeply involved with Moodle.  You can get your own Moodle set up for little more than the cost of your time.  It’s a great way to start, and Moodle is a great place to teach. 

This MOOC looks very promising! 

See on www.wiziq.com

Design a Beautiful-Looking Digital Magazine with ReadyMag

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

The samples I’ve seen by those who really know how to use this tool are stunning.  I’m inspired to try it.  I’ve found the best way to learn new systsm is to start with a passion project. There are a lot of ideas I’m passionate about. The motivation to work long enought to create something to be proud of comes from finding the right topic and finding a little time to explore something new. 

Perhaps ReadyMag is the place to go play?

See on vimeo.com

The More You Automate, The Less You Curate: Sense-Making Requires Manual Effort

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

The curator benefits from the act of curation. The reader benefits from following the curiosity of the curator into new ideas.  Both sides of the equation must exert the effort to pay attention so that focus and though develop.  Otherwise we can get stuck clicking through the information channels like so many bored workers punching the tv remote control in a dull haze after a long day. 

See on www.jarche.com