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

Major Players in the MOOC Universe – The Digital Campus 2013 – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Explore connections among the major players.

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

I think MOOCs have an enormous potentinal to educate the disenfranchised.  The potential for good in this open resource oriented sharing of knowledge is enormous.  The potential for immediate dollar profit?… no so much.  In the US most students simply don’t have the discipline or desire to educate themselves using the remarkable resources gathered in any Mooc.  I don’t see this as displacing traditional Hire Ed in the U.S.   

I think of MOOCs as bread upon the waters, the ripple effect of educating the world will take awhile to build, but should eventually create significant waves of improvement for all.  (Call me PollyAnna, but I see Moocs as a manefestation of abundance that can do real good in the real world.)

See on chronicle.com

A Great Guide on Teaching Students about Digital Footprint ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Have you ever Googled yourself ? Have you ever checked your virtual identity? Do you know that you leave a digital footprint every time you get online? Do you know that whatever you do online is accumulated into a digital dossier traceable by others ? These and several other similar questions are but the emerging tip of the sinking iceberg.One that is packed full of concerns related to issues of our online identity and privacy issues.

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

Online teachers learn to live with great online transparency.  It’s wise to Google yourself, and become more aware of just how you ‘look’ on the Internet.

Professionals do this all the time.  But kids don’t.  As teachers we often learn best by teaching a subject.  Are digital footprints someting likely to show up in your curriculum?

See on www.educatorstechnology.com

Online Teacher of the Year finalists share passion for technology-driven instruction: Renee Citlau

by LeeEllen Harmer:


“What does it mean to you to be nominated for the NOTY award?
It is an honor. The nomination gives me a greater voice to communicate the benefits and challenges of online learning. It brings more attention to the potential of online learning to transform education and to the importance of developing quality online courses that are accessible to all students.

Online education has the potential to change education from a 20th century, teacher-directed model, to a 21st century, student-directed model.  We need to make sure that online curriculum is accessible to all students including special populations, English learners, and students from different cultural backgrounds.”

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

Renee is this years winner.  Congratulations on your recognition as a true professional! 

See on blogs.sas.com