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The hiatus is over! October 7, 2015

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ULearn 2015 is rocking Auckland this week.  Close to 2,000 educators from across Aotearoa and beyond have taken over SkyCity, Crown Plaza, street corners, cafes, bars, restaurants ….


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Don’t try for coffee at any of the local caffeine spots if we’re on a break … you’ll either drown in the frenzied eduspeak or die from the wait!

Follow the fantastic tweets #ULearn15 to feel like you’re in the room.

Big shout out to Nathaniel Louwrens @nlouwrens & Alex de Long @araiporo22  for their inspiring Professional Blogging for Beginners workshop, which has woken my blog up from a rather long sleep ….

Watch this space for more, soon!


Picking the right tool for keeping current in a digital world. August 30, 2012

If you can, find the time to look over this fantastic offering from our Teacher Librarian neighbours across in Australia.
It’s a treasure trove of links and inspiration.
Well done OZTLNet 🙂
Following them on Twitter is an option too – @OZTLNet and also on FaceBook as a page not a group – Australian Teacher Librarian Network.
Judy O’Connell’s description of a page is very clear “The great thing about our Facebook Page is that once you ‘like’ it, you don’t have to worry about it anymore – just see the feed in your own ‘news feed’ and reply or like right there on your computer or your iphone. Being open, but not a group, you don’t have to be a “friend”.”
I’m dipping my toe tentatively into the world of professional use of Facebook and opened librarypaula last week.
It’s my attempt to continually feed my school community and other followers information snippets, websites, apps, books tips and tricks that I think will help them with their current school work and at the same time increase awareness of how the school library and ALL libraries and librarians are indispensable!
Stepping down from my soap box now ….


How children learn. August 26, 2012

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Last week I spent two days at CORE Education as part of my eFellowship programme.
Connecting again with the four other eFellows and our mentors creates the warm fuzzies you feel when catching up with a long lost friend- only this time it’s six friends.
Ann, a fellow eFellow, has all but copyrighted the word “magic” as a descriptor for all her experiences, but magic is a contagious word which has crept into the collective language of the eFellow five … AKA the Famous Five!
MAGIC is what our two days together were.

We spent Friday afternoon presenting to each other an outline of the presentation we will deliver at uLearn in October.
As a presenter it was harrowing.
Standing before our peers and talking “our talk” bought up some very strong emotions for us all.
But, sitting on the other side of the table as an audience, we were all blessed with a truely amazing insight into the working day and life of this pretty amazing group.
I felt completely humbled to be in a room with four teachers who are so passionate, talented and giving with their knowledge and ideas.

Late Friday afternoon we had finished our programme and were reflecting on the two days that were.
Derek Wenmoth; one of the directors of CORE Education came into the kitchen to say goodbye.
Conversation ensued and Derek shared stories with us.
At the end Derek talked about the volume of information coming via email, and how he will pick one thing to explore and reflect on, then often blog about it.
This really spoke to me.
The deluge of emails, tweets and news feeds we recieve each day has the potential to create inertia as all we do is try to process this never ending stream work, leaving us time starved to actaully “do” anything with the ideas generated.
This morning I’m taking Derek’s advice and taking one thing from my inbox, reading it and doing something with it.

It’s not a tool or tip that requires further learning, but a link which I think is timely after my  third masterclass as part of the 2012 eFellowship.



The Endangered Languages Project. June 26, 2012

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I subscribe to the Library Link of the Day, and today’s offering was titled “Google fights to save 3,054 dying languages.”
The Endangered Languages Project is “is an online resource to record, access, and share samples of and research on endangered languages, as well as to share advice and best practices for those working to document or strengthen languages under threat.”
With a world map covered in dots to indictate each recorded endangered langauge, you are able to investigate the state of the language, view word lists, langauge metadata, and add information too.
The link from New Zealand included documents from The Alexander Turnball Library collection.
This could be a facinating site to use with ESOL students, and also useful for country and culture studies that are sure to pop up during the Olympics.


The Riccarton High School entry for the V48Hours Film Festival 2012 June 25, 2012

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There’s Something Rotten in the School of Redmark.


Pope looks for a new librarian. June 21, 2012

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Anyone out there looking for a change?


Leap motion gesture technology. June 13, 2012

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Woah! It really was only a matter of time before technology like Leap became available to a big screen.
Fruit Ninja could turn into a full cardio work out and just imagine what Liqua Pop could do to your heartrate!


Taylor Mali’s brilliant! May 31, 2012

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I’m having a wee blogging session with a friend and dear ole WordPress is being a bit difficult, so this is merely a test 🙂



Libraries Will Survive!

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Thanks HEAPS to Lis Marrow at Hutt International Boys’ School for this wee gem on a Thurday afternoon 🙂


Top 10 Twitter Accounts to Follow For Education Technology May 27, 2012

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2012 is evolving into the year of the Personal Learning Network for me.
The more I delve into PLN superstar Twitter, the more I wonder how did I kept current with the seemingly endless changes in educational technology,current thinking and best practice examples happening around the world as well as what’s new in the teenage literature field too.
This tweet connected me with some superstars in the education tweet-esphere, but there are plenty of inspirational NZ’ers tweeting cutting edge stuff too.

Top 10 Twitter Accounts to Follow For Education Technology.

I love that I can choose when I dip into Twitter, if I want to share something, reTweet someone else’s post, read it on my phone or, just give it a rest for a few days.
If you’re new to Twitter, checkout the people I follow you need some ideas of who you could follow too- @librarypaula.


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