Sunday, July 29, 2012

Global e-literacy: leading the reinvention of learning

On Friday I attended the SLAV conference; I'm always impressed by the quality of these conferences and the great networking opportunity it allows.  Friday's event didn't disappoint.  The day kicked off with a keynote address from Judy O'Connell.  I'd been following Judy for sometime on Twitter and so it was nice to place a person to the tweet (@heyjudeonline).  Judy assisted me in understanding Augmented Reality.

Augmented Reality
AR is looking at a real world picture and seeing a modified version of this through a device like a smartphone.  I've had a bit of a look and experiment with "Spotcrime", which detects different crime hot spot areas, "StarChart", for identifying constellations, "SnapShop Showroom" for visualising furniture in your own home and "Acrossair Augmented Reality Browser" which has a surprisingly broad amount of information with everything from nearby restaurants, historically significant buildings and traffic info.   AR is really exciting and I can envisage many ways to enhance teaching and learning.

Jenny Luca spoke next and I was eagerly anticipating her presentation, (yes, I follow her on Twitter too! @jennyluca).  Jenny was straight to the point; she asked her audience what we were doing to make meaningful change to ensure longevity for school libraries and teacher librarians.  Jenny's discussion reignited the vision and I know our library needs to make our next game plan with a big focus on information literacy.

The sessions that followed morning tea were fabulous; roundtable discussions that focused on a particular topic, for instance Twitter, screen casting or Evernote.  I picked up a few ideas from Cameron Hocking at the screen casting table and David Feighan at the ebook table.  

Following lunch there was a panel discussion that included everything from lib guides to apps, curation tools and library design.  It really did prove that there is so much great stuff happening in school libraries and made me really proud to be a part of SLAV.

My only criticism of the day; I'm told repeatedly that we have to move with technology, embrace it, make it a part of our lives and our teaching.  And I wonder, what if we are already on board?  What is the next message?

Things to check out - 
All the presentations from the day:

Jane Hart's top 100 tools for learning:

Horizon Report 2012:

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Holiday reading and viewing...

These holidays whilst basking in the hotel room due to tropical downpours I put my book down and put the TV on.  The following is a list of movies I allowed myself to sit and watch.  I find it hard to sit and watch a full movie, considering I can relax whilst reading and this kills two birds with the one stone; I always have a huge stack of books to read for the library and book club and personal interest.  I did manage to read a few and I've listed these as well.


  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - I had previously read the book - bit of a tear jerker - lovely perspective from a young boy with Autism.
  • The Hangover - part 2 - very amusing!
  • Safe House - predictable action packed Denzel Washington flick.
  • Twilight - Breaking Dawn part 1 - I am usually more critical in my appraisal of YA fiction - but I've loved this series and all the movies (there I've said it!)
  • The Warrior - some wrestling movie the boyfriend wanted to watch
  • New Year's Eve - romantic comedy with an all star cast just not an all-star storyline
  • Marked by PC Cast & Kristin Cast - more vampire teen stuff
  • Fifty Shades of Grey - I thought this was appalling
  • Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey - too long - but a good story - felt like "The Shark Net"
  • The Coming of the Whirlpool by Andrew McGahan - great story - looking forward to the next instalment 
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - this is really good.  But we already knew that.
  • To Hope and Back by Kathy Kacer - another very sad story from WW2.  The thing I appreciate is they are stories that will be accessible by younger students
  • When we were two by Robert Newton - sad story set in early 1900s
  • Ishmael and the hoops of steel by Michael Gerard Bauer - I love this series - soooo funny
  • The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes - very poor start - very confusing end