Friday, July 18, 2008

What I did during my summer vacation


My summer has been a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
Right after school ended a delegation headed to Nanae, Japan. Nanae is the sister-city to Concord, located in Hokkaido, the northern island of the archipelago chain. Accompanied by CCHS staff and "old hands" Al Dentino, David Nurenberg, Tom Curtin, as well as Concord Public School staff Karen Pettyjohn (Thoreau School Librarian) and Susan Erickson (Thoreau School Grade 4), and Dr. Sue Curtin and translator/guide Junko Kargulla, we had an amazing journey. A video will be playing on CCTV documenting our transformative experience.

I am still trying to process BLC 08. "Building Learning Communities" is an annual conference hosted by Alan November. November is based in Massachusetts, which means the conference is always local. How nice for us! What can you say about a conference that cracks your head open and pours in best-practice from around the world? I listened and interacted with educators from Kenya, who are transforming their educational infra-stucture using CELL PHONES because Kenya doesn't have national Internet yet! How about a school in NYC where 20% of the student population is homeless and the other 80% lives in housing projects, and they are hitting their testing goals as well as sending a team to the national science fair. How about THAT for education! Teachers from Canada, Scotland, and Concord, MA, presented and spread the word about the highest standards of education. At the end of this conference I felt like the top of my head was going to explode. It was incredible!

So, what did I do over my summer vacation? I saw the world, and the potential for students. You can't ask for much more than that.

Encyclopedia of Life

Encyclopedia of Life
The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) was launched in February, 2008, and is an international collaboration of scientists, universities, museums and laboratories to authentically classify every specie on earth. Wow! This project has robust funding, scientific credentials, and is seeking input from students, teachers, and passionately interested people.
For more insight, check out these links:
TED Talks E.O. Wilson http://ted.com/index.php/talks/e_o_wilson_on_saving_life_on_earth.html
EOL Intro Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NwfGA4cxJQ

Thursday, July 17, 2008

informationfluency � home


Information Fluency

Joyce Valenza presented on this topic during the Building Learning Communities '08 Conference, organizind by Alan November. "What we should be teaching our kids, and how to do it" is the subheading, and this is a treasure chest of resources to guide vision and instruction. There are NEW TOOLS out there that can engage students in new ways! Creatively, visually, interactively, globally - this is an exciting time to be in education, and an even more exciting time to be in libraries.