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Microsoft OneNote

Karen Brinsden
Botany Downs Secondary College

Began using OneNote for PL and to organise appraisal documents (2010).

OneNote is a visually organised folder system. Easy to put in images, tables, links and commentary. Can make lots of notebooks for different items.

Can save notebook to local hard drive, but can also save is to SkyDrive, cloud computing. Part of live.edu.

Can open both local drive ones and SkyDrive ones at the same time.

SkyDrive, because it is cloud-based, synchs up all the time, so multiple people can edit documents at the same time.

Can make Learning Area documents in OneNote, export as a PDF.

Can make sections password-protected so that others cannot see the section. This means that students can each have their own section and share it with the teacher, or the other way around, and only teacher and student can see the section.

Can get all the students in a presentation. It shows up on their notebooks. Activities can also get embedded back into their workbook. At the end of a lesson, they save it up to SkyDrive. They can make notes on their copy just for themselves.

Can create a poll within a PowerPoint and it pushes it out to all students in the presentation.

Interactive Classroom is in the MS Suite of tools.


October 19, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Teachers working smarter- using e-resources to make science learning go further

Mary Loveless
National facilitator – blended e-learning

Repository of resources 
Available on conference website. “Presenters resources”

VLN blended e-learning group

  • Where are the resources in your school
  • Does every teacher know what is available
  • What is a resource?

Planet science
Sign up for the newsletter, comes into your inbox
Archive them and label them

Making better sense series
From MoE

Building science concepts, from TKI Back of the Chair resources

Science Online


Helix magazine from CSIRO, Australia 
Scientriffic, good for lower levels, ages

Science by email, free e-newsletter for members of CSIRO’s Double Helix Science Club

EMAP (Environmental Monitoring and Action Project)

Jessie McKenzie at RSNZ
Great resource. Very helpful

Concept Cartoons
Resource with a cost
Book and CD
Can give the concept and blank speech bubbles so that kids can fill in with their own answers (hypotheses)
Also available for English and Maths.

Kick Starts from NZCER

Science Postcards

Picture books as ‘hook’. List on VLN group

Science Learning Hub
Videos of scientists talking about their stuff

National educational monitoring project (NEMP)

Regional councils

October 19, 2011 Posted by | Digistore, Professional development, technology, Uncategorized, VLN | , , , , | Leave a comment

Social media

DK at Core Education



SM = digital dialogue
Not just broadcast, need to listen too. How well are we listening?
Social networking is part of SM

Change in broadcast flow, 1997, TiVo

Twitter is a great listening tool. Are libraries listening.

Consumers vs producers vs aggregators
Are aggregators producers? Consumers? Something new?
Zefrank YouTube?

six space of SM – 
Secret, group, publishing performing, participation, watching

Threadless, kickstarter – look these up

Do these spaces have significance for curricula, for spaces, for teaching and learning?

Desire paths, Stefan sagmeister

Control, competition, opportunities
We are creating more media than Media
Threat but also opportunity
Consuming more of OUR media, than mass produced
Control, can’t
remixing – if we put stuff out there, people will nick it, and remix it (better)

Tom Peters, Seth Godin

Open forum.com

Your blog should be an intersection, not a destination.

Signal vs noise

SM handbook for the US Army

Forget your students, fill your brain first.

Neoteny, play, Steve Keil, TEDtalk

Teach kids how to do a basic easy publishing model. Then let them run wild.
Button theory – if you give a kid something with a button on it, they’ll push it before finding out what it does. Adults go the other way.
Kids aren’t good at the web, they’re good at pushing buttons.

embracing constraints, mobile vouchers
Martini media, creating content that can be accessed anytime, anyplace, anywhere.
Anytime, any place, anywhere
are you breaking up your content so that kids can access it Martini-style?

Can make the things perishable, so that students have to access it in a specific time frame

“How did you do it” converts it into a model.

Internet of things

Rambler shoes. Mash up of sneakers and Twitter

How does this affect assessment, particularly examinations?????

Educators are in the business of change. Use the word.
Do something different, the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and re-learn.

How do we capture the Signal? RSS feed? Twitter lists?

How to integrate SM into things to do with kids? Write up your next thing, but don’t use words.

October 18, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Leadership for transformational change

Leadership for transformational change
Luis Herrera SF Public Library

These are my notes from this talk.

Key leadership questions
Framework for leadership development

Why is leadership Important?
Giving direction
Inspiration and motivation
Vision, having a long term view

Leadership is a personal and evolving process.
It can be LEARNED
Leadership is ‘making things happen’

Librarianship is all about leadership.

Management is different from leadership, but not mutually exclusive.
Management creates order and stability.
Controlling, systems, problem-solving
Leadership establishes direction, creates a vision, big picture, aligns people, sets goals
Leadership is also situational.

Why leadership?
Leadership speaks to the future, BIG change, seismic shift, ‘accelerating acceleration
Changing to networked, collaboration
Generational shift in work ethics

Leadership reaffirms our purpose
Connects with vision and values

Leadership invests in people

Leadership at all levels of the organization to
Develop next gen of leaders
Invest in relevant and thriving libraries
Lead community engagement
Build human and community capital

Public Library Association – Framework for Leadership, for change agents
Focus on change agents
Confront issues facing public libraries
Build skills to respond to issues
Foster and develop community leaders

What are the challenges being faced?
Relevance, massive change, etc
What skills will we need to help cope with these?
Work well with others, foster and build more relationship, more personal awareness, service commitment, how to be bigger risk takers?

Navigating 21st Century Libraries (in these areas)
The environmental scan
Key forces
Issues and influences
The library’s role


Cross cutting skills

How can we lead in challenging times?
What difference will it make?
How do we lead at the edge

5 driving forces
1 the nature and pace of change
2 the evolving role of the public library (insert ‘teacher’ or ‘school’)
3 building community (economic development, revitalization of community)
4 asset driven impact (measure impact of services offer, does reading level improve because of summer reading programme, WGC library needs to do this!) 
5 challenge of leadership (how to develop the skills in our staff to react to change, to accept evolution, that our staff is about leadership)

Creating your vision

What kind of library are you heing to create?
Who are your customers?
What services are you providing?
What is your market niche?

Navigating self
Emotional intelligence
Self awareness-understanding your emotions, self-assessment, self-confidence
Self. Mgt-control, trust, adaptability, achievement, initiative
Social awareness-empathy, organisational dynamics, service
Social skills-vision, influence, coaching, catalyst, cooperation

What is your enneagram type?
Strategist/visionary, person who remembers the bigicture
Manager, taking care of organization, breaks done tasks
Champion for the customer
Enforcer, makes people stop talking and get on with it.

Resonant leadership
1 mindfulness – awareness of what’s going on around you
2 hope- accompanies clear thoughts about what the future is going to be 
3 compassion – empathy and caring in action

Know thyself and Others
Understand leadership styles
– Myers-Briggs
– Riso-Hudson Enneagram type indicator
– DISC (dominance, influence, steadiness, conscientiousness)

Navigating the organisation
Influence change
View world from customer perspective
Innovation and opportunity

The dimensions of leadership
Designers, facilitators, futurists
Leadership competencies
Managing change
Learning organisations
Moral and ethical framework
Setting direction, visionary, influential

GenPL, the next generation of public library leaders

Develop best practices in leadership
Expand your skills portfolio 

November 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Libraries and imagination

This presentation is entitled ‘Your Library: where real and imaginary worlds can be found’ Presented by Dunedin Public Libraries. about marketing the library

Paul Hainton – social media for libraries
Liz – marketing in arts & educational sectors

Used centenary to highlight the library. Realized they were a 24/7 business.

Look was disparate, typefaces, font, names were different everywhere.
Solution was ‘get a logo, but actually bigger than that.

Put together aims for re-branding.
1. Consitency
Current & contemporary
Reinforce ONE network with many libraries
Flexible(brand needed to be able to be used in various places, think about where you’ll be using it)
Value – wanted to reuse where possible and give value for money

Road map:
Outside places
Online spaces

Colour system, limited pallette, typeface
Consulted with staff, also to get them on board

Put together eventsprogeamme- used blue for adults & gold for kids
Launched new library card, in colours (blue and gold) for adults and kids.
Put together info pamphlet for new members. Small booklet, all one place, not bunches of pieces of paper. (perhaps this could be done at WGC for new students and for houses?)

Restyled coupons and reading log, colour coded.
Used little tabs at bottom to show the range of services that were all them.

In booklets, gave coupons in them and book log.

Also tell them info on the back, place to write their user number so they can easily log on to network.

New parents given a pack for newborns. With a book. Free. But also linked to community, coupons, freebies, etc.

Coupons: vouchers to be sold, business card sized. Good for gifts.

Bookbag, but got new logo, etc. Image on website too, to promote bags.

Pamphlets to advertise what’s going on at the library. Events other than reading books. Made a template, so then everyone had to use same thing.

If you have posters, also have a set look to it.

NB was new branding of magazine for the library. Trying to get younger (20-40) readers to also read it, so made a look that appealed to both. Also did one for kids too, similar size and format to other one.

Advertising images were outrageous and tried to get viewers to laugh, and to see

Lots of clean space in stationery and same logo and look used in business cards

Wayfind, shelving, displays

Signage was chaotic and inconsistent.
Decluttering was very important.
Also used colour to unite space.

Community notices
Give them a space and give a space for library stuff. Revamped way finding sign. And on back, station for ALL marketing material. Clips on and off, so they can be rearranged.

Signage was printed off on paper and stuck up with tape or velcro dots.
Every time new shelving is purchased, dark grey was chosen. Could be used in any area, any branch, etc. Makes books pop out.
Lettering was magnetic, so can be reused or moved around
In the children’s section, used old CD covers. FREE.

Display stand also given dark grey paint.

Wayfinding signs used to be heavy and difficult to move. Replaced by paper printouts, in Perspex envelopes. Flexible, easily changed

City ground floor
Teen space

City library ground floor
Coloured carpet shapes
Wanted a space that you could make into a public space for events. Cubes under bench and as games (nougats and crosses)

Changed a standard bit of shelving. Mural, computers, signs.
Noisier. So much take up that some teens can’t get in!
Did lots of research with teen librarian and youth of Dunedin.

Used trademe, upshots, etc. Local artist donated a piece of art

Outside places
Took library put into city and trying to tell people that they’re the ‘living room of the city’
Brought books and furniture, wallpaper, etc

Poster to advertise the

Online spaces
The old and the new
Some tools and tips

Used to be Limited to white space change
Redesigned with new logo etc.
Same design and layout used for ad boxes and print advertising

Decluttering is good
Be consistent

Budget for change?
Have marketing team, usual members- events, graphic designer, etc.
Cost effectiveness for printing. Better to use printer or photocopier?
Price out difference between one colour, two colour, full colour

Attaching signage, use removable strips?

Run campaign alongside Dunedin City Council marketing, so work closely with them.

November 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Maori in libraries

Chris Szekely speaks about Maori in libraries, based on his important research Te Ara Tika, about the Maori perception of libraries.

Chris Szekely
Te Ara ?
Nothing has changed, but everything is different

Are the issues the same? Yes
Has anything changed? Yes


Observations of recent years (20)
Use of Maori subject heading
Youth and reading
Maori staff members
Maori libraries
Libraries in community
Intellectual property rights

Most issues still there, however progress has been made

Maori staff- still not enough
More Maori staff working in libs? Probably not.
About the same numbers as people have moved along.
And, those who are there now have a better, stronger understanding of their Maori culture.
What kind of library positions are they in? Still mostly junior positions.
Overall, healthy rejuvenation, with some improvement.

Maori youth and need to read
Still an important issue.
Young Maori are using libraries in greater numbers, especially due to presence of ICT. (Manakau)
Also, present a safe place for youths.
Increasing use of Maori texts.
Maori memberships are decreasing, but frequency of visits have stayed the same.
Also have widened needs to all stuff, not just Maori materials,and to ICT.

Immersion schools have resulted in a core group of te reo users.

Still a big need for materials in te reo for young children.

Big push for digitization of materials.
Next week, new structure for Turnbull Library being announced next week. Three positions for researching, recording and preserving Maori materials.

Maori libraries –

Maori subject headings-
Because the words being used by Maori were not resulting in successful searching.
How well is this helping? We don’t know.
A library is one of the most authoritative lists of iwi.

Google has changed the way people search. Now anyone can do it, so having ICT in library means better access.
Important, especially for Maori & Pacific MALES.

Treaty claims are being settled.

Intellectual property
ICT and libraries enables iwi to create own resources about land, culture and items of importance.

He spoke at length about the way Ngati Puroe and Te Papa, National Library etc are creating a relationship around the care for taonga. Had a concern about who would be accessing this information, but libraries were concerned for privacy.

How can libraries best serve the needs of Maori?
Now, stronger voices and iwi are starting to tell libraries how they can serve Maori and help preserve mataonga(?) Maori.

November 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Leading from the edge of the world

Janet Copsey, Allison Dobbie, John Redmayne, Moira Fraser

Janet Copsey is the library manager at the University of Auckland
Allison Dobbie – Auckland Libraries
John Redmayne – University Librarian at Massey University
Moira Fraser –Parliamentary librarian

JC talks about NZ involvement in OCLC

Allison Dobbie talks about her involvement with the Bertelsmann and Gates Foundations.

John Redmayne talks about the collaboration with Australians (gasp), eg. CAUL or CEIRC

Moira Fraser talks about her work at the Parliamentary Librarian. She advocates the establishment of a network, and asks about the value of having this sort of network, especially one which is international. She works with IFLA.

Use of Knowledge Cafe
-small group discussions
-solving problems collaboratively

-Sharing knowledge
-Facilitating discussion
-Designing programmes

The libraries have similarities in activities, give assistance to each other, advocating to groups of Speakers, parliamentarians, Clerks. Focus on transparency of government functioning.

Parliamentary Libraries are often the precursors to National Libraries, Archives, etc. Keystone for democracy.

November 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Stephen Abram

Stephen Abrams talking about the tipping point for libraries (and, by extension, schools). His blog can be found here.

This keynote is titled ‘At the edge: the library tipping point’

‘We only have so many chances to do amazing things.’
‘What would you do if you knew you would not fail?’

He is very anti-Google, BECAUSE it uses SEO to give results that benefit advertisers and monetizes search.

How do we build a pedagogy that encompasses other learning styles? And what do libraries have to do with this?

Too many librarians are protecting the BOOK, rather than READING. (Re: e-books)

Why should someone who owns a patent on a device dictate what we read? Think? Discuss?

Librarians need to focus on what the library users need, rather than their reading habits. Focusing on their learning.

It’s not about books, it’s about reading.

Think harder about book components!

Google Editions

Over the next 3-5 years, when parts of books and articles are hyperlinked, the non-fiction texts will be very very different.

Whose needs are met by library management systems? Not the users!

Need LOCAL reviews and recommendations. Opinions of end users matter!

What’s really happening in libraries?

What exactly is changing?
Shift is from economic based to information based. Economic and intellectual trade.

Library positioning!

Change is happening very fast, has been slow change, it will get faster. Change is going to happen anyway.

Need to overcome:
-Fear of leadership
-Anti partner and anti collaboration ethic
-Distrust of ‘size’ and distrust of ‘for profit’
-The culture of victimization
-Unsophisticated communication

Create the future we need and take collective responsibility for conversation and development

Find reasons, not excuses

What are your top reference questions?

What are the questions you get and what do you have to support them?

Need to change the way librarians deal with research? Is this what he said? People who are NOT text based.

Viewing people as their reading behaviours, not as their learning styles.

Twitter & FB are dominated by the middle aged, reframe as social reading
Gaming- mothers in30s
Social networks are fastest growing populations are seniors & will be more international & less urban and English
Ebooks usage is currently largely middle aged
mobile data usage is growing beyond youth very quickly, workplace use is huge.

ADVOCATES social media optimization type things like having images on web page, have FB, have Twitter. Etc, how to get libraries out there. LOOK this guy up for INFO 580

NEXT GEN differences
Increase in IQ 15-20 points
Brain & developmental changes
Eye movement changes
Massive behavioral changes
Major decline in crime rates 65%

What changes with ubiquitous access?

Younger people are DIRECT.

Discovery and change

Research has changed
Cross disciplinary

Organization for human brain mapping
Eye movement

Think about change in music and film distribution and liken it to books.

Kindle singles
Article level publishing, threatened by open access
Free broadband to everyone in country

Do you want to be a grocery store? A menu? Chef and recipe? Or the meal?

Focus on what will make you great in the future.

Nothing wrong with a little propaganda.

Guy Kawasaki you have to sit by a river for a very long time before a roast duck will fly into your mouth.

November 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How to export your contacts from First Class

If you have an extensive list of email contacts in First Class that you’d really like to have in Gmail without typing in all the addresses, follow these instructions.

First, go to your Contacts folder. Select all of the Contacts that you’d like to Export. Then right-click on the list and choose Export.  Choose the first option – the vCard (.vcf) option and save the file to somewhere where you’ll be able to find it.  Also, give it a name you will recognise, like contact list.

Then go to Gmail and click on Contacts in the left hand column.  In the upper right hand corner, you will see a link for Import. Click on this, choose your file and click Import.  Presto! Your contacts will be imported into Gmail.

Note: if you email someone from Gmail, the first time you will need to type in their email address, but after that, like Yahoo or Hotmail, Gmail will remember it and auto-fill when you type in the first part of their first or last name or the beginning of their email address.

November 3, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ewan McIntosh

Some notes on Ewan McIntosh and his presentation on games in education

Fun becomes engagement.

Toladano did research on video games and the levels of engagement during play. The pictures taken indicate a wide range of emotions and support the idea that people playing games are not passive consumers of media.

Epic, adventures with important goals
Winning is always possible
Flow, loss of sense of time
You have to fail to win

Give LOTS of small levels where things get harder each level.

In games, YOU are the boss of everything.

The tinkering school, Gever Tulley TED talks
Developing entrepreneurial learning, take risks

Write a connective text. Start with key words. Put very key words in first paragraph.
Use hyperlinks in wikipedia or a wiki to do nonlinear writing.

If you make a blog, make a link for SHARING.
Google maps, MY MAPS, can add comments

Games are the CONTEXT for learning
Gaming for learning office?

Characteristics of a video game: higher level activities involved-
Play, performance, simulation, appropriation, multitasking, distributional cognition (sharing individual knowledge with crowd), collective intelligence (crowd sourcing), judgement, transmedia navigation (go into other media sources to find answer, also other media forms that are versions of the same media product), networking, negotiation

’tilting it towards completion’

Tim rylands and myst.

Replicable, sustainable way of teaching. This is vital.

Assessment, technology integration, two stars and a wish, anything else

Choose a section of a game, rather than whole game.


Punctuation pyramid
Podsafe music

October 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment