The True Adventures of a High School Librarian

The True Adventures of a High School Librarian

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

How To Participate in a Twitter Chat


 "If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas." - George Bernard Shaw

Only 8% of the general population uses Twitter, with the majority of user between the ages of 18-29. For the education community this means most of our teachers, librarians, administrators are not using Twitter and are most likely not aware of the tremendous networking and professional development opportunities Twitter and specifically Twitter chats provide. 

As the moderator of the Alabama School Library Association's (ASLA) monthly Twitter chat sessions (#aslachat) I had not taken these facts into consideration.  A gross over site on my part.  Additionally, other educators have contacted me asking how they can start a similar chat for their state when so many educators have no clue how to use Twitter.

A good educator knows that you cannot expect your students to grasp the concept of a lesson with out adequate background knowledge. I failed to provide this background knowledge for the very people ASLA wanted to connect with through Twitter.  As moderator I had to back track and provide a source for Alabama Librarians to reference so they would feel confident enough to step outside of their comfort zone and participate in this new collaborative experience. 

I have now produced 13 Twitter tutorial (5 minutes each) that take a user from: Setting up a Twitter account to Using Paper.li to read links you may have missed during a Twitter chat. (see below) I have also included access to my AETC (Alabama Educational Technology Conference) Prezi about Twitter and Twitter Chats. Feel free to use any of these resources with the educators in your life. I am also available for webinars.

Another great source for information regarding Twitter in Education is Jerry Blumengarten's Cybrary Man's Educational Web Sites.

Prezi-Presented at AETC June 2011 http://bre.ad/04dief








Session 2 – How to create a Twitter profile: http://youtu.be/W0akrPX52_8




Session 3 – Finding friends and following people: http://youtu.be/dIeQZvAl0hw



Session 4 – What is a hashtag and how do I use it: http://youtu.be/p2P59OViCYQ



Session 5 – Twitter chat like the Pros…Reply & ReTweet: http://youtu.be/unzW9LKaQz4


Session 6 – Twitter chat like the Pros…How to send an original tweet: http://youtu.be/ncBUM9DNVdo


Session 7 – Twitter chat like the Pros…How to add a link to your tweet: http://youtu.be/cd9tRsj7dK8



Session 8 – What is a mention and a direct message: http://youtu.be/yQAqugRqfHo


Session 9 – Twitter manners: http://youtu.be/1-3lqxNr8rA


Session 10 - Hootsuite: http://youtu.be/cm2i4YmP8kU


Session 11- Hootsuite...Hold on and enjoy the ride: http://youtu.be/mcbZ9tjCIn4



Session 12 Part 1- Chats for FAST! How can I possibly read everything: http://youtu.be/ZW5ypn9W8Fk

Session 12 Part 2 - Chats for FAST! How can I possibly read everything: http://youtu.be/pYlEZqmfxXw



http://bre.ad/0ey5zy


Works Cited

Austin, Miles. "Twitter #Chat Is Hot New Trend." Web Tools & Strategies to Increase Sales – Fill the Funnel. 29 Oct. 2010. Web. 19 July 2011. <http://www.fillthefunnel.com/2010/10/29/twitter-chat-is-hot-new-trend/>.

Blumengarten, Jerry. "Educational Web Sites Twitter." Cybraryman Catalogue of Educational WebSites - Educational Web Sites for Teachers, Educators, Parents, Students. Web. 19 July 2011. <http://www.cybraryman.com/twitter.html>.

Leaders, Feeling. "The Heart of Innovation: 15 Awesome Quotes on Collaboration." Creativity, Innovation, Team Building, Leadership, Brainstorming, Idea Champions. Web. 19 July 2011. <http://www.ideachampions.com/weblogs/archives/2010/07/35_awesome_quot.shtml>.

Noyes, Katherine. "Who’s Using Twitter? Some Surprising Answers | PCWorld Business Center." Reviews and News on Tech Products, Software and Downloads | PCWorld. 10 Dec. 2010. Web. 19 July 2011. <http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/213243/whos_using_twitter_some_surprising_answers.html>.

Robertson, Nikki. "‪ASLA Twitter Chat Videos: Session 1‬‏ - YouTube." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 18 July 2011. Web. 19 July 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iF1xOICT9g>.

Robertson, Nikki. "‪ASLA Twitter Chat Videos: Session 10‬‏ - YouTube." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 18 July 2011. Web. 19 July 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm2i4YmP8kU>.

Robertson, Nikki. "‪ASLA Twitter Chat Videos: Session 11‬‏ - YouTube." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 18 July 2011. Web. 19 July 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcbZ9tjCIn4>.

Robertson, Nikki. "‪ASLA Twitter Chat Videos: Session 12 Part 1‬‏ - YouTube." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 18 July 2011. Web. 19 July 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZW5ypn9W8Fk>.

Robertson, Nikki. "‪ASLA Twitter Chat Videos: Session 12 Part 2‬‏ - YouTube." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 18 July 2011. Web. 19 July 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYlEZqmfxXw>.

Robertson, Nikki. "‪ASLA Twitter Chat Videos: Session 2‬‏ - YouTube." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 18 July 2011. Web. 19 July 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0akrPX52_8>.

Robertson, Nikki. "‪ASLA Twitter Chat Videos: Session 3‬‏ - YouTube." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 18 July 2011. Web. 19 July 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIeQZvAl0hw>.

Robertson, Nikki. "‪ASLA Twitter Chat Videos: Session 4‬‏ - YouTube." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 18 July 2011. Web. 19 July 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2P59OViCYQ>.

Robertson, Nikki. "‪ASLA Twitter Chat Videos: Session 5‬‏ - YouTube." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 18 July 2011. Web. 19 July 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unzW9LKaQz4>.

Robertson, Nikki. "‪ASLA Twitter Chat Videos: Session 6‬‏ - YouTube." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 18 July 2011. Web. 19 July 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncBUM9DNVdo>.

Robertson, Nikki. "‪ASLA Twitter Chat Videos: Session 6‬‏ - YouTube." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 18 July 2011. Web. 19 July 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncBUM9DNVdo>.

Robertson, Nikki. "‪ASLA Twitter Chat Videos: Session 8‬‏ - YouTube." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 18 July 2011. Web. 19 July 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQAqugRqfHo>.

Robertson, Nikki. "‪ASLA Twitter Chat Videos: Session 9‬‏ - YouTube." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 18 July 2011. Web. 19 July 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-3lqxNr8rA>.

Robertson, Nikki. "There Is Only One Happiness In Life...To Tweet And To Be Tweeted by Nikki Robertson on Prezi." Prezi - The Zooming Presentation Editor. May-June 2011. Web. 19 July 2011. <http://prezi.com/x1f8iq1_8okg/there-is-only-one-happiness-in-lifeto-tweet-and-to-be-tweeted/>.

















Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Innovating Librarian
 "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller




The EDUCATEAlabama Continuum of Practice for Librarians is a formative assessment system for all Alabama School Librarians new for the 2011-2012 school year. It is intended to be used as a tool for guiding and supporting teachers in the use of reflection, self-assessment, and goal setting for professional learning and growth. The Continuum is organized to describe five increasingly complex and sophisticated levels of development: Pre-Service and Beginning, Emerging, Applying, Integrating, and Innovating. The indicators at each level describe what school librarians should know and be able to do at that level.  

Within Standard 1.1 the need for Alabama School Librarians to emerge as leaders in their schools and to provide Professional Development opportunities for their faculty is especially evident in the Integrating and Innovating levels. Specifically Alabama School Librarians are to:


     Read academic journals and other sources to identify research findings and best practices and shares these with colleagues. 

 Facilitate professional development for the learning community. 



Through our Technology Coordinator, Auburn High School has offered professional development sessions for teachers in the form of monthly Wi Fi Wednesday and Freebie Friday sessions.  At the end of the school year my principal turned this task over to myself and my co worker, Ellen, as the position of Technology Coordinator was to be absorbed.  He also asked that the technologies we offer PD on correlate with the book, Focus by Mike Schmmoker. As I read this book I realized that the message corresponded perfectly with:

      AHS School Improvement Plan
      Common Core Initiative
      EDUCATEAlabama
      AASLs Standards for the 21st Century Learner

I proceeded this summer to design a Professional Development calendar that would tie all of these components together through Web 2.0 tools. (See Google Doc here)  


Later I spoke about my PD plans with my friend, Derrick Waddell (@derrickwaddell), a teacher and school technology coordinator at West Point High School in Cullman County, Alabama. Together we are now working on a plan to provide access to PD sessions presented by Alabama Educators LIVE via Elluminate, Go To Meeting, etc and via archives on a YouTube Channel we are creating just for this purpose.  http://www.youtube.com/user/AlabamaEdTechPD


I am excited about the possibilities the future holds this year for Alabama Educators as we collaborate to get this project off the ground! 


For more information regarding school libraries and librarians join the conversation via Twitter the first Tuesday of each month 7 pm CT/8 pm ET using the hashtag --> #aslachat

    


Friday, July 15, 2011

School Libraries eBook Project


(This is my submission to http://bit.ly/schoollibrariesebook  for the School Libraries eBook Project developed by Kristin Fontichiaro and Buffy Hamilton)


A few years ago I attended a professional development conference for school librarians where I learned how to open a Twitter account, the history of Twitter, what a tweet is, how to retweet, and a few other functionary aspects of Twitter. Always eager to learn new ways to grow professionally I opened a Twitter account…and there it sat…until this past year when I stumbled upon Shelly Terrell’s Teacher ReBoot Camp: The 30 Goals Challenge, which provided my first glimpse into the awesome personal learning network (PLN) Twitter can provide. It wasn’t long before I discovered the hash tag that I have learned more from in just one year than in 19 years of professional development sessions and over 6 years of college: #edchat. This Twitter chat session is my personal Aha! Moment.

What exactly can #EdChat do:

  • Develop your Personal Learning Network (PLN) by engaging in conversations with other educators.
  • Gather research for an article, blog, or presentation.
  • Collaborate with others in solving an issue at your school.
  •  Exchange ideas to improve an upcoming lesson plan.
  •  Receive constructive criticism on a lesson plan, presentation, or idea.
  • Share tips and advice for educational endeavors, such as holding a parent education workshop.
  • Show new teachers how useful Twitter is for having thought-provoking conversations.
  • Scan the discussion topics to decide which topics educators are interested in for your blog.
  •  Poll educators to gather research for your blog post or articles.
With just five years until I can retire my passion as an educator has been reenergized due to Twitter.  My enthusiasm has incited passion in other educators who like me, hunger to know more but feel confined by the limited professional development offered through their school district.  Point in fact, just last month Twitter lead to my discovery of a “rogue” movement of plugged in, empowered educators across the country known as EdCamp.  EdCamp conferences are “events organized by local groups of educators who strive to create an UNconference environment that encourages participant-driven discussions in an informal area.  By attending, educators are guaranteed to learn something new, meet other motivated educational enthusiasts, and receive information that can immediately be applied in the classroom and professional life.” 

I attended EdCamp Birmingham and it was hands down the best professional learning experience I have yet to encounter.  At EdCamp Birmingham I presented a session with my professional idol, 
Jerry Blumengarten (aka: @cybraryman1), met and formed professional friendships with other like minded educators,  and was able to engage in meaningful discussions regarding current topics in education.  I cannot begin to emphasis how empowering it has been to take professional development into my own hands.  

I now moderate The Alabama School Library Association’s (ASLA) Twitter chat sessions at #aslachat on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7CT/8ET immediately following #edchat. I feel great pride knowing that I am helping other school librarians in my state and across the nation find their voice, improve their libraries, and feel the same sense of empowerment taking professional learning into your own hands can bring.

Nikki D. Robertson
School Librarian
Auburn High School, Auburn, Alabama
robertson.nikki@gmail.com
@NikkiDRobertson

Cybraryman Internet Catalogue." Cybraryman Catalogue of Educational WebSites - Educational Web Sites for Teachers, Educators, Parents, Students. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 May 2011. <http://www.cybraryman.com/chats.html>.

The Adventures You Will Have If Only…." Teacher Reboot Camp. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 May 2011. <http://teacherbootcamp.edublogs.org/2009/07/13/oh-the-adventures-you-will-have-if-only/>

Robertson, Nikki D. "EdCampBham = Giant Vulcan Mind Meld." The True Adventures of a High School Librarian. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 May 2011. <http://educationrejuvenation.blogspot.com/2011/05/edcampbham-giant-vulcan-mind-meld.html>.

What Is #Edchat?" Teacher Reboot Camp. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 May 2011. <http://teacherbootcamp.edublogs.org/2009/07/30/what-is-edchat/>.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

An Unapologetic Twivangelist


A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.  ~Chinese Proverb


The thing I love most about Twitter is the ability to share information and learn from other professionals. I have spread the word about Twitter this summer at The Alabama School Library Association's Summer Conference (ASLA), The Alabama State Department of Education's Library Symposium, and The Alabama Educational Technology Conference (AETC). 

Here are the links to my presentations & connected documents:




Of course Prezi, SlideShare, PowerPoint, etc only tell part of the story.  The personal connection is essential for a complete presentation.

Let me know if I can bring my Twitter message to your school!



Alabama School Library Association Inaugural Twitter Chat a Success




The Alabama School Library Association (ASLA), a leader among school library associations, ventured forward into the realm of Twitter chats with it's inaugural debut using the hashtag ---> #aslachat on July 5, 2011 at 7CT/8ET.  


ASLA kicked off the chat with a quote from Springfield Township High School Librarian, Joyce Valenza, "Librarians must be able to retool and stay ahead of teachers and students".


Resources shared during the chat to provide Alabama librarians with information and support to retool in a Web 2.0 world. Educate Alabama (a continuum for teacher development) for Librarians is a document for librarians to reference (whether from Alabama or Australia) to self evaluate on a continuum of Emerging, Applying, Integrating, and Innovating. Where are you on this continuum? An innovative level librarian provides leadership that engages colleagues in ongoing analysis and mapping of curriculum to ensure alignment of state standards with the curriculum being taught. A working understanding of Common Core Standards (another shared resource) is essential for retooled librarians.


Also mentioned during the July 5th #aslachat was access to professional development. Several links were provided, including Classroom 2.0 LIVE, The Reform Symposium, and Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference. Librarians should not only facilitate professional development opportunities within their schools, but also provide teachers and faculty with additional professional development resources that blends integration of technology in professional learning and the classroom.


Perhaps the most valuable resource shared during the inaugural #aslachat session was: PEOPLE! Jerry Blumengarten's (@cybraryman1) has compiled a stellar list of mentors on his PLN Star Page. Librarians can use this list to help teachers build their own PLN as well as their own. Library PLN Stars mentioned during the #aslachat included:
@librarianbyday
@mluhtala 
@keisawilliams
@BuzzingLibrary
@NikkiDRobertson
@LibraryRaya 
@johnsonmaryj
@sandynay
@imcguy
@mauilibrarian2
@devenkblack
@joycevalenza
@DJ345
@shannonmmiller 
@gwynethjones
@buffyjhamilton



ASLA would like to extend a special thank you to librarians from other states for their retweets and contributions to the chat:
@johnsonmaryj
@mikewordplay
@Tuphlos
@shannonmmiller
@booklover472
@cybraryman1
@cmslibrarylady
@LibrarianJP
@devalyne


The Alabama School Library Association will hold #aslachat session on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7CT/8ET immediately following #edchat. While our chats may focus on the issues facing Alabama librarians we welcome participation from all educators, parents, etc. 
ASLA encourages you to spread the word about the power of Twitter and keep the conversation going 24/7 at #aslachat and to follow us @aslatweets.


A personal thank you to @cybraryman1 for the mojo his QR Code T-Shirt provided as I moderated my first Twitter chat. XOXO