Role of the Librarian (22 Years of Evolution/Revolution)

In looking to capture the changing role of the teacher-librarian I remembered viewing in late summer or early fall Joyce Valenza presenting on this topic.

In 1989 librarians were the gatekeepers of infomation.

In 2005 librarians helped to navigate and evaluate the vast information that exists in written text online.

In 2011 librarians help to navigate and evaluate information that exists in multiple literacies. And assist in helping to produce a variety of meaningful formats of expressing understanding.

1989 Sally Madonna

 2005 Sally Spears

2011 Sally Gaga

Motivating Others

In disscussing leadership, one of my fellow students in the tl-dl Master’s course provided this video encapsulating Dan Pink’s research on motivation. The research shows that money is not an effective motivator for effective change, especially in regards to anything dealing with mental challenges. The research emphasizes the threefold powerful influence of: Sense of Purpose, Mastery of Skill, and Experiencing Autonomy.    Dan Pink 

Dance vs. Powerpoint, a Modest Proposal

In viewing Ted Talks from Nov. and Dec. 2011, I came across John Bohannon presenting at TEDxBrussels. He puts forth a “Modest Proposal” to have dance replace poewerpoint as the preferred medium to convey and express meaningful understanding.

John Bohannon felt so strongly about this idea that he proposed and created a competion for academics doing their Ph.D’s called “Dance Your Ph.D”. Here are the over 50 entries, mostly in science, that had been entered for 2011 as of early October. List was found in ScienceNow.

Google Views From Different Countries

The following information shows you a way to access information from Google that shows how information is provided differently depending on which country you
are viewing it from.

First: To get a view from a different country you have to find the
two letter web code for the country you want to gain the information
from. To do this you just type into the Google search bar: country web
codes. (The two I chose to look at were China (CN) and Egypt (EG).


Second: I chose a topic from each country that I thought would be
interesting to gain a perspective of how it is presented by the Google
search engine in that country. For China I chose the Tiananmen Square
Massacre. For Egypt I chose Tahrir Square.


Third: To see from our Canadian perspective you just hit search. To
view from the other countries Google View just type after the topic site: two letter country code

ie. Tiananmen Square Massacre site:CN

Tiananmen Square Massacre

When looking at what is shown on Tiannanmen Square Massacre make sure
to compare and contrast images as well.

You can gain an understanding why Google and the Government of China are at odds over what is shown in the social media.

When looking at Tahrir Square you can understand why some argue that
the spring and summer revolutions in the Middle-East and the present
factors for unrest in Egypt are greatly aided by what the population can
view in the social media.

Tahrir Square site:EG

Tahrir Square

Like to see more about the parts of a Google search



How do I make my search more effective?

Try example to see how your search results
change. Once you visit a page about tigers, practice trying to find the home
page of that site.


  1. Search a phrase, for example
    “chocolate chip cookie”
    • The quotation marks make Google search for all the word in a
    • Without quotation marks, Google searches for any page with
      those words
  2. Search in the title, for example           intitle:DNA
    • The intitle: causes Google to only look in the page title, not
      just the entire site.  It means the
      results (hits) you get have more information about your topic
    • Note there are no spaces between the intitle, the colon, and
      the search word
  3. Remove things from search, for example       tiger –woods
    • The –woods means I get no results with woods in them, so I
      would get results about tigers and not the golfer
    • Not there is no space between the dash and the search word to
      be excluded
    • You can remove search terms or parts of a URL (like, so
      that you would not get commercial sites)
  4. Use advanced search

Keeping Current #9 (Personal Assessment)

In reading Dean Shareski’s blog Ideas and Thoughts
I felt it applied to current events in pedagogy. His blog posted
yesterday outlines five points that are the foundation for how he has
his students personalize their assessment at the University of Regina. I
was particularly interested in point three where he has students work
from their strengths. We just had Karen Hume at our high school for a PD
day, and as we were working on differentiation in our teaching with
students, she stated that we should look to improve their/our weaknesses
but it is more important to maximize their/our strengths.Emphasis in
our division is to have students engaged in their learning and having
students personalize their assessment assists in the attainment of this

Keeping Current #8 (PressDisplay)

About a year and a half ago at the main branch of the Saskatoon Public
Library I came across It allows for access to
thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world. It has most
if not all the major papers from across Canada. For the U.S. it has
such reputable publications as The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times; though unfortunately it doesn’t have The New York Times. Why
I am including this in this weeks current events is that earlier in the
week when I was looking at the online materials that the Saskatchewan
Ministry of Education provides, I came across, and this
weekend I have placed it on our School Libraries home page. Here is the
link that PressDisplay has for demonstrating an overview of what their
site does.

I feel this site has great potential for history classes as you can
look at the news from a variety of perspectives and locations. The
Editors vs Readers bar is beneficial as a lead in for discussions of
what makes something newsworthy.  EAL students can benefit from the
translation capabilities, especially in the printed form, as the robotic automated voice needs to be improved upon.

Keeping Current #7 (Unconference)

About three weeks ago I attended my first unconference. It took place on a
Saturday morning at Evan Hardy Collegiate in Saskatoon. It was
organized by the Saskatoon Public School Division, and it invited people
from across the division to share their knowledge and expertise with
fellow colleagues. One of the presenters that I found very helpful and
informative was Yvonne Denomy a recent graduate from our TL-DL program
at the U of A. I thought that was one of the benefits of the
unconference was the connecting directly with others who have a passion
for education and exchanging ideas. My thoughts turned to the
unconference this week after reading the blog 2 cents worth by David
Warlick Instituting learning Habits”

Keeping Current #6 (Rising Popularity and Quality of Online Education)

With me working on my TL-DL this fall seems to have inspired my 15 year old
daughter to ask me questions this week regarding online schooling and
tradtitional schooling.

“What are the pros and cons dad of taking your classes online in comparison to traditional classes?”

“How much does it cost in comparison?”

It made me reflect upon how I have been learning, and the challenges and the benefits I have been experiencing.

Its been over 20 years since I was last taking classes so it makes it
somewhat difficult to compare. I do thrive on direct person to person
interaction, and I do feel that is one of the strengths of traditional
schooling that is somewhat missing from our online course. This is
compensated for in our course by our small discussion groups. And even
though we are not skyping I do like the fact that our pictures are
posted to our comments. I am challenged technologically and that makes
the course more difficult but also more rewarding and gratifying when I
do learn new skills. The flexibility the course provides is a strong
benefit as well as its inquiry format and emphasis on individual

Final Analysis:  I am very impressed with the online format of education I am experiencing.

And according to yesterdays Blog Post:  Online Students vs Traditional Students in Stephen Abram’s Stephen’s Lighthouse We are not alone in gaining a quality education online.

Keeping Current #5 (Bloom’s Taxonomy and Technology)

In reading cool cat teacher Blog by Victoria A. Davis I came across
these two links.  They made me think of the varied ways in which
technology can be used in relation to Bloom’s Taxonomy. Its important to note that it is not the tool that creates the hierarchical structure. It is how the tool is used that should show how it connects to Bloom’s Taxonomy.


Google Art Project

Google has basically opened the doors of 17 of the worlds greatest museums to the
world. Allowing for a huge portion of humanity to have access the
treasures that lay within.

When I first showed teachers and students this site they expressed some interest but not the wonderment spark I was hoping for. When I had them navigate to the Tate museum in London and specifically view “No Woman, No Cry” by Chris Ofili, and view the information provided for the picture the spark was often lit. In the viewing information about the painting it describes the context and motivation for the picture. If you view the painting in the dark, R.I.P. Stephen Lawrence 1974-1993 becomes illuminated for the son of the woman who is crying in the picture. If you use the magnifying ability available to close onto the tears of the woman painted, you see her son collaged into each of her tears.