The Ghost on Peterson's Farm
We have been running workshops on Engaging Boys lately and when discussing with other teachers what boys enjoy about literacy, we all came to the conclusion that they love action, props and joining in with the story. What better way than through a tell and draw story?

We went to good old Youtube and found one we felt the boys would love – it is a bit scary, they can join in with the actions and sound effects and there is a surprise right at the end! What fun!

It is called “The Ghost on Peterson’s farm”. We have changed the words a little to make it a bit more Aussie!

One day a boy called Dave went to visit his grandfather. He lived in a big house.

He went into his grandfather’s study and looked up on a shelf where he saw a very interesting book. He took it down from the shelf and a piece of paper fell out. Dave knew straight away what it was – a treasure map! He could tell it was a treasure map because when he looked closely he could see …

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Don't Be a Rotary Phone: Librarians Step Up - Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones
OR, What kind of phone are you?

The game has changed. Libraries have changed....and librarians must change with them. Telephony has changed, too! But has it, really?.....
Ok, just go with me on this. From candlestick phones, crank powered wall phones, rotary phones....the touch tone innovation to blue tooth smart phones and iPhones....telephones have moved forward, evolved, improved, and sometimes gotten more difficult to use as new features were added.

But do people still talk on the phone?
The Evolution of a Library Media Specialist - Doug Alichwer

I sit here trying to reflect on my past eleven years as a Library Media Specialist and how my role has evolved. Technology has always been a part of what I do. To me, the evolution of the technology is what keeps the job exciting. I love finding new ways to find and present information. There are some things I do not teach anymore simply because there is not a need for it in the digital age. There are lessons I prepare that are different than they were just a few years ago. The ever changing cliental requires this.

Party in the Library

This was too funny not to share with everyone. Enjoy!
Libraries Are Worth It - Judith Way

I’ve heard that some people in the street and some people in government think that school and public libraries are places where programs can be slashed and money saved. This seems to be more of an issue in the United States and the United Kingdom than my native Australia, as the GFC has not hit as hard here. It is still an issue for some schools here that are self-governed and Principals try to penny pinch where they can. But now is not the time for cutbacks. The internet, the largest library in the world, is not the answer to cutbacks. It is not a replacement for teacher/school or public librarians. It is, in fact, a cause for needing more. The largest library in the world needs an expert to navigate and guide students (and adults) through the detrius and downright rubbish that can pervade it.

#ProjectPLN Mission Statement

You've seen the crazy videos, you've heard the chatter on Twitter, you might be asking yourself, what is this Project PLN and why are we doing it? Teaching can be a lonely profession in some schools. You teach all day in your classroom and enjoy brief encounters with colleagues in the teachers lounge or passing quickly in the hallway. There isn't a lot of time to have a meaningful conversation about education and learning. Project PLN aims to connect educators.

He Said:
One day I woke up and thought it would be a cool idea to have a collection of posts in one spot to send to other teachers. I contacted Kelly about the idea of creating a magazine that would collect posts from educators around the world in one spot. After a few DMs on Twitter, we created Project PLN.

March #ProjectPLN Contributors
We want to THANK our contributors for helping us with this month's #ProjectPLN!

Doug Alichwer

Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne

Tamara Cox

Sherry and Donna

Shannon Miller

Shannon Smith

Judith Way

Nick Provenzano

Kelly Tenkely
Reading Week - Shannon Smith
The challenge, of course, is how to create environments that foster these serendipitous connections, on all the appropriate scales: in the private space of your own mind; within larger institutions; and across the information netwokrs of society itself.

– Steven Johnson, “Where Good Ideas Come From”
After much pondering, we decided to stay in Ottawa for our March Break this year.  Besides family time, I plan to do some serious reading and have stocked my iPad Kindle app and picked up a couple of books, all on the recommendation of my PLN.

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Van Meter & Brook Forest Celebrated Dr. Seuss's Birthday - Shannon M Miller

Theodor Seuss Geisel (AKA Dr. Seuss) was born on March 2, 1904. On March 2, schools, bookshops, and libraries celebrate the power of reading and
Dr. Seuss's birthday.

It is also the day we celebrate NEA's Read Across America Day! As the NEA site states, "NEA's national reading celebration takes places each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too."

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"I'll Fight You For The Library" - Taylor Mali

Librarian 3.0 - Tamara Cox

When I tell people that I am a librarian I hear all of the jokes about little old ladies in orthopedic shoes shushing people, but today's librarian is new and improved. Our mission encompasses promoting reading and teaching students and staff to be effective users of information. Information comes in many packages now including books, periodicals, e-books, web pages, and more. The changes in information and technology have required that our job description also evolve. My library is the hub of technology and reading. I hope that this is the case in your school as well.
The April Issue
Mistakes. We have all made them. Sometimes it is easy to forget about them and move on, but we feel that mistakes are an important part of what makes an educator. We tell students to learn from their mistakes because it will help them grow as a person. Educators are not different. We love to share are greatest success with the world, but sometimes our slips can provide support for all of the teachers out there who think they are the only one make a mistake.