Photo by Brenda D. Anderson
This session was one of the hottest tickets on Friday. I left the Exhibition Hall, still a bit dazed from meeting James Patterson, and headed to Room 207AB early to try and get a front row seat – only to find a crowd already awaiting entrance to the session. So, no front row seat, but I was still able to snag seats for Heather Loy and myself. I’m sure many were not as fortunate, so I’ll share links to information posted about the session below.
Organized and lead by Joyce Valenza and Robin Williams, the session was divided into “timed” sharing sessions in the following categories:
- Reading Promotion
- Digital Storytelling
- Information Fluency
- Digital Citizenship
- Audience Sharing
As always, being in a room with educators wanting to share ways to enhance student learning through the use of Web 2.0 tools was energizing. I still haven’t had time to check out all of the new tools and sites that were shared. AND plenty more are on the AASL Smackdown Wiki. Bookmark this site because it is one you will want to revisit.
One of the shared sites that I have had time to explore is Morgue File. “Where photo reference lives” is the tagline of this site. Great source of free photos for students (and teachers!) to use in projects. I have now been recommending this one in conjunction with Creative Commons.
The Learning Tools Smackdown is now something of a tradition at library and technology conferences.
- South Carolina’s own Cathy Nelson participated in the NECC Library Learning Tools BYOL Smackdown in Washington in the summer of 2009.
- Web 2.0 Meets Standards for 21st Century Learning wiki This smackdown took place at the ALA Conference in Chicago in July 2009.
- EduBloggerCon Web 2 Smackdown 2009 wiki Yet another great collection of Web 2.0 tools shared at NECC in the summer of 2009.
Links to “2.0 Learning Tools Smackdown” from AASL Charlotte
- If you have a “b There” Virtual Track Pass, you can listen to a podcast of the session. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for the podcast.)