Don’t believe everything you hear…

The horrific events in Manchester that occurred yesterday has brought to mind the importance of critical literacy in an age where news is communicated as it happens via social media outlets such as Twitter. I was at home reading when I noticed that someone had re-tweeted a video, claiming that there had been an ‘incident’ at a concert in Manchester. It was literally only a few minutes after what we now know to be a suicide attack had happened. It was 10.30pm over there, about mid-morning here in Australia, and videos that people had taken on their phones as the...

Advocacy: Print this poster and spread the word – we NEED school libraries and teacher librarians!

There are a lot of positive moves afoot to protect and promote our school libraries and teacher librarians. Check out the amazing support being provided by Leigh Hobbs, Australian Children’s Laureate, The role that a school library and a qualified teacher librarian may play in the literacy lives of children makes their full time presence in every school, primary and secondary, a no brainer for me. I have written previously about the reasons why we need school libraries and teacher librarians more than ever, despite the fact that we carry the internet in our pockets. This is another way that I...

Personalised Learning through the PLN

I have been thinking a lot about the value of connections in a PLN and whether or not creating your PLN using a combination of openly networked platforms (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, blogging, G+ etc) enables a more ‘personalised’ experience. @willrich45 @soozietwits Personalised learning can never be ‘delivered’; it must be created by the learner themselves using connections within & beyond their network — Kay Oddone (@KayOddone) April 11, 2017 Just what do you mean by open? I realise that a social network such as Facebook is not necessarily the most ‘open’ of spaces. Having just watched the 4 Corners episode entitled Cracking the...