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Print vs online resources

The following information comes from ASLA Executive Officer Karen Bonanno:
The Australian School Library Association is hosting a free forum on its social networking space on the topic: “With the Internet fast becoming students’ first port of call when it comes to research, should I spend my budget on print resources or on online subscriptions?”
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Cloud computing

The Horizon Report recently listed ‘Cloud computing’ as one of the major trends in computer use in 2009. But what does it mean? Simply, the increase in use of sites such as Google Docs, Flickr and so on to store all of our work and personal documents rather than using our computers to store them.
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Kerry Rowett, the Client Liaison Officer for Connect (formerly the Education Channel) has kindly agreed to be interviewed by the School Library Association of Victoria’s  Bright Ideas blog.

Who is behind the fantastic new Connect websites?

The Connect sites are an evolution of the Victorian Education Channel and are funded by DEECD. Different areas of the Department [...]

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An interesting post by Sarah Perez from Read, Write Web  on how students can use Facebook safely is timely considering the media coverage about the recent fate of a young man from Melbourne.

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Bushfire update

From the ALIA blog comes the following news:

Australian library industry appoints central Disaster Recovery Support position
At a meeting in Melbourne on Friday 20th February 2009 library professionals and supporters agreed to fund and appoint a disaster recovery support role to coordinate their efforts. The meeting was organised by the Australian Library and Information Association [...]

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Web 2.0 competition

Connect along with the School Library Association of Victoria are launching a new Web 2.0 competition for Victorian educators. Readers of Bright Ideas have been given a sneak preview as the competition will be officialy launched by Will Richardson on Monday 23rd March at the SLAV conference to be held at the Telstra Dome.

The Connect Web 2.0 competition [...]

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Thanks to Nicola Fern, Marketing Manager of ABC Radio National for the following information.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has partnered with ABC Radio National’s  Poetica program and the Australia Council for the Arts to bring listeners of their regular Poetica program ‘A Pod of Poets’. Eleven programs feature Australian poets speaking about their writing and reading some pieces [...]

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Many of our colleagues and school communities have been affected by the disastrous bushfires that have swept large areas of our state of Victoria in the last few days. It has been declared Australia’s worst natural disaster and at least three schools have been burnt down. Many people have lost their lives, some of them children. [...]

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Happy holidays

Well we’ve all made it through a long term 4! Well done to everyone on another year of hard work and making a positive difference to the lives of our students (and teachers). On behalf of SLAV, wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.
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Stephen Heppell @SLV

For the final post about Professor Stephen Heppell’s inspiring talk at the State Library of Victoria on 10th November, Stephen mentioned some innovative things some schools are doing in the UK.
A primary school in East Kilbride (Glasgow) let their students use the ‘Big Brain Academy’ game on Nintendo DS handheld consoles for twenty minutes each [...]

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