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Returning to the rubrics

Nearly a year ago (gulp!), I began revising my CODE77 Beginning Rubrics, last updated in 2002. I got the first six done and then went ADD on the effort:

Rubric 1: Basic Computer Operation

Rubric 2: File Management

Rubric 3: Time Management and Organization

Rubric 4: Word Processing

Rubric 5: Spreadsheets

Rubric 6: Database Use

Since i'll be using these in a workshop in Wisconsin this Wednesday, it's time to finish them up. Blue Skunk readers, your comments as I revise will be most welcome as I examine...

Rubric 7: Graphics and Digital Image Use

Rubric 8: Hypermedia/Presentation Software Use

Rubric 9: Network and Internet Use

Rubric 10: Student Assessment

Rubric 11: Ethical Use Understanding

I'll look at the evolution of each of these in a separate entry and then compile the (now) 2009 version into a single document.

Please remember that the purpose of these rubrics is only for teachers to assess their basic level of technology use for professional productivity. Rubrics for Retructuring (which also need some updating) address more sophisticated educational uses of technology.

Here we go!



50 ways to love your library booklet


50 Ways to Love Your Library by Carlene Walter and the Saskatchewan School Library Association is a must read for all teacher-librarians, especially in these troubling budgetary times. (Why do we tend to wait until the crisis hits to do what we should have been doing all along?)

Oh, found out about this in a print publication - Teacher-Librarian. Did I miss the announcement in the blogosphere or are paper journals still of value?



A novel bailout plan

As we all know, lax writing practices earlier this decade led to irresponsible writing and irresponsible reading. This simply put too many families into books they could not finish. We are seeing the impact on readers and neighborhoods, with five million Americans now behind on their reading. Some are just walking away from novels they should never have been reading in the first place. What began as a subprime reading problem has spread to other, less-risky readers and contributed to excess inventories.

These troubled novels are now parked, or frozen, on the shelves of libraries, bookstores and other reading institutions, preventing these institutions from financing readable novels. The normal buying and selling of nearly all types of literature has become challenged. from The Plot Curdles By JULIAN GOUGH, New York Time, January 4, 2009