How AI can enhance our memory, work, and social lives

Persinger, Danielle


Gruber, T. (2017). How AI can enhance our memory, work and social lives. TED: Ideas worth spreading. Retrieved from:

Tom Gruber, the co-creator of Siri, spends ten minutes discussing the future of learning and human interaction with Artificial Intelligence. This movement toward the future is not something to fear, rather it should be embraced. AI will offer new ways to perform our jobs and live our lives. Using AI in addition to humans, we can find 99.5% of cancerous cells, mitigate memory loss, and create infinite design ideas.

I’m a TED talks junkie. This video is fascinating and leaves me hopeful for the future. There are many ways we are already using AI to improve our lives and create a “super human” ability i.e. using Siri to remember deadlines and stay on track is a super human feat in my book. This technology will only continue to grow and I cannot help but be excited about the possibilities of increased equality opportunities.

Histories of Personalized Learning

Michele Peabody

Watters, A. (2017). The histories of personalized learning, Hackereducation OEB Mid Summit conference in Reykjavik, Iceland. Retrieved 6/2017 from
The author, “I am an education writer, an independent scholar, a serial dropout, a rabble-rouser, and ed-tech’s Cassandra” argues that personalized learning has been around for at least a decade, and depending on your agenda, we define it the way we want to. Industries and tech companies agenda is the “personalized computer” and are succeeding in having education follow their lead.

This Library is Going to the Dogs

Martin, Jeanette
ET – New Trends

Cottrell, M. (2017). Library Waggin’ Train: Service dogs, therapy dogs, emotional support dogs: Which ones can come in? American Libraries,48(3/4), 24-25. Retrieved April 4, 2017, from

The article assists librarians in how to utilize service dogs in the library. It also explains the rights individuals have to bring their service dogs into the library and the rights the library has in questioning the owner of the animal. Many people buy a service vest for the animal to bring them into public places. Some animals have not been trained and can become a safety and health hazard. The law explains that a librarian can ask an owner of a dog if it is a service animal and what kind of service the dog provides to its owner. The law does not permit one to ask for a certificate or a letter to verify this.

Studies have shown the benefits animals animals can have on people. We are the largest school in the district with special needs kids. Twice a year a service dog comes into our schools library to provide emotional support to our students. It is very soothing to our students and gives our teachers a piece of mind that the students are calm. My son, while he was in college, had the opportunity to cuddle with service dogs during finals. It calmed him down so much he asked me to bring his dog on campus during finals week.

Genius Hour in the Library

Frey, Jennifer


RUSH, E. B. (2015). Genius Hour in the Library. Teacher Librarian, 43(2), 26-30.


This article is about how a librarian went about implementing a librarian led genius hour for students in grades 3-5. The article takes you through the planning to the approval and implementation phase then addresses what worked and what’s next. The librarian worked with teachers to lead this project so there is a lot of collaboration going on.


I really enjoyed this article since I was interested in genius hours and wanted to know more. I thought this article was especially helpful since the focus was on librarians leading it. I liked how she shared her plan and what worked and the students reactions.

Living in Interesting Times

Frey, Jennifer


Woyshner, C. (2016). CHAPTER 1: LIVING IN INTERESTING TIMES. Curriculum & Teaching Dialogue, 18(1/2), 1-10.


This article is very current and addresses how curriculum can include current events and provide lessons on morality. Curriculum could cultivate citizens and shape and motivate them to be aware of social issues and act appropriately. The article also goes over a brief history of what has been the focus of curriculum over time which i found interesting.


I found this article very interesting, I read it to learn more about curriculum and assessment but found it enjoyable too. I labelled it with a Z-Fun tag since it was an interesting perspective and also provided some history which I liked.

Cookie Monster in the Library

Mierop, Kerrie


Library, “Sesame Street: Cookie Monster in the library”. Retrieved July 5, 2016.

As a child I loved Cookie Monster wanting more than what the library at the time offered. Reading an article today about how one school library, as part of creating a learning commons, allowed food to be brought in, brought up this memory. I inherited a school library from a wonderful, but old-fashion librarian, who had not thrown anything away or changed any part of the library in almost 20 years. I know a few school librarians that are like the librarian in this video. Change is here and kids are like Cookie Monster, they want more, their learning styles require more. Hope everyone enjoys.

The Best Animation Tools, from CrazyTalk and Toon Boom to Free Web Apps

Alan Phelps
Stern, J. (2011, May). The Best Animation Tools, from CrazyTalk and Toon Boom to Free Web Apps. Retrieved from

This is a good informative review article discussing online animation tools and some of the ways they are being used in schools. The article talks about the importance of schools giving students a creative outlet and tools to express themselves but the bulk of the article is a review of the best pay and free online animation tools. CrazyTalk and ToonBoom were selected as the best pay tools and they recommend quite a few free online sites like AniBoom and CreaToon 3.0 as two of the best. They also review and recommend some non-animated comic strip creation tools that look fun and interesting.
I liked this article because it was non biased and informative. It gave good concise information on each tool or website and explained what they liked and disliked about each. I am particularly interested in this because next year I want to begin creating a maker space in the high school library at which I am the TL. Over the course of the next few years I want to use part of the library space for drawing, digital storytelling, animation, video making, and someday, maybe even 3-D printing. I will refer back to this article when I am ready to begin work on this space. While this article is from 2011 I think it is still relevant but I need to look into the recommended sites and tools to see if they are still at the top.

9 Reasons Why Librarians Are Awesome

Fleming, Giovanna

Z- fun

Hong, J. (2014, April 11). 9 Reasons Why Librarians Are Awesome. Retrieved April 23, 2014, from

          This article is a parodied list similar to David Letterman’s Top Ten List on Late Night of how awesome librarians are.  It is a whimsical article to read at the end of a long day to inspire one to continue to do their best.  Ms. Hong begins with a “mean shusher” using photographs of old grumpy, scowling, thick eye glass wearing ladies.  Then, changes the visual to a sexy librarian.  Noting both of these notions of librarians are misconceptions.  Librarians are really superheroes similar to Noah Wylie in the movie, The Librarian, and Barbara Gordon as Batgirl. A NPR report of how a prisoner was able “to escape” by reading books borrowed from the prison librarian, is mentioned. Also included is an explanation of how some of our most beloved authors, such as Beverly Cleary and Lewis Carroll, were librarians.  Finally, the last photo is of Stephen Colbert holding a sign stating, “ Do not wait until the day before your report is due to contact your librarian”.  The main focus of this article is clearly stated in the last line of the article, “librarians are awesome”. (Hong,2014)

          This article’s photos could easily be used throughout the back office of a library to keep librarians in a good mood while working.  Remember the old saying, “laughter is the best medicine”.   Keep smiling, librarians because you are awesome!