Category Archives: Communications

Welcome New GLMA Blogger Gregory Odell!

Gregory Odell is an e-Learning Specialist with Hall County Schools in Gainesville, Georgia.  Odell earned his Ed.S. in Instructional Technology and School Library Media at the University of Georgia in 2003.  Prior to becoming an e-Learning Specialist, Odell has served as a classroom teacher and a math/science lab instructor for both the 4th and 5th grade levels. Odell also served for 7 years as a media specialist at the elementary level. He would like to see technology used to its fullest in the educational realm in order to provide a more individualized, relevant and engaging experience for today’s students.   Odell strives to help ensure district technology resources are being maximized, while also looking to the future for tools to improve learning environments. His professional interests include personal learning networks, digital student creation tools, blended learning, and e-Learning as an educational tool.  You can also follow him on Twitter!

We look forward to Greg blogging these topics and more!

Welcome New GLMA Blogger Stephen Rahn!

Please welcome the newest addition to the GLMA blog team—Stephen Rahn!  Stephen taught high school Spanish for 12 years, and has been an information technology specialist at Kennesaw State University since 2001. He has worked with school districts all across Georgia, and he is working on his doctorate in instructional technology at Kennesaw State. Stephen has also presented at state and national conferences and enjoys playing tennis when he isn’t online.

We look forward to his upcoming posts and contributions to our conversations here on the GLMA blog!  You can also follow Stephen on Twitter by clicking here.

Invitation to Participate: School Library Media Specialists and Technology Integration Survey 

Survey via kwout

from Melissa Johnston via the aaslforum list-serv:

Posting on behalf of Dr. Nancy Everhart and Dr. Marcia Mardis. Please excuse cross postings.

We are gathering information from school librarians on how they are integrating technology in their schools. We hope this research will help to further define the role of the school librarian in technology integration efforts. Now is your chance to express your opinion!

The survey will only take about 15 minutes to complete. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and there are no foreseeable risks associated with this project.  However, if you feel uncomfortable answering any questions, you can stop answering questions on the survey at any point without being penalized.

If you agree to participate in the study, you will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card. If you decide NOT to participate in this study, you will NOT be penalized. Research staff will only use your name and address (if provided by you) to send you additional information or for the drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card, if you indicate you are willing.

If you would like to participate in this research project, the survey can be accessed at Please complete the survey by December 1, 2010. We are sending this to a number of lists. Please excuse the cross posting.  Thank you for your help.

Nancy Everhart, Director, PALM Center
Marcia Mardis, Associate Director, PALM Center

Buffy Hamilton, Ed.S.
Creekview High School
GLMA Communications Chair

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Buffy Hamilton, Ed.S.
Creekview High School
GLMA Communications Chair

The Great Reading Debate Goes On

David Brooks packs a truckload of thought on reading and learning in his recent op-ed titled “The Medium is the Medium” at

Brooks reminds the print vs. digital reading debate of the notion that the literary world is a “hierarchical universe” with “classic works of literature at the top and beach reading at the bottom.”  He makes the point that digital writing doesn’t have the same hierarchical context as a book.  The result is in the lesson learned, or not.

I wonder how many primarily digital readers of this article got the allusion in the article title to that fusty old communications prophet Marshall McLuhan.

Tim Wojcik
Librarian, Our Lady of Mercy High School – Fayetteville