Applying the Principles of Epigenetics for a (R)evolution in School Librarianship presented by Buffy J. Hamilton March 24,...
Darwin’s work teaches that evolutionary genetic changes take place slowly over many years and through natural selection
The science of  epigenetics  disrupts the notion of slow change and the belief that we have little to no control over our ...
Epigenetics  is study of changes in gene activity that do not involve core alterations to the genetic code but still get p...
Cellular changes to the  epigenome  (the cellular material that sits atop the DNA) can impact genetic material and acceler...
These changes are akin to “flipping a switch” that impact gene expression by turning the genes “on” or “off”
Environmental factors or “nurture” like diet, stress, and chemical exposure can “imprint” cellular activity of epigenetic ...
The simple chemistry of a methyl group attaching itself to a specific spot on the gene changes gene expression; gene expre...
Epigenetics implies we may be able to exercise control over over genes
The promise of epigenetics:  the potential to mitigate or cure ailments and harness the power of beneficial gene expression
What can we as librarians glean from the study of epigenetics?
We can look for external changes and influences to help our profession not just survive but to flourish in harsh conditions
<ul><li>Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Curiosity </li></ul><ul><li...
Lack of full funding and budget cuts have “silenced” many of our “genes”
A climate that values standardized test scores over inquiry has impacted our genes
filtering fears are debilitating to our growth Image used under a CC license from  http://www.flickr.com/photos/sziszo/259...
A shift in who counts as experts and the decision making model has met some hostile environments
What “epigenetic” changes and influences can  accelerate  our ability to adapt to a changing educational landscape?
1 Make our practice transparent to the world Image used under a CC license from  http:/www.flickr.com/photos/allaboutgeorg...
web-based mindmap
flickr
youtube
twitter
facebook
blog
transparency and data
transparency and data
share your practice via social media
embrace instructional leadership
cc licensed flickr photo by Suttonhoo:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/suttonhoo22/2512983749/   2 Create and nurture a part...
1.1.5 evaluate information found in selected sources on the basis of accuracy, validity, appropriateness for needs, import...
 
 
 
1.1.9 collaborate with others to broaden and deepen understanding 1.3.4 contribute to the exchange of ideas within the lea...
 
 
 
 
1.2.5 demonstrate adaptability by changing the inquiry focus, questions, resources, or strategies when necessary to achiev...
1.2.5 Demonstrate adaptability by changing the inquiry focus, questions, resources, or strategies when necessary to achiev...
1.3.3 follow ethical and legal guidelines in gathering and using information  create conversations about  digital citizens...
 
 
 
 
“ I like that I cannot rely on my slides as much.  It requires me to actually learn what my project is about and not just ...
2.1.1 continue an inquiry- based research process by applying critical- thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, evaluation, ...
voicethread
video
glogster
research portfolio with Google Sites
 
 
 
cloud computing:  google docs
diigo:  group bookmarks
evernote:  bookmarking and notes
netvibes and iGoogle:  personal learning environments and learning artifacts
2.1.5 collaborate with others to exchange ideas, develop new understandings, make decisions, and solve problems 3.2.1 demo...
 
 
 
 
cc licensed photo from  http://www.flickr.com/photos/brandoncripps/3156373103/sizes/o/   3 Build your collaborative tribe ...
planting  seeds   takes both   faith   and  action
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Energize your mind and spirit by tapping into the wisdom of the crowd by growing your personal learning network Image used...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5 Embrace your role as a fearless advocate for intellectual freedom, equitable access to all forms of information, and mul...
make the argument for access to a specific resource or tool by collecting examples of effective instructional practice Ima...
develop and present a concrete plan for use of the resource and how you will implement its use
remind decision makers that students need guided instruction and opportunities to learn how to use social media thoughtful...
tie your requests to performance standards
We need nurturing influences on our librarian genes to help us thrive and adapt to today’s information landscape
Repeated  exposure to healthy influences builds resilience Image used under a cc license from  http://www.flickr.com/photo...
Let us harness the power of positive epigenomic changes in our profession and silence the crippling ones
Librarians matter cc licensed photo by  http://www.flickr.com/photos/skiwalker79/3855880846/sizes/l/in/photostream/
contact information [email_address]   http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com   http://theunquietlibrarian.wikispaces.com
Works Cited Cloud, John. “Why Your DNA Isn’t Your Destiny.”  Time . N.p., 6 Jan. 2010. Web. 21 Mar. 2010.  <http://www.tim...
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    1. 1. Applying the Principles of Epigenetics for a (R)evolution in School Librarianship presented by Buffy J. Hamilton March 24, 2010
    2. 2. Darwin’s work teaches that evolutionary genetic changes take place slowly over many years and through natural selection
    3. 3. The science of epigenetics disrupts the notion of slow change and the belief that we have little to no control over our genes
    4. 4. Epigenetics is study of changes in gene activity that do not involve core alterations to the genetic code but still get passed down to at least one successive generation
    5. 5. Cellular changes to the epigenome (the cellular material that sits atop the DNA) can impact genetic material and accelerate significant change to the genome
    6. 6. These changes are akin to “flipping a switch” that impact gene expression by turning the genes “on” or “off”
    7. 7. Environmental factors or “nurture” like diet, stress, and chemical exposure can “imprint” cellular activity of epigenetic markers
    8. 8. The simple chemistry of a methyl group attaching itself to a specific spot on the gene changes gene expression; gene expression is either silenced or amplified
    9. 9. Epigenetics implies we may be able to exercise control over over genes
    10. 10. The promise of epigenetics: the potential to mitigate or cure ailments and harness the power of beneficial gene expression
    11. 11. What can we as librarians glean from the study of epigenetics?
    12. 12. We can look for external changes and influences to help our profession not just survive but to flourish in harsh conditions
    13. 13. <ul><li>Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Curiosity </li></ul><ul><li>Passion </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Learner </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsor of multiple literacies </li></ul><ul><li>Change agent </li></ul><ul><li>Pioneer </li></ul><ul><li>Open to change </li></ul><ul><li>Risk-taking </li></ul><ul><li>Agility </li></ul><ul><li>Information maven </li></ul><ul><li>Advocate </li></ul><ul><li>Play/playfulness </li></ul>Librarianship genes we want to express
    14. 14. Lack of full funding and budget cuts have “silenced” many of our “genes”
    15. 15. A climate that values standardized test scores over inquiry has impacted our genes
    16. 16. filtering fears are debilitating to our growth Image used under a CC license from http://www.flickr.com/photos/sziszo/2592916753/sizes/o/
    17. 17. A shift in who counts as experts and the decision making model has met some hostile environments
    18. 18. What “epigenetic” changes and influences can accelerate our ability to adapt to a changing educational landscape?
    19. 19. 1 Make our practice transparent to the world Image used under a CC license from http:/www.flickr.com/photos/allaboutgeorge/2361633049/sizes/o/
    20. 20. web-based mindmap
    21. 21. flickr
    22. 22. youtube
    23. 23. twitter
    24. 24. facebook
    25. 25. blog
    26. 26. transparency and data
    27. 27. transparency and data
    28. 28. share your practice via social media
    29. 29. embrace instructional leadership
    30. 30. cc licensed flickr photo by Suttonhoo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/suttonhoo22/2512983749/ 2 Create and nurture a participatory culture that invites conversations for learning
    31. 31. 1.1.5 evaluate information found in selected sources on the basis of accuracy, validity, appropriateness for needs, importance, and social and cultural context 1.1.6 read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital) in order to make inferences and gather meaning create conversations about information evaluation and social scholarship with research pathfinders
    32. 35. 1.1.9 collaborate with others to broaden and deepen understanding 1.3.4 contribute to the exchange of ideas within the learning community 4.1.7 use social networks and information tools to gather and share information create conversations about collaborative knowledge building using wikis and inquiry based activities
    33. 40. 1.2.5 demonstrate adaptability by changing the inquiry focus, questions, resources, or strategies when necessary to achieve success 1.2.6 display emotional resilience by persisting in information searching despite challenges 1.4.1 monitor own information-seeking processes for effectiveness and progress, and adapt as necessary 4.1.7 use social networks and information tools to gather and share information create conversations about adaptability and research strategies using blogs
    34. 41. 1.2.5 Demonstrate adaptability by changing the inquiry focus, questions, resources, or strategies when necessary to achieve success. 1.1.9 Collaborate with others to broaden and deepen understanding.
    35. 42. 1.3.3 follow ethical and legal guidelines in gathering and using information create conversations about digital citizenship and ethical use of information
    36. 47. “ I like that I cannot rely on my slides as much.  It requires me to actually learn what my project is about and not just copy and paste a whole paragraph into my power point then read it right off the slide when I am presenting.  I felt that I was more connected to the class while presenting and I really liked that, it made me feel better about myself while I was actually up in front of the class.”
    37. 48. 2.1.1 continue an inquiry- based research process by applying critical- thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, evaluation, organization) to information and knowledge in order to construct new understandings, draw conclusions, and create new knowledge 2.1.4 use technology and other information tools to analyze and organize information 3.1.2 participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners. 3.1.1 conclude an inquiry- based research process by sharing new understandings and reflecting on the learning. create conversations about alternate representations of knowledge, organizing knowledge, sharing learning reflections, and sharing resources.
    38. 49. voicethread
    39. 50. video
    40. 51. glogster
    41. 52. research portfolio with Google Sites
    42. 56. cloud computing: google docs
    43. 57. diigo: group bookmarks
    44. 58. evernote: bookmarking and notes
    45. 59. netvibes and iGoogle: personal learning environments and learning artifacts
    46. 60. 2.1.5 collaborate with others to exchange ideas, develop new understandings, make decisions, and solve problems 3.2.1 demonstrate leadership and confidence by presenting ideas to others in both formal and informal situations 3.2.2 show social responsibility by participating actively with others in learning situations and by contributing questions and ideas during group discussions 4.1.7 use social networks and information tools to gather and share information create conversations about collaboration, leadership, and social responsibility for shared knowledge construction
    47. 65. cc licensed photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/brandoncripps/3156373103/sizes/o/ 3 Build your collaborative tribe through listening, sharing, and risk-taking
    48. 66. planting seeds takes both faith and action
    49. 81. Energize your mind and spirit by tapping into the wisdom of the crowd by growing your personal learning network Image used under a CC license from http://www.flickr.com/photos/alesk/356136498/sizes/l/ 4
    50. 93. 5 Embrace your role as a fearless advocate for intellectual freedom, equitable access to all forms of information, and multiple literacies
    51. 94. make the argument for access to a specific resource or tool by collecting examples of effective instructional practice Image used under a CC license from http://www.flickr.com/photos/mymollypop/2646559132/sizes/l/
    52. 95. develop and present a concrete plan for use of the resource and how you will implement its use
    53. 96. remind decision makers that students need guided instruction and opportunities to learn how to use social media thoughtfully and wisely Image used under a CC license from http://www.flickr.com/photos/imbat/3869056371/sizes/l/
    54. 97. tie your requests to performance standards
    55. 98. We need nurturing influences on our librarian genes to help us thrive and adapt to today’s information landscape
    56. 99. Repeated exposure to healthy influences builds resilience Image used under a cc license from http://www.flickr.com/photos/skeels/141145758/sizes/l/
    57. 100. Let us harness the power of positive epigenomic changes in our profession and silence the crippling ones
    58. 101. Librarians matter cc licensed photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/skiwalker79/3855880846/sizes/l/in/photostream/
    59. 102. contact information [email_address] http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com http://theunquietlibrarian.wikispaces.com
    60. 103. Works Cited Cloud, John. “Why Your DNA Isn’t Your Destiny.” Time . N.p., 6 Jan. 2010. Web. 21 Mar. 2010. <http://www.time.com/‌time/‌printout/‌0,8816,1951968,00.html>.

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