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Black Musicians: Their Influence on ALL Genres of Music

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Happy Valentines, Galentines and Palentines, my friends! ๐ŸŒน From the newsletter in my last post, I wanted to show what where doing with the influence of Black musicians on all types of music. I mean, if you don't know already... THE Beyoncรฉ crossed over into the country genre . Here's our lesson: Here's our Padlet screenshot: *My apologies, but to protect my students, I'm not linking to it and blurred their names on the pic above.* Here's a video of the kids demonstrating their RHYTHM, MATHEMATICAL COUNTING and LISTENING COMPREHENSION: Here's our little Snakelets (our mascot is a Diamondback Rattlesnake) doing the research: As a bonus, here's a link to some Black History Month Biography Trading Cards .

Happy Black History Month 2024!

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Hey Y'all! I know I went missing for a couple of months, but the holidays swarmed me and I've had a lot of irons in the fire. First and foremost, I can now announce that I'm a 2023-24 Pulitzer Center Teacher Fellow ! Stay tuned for the month of May, when I can release the published unit I've worked on which focuses on my bittersweet love of ARTIFICAL INTELLIGENCE! This month also marks BLACK EXCELLENCE MONTH , which ya girl's given her best to model. Another nugget of joy, I'm the Texas Library Association's Spotlight Member of the Month ! In case the link ever breaks down, here are some pictures of my interview: Last, but certainly not least is my infamous newsletter. I took the month of January off, as I about drowned under responsiblities and germs. Please forgive me. But you HAD to know I wouldn't skip February! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ The way I look at it, I'm posting the last day of January to honor February. ๐Ÿ˜ Please enjoy the lessons and wisdom

Artificial Intelligence: Part of the Library Ecosystem

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Hey y'all! If you were at today's District 3 PD for central Texas librarians, then here's the presentation I used for my portion of the 10:45 session with Dr. Elizabeth Gross and Mr. Henry Stokes: AI in Library Ecosystem by Jean Darnell For the whole presentation along with Henry and Elizabeth, then please view it here: Evidence from social media of the excitement from our District 3 PD: Great insights from speakers today at District 3 fall meeting at @AustinPublicLib pic.twitter.com/06Gpn2rsBy — Texas Library Assn. (@TXLA) November 30, 2023 Getting ready for a great day at the District 3 Fall Meeting! At @AustinPublicLib downtown pic.twitter.com/RbDrAHU31w — Texas Library Assn. (@TXLA) November 30, 2023 Here's a bonus find for my viewers, THE 5 BIG IDEAS FOR AI from ISTE Guide on Ethics and AI:

Understanding AI with ITRT & Awaken Librarian

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As promised, for those of you that attended the ITRT (Innovation and Technology Round Table) Tech Chat , TODAY, here's the presentation I curated/created! Please reach out to me if you have any questions or would like for me to present this for your audience. Copy of ITRT & Awaken Lib Pres by Jean Darnell Thank you to Henry Stokes, leader of the ITRT and Technology Coordinator for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, for giving me the opportunity to instruct professional development for our librarians.๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ Mr. Stokes also recorded the presentation: SURVEY RESULTS ARE IN! Thank you to everyone who attended the live recording. I appreciate your questions. Please take a look at the feedback via the pictures below. I'd love to learn/collaborate with anything AI, so please feel free to reach out to me.

October fun, Intellectual Humility & Open Mic Night!

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Greetings! This post is like a GUMBO for educational resources! I have a little bit of everything embedded into this newsletter: But I want to take a moment and discuss "Intellectual Humility." I was introduced to this via a post on X/Twitter: Self-awareness that you may not know everything. It's worth the lesson to question everything you think you know to be true. There's always your side, the other side, & the content without prejudice. Empathy, understanding & evaluation will get you closer to enlightenment, IMO. https://t.co/DeSGBWigpd — AwakenLibrarian (@awakenlibrarian) October 18, 2023 I found it pertinent to how " misinformation, disinformation and mal-information " interact and oppose intellectual humility . It's seems in this time of bombing, war, erasure and book bans, folks are running around like their ideas are transformative and their poo is potpurri! Simply put, we ALL need to take a step back, listen with the int

Happy Banned Book Week 2023!

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Happy #BannedBooksWeek. You may remember that this past spring, I tested AI on #BlackHistoryMonth using ChatGPT: AI in Favor of Racist? Now, 8 months later, I wanted to see what another AI resource, Google's Bard, would do with the prompt: Create a speech from a black woman's perspective on how book bans suppress the speech and freedoms of black people. include specific examples from the last 10 years. Here's the essay in its entirety, unaltered. Or you can just watch this video below: Below are further details on the analysis/feedback that I've thought about since making the video. It's a view "behind the veil" for librarians of color: I've endured more hatefulness as a librarian than I ever endured as an English teacher. One job cut my position "for budget reasons," during the pandemic, because I taught the book, The Hate U Give (Thomas, 2017), which that campus thought promoted anti-police behavior. Even when I moved to a n

September Newsletter & Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

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Greetings! This month, we're celebrating all things Hispanic for our heritage month! Please see the newsletter below and all the curated resources it entails! MARK YOUR CALENDARS, BANNED BOOKS WEEK IS COMING! Oct. 1st - Oct. 7th!!