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January 30, 2015

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Knowledge Quest refreshed!

Knowledge Quest refreshed!

I love SLJ ,of course. I am also a huge fan of AASL’s bimonthly journal, Knowledge Quest. It grows more relevant and inspirational with every issue. I keep a sticky-noted stack of them on my desk. Just yesterday, AASL announced the launch of Knowledge Quest‘s companion website, focused on integrating theory and practice. And it […]

The Super Bowl and the Oscars as text

The Super Bowl and the Oscars as text

Frank Baker and I chat around the same time each year. And when we do, the journalist, media literacy expert and author of Mastering Media Literacy, reminds us all of the importance of offering learners the opportunity to thoughtfully examine the prevalent texts of our culture. In the coming weeks, two global events present learning […]

Free civil rights programs using presidential primary sources

Free civil rights programs using presidential primary sources

Now through March, the Presidential Primary Sources Project (PPSP), a partnership involving the National Park Service, U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums and other cultural and historic organizations, and the Internet2 community, offer an exciting series of free programs for students. Designed for grades 6 through 12, the programs created by ten historic sites and libraries, […]

Easy screencasting your iPad and iPhone (on the Mac side)

Easy screencasting your iPad and iPhone (on the Mac side)

I learned a little trick for creating screencast videos from my iPad and I thought it might be useful for many of you who have a regular need to demo apps. If, like me, you are working on a Mac, you probably already know how powerful your QuickTime Player is for making impromtu videos or […]

ReadWriteThink rocks: with free apps

ReadWriteThink rocks: with free apps

If it’s been a while since you’ve returned to ReadWriteThink, I urge you to consider a visit today. The quality portal, rich with free resources and sponsored by the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Verizon Foundation has grown even more interactive. So what’s new?  There’s an array […]

Databases: making the case

Brenda Boyer and I are getting ready for our edWeb webinar on use of subscription databases.  In preparation, we created an infographic you may find useful in promoting databases with teachers and students. Please feel free to use and embed it if you find it helpful. Top reasons to use databases from Joyce Valenza During […]

Crumbling the message

Crumbling the message

Okay, I am not sure this activity packs any learning punch, but it’s kinda fun making and sending little Crumbles videos. Simply type words or sentences into the Crumbles text box and they are converted into videos composed of one-word clips from movies and television.  In addition to standard dictionary of videos that appear to […]

Celebrating 20 years of booktalk sharing with Nancy

Celebrating 20 years of booktalk sharing with Nancy

Booktalks are an art form. They are low-key, personal commercials that encourage children (and other potential readers) to connect with books. They are teasers, designed to sell a book. After a powerful grabber, they might include simple summaries, dramatic readings, a presentation in the voice of a character, a sharing of a dramatic moment. They […]

On searching your drive

Lately, finding stuff in my Drive has been a lot like finding stuff in my closets. Sure, I’ve created lots of folders to help me.  But the problem now is that I have lots of folders. I’ve starred lots of documents too.  But the problem is that I’ve starred lots of documents. Sadly, my closets […]

Surveying the silver and gold

Surveying the silver and gold

In my last post, Find new apps, but keep the old . . ., I listed a few portals and lists I regularly visit to discover new apps and to search for tried and true tools to accomplish learning goals and tasks.  I see making these discoveries, old and new, as a new form of […]

Find new apps and sites, but keep the old . . .

Find new apps and sites, but keep the old . . .

Find new apps, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold. As the holiday shopping season draws to a close, the classroom teachers and teacher librarians I know will continue to shop. We’re looking for a few perfect apps to introduce to learners. We don’t want to waste time opening pretty packages […]

My top 10 tech trends (expanded with infographic)

My top 10 tech trends (expanded with infographic)

Here’s an expanded version of my annual Top 10 Tech Trends, along with my infographic summary. Announced in July, the American Association of School Libraries (AASL)’s new mission statement says it clearly:. The American Association of School Librarians empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning. And the trends we see this year emphasize significant opportunities […]

SLJ’s Top 10 Tech Trends 2014

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Social Media is the new media. Crowdfunding is the new bake sale. Find out what other trends topped Joyce Valenza’s list.

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Follett Challenge: Don’t miss this opportunity!

Follett Challenge: Don’t miss this opportunity!

The upcoming holidays are an ideal time for you to work on your Follett Challenge entry. But get moving. The deadline for the fourth event is January 9th! I know you are doing inspiring, innovative work in your libraries.  Why not go for a share of the $200,000 in products and services Follett will generously […]

Peter Reynolds on facing the “testing camera”

Peter Reynolds on facing the “testing camera”

I cried a little this morning when I watched it. Peter H. Reynolds’ new animated short, The Testing Camera, is a frightening look at the message our focus on high-stakes testing sends to our children.  Saddened that her art class is canceled young Daisy is forced into a room to face her turn with the […]

Edublogs (discovery) time!

Edublogs (discovery) time!

It’s Edublogs Award time. While we have an opportunity to vote for our faves on List.ly, I see this, more importantly, as an opportunity to make discoveries relating to important voices in the larger field. As you look at the nominees, be sure to look at and beyond the Librarian list. These nominees represent leadership. […]

ABDO’s new ebook solution: instant access

ABDO’s new ebook solution: instant access

Give this a try.  Scan any (or all) of the four QR codes on these two images. What you’ll discover is that the codes lead to ABDO books that become instantly readable on your mobile device.  No password needed.  No wait.  No checkout.  No barrier between reader and book. For librarians, ebooks have long represented […]

“Get out there and make something!”: Sylvia’s super awesome new book

“Get out there and make something!”: Sylvia’s super awesome new book

Sometimes I wonder what my girlfriends and I would be like today if more models like the super-awesome Sylvia were around when we were kids.  I kinda want every kid to meet her. I first heard of Sylvia from my friend Gary Stager who often shares her story and segments from Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show […]

Three things Emily shared

Three things Emily shared

Among the Valenza family traditions are the little app share sessions I have with my daughter.  Emily, an art teacher in Boston, regularly introduces me to tools and platforms I don’t find elsewhere in my network. Here are some of Emily’s current faves from this Thanksgiving: Koma Koma: Anyone, from kindergarten to adult, can use […]

Best Apps for Teaching and Learning needs your input

Best Apps for Teaching and Learning needs your input

I am honored and kinda thrilled to be a member of AASL’s Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Committee. This particular best list is now three years old and recognizes apps of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. The apps foster the qualities of […]