November 20, 2017

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News for Padlet fans and newbies

If you’re like me, Padlet has been a go-to tool for brainstorming, back channeling, collaborating, collecting ideas and media and even for portfolio building–well, forever. Over the past few weeks one of our favorite platforms added some features that make it an even more powerful teaching and learning tool. 1. Formats  In addition to Wall, […]

VA School Librarians Spearhead Historic Community Collaboration

65 trees, each one in memory of a fallen Civil War soldier, are planted at a high school on a historic parcel of land through a collaboration of librarians, teachers, and local and national organizations.

Oklahoma University Library Melds Art and High Tech in a Lesson for Middle Schoolers

Collaboration, followed by “close looking,” led to discovery—and a few career ideas—for a group of seventh and eighth graders.

Launching #tlmatch: for connecting with that special other librarian

What if we considered some new equations? At a recent webinar the subject of opening our library walls came up. It often does. The subject of equations came up as well. I love the idea of considering our reach as librarians without borders. Of considering how we might connect our learners in meaningful inquiry beyond the […]

Our “bus tour” experiment

We’ve just concluded an exciting experiment and I am thrilled to share our story. Rutgers MI program, NJASL and the South Brunswick School District partnered this week to offer a School Library “Bus Tour.” Okay, no buses were actually involved. (Think “garden tour.”) We simply opened up school libraries representing effective practice and invited students, […]

Working Together: Simple Ways Public and School Librarians Can Collaborate

Librarian Christina Keasler offers a few simple examples of ways public and school librarians can connect and collaborate this school year.

A Prime Co-Teaching Opportunity

One librarian’s role is transformed, and with it, her approach to and appreciation for collaboration.

Participate: curating with communities

I’ve added a new platform to my list of curation favorites.  The Participate Learning search engine offers access to thousands of educator-vetted K12 learning resources–apps, videos, and websites. Apps, for both iOS and Android, as well as other learning resources, are browsable and searchable by keyword, category, or standard.  Searches may be filtered by whether […]

OH School Librarian Gets E-Kiosk to Access Public Library’s Digital Collection

Middle school librarian Mary Burkey wondered how she was going to get digital books into kids’ hands. Her ongoing partnership with the local public library eventually led to a digital kiosk that allows kids at school to browse and access the library’s full digital collection.

Five Trends That Make 2015 Worth Celebrating| Editorial

The new year is always a time of optimism. This year in particular, positive tendencies will influence our work in schools and public libraries.

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Collaboration Leads to Top-notch STEM Programming at the Library

Electrocuting pickles at the library?! This was one of the many demonstrations on light brought to the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library through collaboration with the library’s own Science Task Force and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

School and Public Libraries Collaborate to Help Teen Community: Reports from the Field

In big and small ways, collaboration is a way of life for many school and public libraries. From teen book festivals to maker space initiatives, they are working together to bring new services and programs to their young adults.

Reading as the Main Course: A Book Tasting Event

With the school librarian playing head chef, students at Sayre Junior/Senior High School in Sayre, PA kicked off a book tasting to celebrate new books and a love of reading. The delicious result? A big boost in circ stats, library card sign-ups, and collaboration between the school and public library.

Limitless Libraries: the value of rethinking

I recently spent a full day presenting workshops for the Nashville school librarians with my buddy Shannon Miller. I expected to fall in love with the city.  But I fell in love with it for an unexpected reason. Nashville is a city that truly loves its libraries. And that love has a lot to do […]

Pinterest becomes more social

Yesterday, Pinterest announced a new collaborative feature–conversations/messaging around shared pins. Combined with the Send a Pin feature added last spring, users can now share and comment on visual discoveries with multiple friends, colleagues and students without having to leave the site or app they are currently exploring. To engage in a Pinterest converation, after choosing […]

Collaborating on the Summer Slide: University Students Tutor at Jacksonville Public Library

A unique partnership between Jacksonville (FL) Public Library and the University of North Florida continues to bring tutoring services to children who might otherwise experience the “summer slide.”

Teamput: updating the stickynote options (Updated)

Update: I want to thank developer, Bill Youngdahl, for so quickly responding to my suggestions for templates for schools! I am a huge fan of stickynote tools for collaboration and reflection.  I am particularly devoted to Padlet.  I love its ease of use, embedability, the fact that no registration is necessary. But for some purposes, […]

Reach Out and Connect: Using Flat Connections for Collaboration | Tech Tidbits

Teacher librarian Krista Brakhage shares her thoughts on why Flat Connections can offer a fresh perspective in participatory global collaboration and provide a rich authentic educational experience for students.

Book a free room for the Learning Revolution

An alternative to Google Hangouts, the Learning Revolution Project lets you use a free public Blackboard Collaborate room to host your own education-related webinar.

Google Doc Story Builder

Remember Google Search Story?   Google now offers the opportunity to tell stories by animating simulated Docs with its Story Builder. Each document can host up to ten participants and ten actions that may include staged edits.   Storytellers may add a soundtrack from a library of six styles.  Because no login is required to create […]