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November 25, 2014

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Reading as the Main Course: A Book Tasting Event

8th grade students give hat-themed book talk to department-chair Amanda Jenkins.

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

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

UNF Tutoring program

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)

Teamput: updating the stickynote options

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

Flat Connections

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

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

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 [...]

Kaizena: improving voice feedback for student writing

Kaizena: improving voice feedback for student writing

Back in May I was excited to discover Voice Comments–a great tool for personally adding voice feedback to student writing or collaborative work. Recently, the app relaunched with a new interface and a bunch of impressive new features, as Kaizena.  (In Japan, Kaizen refers to a philosophy of continuous improvement.) If Google Docs is a way of life at [...]

A Partnership for Success: The Jacksonville Public Library and University of North Florida Summer Tutoring Program

UNF student Tiara Hughes

In an August issue of SLJTeen, we covered a program run by University at Buffalo’s Center for Literacy and Reading Instruction that matched graduate students with 180 elementary school students to advance their reading and writing schools over the summer. We asked readers to tell us about other programs like it, and the Southeast Regional Library (FL) stepped up with their collaboration with University of North Florida’s education undergrads.

Working together is working smarter [Infographic]

Based on a report recently released by the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE), Working Together is Working Smarter, visually demonstrates the role of school librarians as highly involved leaders playing a critical role in their schools through consistent and sustained collaboration with other educators.   The infographic reveals our dedicated, voluntary leadership in the delivery of [...]

Librarian/Teacher Projects on New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, Energy Conservation Honored at ISTE

ISTE 2013 Tech Awards Honor Librarian/Teacher Projects on New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, Energy Conservation

An exploration of New Orleans’s hurricane-ravaged Ninth Ward and a student-driven study on how to conserve energy in a school are the winners of this year’s SIGMS Technology Innovation Awards bestowed at ISTE, the annual ed-tech conference held in San Antonio, TX, June 23–26.

EduClipper: just-for-us discovery, collaboration and curation

Just about a year ago, I shared my excitement about Adam Bellow’s (eduTecher’s) Alpha launch of his clipboard service for education, EduClipper, as a kind of school-friendly, student-safe Pinterest on steriods, without the shoes. EduClipper is now ready for prime time–growing as a collaborative, global, digital curation hub, search/discovery tool and portfolio platform. It is [...]

Be the Change: Raise the Bar with Effective Collaborations

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Thursday, May 16, 2013, 6:00 – 7:00 PM ET Get the big picture and nitty gritty on what you need to about how to pull off collaborations that work–with peers, principals, public libraries, parents, and others—using partnerships as well as technology to turn gaps into opportunities for learning and leadership.Archive now available!!

Making the Principal Connection

Illustration by Jean Tuttle

Mark Ray asserts that principals and librarians have a lot more in common than you might think—and he should know. After 20 years as a teacher librarian, the 2012 Washington Teacher of the Year has become a district IT administrator. From his new perch, he shares insights into the the pivotal alliance possible between two key solo players in the school: librarian and principal.

That Collaborative Spirit: Changing times demand more complex partnerships | Editorial

Photograph by Thomas Strand.

Who wouldn’t want to work with the two librarians on our cover? To me, their joyous, open faces welcome engagement. I want in on the action—in this case, the series of projects they pull off to bring more to the kids they each serve.

Kentucky’s Teacher of the Year Advocates for the Need for School Librarians

There is a  2012 Teacher of the Year in Kentucky who “gets it.” And, she expresses well what students need to do to be successful meeting the Common Core standards, tying them closely to what it is that school librarians do. She does so in an article that can be sent to every superintendent, shared [...]

MARC Records as an Advocacy Strategy: My AASL “Advocacy Tip of the Day”

Teachers drift in and out of my office all day for the $.25 freshly ground coffee, “real” and decaffeinated. I sometimes sit at my desk with a pile of new materials, entering them into my automated catalog. Suddenly it hits me. We talk about school and life, give each other advice, plan collaborative projects (the [...]

We Need Tag-Team Librarianship: Active collaboration between public and school librarians benefits all | Editorial

Consider this number: nine percent. That’s how many public librarians say they “work directly with school librarians and teachers” on homework assignments. SLJ’s survey of public library spending on children’s and young adult services (see “It Takes Two” ) is eye-opening reading.