October 23, 2016

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Tool literacy as a new process

I’ve been thinking a bit about the notion of app smashing and the way we introduce learning challenges in our classrooms and libraries.  And I am thinking there’s a thinking process going on that we’re not thinking about nearly enough. Introducing a tool and saying you are going to use this tool to tell this […]

It’s about time: a round-up of time-lining tools

Timelines are a perfect tool for inquiry projects. They force students to see contexts; to make critical decisions about relative importance; to make connections among people, events and movements; to visualize history and processes; to discover patterns and sequences; to examine cause and effect; and to juxtapose content from across disciplines and media. We now […]

OER and you. The curation mandate

At the #GoOpen Exchange on Friday, everyone was talking about OER and the need to curate.  The Twiter feed shows the buzz around the trending event and it shows school librarians were at the table. As the initiative moves forward, it is critical for us to choose to be at the head of this particular table. Hosted at […]

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 […]

PopBoardz: a media dashboard for instruction and presentation

So, what would happen if Pinterest and Symbaloo and Blendspace had a baby?  Well, it might look a little like PopBoardz, one of my new favorite options for personal curation and presentation. PopBoardz allows you to organize the content you need and easily present from your iPad, iPhone or Mac desktop.  For educators, it can […]

appoLearning Collections: a new tool for curating apps and resources

I had breakfast with a colleague from the Graduate School of Education yesterday and our conversation kept returning to how can classroom teachers possibly keep up with what looks like an educational app explosion?  How can they carve out the time it takes to effectively integrate apps and other new resources into instruction? How can […]

If the Library of Congress pins . . .

If the largest library in the world, with millions of books, photographs, maps and manuscripts pins, it makes a pretty serious case for a new type of curation for libraries, learning, and learners. The white gloves are off.  The Library of Congress is a pretty serious pinner. It’s an example of how social media can open […]

Seesaw, the Learning Journal

Seesaw, the Learning Journal

Looking for an easy way to capture and manage student work and to encourage learners to reflect on their learning? I think it’s here. The developers of the very popular Shadow PuppetEdu recently released Seesaw, a free iPad/iPhone app that facilitates portfolio building.  Designed for independent use by students ages 5 and up, Seesaw allows […]

Much More Than a List | Editorial


SLJ’s year-end picks point to the power of curation.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ’s Top 10 Tech Trends 2014


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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How do you keep up? Part 4 Pinterest as a new professional essential

How do you keep up? Part 4 Pinterest as a new professional essential

In recent posts about keeping up with news and trends relevant to practice, we looked at harnessing social media in the form of portals for sharing slide presentations and curation sites for current awareness and webinars hosted by talented practitioners. I suggest that if you don’t regularly refer to Pinterest, or if your Pinterest experience […]

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 […]

How do you keep up? Part 2: Scoop.it (and other newsy tools) for current awareness.

How do you keep up?  Part 2: Scoop.it (and other newsy tools) for current awareness.

In my last post I shared how presentation platforms/communities contribute to my professional learning, sharing, and growth. Also in my arsenal are tools that, in the old days, we would have called current awareness services. These curation tools allow you to follow others who share your interests and to push newsfeeds to your inbox after […]

How do you keep up? Part 1: slideshare & authorSTREAM

How do you keep up, Joyce? Part 1: slideshare & authorSTREAM

Whenever I share at a conference, I get asked a couple of questions:  “How do you learn about all this stuff?”  “How do you keep up?” Most of us did not learn strategies for the type of keeping up we now need to do when we were in library school. New tools for current awareness, […]

#saveedshelf: a new model. Helping the developers on our team.

No secret.  I am a huge fan of edshelf.  Not only as a curation platform, but as a source of reviews, as a discovery tool, as a lens on the apps and tools other educators I respect are using, as an attractive dashboard for my stakeholders–with the added value of descriptions, tutorials and so much […]

Librarians wanted for smashing, blending, toolkit building.

Librarians wanted for smashing, blending, toolkit building.

Tell me if you’ve seen this happen. A classroom teacher or a teacher librarian friend attends a workshop or a webinar about a certain app, masters it and tries to use it, a lot.  There are likely better tools for the various tasks at hand, but they aren’t easily discoverable. Pre-service training does not prepare […]

edshelf: it’s a directory, it’s a review portal, it’s a community, it’s a curation tool . . .

edshelf: it’s a directory, it’s a review portal, it’s a community, it’s a curation tool . . .

Look, up in the cloud!  It’s a directory.  It’s a review portal.  It’s a community. It’s a launchpad. It’s a curation tool.  It’s a playlist creator.  It’s an easy source of icons and QR codes. I’ve been using edshelf for some time now and it’s kinda become one of my superheroes for curating apps and […]

Vellum for flipping Twitter

Vellum for flipping Twitter

This week, The New York Times publicly launched Vellum, an experiment that creates a reading layer over your Twitter feed and flips its focus. Vellum focuses on the shared content of a tweet, treating shared links, with their full titles and descriptions, as primary content and tweeted commentary as secondary content. Links are ranked by how […]

Are you teaching kids to curate?

Are you teaching kids to curate?

Hi folks, Brenda Boyer, Della Curtis and I are finishing up our upcoming ALA book project on curation and there’s a missing piece we need your help with. We’d like to know about how librarians (and classroom teachers) are teaching students to perform digital curation.  What tools are you using? How is student curation integrated […]

Census visualization and a data set round-up

Earlier this week, Gary Price shared news from the Census Bureau relating to its efforts to increase the use of visualization in making data available to the public. Part of the effort is this beautiful gallery.  The Bureau shares its plan: The first posted visualizations will pertain largely to historical population data, building on prior […]