November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Tech Tidbits for National Poetry Month

What better way to celebrate April’s National Poetry Month than to incorporate these wonderful tech tools at teens’ disposal?

Free Tools for SAT/ACT Test Prep | Tech Tidbits

Help students prepare for college prep tests with these free interactive resources.

Topics and Resources for the 2016 Summer Olympics | Tech Tidbits

The 2016 Summer Olympics will soon be all anyone’s talking about. Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares some tools and resources that librarians should have at the ready.

Audiobooks and the Summer Reading Push | Tech Tidbits

Audiobooks are just what teens need to combat the summer slide. Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares the top free resources to offer over the break.

Copyright: Will We Always Be Behind the Times? | Tech Tidbits

High school teacher librarian and Tech Tidbits columnist Phil Goerner shares some of the resources he used in a recent class on copyright and fair use.

Booktalks and Book Reports in a Digital Age | Tech Tidbits

Teacher librarian Phil Goerner explains how librarians can help students implement digital tools to create 21st-century booktalks and book reports.

Tips for Celebrating Hour of Code at Your Library | Tech Tidbits

Teacher librarian Phil Goerner offers ways librarians can jumpstart computer programming activities with kids and teens during Hour of Code, taking place December 7–13.

Using Pear Deck and Nearpod for Individual and Collaborative Learning | Tech Tidbits

Teacher librarian Phil Goerner highlights two digital tools, Pear Deck and Nearpod, which educators can use to enhance individual and collaborative learning in the classroom.

Six Back-to-School Goals for Teacher Librarians | Tech Tidbits

Librarians can jump-start the school year by setting some essential goals. Here, teacher librarian Phil Goerner tackles his top six objectives and lays out a plan for achieving these goals, which range from creating new maker space projects to engaging teachers in professional development.

Supporting Students with STEM Programming at the Library | Tech Tidbits

High school teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares tips for implementing STEM programming at the library, including partnering with local maker spaces, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

Fun National Poetry Month Apps and Resources for Teens | Tech Tidbits

Colorado teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares a curated list of fun (and educational) apps and resources for teens celebrating National Poetry Month.

The Maker Space Difference: Amazing Inquiry, Shared Learning | Tech Tidbits

Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares updates on the creation and establishment of his high school’s first maker space.

Outlining and Note-taking with Diigo | Tech Tidbits from the Guybrarian

Students don’t always want to spend time creating a good outline when embarking on a research project, but as educators, we know it’s an important building block. Diigo, a free web-based outlining and note-taking tool, can help them create a solid foundation.

Librarians Changing Instruction in the Classroom with a 1:1 Environment

Silver Creek High School in Longmont, Colorado, is about to embark on a 1:1 device environment. Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares insights and goals for the year ahead and how he and his staff will be an integral part of the transition.

Constructing a Digital School Library Collection in the “Race to the Top” | Tech Tidbits

Colorado school librarian Phil Goerner shares how his team will be initiating a Learning Technology Plan to create a digital district library using funds received from a Race to the Top grant.