May 25, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Going Rogue to Teach Code: A school librarian offers strategies for teaching every age group

Once we inspire our students to love coding, how do we transition them from the safety of block-based languages to the kind of coding that solves real-world problems?

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Don’t Stress About Coding: Focus Shifts To Teaching Problem Solving Not Computer Skills

Educators look at coding in a new context, with computational thinking and basic computer literacy as the goal.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary, the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience. However, at each level—middle […]

Want To Build a Great Maker Space? Plan Before You Play, Say Experts.

Got the maker bug but don’t know where to start? Check with the very people you hope to entice: your students. Panelists Laura Fleming, Tamiko Brown, and David Jakes offered their advice in the webcast “Build a Great Makerspace.”

Bringing a Better You Back to School | Editorial

A new school year always inspires creativity. This year, librarians around the country are stepping up programming connected to learning goals.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

New ISTE Standards for Educators Highlight Librarians’ Role

Advocating for equitable tech access and participating in professional learning are among the mandates of the new standards.

Informing your PD efforts: New ISTE Standards for Educators and Future Ready Frameworks

As the 2017/2018 school year approaches, it would be good to know about a couple of documents/frameworks that will be influencing the ways we teach with, learn with and support our classroom educator and coach partners. First ISTE’s refresh of its Standards for Educators impacts our practice as educators as well as the practice of our […]

#notatISTE (or ALA)

Because of a family health issue, for the first time in forever, I won’t be traveling to ALA or ISTE this year. I am finding ways to contribute to my committees remotely and will do a panel from home on Tuesday. But, ya know, it’s not quite the same and I will be missing special […]

Educators Share Maker, STEM, and Digital Literacy Tools

Educators presented a bevy of digital tools for classroom learning during the ISTE/SLJ “60 Tools in 60 Minutes” webinar.

Experts Share Insight, Tools to Help Students Fight Fake News

School librarians and teachers uncovered new ideas to help students tell fact from fiction with the ISTE/SLJ “Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News” webinar.

“Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News” Kicks off SLJ ISTE Webcast Series

A new season of the SLJ ISTE webcast series launches with “Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News” on March 16.

“Pop Literacy”| SLJ ISTE Webcast Series

This fall series, sponsored by littleBits, will wrap up on December 6 with practical takeaways on pop culture literacy.

Great Tech Tools for Back to School

Hot picks for game and book creation, reading, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Are you future ready?

The Future Ready Librarians initiative launched at ALA and ISTE this week. We heard the buzz at AASL sessions, in the ISTE Librarians Playground, at the ISTELibrarians breakfast, and more importantly, at sessions at both conferences where others outside our little tent could hear the message. The Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative itself launched at the White […]

ISTE Launches Refreshed Standards for Students

At ISTE 2016, this week in Denver, we saw the official release of a refreshed and aspirational set of Standards for Students focused on empowering student voice. We’ve come a long way from 1998 when our students exposure technology was largely limited to a weekly computer lab visit. ISTE describes the nearly twenty year progression of their standards as […]

ISTE Librarians Network Playground and the resources shared

I arrived from ALA a bit too late to catch the excitement at the ISTE Librarians Playground yesterday, so I asked current and incoming ISTELib Network presidents Sherry Gick and Jonathan Werner to help describe the vibrant scene I caught at the tail end.     As it has been for the last several years, one of […]

How Conferences Could Be Better

Attendees describe how they’d like ALA and other big conferences to evolve—and why smaller and virtual gatherings can be fine alternatives.

Top Themes and Hot Tickets at ALA and ISTE 2016

Sessions on maker spaces, leveraging ESSA, and STEM learning are among the highlights of the ALA and ISTE conferences this month.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

10 ISTE 2016 Must-Dos

Key events and suggestions for librarians attending the 2016 ISTE event in Denver, CO, from June 26–29.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Make the Case To Attend ALA, ISTE—or Any Conference

It’s not too late to lobby for attending the ALA and ISTE conferences in June. Here’s a strategy, including ways to keep costs down.