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August 30, 2016

Tech Tuesday: Be a Better Google Searcher
Written By Deborah B. Ford

How do we revitalize research in a world that thinks everything can just be Googled? The truth is that much information CAN be Googled. How good they are at Googling is another question. Our job then is to teach them how to use digital resources efficiently, effectively, and ethically. So just how do we do that?

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August 29, 2016

Recap: Licking County Ohio/Embracing Your Super Powers
Written By Deborah B. Ford

This week I traveled an hour out of town for a couple of visits to Licking County Ohio, which is 40 minutes east of Columbus. Launching the new year, we talked about the Super Powers we need to run the library well without going bananas. We all have a Super Power. Perhaps yours is matching books to kids. Perhaps technology is second nature to you. What is your Super Power? What is your kryptonite?

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August 25, 2016

Recap: Norfolk PD Event/Revitalizing Research
Written By Deborah B. Ford

I just got back from spending a morning with the media specialists in Norfolk, VA. Under the new direction of Valerie Ford, these media specialists had a very full day of professional development. I led off the morning with my keynote, Revitalizing Research in a Google-Driven World. If I could boil it down to a few pointers, this is what I would say.

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August 24, 2016

Reading, Writing and ‘Rithmetic? What Makes a Good School Story?
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Between back-to-school sales and the calendar itself, it's not terribly difficult to see that the end of summer is almost here. It's time for school to return to session. I remember when school ended at Memorial Day and restarted after Labor Day. Today's schools often go into July and resume in August. What happened to June, July and August?

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August 18, 2016

Webcast Recap: A Hat, a Pig and Panda Pants August 2016: From the JLG Webinar Series
Written By Deborah B. Ford

On today's webcast Leslie Bermel and I talked about the some of the fall forthcoming books for elementary readers. From two turtles that discover a hat in the desert to a much-anticipated biography of E.B. White, you’ll find the new releases to be worth the wait. With the addition of new categories, Character Building Elementary, Fantasy/Science Fiction Elementary and Multicultural Elementary, you'll have even more wonderful books for your young readers. And remember to add some Plus categories to get even more books in the fall—just when you need them most!

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August 17, 2016

Recap: Dallas ISD Librarian Summit
Written By Deborah B. Ford

If you didn't get to attend the Dallas ISD Librarian Summit last Friday, I'm sorry you missed it. More than 200 librarians got a good dose of inspiration, affirmation, and information. Lester L. Laminack kicked us off with a hilarious and insightful chat.

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July 12, 2016

PPP- Lies, Spies, and All that Jazz Webcast
Written By Deborah B. Ford

On today's webcast Roger Sutton and I talked about the Boston Globe Horn Book award winners. Celebrating its fiftieth year, winners of the award will be celebrated at a ceremony at Simmons College in Boston on September 30. The following day, a colloquium will be held. This event allows you to be "up close and personal" with the amazing authors and illustrators of these multi-award winning books. Here are the titles from today's webcast.

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July 06, 2016

There IS No Good Stopping Place: What Makes a Good Page Turner?
Written By Deborah B. Ford

"If your teacher has to die, August isn't a bad time of year for it." (The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts by Richard Peck; Dial, 2004) What kid isn't going to keep reading with an opener like that? You can read Richard Peck's Horn Book Magazine article "In the Beginning: What Makes a Good Beginning?" from the 2006 summer issue. And who wouldn’t keep reading if a chapter ended like this: “It wasn’t about saving us. And it wasn’t about enslaving us or herding us into reservations. It was about killing us. All of us.” (The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey; Putnam, 2013)

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July 05, 2016

Three Cool Online Tools for Engaging Presentations
Written By Deborah B. Ford

As I polished my Presentation Tools for the 21st Century workshop this morning, I also updated the 101+ (Mostly Free) Online Resources LiveBinder. With the ever-changing world of presentation tools, it seems impossible to keep up. However, AASL just released their new list of Best Websites and Apps for Teaching and Learning. There you'll find a crossover of tools that are both website and apps. These vetted tools will help you whittle down the options. I, myself, am venturing out from PowerPoint and using one of last year's tools for most of my presentations. It's called Haiku Deck.

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June 22, 2016

Fill Up Your Digital Toolbox: Resources
Written By Deborah B. Ford

This month I published an article in Principal magazine, "Fill Up Your Digital Toolbox." Based on the idea that flipped learning requires digital tools to be used at home, the article begins with one key element: Evaluate your library program. From having enough staff and money to evaluating databases and whether teaching time is provided for their instruction, I think you'll find the article to be a good talking tool for a conversation with your shareholders. The key to a good flipped learning program is not the tools themselves. It's the outcome of using them. We shouldn't use apps just to be using apps. Just like in the movies, what is our motivation?

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