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December 20, 2016

Tech Tuesday: Using Video in Social Media
Written By Deborah B. Ford

You can teach an old dog new tricks! Woof! Woof! Yesterday Kayleigh and I played around with video on social media. It was Christmas sweater day, so I brought out my Mrs. Claus outfit. Nostalgic for winter booktalks with my kids, I did my first Facebook Live. How hard was it to shoot live?

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October 03, 2016

10 Scary Librarian Super Powers
Written By Deborah B. Ford

What are your Super Powers? Are you willing to try anything once? Can you use the power of duct tape to keep a much-loved book together for a half dozen more reads? Do your technology skills allow you to create infopics that drive new customers through your door? Do you know everything?! (or at least where to find the answer?) Then you, my colleague, have Super Powers.

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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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May 03, 2016

Tech Tuesday: Book Infographic
Written By Deborah B. Ford

While pinning things you should know from my email, I was reminded that May is National Pet Month. Wouldn't it be fun to have an infographic about 9 Books about Pets for Celebrating Pet month? You see those graphics all the time on Pinterest. What are people using? Can I do it in Word? Would a table be better so the holes are filled? I asked my graphic designer, but she's a Mac girl, and wasn't sure Word would let me do it. Determined to find an answer, I opened a new Word doc. Here's what I learned.

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March 17, 2016

PPP Irving ISD: Ensuring Diversity in Your School Library Program
Written By Deborah B. Ford

What is diversity? Is it race, gender, ethnicity, ability, or culture? Is it all of the above and more? If we work with diverse students and patrons, shouldn't our teaching strategies, programs, and literature collection be a reflection of our community and beyond? Librarians are faced with the challenge of linking these students and arming them with tools for life beyond academia.

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February 01, 2016

Ask the Librarian: Library Impact on Achievement
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Dear Deborah, I would like to do a presentation on how school libraries impact student learning. What is the name of the district that saved their jobs? What other resources can I use--Michelle Miles of Salt Lake City, Utah

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December 16, 2015

PPP-BER Making the Best Use of Technology in Your School Library
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Last week I was on the road--every day a different city. (And most days a different state) I led a full day seminar on Making the Best Use of Technology in Your School Library. We had lots of aha moments accompanied by pats on the head (POH) and inspirational moments as well. Everyone left with a long to do list (including me). Look for my handiwork to show up in JLG's Monthly Newsletter. Sign up for it if you don't want to be left out. For those of you who were there, what follows are books and websites that weren't in your handbooks for your ease of use.

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December 16, 2015

Out with the Old: New Displays for the New Year
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Pictures are worth a thousand words. Wouldn't it be nice to see something that might appeal to your kids? Do you have to think it up yourself? In the midst of trying to do so many things at once, though, where's your inspiration for new display ideas?

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November 18, 2015

PPP NSTA PHL: Bridging the Content Gap with Nonfiction
Written By Deborah B. Ford

One broken suitcase later (the wheel literally fell off), I'm back in the office after another amazing NSTA Regional Conference. Philadelphia offered much of what it often does in November--a nip in the air, street musicians, and a plethora of food choices in the Reading Terminal Market. I opted for the cheese steak and a seat at Molly Malloy's.

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September 04, 2015

Often a Bridesmaid…
Written By Deborah B. Ford

As I am preparing for our next webcast on middle and high school books (September 15 at 3:00 PM EST), somehow I read three serious books back-to-back-to-back: Sunny Side Up (who knew?), Most Dangerous, and Terrible Typhoid Mary. Though I learned a great deal, at the end of the day it was time to find something more lighthearted. Sometimes in the world of YA that's next to impossible. Then I picked up Whoppers by Christine Seifert.

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