October 03, 2016
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.
July 05, 2016
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.
June 22, 2016
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?
February 09, 2016
Today I led a webcast for mostly public librarians in Jacksonville, Florida. We talked about 4 ways to serve youth in the library: developmental changes, librarian competency skills, customer service tips, and social media strategies. From improving our circulation procedures to polishing our technology skills, we could all (school libraries included) use some reminders about how we can best serve our youth. What about you? What's on your improvement plan? How can we best serve our youth? Read on for resources to take you in the right direction.
February 01, 2016
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
January 04, 2016
Today the Library of Congress announced graphic novelist, Gene Yuen Lang, as Ambassador for Young People's Literature. His platform is Reading Without Walls, which was developed with the Children's Book Council and his publisher, First Second. It aims to excite young people about reading outside their comfort zones. "A huge part of being a kid is exploring the world," he said. "Books are a bridge between them and what might be unfamiliar."
December 16, 2015
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.
December 16, 2015
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?
August 05, 2015
This morning I did a fast 30-minute webcast on the INFOhio Boot Camp. The two-day virtual program, Training to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, featured sessions on flipping library instruction , Graphic Novels to Make Your Brain Bigger, and 5 Tech Weapons for Your Zombie Fighting Arsenal. With a keynote presentation by Shannon Miller, "Be the Change You Want to See," Ohio teachers and librarians had plenty to think about as they participated in chats, pre-session thought-provokers, and post-session quizzes. What did I talk about? "Free Resources to Make You a Marketing Genius" Want to know what I said? Keep reading.
May 11, 2015
South Carolina native Stephen Colbert is giving back to his state in an amazing way. The new Late Show host announced on Thursday that he will fund every grant request South Carolina public school teachers have placed on crowdfunding website DonorsChoose.org, USA Today reports.