August 25, 2016
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.
October 26, 2015
For my last trip of the month, I went out of the box and spoke at the National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference in Reno. I was slated to present Bridging the Content Gap with Nonfiction, a new session I just wrote. I promised to talk about new nonfiction (I chose 30 titles), free resources for teaching, additional free information text resources, and technology to bring it all together. In an hour. Um. Yeah. While I was getting dressed, two thoughts came into my head: 1) Don't let my new grandbaby come while I'm gone and 2) Let someone show up for the session. So. What happened on Saturday morning?
Tags: book selections, booktalks, collaboration, collection development, Common Core, conferences, JLG, library outreach, nonfiction, professional development, programming, resources, Science, STEM, technology, testing, weeding.
April 30, 2015
Nothing changes faster than technology. Every time I teach a tech workshop, it's different. What about you? If you only had one hour to teach how you're using technology in the library, what would you cover? Tweet out your answer @JrLibraryGuild #librarytech. I'll post the results.
February 18, 2015
Deanna McDaniel, media specialist at Genoa Middle School in Westerville, Ohio, worked with her sixth grade teachers to encourage more than 330 budding writers. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) sponsors a Young Writers Program which provides educators with curricula and resources for teaching novel writing to young students. Kids learn about word count and McDaniel's kids wrote 1,211,471 words. How did they get middle school kids hooked?