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.
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.
April 02, 2015
I used my first LEGOs at the SLJ Summit last October. Yep. First time. Though I've stepped on quite a few and marveled at the larger-than-life creations at Downtown Disney, I've never made anything. Stephen Turnipseed, President Emeritus of LEGO Education, North America, gave a rousing keynote speech at the 2014 Summit. "Creativity will become the most marketable skill set in the future." We made ducks with LEGOs. All of us. And get this: they were all different. With the exact same blocks (4 yellow and 2 red), we all made different ducks and none were wrong.
December 13, 2013
Even in the dead of winter we had 40 parents and students in a middle school attend so that they could talk about books they don't even have to read. There's no grade. There's no test. What's the secret?
November 06, 2013
ALSC is now accepting applications for mini-grants intended to allow libraries to initiate Dia Family Book Club programs. Mini-grants are part of ALSC's Everyone Reads @ your library grant, generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.