October 10, 2017
On today's webcast Susan Gall and Kayleigh Hanlin talked about best practices for getting the facts and shared some of the fall forthcoming books for grades 3-12.
June 16, 2017
For teachers and school librarians, June may mean no school. But even if you have a summer job or if you're like m--you work all year long--you still need to give yourself a mental and emotional break. As educators and book evangelists, helping is what we do. It's our nature. Yet you can't give and give without refilling your own cup.
May 09, 2017
In our webcast today, my guest Nick Glass, Founder and Executive Director of TeachingBooks.net, and I talked about creative ways to promote summer reading programs, from supporting student choices using recommended booklists to modeling booktalks after Meet-the-Author book readings...and much more.
August 30, 2016
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?
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.
August 18, 2016
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!
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?
April 12, 2016
On today's webcast Leslie Bermel and I talked about 20 of the JLG selections that are getting the star buzz. With well more than 150 books to choose from, we had a tough time selecting our featured authors and illustrators. (So stay tuned to the summer webcast schedule.) Remember that in addition to providing you with great selections, we are building resources to help you use these titles. Check out the NEW JLG Spring 2016 Booktalks to Go LiveBinder for resources for these and other great JLG titles. JLG BTG titles are added to our Pinterest board and tweeted out by following Deborah B. Ford. Look for book trailers and archived webcasts on our JLG YouTube Playlist. This webcast will be archived and posted on the JLG website at a later date. Your certificate of attendance can be reprinted by watching the archived video for at least ten minutes.
March 17, 2016
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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