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Joyce Valenza

About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is the teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School, a technology writer, and a blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

How to host a hackathon (on the #sljhackathon breakfast)


I’ve been to nearly all of them, but for me, this year’s 11th Annual SLJ Leadership Summit may have been the best ever.  The speakers were inspiring. The crowd buzzed with energy. The panels were engaging and interactive.  The mix of practitioners included a wide range of ages. A youth presence was obvious! When SLJ […]

Mark your calendars! #TLDay15 is just round the corner


Once again, the Rutgers University Master of Information Program and The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) sponsor a day celebrating our profession!  Join us on Monday, October 19th 2015 from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT /1:00 PM  – 6:00 PM PDT for Teacher Librarian Day A Library 2.015 pre-conference, this open, online, […]

Media/news literacy resources too good to miss!

If you read this blog at all, you know I am a fan of Katherine Schulten’s posts for the New York Times Learning Network. This morning she outdid herself with a round-up of resources entitled: Skills and Strategies|Fake News vs. Real News: Determining the Reliability of Sources, in honor of News Engagement Day, coming up […]

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2015

Each year Jane Hart does some serious crowd-sourcing.  Earlier this week, she released her 9th annual Top 100 Tools for Learning.  Each year Jane’s list becomes a little checklist for me, actually a kind of shopping list.  I enjoy watching the trends and seeing what’s hot. To create the list, Jane surveyed more than 2,000 […]

Google’s Expeditions Pioneer Program hits the road!

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The Google Expeditions Pioneer Program launched today. In an email update this morning, the team shared: Expeditions is hitting the road! Expeditions teams will visit selected schools around the world, starting with The United States, Australia, New Zealand, The United Kingdom, and Brazil. Each team will bring a complete Expeditions kit with everything the teachers […]

Celebrate the Freedom to Read: Helping Michelle crowd source this great BBW resource

It’s Banned Books Week.  Michelle Luhtala shares a crowd-sourced project that will help us promote censorship awareness as we pool our efforts to create a project with far and lasting reach. Michelle proposes that we work together and contribute to a Challenged Books Slide Show. She explain explains the back story: This project began when […]

Are we there yet?

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I was asked to keynote for #njpaetec2 this past weekend. It’s not so unusual for me to speak at a local conference.  But conference organizer Barry Saide did not want me to talk about libraries or inquiry or social media curation or app smashing or the importance of online communities of practice. He wanted me […]

New from the National Constitution Center: an Interactive Constitution

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It’s Constitution Day and the National Constitution Center just launched an Interactive Constitution, perfect for high school and university study. The podcast announcement, hosted by Jeffrey Rosen, the Center’s president and CEO,  celebrates the launch and offers detailed project background on the project. The three-year project, currently covers the first 15 Amendments and invites students […]

It’s blocked: Join us for a discussion about filters tomorrow

I am excited about tomorrow’s Emerging Tech webinar hosted by Michelle Luhtala and featuring Doug Johnson.  Please consider joining us in this interactive conversation. Here are the details: Wednesday, Sep. 16 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time It’s Blocked! How Internet Filters Impact K-12 Learning Presented by Doug Johnson, blogger and author; Dr. Joyce Valenza, Director of […]

Better World Education: a curriculum for leading kids to lead global change

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Better World Education is an online learning space designed to engage learners and coordinate teachers in leading positive change in the world.  It’s a globally adaptable academic curriculum for global good. Built by reweave, a US-registered nonprofit, the attractive format and curriculum focuses on social, emotional and academic learning goals using three key layers: Empathy […]