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Joyce Valenza

About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

Four strategies for making your videos more accessible

Captions are important. Why caption? They are especially important with so many of us reaching our learning community remotely. As we gear up for a September filled with unknowns, it might be a good idea to develop some agile strategies for addressing and enhancing our flipped or hybrid options. Captions make video more accessible for […]

On the importance of making a (reopening) plan

Regardless of how we return to school to school this fall, your district’s or your administrator’s plan will not fully address the specifics of your practice or your program. You need to do some forward-thinking. And, you need to define your own role in the reopening process. Having a plan may be more important than ever.

Wakelet: Way to do a conference! (and a heck of a lot more)

Like many of my educator colleagues, I’ll confess to having been a webinar junkie under quarantine. Like many of my edtech colleagues across the world, a couple of weeks back I attended Wakelet Community Week. I was already sold on the free, flexible collaborative platform. As an early adopter, I’ve used Wakelet to curate conferences […]

KidLit4BlackLives Rally

“This is not a meeting. This is a roll of thunder.” Kwame Alexander “Crawl towards judgment. Sprint towards understanding.” Jason Reynolds “Love alone is not going to free us from the practices that reduce school to twin acts of compliance and regurgitation.” Cornelius Minor “We have work to do.” Paula Chase-Hyman On June 4th, along […]

Write a report.

This is no time to be suggesting more work for any exhausted educator. Nevertheless, this is the perfect time to suggest going just one step further. Please write an annual report. Now, more than ever, it matters. For some of you, this is a regular, end-of-year ritual from which you pull on notes, photos, and […]

Creating your virtual library (quickly) using Slides and Bitmojis as Hyperdocs

Whether or not we are planning for a physical or a virtual school experience in September, it is clear that we need to translate our practice. We need strategies for personalizing and enriching the remote learning experience. And it is clear that the library must be the center of that experience. Currently, one very popular […]

Engaging with the Ambassador: Write.Right.Rite. with Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds, our current Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, chose the platform, GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story. His two-year term is devoted to listening and empowering students to share their own personal stories. While he might not currently be traveling around the country, he is speaking directly to young people […]

On telling the story and keeping the record

Someday, our children’s grandchildren will ask them, “What was it like during the Pandemic of 2020?” As they live through history, our students are now, intentionally or unintentionally, creating pieces of our historical record. We might be able to encourage and guide those efforts. And we may consider adding to the record ourselves. While these […]

Coronavirus: A book for children (and other worthy titles)

UPDATE: Pat Sarles is maintaining an excellent LibGuide on free children’s ebooks about COVID-19. It begins like this: There’s a new word you might have heard.You might hear people talking about it or you might hear it on the news.This word is the reason that you’re not going to school. It is the reason youcan’t […]

#TLstrong: Is the our moment?


A small group of friends and colleagues thought it might be good to gather colleagues around the country for a little check-in. On March 26, we brought around 85 folks together for some sharing and learning–a bit of a check-in. Melissa Thom of Connecticut and Craig Seasholes of Washington stepped up to co-host. Others–Michelle Luhtala, […]