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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

A next chapter: Editions at Play

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In a world where smartphones are transforming into all-purpose devices, not surprisingly, an October 2015 Pew study found a sizable decline in e-book reader ownership. It’s possible that digital may not be the best container for all physical books. And it’s pretty clear that print and e-readers are not the perfect containers for emerging forms […]

It’s #colorourcollections or #colourourcollections week!

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Get out your crayons, your felt tip markers and your color pencils.  Join the fun. Today marks the beginning of #colorourcollections or #colourourcollections day. All over the world, libraries are sharing their pages and we can make them our colorful own.  Just follow this wonderful stream and access not only the black and white canvases, […]

Shakespeare Documented

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This year marks the 400 anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. One way to celebrate this significant commemoration is to explore Shakespeare Documented, the largest and most authoritative resource for learning about primary sources surrounding the life and career of William Shakespeare.  A collaboration among more than 30 partners including the Bodleian Libraries at […]

Update: AASL’s Infographic on Standards and Guidelines Research

Earlier this week, Marcia Mardis, Chair of AASL’s Standards & Guidelines Editorial Board shared an update on their work on our  Standards project. Our Standards for the 21st Century Learner debuted in 2007, followed in 2009 by Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs, what Marcia calls a cornerstone of many school librarians’ practice. The […]

IDEO shares Design Thinking for Libraries

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Need a fresh approach for rethinking your library program? Want to engage your learning community in the rethinking/planning process? Look no further.  Developed by IDEO, and funded by the Global Libraries program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Design Thinking for Libraries is the inspiration you’ve been waiting for to brainstorm possibilities, reflect on […]

BookWidgets

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If you are in an iPad school, you’ll want to take a look at BookWidgets. BookWidgets is a super easy (no programming required) way to create interactive elements to share with learners on their iPads. A widget library presents more than thirty customizable options and a wizard talks the user through widget building.  Among the […]

PhotoJet on my list of image faves

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If you know a little about me, you know that I am kind of obsessed with tools for playing with images.  I love them for my slides, for social media, and for enhancing lessons. I share these tools with students to encourage a little creativity in web design and presentation.  This week I discovered a […]

Kids news round-up

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We are so lucky to have available an array of kid-friendly current event options, rich with instructional resources, and mostly free! Here’s a round-up of some of my favorites. Newsela: This popular site organizes news by theme: War and Peace, Science, Kids, Money, Law, Health, Arts, and Sports.  There’s content written in Spanish. Users can […]

ISTE’s new (draft) Standards for Students

Do today’s students need to be empowered learners, knowledge constructors, innovative designers? Should they be computational thinkers and global collaborators? ISTE seeks your input on the first draft of its new Standards for Students. The draft is the result of feedback from hundreds of educators who participated in refresh conversations since the birth of the […]

Remixing with NYPL #nyplremix

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This week, New York Public Library released more than of its 187,000 public domain images free to share, reuse and remix. The collection of high resolution images spans the breadth and depth of NYPL’s holdings–historic maps, atlases, botanical illustrations, manuscripts, photographs, ancient religious texts, and, of course, the New York City collection. Now open and […]