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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

New from the Library of Congress: Newspaper Navigator

Historical researchers rejoice! We can now freely search more than 1.5  images from American newspapers dating from 1789 through 1963.    LC Labs’ newly launched  Newspaper Navigator leverages machine learning and the substantial digitized resources of the Library’s Chronicling America website. For decades, Chronicling America has allowed users to discover the text of newspapers in its […]

New from Netflix: Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices

In what felt like a very different, and very inspiring kind of binge-watching, I just experienced all 12 episodes of the new Netflix series, Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices. It was indeed a celebration. The series features prominent Black authors, artists and celebrities reading children’s books that highlight the Black experience. Books were carefully selected around […]

The Epic eBook of Web Tools and Apps: a new crowd-sourced manual for back-to-school and beyond

Just published: a fabulously useful tool for back-to-school professional learning and professional development. With the excitement of a tech-tools smackdown, it promises to have far longer legs and far stickier value. The Epic eBook of Web Tools & Apps, will serve as a digital palette or dashboard to remind you and your partner educators of […]

A couple of new remote teaching tricks

Over the summer, I’ve been picking up a few little tools to add to my existing kit for enhancing online teaching and learning. Here are a couple of my current faves. What’s nice about these and so many other recent tools we are introducing in schools is that they present real-life functionality. They introduce the […]

AASL resources to address the challenges (and expressing your professional voice in reopening)

Update: I am currently curating a variety of resources on school library return to learning and reopening plans. The resource includes Shannon Miller a Padlet of reopening plans. AASL just released the very helpful School Librarian Role in Pandemic Learning Conditions. Part of a larger group of Pandemic Resources for School Librarians, this much-needed tool […]

National History Day: Now virtual and gloriously open

This year, National History Day is open as a virtual showcase. The thoughtful project-based research of students around the country is up for display and for study and for inspiration. The 2020 NHD theme was Breaking Barriers in History. And, this year, the celebration broke a few barriers itself. NHD Executive Director, Dr. Cathy Gorn, […]

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 […]