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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

For me, Google Keep’s a keeper!

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I don’t know why I haven’t discovered this super handy tool before, but I am delighted to find it.  If you love using stickies to organize your life, and you find yourself keep list after list, then Google Keep is a keeper. The digital sticky note service is available for the Web, for Android, and […]

Creatubbles for global galleries (time to retire the refrigerator?)

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Creatubbles is a global platform for sharing and interacting with children’s visual art.  I believe this is a tool many of us having been looking for a long time. Designed for elementary through middle school-age kiddos, the platform allows young artists to safely showcase, archive and share their creative work. It also allows them to […]

Remind gets chatty

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Parents crave communication and engagement with their kids’ teachers.  They want to know what’s going on. But crazy busy work and packed extracurricular schedules make communication a challenge.  As educators we need a safe, private and efficient way to send the occasional update and reminder to our most important stakeholders. Remind (formerly Remind 101), a […]

What’s in your pocket?

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Say you were stranded on a desert island and you could only have one (or maybe two) apps, and recharging was not a problem.  Which ones would you choose? Okay, so here are a few better questions.  Look back over the course of the school year. Which of the apps on your phone or tablet […]

Translator is here. Forget the four walls thing.

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I am convinced. Global is a critical new literacy.  Now there’s no reason not to be global and to live it with learners. Just around a year ago I wrote a post about being  blown away by Microsoft’s demo of Skype’s Translator service for real-time conversations with captions across language barriers.  While it’s been available […]

Map of Life goes mobile

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This app is going to make travel, field trips, birdwatching and walks in the woods, on the beach and in the park way more fun. One of my very favorite examples of crowd-sourced reference sites has been Yale University’s Map of Life . Using a wide variety of data sources,  the biodiversity project endeavors to provide […]

Newseum offers resources on Baltimore

The Newseum is one of my favorite museums to visit, both physically and virtually. Established and supported in part by the Freedom Forum, the non-partisan museum’s mission is to champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment through exhibits, public programs and education. Its rich array of archived newspaper front pages from around the world is […]

Tweeting response to the NEA Opportunity Dashboard

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Greetings from Hershey and #PSLA15 where AASL President Terri Grief shared a plan for responding to the omission of school libraries from the NEA Opportunity Dashboard literature. Terri urges NEA members to contact local and state officials.  She is composing an official letter to NEA and will meet with NEA leadership next week in Washington, […]

On capturing evidence in a few new containers

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If we’re truly reflective practitioners, we think a lot about what happens in our libraries. In the old days we counted things–books we circulated, people who walked through our doors. But there are richer measures and more clearer lenses through which we can share and through which we can learn answers to such questions as” […]

Free from ALA: Library Technology Reports & more!

Get them while they’re free! As it migrates to a new platform, using the Open Journal Systems software, ALA Publishing is currently offering a generous deal on its archive of Library Technology Reports.  While a staple subscription item in many academic libraries, the series is priced beyond the modest budgets of school and smaller public […]