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White House Student Film Festival: On Giving Back

Here’s an opportunity for all of us working both formally and informally with young filmmakers. For the second year The White House invites students to share their stories. This year, the targeted topic is one students often choose on their own. It’s about agency, making a difference, giving back. Every day in classrooms and communities [...]

Teamput: updating the stickynote options (Updated)

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Update: I want to thank developer, Bill Youngdahl, for so quickly responding to my suggestions for templates for schools! I am a huge fan of stickynote tools for collaboration and reflection.  I am particularly devoted to Padlet.  I love its ease of use, embedability, the fact that no registration is necessary. But for some purposes, [...]

Are you teaching kids to curate?

Hi folks, Brenda Boyer, Della Curtis and I are finishing up our upcoming ALA book project on curation and there’s a missing piece we need your help with. We’d like to know about how librarians (and classroom teachers) are teaching students to perform digital curation.  What tools are you using? How is student curation integrated [...]

Frank Baker on libraries and media literacy

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Each year around this time, I reconnect with media literacy guru, Frank Baker (@fbaker) about his resources for thoughtfully examining the media messages surrounding those two, too-interesting-not-to-analyze big winter television events–the Academy Awards and the Super Bowl Yesterday, we had another chat. Although Frank is a strong supporter of our work, he believes that it is [...]

On being more genius

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I’ve been thinking a lot more about the notion of Genius Hour since Matthew and Sherry shared their plan for GeniusCon with me at AASL. I woke up to the New Year to discover Susan Oxnevad’s inspiring post and 6th grade teacher Chris Kesler’s Genius Hour site and his explanation: Everything about the Genius Hour model [...]

School Library Story: When libraries thrive and when they crumble

School Library Story from joyce valenza on Vimeo. I’ve been wanting to tell this story for a long time. My very talented student friend, Walter Lynch, offered to help me tell it. A day doesn’t go by when I am not inspired to action by the inventive ideas I discover from my generous teacher librarian colleagues who [...]

Matthew and Sherry introduce GeniusCon

Let’s use our ideas and voices together to make our schools better. Let’s show the world our genius. When the Busy Librarian, Matthew Winner and TheLibraryFanatic.com, Sherry Gick shared their dream of a kid-powered GeniusCon at the AASL Unconference, I was so excited.   I asked if they’d allow me to help spread the word by posting [...]

Remix-t: a new kit for remixing student projects

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I’ve just discovered the ridiculously useful Remix-t and I cannot wait to share it with our teachers and students. Created by the Learning Technology Lab at the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Notre Dame, the site presents a full-blown kit for inspiring media-rich, project-based instruction and suggestions for hours of engaging professional development. Designed for the [...]

Kaizena: improving voice feedback for student writing

Back in May I was excited to discover Voice Comments–a great tool for personally adding voice feedback to student writing or collaborative work. Recently, the app relaunched with a new interface and a bunch of impressive new features, as Kaizena.  (In Japan, Kaizen refers to a philosophy of continuous improvement.) If Google Docs is a way of life at [...]

Meet Club Academia, uncommon kids (who, BTW, love their library)

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Shilpa, Roya, Ahran, and Karan Mission: Club Academia strives to organize existing knowledge in ways that make learning easily accessible while simultaneously inspiring people to discover and innovate. Sometimes you meet a group of kids for whom being college and career ready is simple not enough.   As a high school librarian, I am often honored to work with [...]