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Above and Beyond: The Story of the 4Cs

Communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student, advises that we inspire learners to achieve and that we teach well beyond the bubble test: In an increasingly complex, demanding and competitive 21st century, students need to learn more than the [...]

SnagLearning (Snag quality films and instructional content)

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I’ve been a fan of SnagFilms for a couple of years now.  The site offers convenient and free access to more than 2100 award-winning documentaries.  It has been among the most popular sites on our documentary film pathfinder. I recently discovered Snag Learning, a version of the site designed for middle and high school use. [...]

Why cite?

I am adding this little video to my 9th grade orientation agenda for the fall and I’ve added it to my documentation guide. Produced by the University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries, the film features a college student sharing his soul on an information ethical therapist’s couch and a visit from an uncited journalist. [...]

Our new orientation video

Catherine and Greg just delivered the orientation video I asked them to produce for next year’s 9th graders.  Okay, so they didn’t get in all the details, and the focus is a little different from the original concept, but OMG, what fun!  And isn’t Chad a rising star?  I love it!

On watching our kids walk the red carpet

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They rolled out the red carpet again at the Keswick, our beautiful local arts theater. Earlier this week I attended the 2011 Greenfield Youth Film Festival.  With twice the number of Philadelphia-area high schools participating as last year, it is clear that something big was going on at the Keswick.  I wish it could happen [...]

Why I need my library: Check out these videos!

It may be too late to enter, but it’s not too late to enjoy and share some of the fabulous submissions in ALA’s Why I Need My Library Video Contest. Here’s just one of the many true gems. Check out this professional produced music video from New Canaan High School. (Directed by Nicola Scandiffio. Production [...]

Vimeo Video School

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I recently discovered that the place I store and share my videos is also a place to learn how to make videos better. Vimeo Video School offers a growing array of sharp, clever bite-sized tutorials, illustrated with clear examples, created by the Vimeo filmmaking community. Here’s one example:  Shooting Basics, from the Video 101 section: [...]

On writing prompts (video and otherwise)

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If your language arts (media/social studies/science/health) colleagues are growing tired of their usual bag of writing prompt tricks, share these ideas with them. TeachHUB offers a wide variety of provocative prompts that are designed to inspire critical thinking and either written or verbal response. Among the goodies on the pages of prompts, with differentiated questions [...]

The Seven-Keynote MLS?

In my last post I wrote of Buffy Hamilton’s  Crowdsourcing Recommended Reads for Issues in School Librarianship.  Inspired by a request from her mentor and friend, Dr. Mary Ann Fitzgerald, of the University of Georgia, Buffy polled her PLN and compiled their impressive list of recommendations. That post echoed a post I’ve left in draft [...]

AASL Vision Tour: A look back at our morning with Nancy Everhart!

I am delayed a bit in reporting back on our visit from AASL President Dr. Nancy Everhart on the Pennsylvania leg of her Vision Tour. Springfield Vision Tour from Joyce Valenza on Vimeo. It was a very special honor.  I was personally touched by the kind comments from those who spoke and sang and danced [...]