Follow This Blog: RSS feed
Neverending Search
Inside Neverending Search
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

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 […]

Write a report.

This is no time to be suggesting more work for any exhausted educator. Nevertheless, this is the perfect time to suggest going just one step further. Please write an annual report. Now, more than ever, it matters. For some of you, this is a regular, end-of-year ritual from which you pull on notes, photos, and […]

Creating your virtual library (quickly) using Slides and Bitmojis as Hyperdocs

Whether or not we are planning for a physical or a virtual school experience in September, it is clear that we need to translate our practice. We need strategies for personalizing and enriching the remote learning experience. And it is clear that the library must be the center of that experience. Currently, one very popular […]