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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

John Green launches Crash Course: Navigating Digital Information

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On behalf of my library/educator colleagues, thank you, John Green. Thank you, John, for offering us a new tool in introducing media literacy and credibility awareness with our learning communities. Thank you for lending your honest voice and passion to this mission. John recently introduced a new 10-episode Crash Course series, Navigating Digital Information, developed […]

Discussion strategies for your pedagogical toolkit

Discussion strategies for your pedagogical toolkit

Each semester I think about how I might create more engagement in both my online and on-campus courses.  I want more students thinking. I want more students talking. Across the years, I’ve gathered a number of go-to websites I visit for inspiration and I revisit a few old favorite discussion techniques. I’ve found that these strategies […]

A Collection of Best-of-the-Year Lists (and a spotlight on one)

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While I suspect some of you are quite sick of them, for me a truly fun part of the new year is stopping to look back at the bounty of the past year’s discoveries in the form of best lists. Many of our friends–reviewers, publishers, bloggers, etc.–have been hard at work collecting their picks for […]

Sharing gifts of digital media

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  It’s the season for getting together with family and friends.  This year, I’ve found myself giving many of them a rather unintentional gift–an introduction to their public libraries’ digital media collections. While most of my friends and relatives have library cards, I am discovering, among the people I know who are not librarians, a surprising […]

On information privilege and information equity

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I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking about the high school/college transition these days and the differences we see among members of the freshman class. Such thinking leads naturally to a consideration of more profound issues of social justice and equity, issues supported by our Common Beliefs and standards. Access to an effective school library program […]

Students as citizen archivists and scientists: The new community service?

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It may not be the typical white glove or laboratory experience, but students of history and science can find multiple opportunities to volunteer as citizen archivists or citizen scientists in a few important crowdsourcing efforts. The Library of Congress, the National Archives and the Smithsonian offer parts of their collections to be organized and made accessible by employing the […]

Media Literacy Week on Participate

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This coming week is Media Literacy Week. One way to celebrate is to join the free Media Literacy Community of Practice on Participate.com. Community leader, Michael Hernandez will host two weeks of in-community activities as well as a Media Literacy Webinar on November 6th at 8:30 PM Eastern. Michael Hernandez is an award-winning cinema and journalism teacher in Los Angeles whose […]

Project Information Literacy News Study: A new study on new adults and news

For this generation, news is social, visual, and fast. News is often overwhelming,  and it can be difficult for students to tell what news is true and what is false. While most students think news is important to democracy, they do not define news by traditional standards, nor do they necessarily assign authority based on the […]

Life’s Library: A new type of book club led by John Green and Rosianna Halse Rojas

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Attention book clubs or aspiring book clubs or book club fans. John Green shares a very cool idea–and we may want to gear up to support it. John and Rosianna Halse Rojas (London-based writer, video blogger, and John’s personal assistant) are launching and curating Life’s Library a new kind of book club. Life’s Library Book Club hopes to introduce readers to great […]

Children’s Rights to Read, join the ILA Campaign

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When it comes to ensuring the right for all to read, we face a challenging journey: According to the latest data from UNESCO, there remain 750 million people around the world who cannot read and write. Two thirds of them are female. And while we’ve made solid strides in increasing basic literacy for youth—91% in 2016 […]