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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

Isn’t it time to stop Wikipedia shaming?

I am currently working on a research project with partners from the University of Florida and OCLC. Researching Students’ Information Choices (RSIC), our IMLS-funded study, uses simulated Google result lists to examine what happens when student researchers make real-time search engine result page decisions. I thought I’d share some of our preliminary findings. This post […]

Four Moves and a Habit to share with your middle and high school learners

I’ve never been a fan of evaluation checklists. They require serious cognitive lift, perhaps more lift than some content actually deserves. I am a big fan of what Mike Caufield calls moves, some sticky strategies we can all use to get closer to the truth. Caufield, of Washington State University Vancouver, leads the Digital Polarization […]

I’m your neighbor: A genre of empathy and inclusion

Is it time to welcome a new genre to our children’s and young adult collections? Kirsten Cappy thinks so. The co-founder and director of I’m Your Neighbor, leads a project highlighting the lives of New Arrivals and New Americans through the sharing of children’s literature. At the MASL Conference in Augusta, Maine last week, I […]

A new framework to guide OER curation leadership

Curation is one of our Shared Foundations. It is also identified as a leadership area on the Future Ready Librarians Framework. But what does it look like when the school librarian really dives into digital curation? And what does it look like when the librarian, armed with a rich OER toolkit, regularly curates urgently needed, […]

Building beautiful book bentos

My friend Jennifer LaGarde (@jenniferlagarde) recently introduced me, and our Young Adults Reading and Literacy students at Rutgers, to the idea of Book Bentos. Highly visual, creative and interactive the book bento strategy invites book lovers to create, hyperlink and share book titles in an artfully arranged interactive collage. I asked Jennifer to fill me […]

What we might learn from Google’s Here to Help. A remix challenge?

I saw Google’s new Here to Help ad campaign a couple of weeks back and I can’t get it out of my head. Presenting how Google addresses real-life information needs against the soundtrack of The Beatles’ classic Help, the 60-second ad demonstrates so effectively how we rely on Google products to make our lives a […]

Explore modern history and culture with the American Archive of Public Broadcasting

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting gathers more than 70 years of public broadcasting from around the country. This free resource is a critical tool for studying 20th and 21st Century culture and history. And it is a must-share across content areas and grade levels. A collaboration between the WGBH Educational Foundation and the Library […]

Boclips for Teachers: A new source for classroom video

I recently discovered Boclips for Teachers, a portal hosting more than 2 million short-form educational videos from more than 100 of the educational video producers you already know and love. Familiar sites like TED-Ed, LearnZillion, Associated Press, PBS, Crash Course, Reuters, Bozeman Science and Smithsonian have offered permission for the site to curate their excellent […]

Get ready for your next assignment gumshoe: Carmen Sandiego is traveling Google Earth

Looking for a little old timey computer nostalgia with a dose of espionage and a taste of geographical flavor? Well, gumshoe, you are ready for your next assignment from the ACME detective agency. This time Carmen Sandiego is sneaking around the world via Google Earth. The Crown Jewels Caper is the first of a series of new Where on Google […]

Revisiting #ALATTT: Trend #1: AR/VR/MR and a touch of AI

  Back at ALA Midwinter, I was honored to present on LITA’s Top Tech Trends panel, with fellow panelists Kate Tkacik, Suzanne Wulf, Becky Yoose, James Neal and Cynthia Dudenhoffer.  Here’s the slide deck. Each of us was initially assigned two trends to explore and discuss. I thought I’d break my own twoish trends and resources into two posts. […]