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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

New from Stanford: The interactive Educational Opportunity Project for “educational epidemiology”

Image: Educational Opportunity Project at Stanford University

A new interactive data tool from the Educational Opportunity Project at Stanford University shares access to information about academic performance across public schools and districts throughout the United States. The platform offers educators, journalists, parents, and policymakers a way to explore and compare data from Stanford’s Education Data Archive (SEDA), the first comprehensive national database of […]

SLJ Leadership Summit: Equity and Access for All–the Highlights

This past weekend I had the honor of attending and presenting at SLJ’s 15th annual Leadership Summit in Baltimore. The focus of this year’s event was Equity and Access for All: Igniting Stakeholders for Success. Our friends at SLJ curated a truly inspiring opportunity to learn and share, gathering an impressive group of thought leaders […]

The power of Translator and PowerPoint’s automatic captioning and translation (in over 60 languages)!

Include: Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to inclusiveness and respect for diversity in the learning community. AASL National School Library Standards, Key Commitment: Include As librarians, we are committed to serving every child and respecting diversity across our learning community. When we do this well, we are trusted to lead in fostering and facilitating […]

Solve in Time: Gamifying the problem-solving process

Dee Lanier has been engaging in some serious and playful thinking relating to how people identify and creatively solve problems. He recently created Solve in Time, a gamified problem-based learning activity that uses the design-thinking process to solve real-world problems. Dee believes it will take the blah out of lesson planning while it engages classrooms and […]

Canva does graphs, charts, and diagrams!

I only recently discovered that Canva, one of our favorite design tools, extends its design magic to support graphing and data visualization.  I cannot tell you how often I wished for a template to create pie, bars, fishbone, concept maps, comparison charts for my instruction, presentations, infographics, and reports. I often struggle to help teachers […]

Focus on Include: AASL’s new Developing Inclusive Learners and Citizens Activity Guide

At ALA Annual, AASL released its new, downloadable Developing Inclusive Learners and Citizens Activity Guide. Designed to support school librarians in nurturing inclusive learning communities, the Guide offers reflection activities, scenarios, and resources based on the six Shared Foundations and the four Domains of our National School Library Standards. The goal of the Activity Guide is […]

The newly reimagined Empire State Information Fluency Continuum

The newly reimagined Empire State Information Fluency Continuum (ESIFC) was introduced at the NYLA-SSL Summer Institute this week. Happily, our friends in New York State are again sharing their fine work. Dr. Barbara Stripling, Professor Emerita, Syracuse University, and former ALA President, describes the history and goals of the project that builds on an earlier version […]

15 Non-librarian blog(ger)s too good to miss!

It occurs to me that so many of my best ideas come from the blogs of others. As often as not, those blogs live outside of the school library world. In no particular order, here’s a very personal selection of blogs/bloggers I couldn’t live without. 1.Cult of Pedagogy is far more than a blog. Since […]

Immersive Reader: A powerful tool to support schoolwide literacy

Imagine an instructional partner who could act as: a lifeline for students and parents for whom English is not a first language a friendly support system for your emerging readers and your students with learning differences a coach who presents the availability of individual reading environment choices and encourages independence a collaborator who amplifies the […]

ALA highlights: What I saw and what I missed (Banquets not included)

This started as a post and got completely out of hand. It made far more sense to recap ALA 2019 Annual Conference using a social media approach. So here’s a Wakelet offering my personal highlights both of the events I had the privilege to attend in the brief time I had before ISTE as well […]