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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 […]

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 […]

Flipgrid: Exciting updates from ISTE

Every 45 seconds of every minute of the 2018/2019 school year, a new educator signed up for Flipgrid. During the past school year, kids shared 24 billion seconds of Flipgrid video. The student voice and video discussion tool is currently used in 180 countries by millions of students, educators, and families. Earlier this week at […]

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 […]

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 […]