Saturday, June 23, 2018

NEW Updates To The Future Ready Librarian Framework!

Today is the day for our very first Future Ready Librarian Leadership Summit in Chicago. 

We have been preparing for this day and can't wait to spend it with 100 library leaders from around the country.  We also can't wait to share what we learn, create and share with all of you! 

One of the most exciting things we shared today is something I know so many of you have been waiting for.... 
.....the updated and second version of the Future Ready Librarian Framework! 

Not only are there wonderful graphic updates, there are two very important additions and changes.
The center has changed to Learner Center meaning all learners. 

Literacy now surrounds the center, which I couldn't be more excited for! 
As you look at the framework, Future Ready Librarians support student-centered learning through literacy by inspiring and supporting the reading lives of both students and teachers.  They create inclusive collections that acknowledge and celebrate diverse experiences and provide instructional opportunities to empower learners as effective users and creators of information and ideas.  
You can see how it is included at the top of the new Future Ready Librarian framework poster, which you can find on the Future Ready Librarian page here.
We will have the new Future Ready Librarian posters available throughout ISTE....
...at lots of very special and fun events!  You will find where you can join Future Ready Librarians at ISTE here

We hope to see you and can't wait to share these exciting and meaningful updates and work with all of you too. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Using Research Projects To Teach Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship...A New Guide From Capstone

As librarians, teachers and parents, it is more important than ever to equip our children with the media literacy and digital citizenship skills they need.  As librarians and teachers, we look for ways to weave these skills within the curriculum and throughout each day.  

To help us with this process, Capstone has created a new microguide which will help us understand how to use research projects to teach media literacy and digital citizenship.  

The topics covered within the microguide include:
  • Defining project purpose
  • Source credibility
  • Copyright and plagiarism
  • Participation in media
You will find the guide here on the Capstone site, which you can download and print to use and share with your teachers and others.  

As a teacher librarian, I love using research project to not only introduce and reinforce these skills in the library, but to make them stick in the classroom and throughout other parts of their lives too.  

Flipgrid Is Now FREE FOR ALL As They Partner With Microsoft & Start A New Chapter!

Our friends at Flipgrid and Microsoft have announced something that will change education and amplify student voice in amazing new ways!
As Flipgrid announced yesterday on social media and their blog,

We are proud to announce that Flipgrid is now a part of Microsoft, sharing a mission to empower every student to achieve more. And just like Office 365, Flipgrid is now free for all educators and students.

This is going to give every library, classroom, and school community the chance to empower and amplify the voice of every learner through Flipgrid and the amazing tools Microsoft has created.

And again, one of the best parts....Flipgrid is now free for all librarians, teachers and students! 

Thank you Flipgrid and Microsoft for bringing such exciting news to all of us and making safe, engaging and wonderful learning spaces for our students and schools.  YOU all make such a special difference in the world.