Friday, July 13, 2018

Ask Your Librarian A Question With Instagram!

I love using Instagram to engage the community throughout our library, school community and the world.  It is the place we find lots of students, families, authors, technology companies, Makers and others, so being able to share and collaborate using Instagram is always a big success and fun way to stay connected. 

And, guess what?  In the new Instagram update, there is a super cool way to connect with our community even more!  
Within Instagram Stories, we can now add Questions with Stickers! 

This will give us so many opportunities to connect with our community by engaging them with helpful and fun questions of all kinds.  

Let me show you how to add a Questions Sticker to a post in your Instagram Story too!  
Pick a picture for Your Story.  Click on the little Stickers icon in the right hand corner. 
You will find the Questions sticker now.  Click on that.
It will let you change the words where it says Ask me a question... 
to anything you would like. 

You will see that I changed it to, What could you create after reading these books?  This would engage my community and get them to interact with the post from @vmlibraryvoice.
 You can also change the colors....
 and add emojis and symbols to the post. 
When you are finished, click on either Save, Your Story or Send To. You can also Add to Highlights or Your Facebook Story.  
Once you have responses, they are very easy to read and respond to as well. 

I am excited for this new feature and all that it can bring to our community. 

How do you see yourself using this feature within your library and community too? 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The ISTE 2018 Conference Collection For All Of Us To Curate and Share!

I have created a special Collection to bring all of the wonderful resources that were shared, created and celebrated through the ISTE 2018 Conference in Chicago in June.  
I made the ISTE 2018 Collection public and open so all of us can add resources as we collaborate and share.  Together, we can make this Collection awesome archives of the learning, collaborating and sharing that took place this year during and after ISTE.  

You will find the 2018 ISTE Collection here 
Let me know if you have any questions.  I can't wait to see what everyone shares.  Please feel free to add your presentations, events and other resources too.  

The NEW ISTE and Future Ready Librarians Crosswalk Is Here!

One of the most exciting announcements during the ISTE Conference in June was the announcement of the NEW Future Ready Librarian Crosswalk. 
ISTE teamed up with Follett and Future Ready Librarians to create a crosswalk showing the relationship between the FRL framework and the ISTE Standards for Educators.  
On the new ISTE Librarian site that was also introduced at ISTE, you will find the Future Ready Librarians Crosswalk right on the home page. 
 As stated in the Crosswalk,

With the goal of preparing future ready digital-age learners, school librarians can use this crosswalk to identify new ways to lead, teach and support students and teachers. 

In the crosswalk, you will find the interconnections between the Future Ready LibrariansTM Framework and the ISTE Standards for Educators. These two frameworks support and complement each other, each deepening the other because they share the same goal: dynamic, equitable digital age learning for all students. Because the Future Ready framework takes a high level view, while the Educator Standards are more granular, the specific, related portions of the Future Ready indicators are highlighted to make the interconnects clearer. 
Use this framework to guide and deepen the work you do as a librarians or library media specialist or to rethink, redesign and grow the role in your school or district.

As you can see, this new crosswalk is going to be one more thing that will help us guide the work we do as Future Ready Librarians and those who support librarians, libraries, teachers and students.

It will make a difference.

I hope you visit and bookmark today.  

Thank you to everyone at the Alliance for Excellent Education, Follett and ISTE who has worked so hard to bring us such a meaningful and important place for librarians.