Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Crowdsourcing What's Next....Help Joyce and I Explore What Will Be Big In 2015

Yesterday on the School Library Journal's NeverEnding Search blog by Joyce Valenza, Joyce posted Crowdsourcing what's next.  Help me explore what will be big in 2015.  


Please read this and help us with this article and research by visiting the Google Doc and sharing your ideas and thoughts on this topic.  

We appreciate your help with this....Together we are definitely better!  

You can read Joyce's post here....

Crowdsourcing what’s next. Help me explore what will be big in 2015

For Screen Shot 2014 09 29 at 11.14.59 AM Crowdsourcing whats next. Help me explore what will be big in 2015the past several years I’ve been identifying and writing about tech trendsfor the coming year and considering how they will impact the work of the teacher librarian.
The time has come again, but this time around I would like to crowd-source the effort.  Shannon Miller and I are pulling our own ideas together and we would love your input.
I am usually guided by the impressive work of the New Media Consortium and its Horizon Reports, particularly the intersections of its K12 Edition, Higher Education, and new Library Edition.
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But what you are actually seeing on the ground?  What are you dreaming about?  What trends do you see in your own practice?  And does it look different across school libraryland?
Please help me answer the following questions:
  • What trends in the world outside–in industry, higher ed, politics, communications, social media, etc.–will most affect our libraries and classrooms?
  • Which new tools or technologies are true game-changers?  How will mobile devices, curation tools, collaborative platforms and the transparency of student work change our instructional strategies?
  • Are there new skills or creative expressions you will expect of your learners?
  • (How) Will the physical space of your library shift?
  • What will you buy or stop buying?
  • Are there new challenges afoot? (NMC labels them as solvable, difficult, wicked)
  • What are you most excited about for the coming year?
  • And in what ways can teacher librarians assume new leadership roles relating to technology?
I would love to quote and highlight your thought in this upcoming Digital Shift piece.  Please share, in your comments, on this Google Doc, or write me at joycevalenza@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Few Things To Help You Promote The "Kids Create Kat McGee Writing Contest"

My friend Saira, from In This Together Media, and I worked on the "Kids Create Kat McGee Writing Contest" earlier today.  The contest will start next week and we are excited for all of you to start sharing it with your students and schools.  

Above is a flyer that you can print, send, or add to a blog post or newsletter.  You can find it at this link.
Today I was so happy to see that my amazing friends at SymbalooEDU created a tile for the Kat McGee contest!
When you click on this link it will take you to the tile and let you add it to one of your webmixes within Symbaloo.

Thank you...This will be great for all of our teacher librarian and teacher friends.
Also, don't forget about the Smore!  You can share this link with anyone for all of the contest details. We will be adding to this throughout the contest. 

This is going to be so much fun for our kids, teachers, and communities.  

Start reading the Kat McGee series and get ready for all of the contest details very soon from School Library Journal, In This Together Media, BiblioNasium and Edmodo.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Check Out The #SkypeAtoZ Back-to-School Lesson Collection From Skype in the Classroom

One of my favorite go-to-places for connecting students and teachers is Skype In The Classroom.
It is filled with amazing resources and connections that matches you and your school community with other teachers and classrooms, along with rich lessons to use.
I also love #MysterySkype that you can find on Skype in the Classroom. In a Mystery Skype, your students can embark on a global guessing game with others around the world.
With Back-to-School, Skype In The Classroom has put together something really awesome for this time of year!

It is a collection of their favorite Skype Partner lesson from their #SkypeAtoZ series on Twitter.  With the #SkypeAtoZ Back-to-School Lesson Collection you can find "ideas, inspiration and tips for planning Skype activities for the new school year."
I looked through several of the #SkypeAtoZ lessons.  There is something for everyone.

Check this one out under "F" called Flying with the Flying Classroom. How fun would that be to have your students join scientists and explores in action around the globe?
For more ideas and connections throughout the year, follow @SkypeClassroom on Twitter...and share your experiences and ideas.
 Also, use the #SkypeAtoZ hashtag to share your own Skype lessons and connections.
This is a great conversation on Twitter....So many fun ideas to bring back to your classroom and libraries too.

Thank you Skype in the Classroom for bringing global connection, opportunities and fun to our young people.  This is making a difference!