One of my favorite events each year is the November Learning BLC Conference in Boston.
This is my sixth year attending this wonderful conference that Alan November hosts at the Boston Park Plaza. It is a beautiful location, filled with amazing conversations, learning, and especially....
incredible friends that meet up each year.
This year was one of the best....bringing us together to celebrate education, educators, families, and the impact our children and students have on all of us.
I had the honor of working with the attendees throughout the week.
On Tuesday, I conducted a workshop about Makerspaces called Create, Learn, and Share In Our BLC Makerspace.
We kicked off our day together doing a straw tower challenge. I picked out two leaders and they put themselves into groups to create a tower that would support a roll of tape.
It was very inspiring to watch everyone work together. It was a great activity to kick off the day.
Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts.
School Library Journal website.
Story Time From Space program, which fosters literacy and STEM. I can't think of a better book to make this journey and inspire children everywhere.
As I spoke about Makerspaces and gave examples of teacher librarians and educators creating spaces within their schools, I asked a few rock star to visit over Skype too.
First, we Skyped with my friend Diana Rendina who has created a wonderful Makerspace in her middle school library. You can read all about her journey on her blog, Renovated Learning.
I hope their stories and others that I shared with them will inspire everyone....and give them lots and lots of ideas.
The day went fast....and we all learned a lot about making, tinkering, creating, learning, and teaching within these spaces.
The first night I had the honor of going to dinner with my friends and fellow presenters at a dinner hosted by November Learning. It was great fun catching up with lots of friends like Phil and Colin from Verso.
The next day I presented in the afternoon. I love sharing all of the websites that have been picked to be part of the AASL Best Websites. I am part of this AASL committee so hold a special connection to this list that we announce each year.
My friend Erin Klein came to my session and used Periscope to broadcast from the room. She shared this on Twitter so others around the world could be part of the conversation too.
Thank you Erin for doing this.FableVision Studios for their annual bash.
and a cannoli to go at Mike's Pastry.
This morning I presented Digital Tools and Projects for Your Library and Classroom.
This is one that I update and add to each year. There were many new digital tools to share today.
Thank you to Alan, November Learning, and all of BLC family and friends for making this week special. I am already looking forward to next year with all of you.