Sunday, May 27, 2018

5 Summer Strategies for Families to Rock and Read!

As we are getting ready for the summer months ahead, we have the opportunity to arm our students with wonderful resources and tools that will prevent the summer slide and keep them reading, learning, and creating. 
Here are five meaningful and engaging ways to use your favorite Cantata Learning stories and songs… and a little PebbleGo, too!  

You will find this post on the Cantata Learning blog here

Join The Future Ready Librarians at ISTE 2018!

With the ISTE Conference coming up June 23-27, there are lots of events and opportunities being planned for Future Ready Librarians.  I have started a Google Doc to share these can will it here.

If you have one to add to this list, please feel free to add the information below. We’d love to know when you are presenting too!

Thank you, friends.  See you in Chicago!  

Friday, May 25, 2018

Let's Share Our School Library Mission and Vision Statements

Do you have a mission and vision statement for your school library? 

Something that states the purpose of your library and gives your team a shared understanding of your destination and goals? 

If you do, please share it here on this Padlet so we can use great examples to create our school library mission and vision statements too. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Get Ready To Play The Future Ready Feud!

Get ready to play the feud!  

This is something we have all heard, but have you ever heard it at the annual ISTE conference?  

That's right!  We are going to play the Future Ready Feud at ISTE in a few weeks.  This awesome event will take place at 1:00-1:40pm CST in the Follett Booth #1716.  

To make it even more exciting, we will be broadcasting LIVE via the @FollettLearning Facebook Group.  

We will be using #ISTE18 #FutureReadyFeud #FutureReady and #FutureReadyLibs pre, during and post event so even if you are not there, please join us at these social media places to share in the fun.  

Remember friends, join us on June 25 at 1:00pm for the very first Future Ready Feud! 

Raising Readers to Leaders, One Page at a Time

On May 31 at 12:00pm EST, there is a very special Future Ready Schools webinar that you won't want to miss.  

In the webinar Raising Readers to Leaders, One Page at a Time, the members of the Val Verde USD leadership team will share how they use the five-step FRS planning process to create their district's FRS action plan.  They will describe the process used during their two years of intense planning and collaboration with various departments within the district, along with input from parent groups. Through this systematic research-based process, they created a dynamic plan that puts their students first and provides them with opportunities to acquire twenty-first-century career skills that will carry them into the future.

I can't wait to hear their story and gain lots of knowledge and tips from this amazing team. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Globally Connecting Through Stories, Tools and Resources

By globally connecting our libraries, communities, teachers and students through opportunities, literacy, social media, technology and voice, anything is possible.
We would love to hear your stories and know the tools and resources for globally connecting your students, teachers and community.
Please add them to this Padlet, friends so we can share ideas and try them out within our libraries and schools too.

The Librarian and Story Behind These Library Posters!

Last year, I wrote a post about these sweet little library posters from 1965.  You can read the post from my blog here.
Slate shared it in this post Adorable Midcentury Posters Teaching Kids How To Use The Librarywhich featured 8 of these posters from a 32-poster book Using Your Library: 32 Posters For Classroom and Library by Mary Joan Egan and Cynthia Amrice. 
These were created to help children with topics such as research, finding a book using the card catalog and even borrowing books from the library.  

I love these posters so much.  They even inspired my friends at Buncee and I to create lots of stickers, animations, sayings, background and even more special assets so librarians can create their own wonderful posters and different kinds of branding and signage too. 

You can read all about the inspiration the posters brought and the project with Buncee here

Every book store and antique store we go to, I look for the posters. I have looked for them in lots of public and school libraries. In fact, when I hear that a library is being renovated or weeded, I asked about the posters.  I love thinking about how libraries have changed and how they have stayed the same. 

Then a few weeks ago, I received a Facebook message.  It read...
I was so happy and excited to receive this message from Mary's daughter.  

We went on to write one another back and forth.  It was awesome knowing that Mary Joan Egan worked with artist Cynthia Amtrine to create this set of 32 posters on library skills for elementary school students.  

I wanted to know more about the librarian and artist behind these library posters. 

She wrote this back about her mom, 

Hello!! I will work on getting you a photo. She was at Burnt Hills Ballston Lake for 44 years, I believe, with one year at Shenendehowa. She was very active in NYS School Library and ALA. It would be so nice if you wrote a blog as it seems you are on a similar career-love-of-libraries and children career. Thank you for your interest.

I also received a picture from her.
She shared...

I believe Mary Joan Egan, on right, received an award at this meeting.  

Here we are getting Hubert H. Humphrey’s autograph. 

He was a speaker at the event. This was in Atlantic City. 

Her daughter also shared,

She is going to be honored when the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District names the library at Stevens Elementary School in this professional's honor.  This will be the first time in the BH-BL's 103 history to recognize a woman educator in this way.  

What a special connection. I love that she reached out and now we know a little more about the amazing librarian who had this idea and created them for her library and libraries everywhere.

It also has lead me think about this...

I would love to invite Mary into our libraries now.  I wonder, If Mary created posters now, what would they say? 

Over 100 of Shannon Miller's Collections by Destiny All In One Set!

I am crazy about Collections by Destiny.  

Collections have become my go-to place for curating, organizing, and sharing resources while collaborating with others and working on my own.  I have now created over 130 public and private Collections which are so fun to share with all of you.  

Now that we can create Collection Sets,  
I brought all of my public Collections together in a Collection Set called Shannon Miller's Collections by Destiny.  You can find  it here

I will be keeping this up-to-date with all of the new Collections I create throughout the year, so bookmark this Collection Set and keep it handy for when you looking for a special Collection to use or even make your own.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

10 Ways To Inspire Learning With Buncee This Summer ....Watch The New Buncee Webinar Here!

This afternoon I had so much fun! 
I joined Annie Garrity, Education Associate at Buncee, for a brand new webinar...10 Ways To Inspire Learning With Buncee This Summer! 

It was great hearing all of Annie's ideas and sharing a few of my own, along with ideas from awesome teacher librarian friends too. 

You can watch the recording of the webinar above...
and find the Buncee we used for the presentation embedded here.

It's almost summer, friends.  We hope you have fun inspiring your students and families to learn and read throughout the summer too. 

Find and Follow #FutureReadyLibs, #tlchat and Other Library Inspiration On Instagram!

I love Instagram!  

I love looking at it everyday to see what my family, friends, colleagues, professionals and even places from around the world have posted.  

Instagram gives us a glimpse into amazing libraries, Makerspaces, classrooms and school communities of all kinds. It is such a wonderful platform for finding and learning about new books, ideas, resources and tons of library and technology tools and tricks.    

We can like, save and share posts.  We can even send the people we follow private messages.  

One of the things I LOVE MOST about Instagram is being able to follow a hashtag just like we follow people, libraries, organizations and others.  This is definitely one of the first spots I check! 

Let me show you how you can follow hashtags too! 

At the bottom of your Instagram click on the little Search or magnifying glass.  

You will be able to type in the top what you are searching for.  I am going to search for #FutureReadyLibs.  
It brings up #futurereadylibs and all of the posts that have been tagged with that hashtag.  You can search Top and Recent, which you will find above.

As a Future Ready Librarian, thinking about each of the gears of our framework all the time, I just love how the #futurereadylibs hashtag in Instagram brings these things to life for all of us with stories and celebrations being shared from around the world all the time. 
 The same for #tlchat.  When I searched for that, this is what came up on my Instagram.

You can do this for any hashtag or even just search to see if there is one.  If there isn't, perhaps you can start and tag the images you want to show up too.  

Monday, May 14, 2018

5 PebbleGo Summer Projects For Your Students and Families!

When my son, Hagan, was younger, one resource that he went to throughout the summer was PebbleGo. In fact, he went there all year long
He would open it up on our computer in the kitchen, on his iPad, or ask me if he could use my laptop to look at all of the things he loved and was curious about in PebbleGo. And he wasn't the only student from our community that visited PebbleGo during the summer. In fact, it was one of the top places to go for all of our readers as they learned more about topics they were passionate about and discovered an excitement for new topics too.

As we get ready for summer break, PebbleGo should we be at the top of your list to share with students and families as we encourage learning and reading all summer long. It is something they have online at home, on-the-go and as they travel. As you know, the learning and reading never stop with PebbleGo!

Today, I want to share 5 exciting and engaging ways PebbleGo can be used as a pathway for learning and reading this summer with students, families and throughout your community too.
You will find these 5 ideas, including this PebbleGo Summer Calendar idea here at the Capstone Community.  

I would love to hear your ideas too, friend. 

Save The Date for Digital Learning Day 2019!

Today, Digital Learning Day for 2019 was announced.  Digital Learning Day will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2019!

Digital Learning Day is such a wonderful day as it celebrates the digital learning taking place in classrooms, libraries and throughout school communities. 
As the Digital Learning Day site states,

Started in 2012, Digital Learning Day has provided a powerful venue for education leaders to highlight great teaching practice and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes. 
To keep up to date on Digital Learning Day and what is planned for 2019, check out their site at; the Digital Learning Day Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and follow #DLDay on Twitter and Instagram.  Make sure you add your ideas and news using their hashtag too.  

It is an awesome community and day to be involved in as we all celebrate future ready learning in our communities and throughout the world. 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Join The Oceans Day #SkypeBunceeBuddies With Others Around The World!

I just love the #SkypeBunceeBuddies projects!  

They are such a special way to connect children to wonderful opportunities to be creative while learning something new and exciting.  Also, one of the best parts....they give all of us a chance to collaborate and connect with others around the world. 
This time, Skype in the Classroom and Buncee are joining forces to celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8.  
Classrooms will be partnering up to Skype and share their promises to project our oceans and marine life using Buncee and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development from the United Nations. 

Here is how the Oceans Day #SkypeBunceeBuddies project works....
  1. Have students choose one of the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development related to protecting our oceans and marine life. An example would be, #6. Clean Water and Sanitation. Make a Buncee on how to support the Goal and why it’s so important.
  2. Create a story on Buncee about protecting the oceans. You may choose to write a realistic story of people working to save the world's oceans, a story from the point of view of the animals who live in the ocean, or you might choose to write about an idea that's all your own!
  3. Explain why it’s important to celebrate World Oceans Day and choose one action you’ll take to protect our oceans this year.
Here is a beautiful example above. 
     4. Connect with a classroom over Skype around World Oceans Day, June 8th. Once you register, we will send you a link to join a Skype Group Chat where you can connect with a classroom and set up a Skype call. 
You can sign up and read more about the Oceans Day #SkypeBunceeBuddies here

And don't forget to follow @Buncee @SkypeinClassroom and #SkypeBunceeBuddies on social media. You will find ideas and people sharing soon.  

We can't wait to SEA what you create!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

It's Time For A NEW #FutureReadyLibs Twitter Chat On May 17!

As we come to the end of another school year, please join Ashley Cooksey, Karyn Lewis and myself for an awesome Future Ready Librarians Twitter Chat on Thursday, May 17 from 7:00-8:00pm CST.

We will discuss and share future ready reflective practice as we talk about our year....and of course, what is to come next year.  

All you have to do to participate is jump on Twitter at 7:00pm CST on May 17 and follow #FutureReadyLibs to be part of the conversation.  We will post questions to guide the chat. When you tweet, make sure you include #FutureReadyLibs.  

We hope you can join us, friends.  We can't wait to hear all about your year too!  

Big News! We Can Now Create Collection Sets!

When I heard this news from Follett yesterday, I was so excited.

We can now organize Collections in Collection Sets!  

A Set is a Collection that holds resources and other Collections.  Sets can be shared with others (teachers, students, global friends, families, etc...) in the same way that a Collection is shared now. 
You can read all about this update in What's New in Collections from Follett. 
I create and work with Collections every day.  It is my favorite go-to place for curating and sharing all of the amazing resources I find and create every day.  
Earlier this year, I created 10 Collections for all of the Future Ready Librarian wedges
These are especially important to our community.  Ever since I created them, I thought it would be super helpful to have all of the wedge Collections in our main Future Ready Librarian Tools and Resources Collection
Last night with the new ability to create Collection Sets, I did just that.  Now all of the 10 wedge Collections are in our main Future Ready Librarian Collection. 

You just have to check it will love this!

Let me show you how to create a Collection Set too. It is super simple and quick. 
When you are in a Collection, there is always a little orange circle with a + sign in the right hand corner.  This is what you click on to Add an Item.  
The Add Item window pops up.  It gives you three choices.... add by URL, add by Upload and now....add by Collections. 

I clicked on Collections. 
I love this! 

It is super easy to add Collections, because it gives you a nice alphabetical list of all the Collections you have created.  It even tells you if they are Public or Private.
I went through and clicked on all 10 of the wedge Collections and a couple more that will be helpful to have in the main Future Ready Librarian Collection too.

After I checked them all, I clicked on Add at the bottom of the Collections list. 
It brought up the Collection I was adding them to and every one was at the bottom. 
You can tell they are Collections because of the black top with my name.  This shows it is a Collection I have created.  

If I click on the little three dots in the right hand corner, 
it gives me the chance to Remove the Collection too.  
Now when I look at the Collection I have created, I notice that the Future Ready Librarian Tools and Resources Collection in the upper left corner...
contains 16 items and 11 Collections.  

I can also tell that others collaborate with me on this one...that is the little people icon in the right hand corner. 

As I travel to Canada this weekend for a conference, I know what I will be doing.  I will be organizing my Collections into Sets to make sure the ones I have created are supporting and helping myself and all of the librarians, educators, students and others who are using them too.  

Thank you, Follett.  Collections just keep getting more awesome all the time!  

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

WOW....BreakoutEDU Now Available For Fast Ship in Follett's Titlewave!

I have been working on a brand new Future Ready Librarians BreakoutEDU for this fall.  It is so much fun and I can't wait to share it at upcoming workshops and events.

As I get ready to order more BreakoutEDU kits, I was really excited to hear they are now available from Follett in Titlewave!
When I searched in Titlewave today, I pulled up the BreakoutEDU Kit and Platform Access.  

I was happy to also see that these are available through Follett's Fast Ship! 

Thank you BreakoutEDU and Follett....You made this very easy to get ready for my new BreakoutEDU!  

Authors, Illustrators, Experts and Others Who Skype With Libraries & Schools

One of my favorite things about being in a connected world is the ability to connect all of the amazing authors, illustrators, experts and more to our young people around the world.  In my library, we Skyped several times each week and it brought so much to our students, teachers and community. 

When you are looking for these connections for your own library and school, there are many different places you can start.  There is Skype in the Classroom, Kate Messner's amazing list and publisher sites.

I have put these together in this special Collection by Destiny that you will find here.  Let me know what else we can add....and if you would like to collaborate on this Collection, I would love to have you join me. I will keep adding and updating this Collection too. 

And don't forget, author, illustrators, experts and others are on social media to connect with all of us.  If you have someone you and your students are wanting to connect with, reach out and ask.  That is always one of the best ways....and they love connecting with all of us too.