Monday, January 22, 2018

A Virtual PD Series For Early Childhood Educators From PBS Education

A very special virtual PD series from PBS Education kicks off this week on January 24. 

It is called Learning with PBS Kids and designed especially for PreK-1 teachers and students. 

There are three events including....
 Exploring Arts and Creativity with Pinkalicious and Peterrific, 
 Social and Emotional Learning with Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and....
Playful Learning With Technology.  

I love how they have paired these important topics with such wonderful books and characters.  

The fun, engaging and accessible free tools shared in this series will bring so much to any early childhood classroom.   

You can register for these three free events here

Destiny 15.5 is Coming on January 26 With "You May Also Like" and More!

It is always very exciting news when a Follett Destiny update is coming.  This means that our favorite library management tool is going to be even more helpful, useful and valuable for librarians, teachers and kids.  

Well, guess what?  There is an update coming right around the corner on January 26, 2018 and Destiny 15.5 has some very special things we have all been waiting for!  In fact, these are requests that librarians have made and Follett has listened to, making Destiny the best it can be for everyone.  
One of the best updates they have added to Destiny Discover is the You May Also Like title recommendations that appear on the Title Detail page.  These are based on author, subject or series.  

This is very important to our readers and to us as librarians and teachers as we help them find the next book they want to read or something different when the book they want is checked out.  
Students will now be able to see their circulation and fine information when in Destiny Discover. There is a new tab called Resource Checkouts to show resources from Destiny Library Manager that are checked out including text books, laptop computers and other materials.    

One thing that a lot of you have missed in Discover if the ability to pre-define your search as you could in Basic Search in Classic Destiny, for things like Material Type, Location and Reading Programs.  
In Classic Destiny, students could search for a book, like Dog, and then narrow the search in a variety of ways.  
Now in Destiny Discover, they can type in a title, like Dog again, and from a drop down menu choose Keyword search options...
 ...Title, Author, Subject and Series and...
Format including...
Book, eBook, Audiobook/Recorded Sound and Video too.  

In the next update on February 7, Follett will continue to add more search options such as Lexile and Interest Level. Their goal is to include all the search options included in Classic Destiny in Destiny Discover too. 

Follett now includes the Patron’s Nickname on the Check Out page. 
In the new update, Checkout by Homeroom now supports sorting by First Name and Nickname. 
This makes it very easy to check out materials to students, especially younger students when they might not know their last name yet.  

Also, if you are utilizing self check out, this is a helpful feature for the same reason as students are searching for their first name and photo. 
And one thing to note, the name of each school library is now at the top of every page, making it easy to know that we are logged into the correct library location within Destiny.  
Of course, I can't leave without mentioning Collections by Destiny. We all love the new Collections.  

There will now be a Featured Collections tab that will include free Collections to provide tools for Lightbox.  You can read more about these in my post here
On February 15 at 2:00pm CST, Don Rokusek, Jason See and Jason Lasiewicz will be hosting a free webinar to go over all of the updates for Destiny 15.5 that I mentioned here and even more.  

You can register for the webinar here.

Thank you Follett for listening to our needs as librarians and to the needs of our students and school community.  These updates make Destiny Discover the place we need to be for all our library needs. 

Introducing Participate Authors & I Am Excited To Be Part Of This Amazing Team!

Today is the day for a big news announcement from Participate.  

They have announced Participate Authors and I couldn't be more excited to be part of this amazing team of educators, colleagues and friends. 
When you visit the Participate Authors site you will read....

Participate aims to provide authentic, engaging and actionable professional development and online learning experiences. We want a variety of innovative voices to bring their expertise to educators on, so we’d like to introduce you to Participate Authors.
These amazing educators below are some of our first contributors, and the list continues to grow. Are interested in joining the ranks of Participate Authors? Let us know what you have to share by emailing us at
Or, you might be an administrator seeking collaborative and engaging professional development opportunities for your school, district or organization—email us at to learn how Participate can deliver these experiences as part of your comprehensive professional development programs.
You will find my profile on this page with my courses coming soon.  
This is such exciting news and we all look forward to collaborating with you!