Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Join Us Tomorrow On August 5 For The Future Ready Librarians® Summer Summit, Friends!


We hope you can join us for the Future Ready Librarians® Summer Summit tomorrow on August 5 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm EST.  There is still room and we would love to fill our virtual space with even more amazing Future Ready Librarians! 


The Future Ready Librarians® summit is a FREE, live, virtual, interactive, high-quality professional learning experience for librarians interested in learning, growing, and expanding their professional practice through collaboration and networking with like-minded colleagues from across the country. Recognizing the profound shifts in learning and teaching occurring in real time, this interactive online event will help librarians ground their practice in the research-based Future Ready Librarians Framework® and define new ways in which they can lead, teach, and support learning in their schools.


Leveraging the active Future Ready Librarians® community, the live summit is designed around authentic problems of practice identified by librarians. The 2021 Summer Summits will focus on listening to student voices and meeting students where they are -- examining what it means to be learner-centered as schools seek to return to something resembling ‘normal.


We will explore how to reimagine Future Ready Library programs and practice with the following topics:


  • Student needs and hopes as they return to school
  • Challenges of variability and equity among learners
  • Examining the connections between emotional and academic learning
We have an awesome line up of keynotes and ignite sessions including Britten Follett, Tom Murphy, Bill Bass, Kristina Holzweiss and Deborah Zeman, and our very special student guests, Olivia and Charlotte Van Ledtje, who will be presenting Kids Can Teach Us: Digital Creators Share Their Voice, Choices and Stories.


This is a LIVE event and sessions will not be recorded. 


Register today for this free event here.  We hope to see you there, friends. 

Monday, August 2, 2021

Celebrate World Elephant Day With The Elephant Sanctuary In This Flipgrid Live Event


World Elephant Day is on August 12 and our friends at Flipgrid have a very special event planned for all of us to be part of through the Flipgrid Live Events. 
On Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 12:00pm CST, we can join The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.  

As shared on the site, 

How do you care for and communicate with the world's largest land animal? On this World Elephant Day, join The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee to discover what it takes to be an elephant Caregiver, from prepping specialized diets to building trust with these giants. The Elephant Sanctuary is home to 10 elephants retired from zoos and circuses who depend on their Caregivers to daily individualized care so they can live their life to the fullest in 2,700 acres of natural habitat in Hohenwald, Tennessee. During this live event we’ll take you through the daily routine of an elephant Caregiver and share with you some of our favorite elephant facts. We’ll also virtually peek into The Sanctuary habitats via our live-streaming EleCams and hopefully spot some of our resident elephants enjoying their retirement. Join us and learn if you have what it takes to be an elephant Caregiver on Thursday August 12th.

Recommended Age Range: 7-12, but are all welcome.   

Through Flipgrid Live Events, you can connect your students with experts, and they can ask their questions via a fully moderated chat.  

I shared this with our students and families, and signed up myself.  I hope you join us too, friends. 

You can register for this free Flipgrid Live Event here.

Here Is The "August Choice Board Poster"....Making Choice Boards Easy & Organized For All Students To Access & Use

Hi friends, 

I want to share a little tip that I have been using for all of the different choice boards we use each month.  This will help when organizing and sharing choice boards with students at school and those learning remotely.  

Each month after I have my choice boards done, I pull them together in another Google Slide choice board.  

I add each choice board as an image and link the choice board to that image.  Under the image, I add a QR code for each choice board too.  

Our teachers can share the monthly choice board posters in Seesaw and Google Classroom.  This works great for our students at school and those learning at home.  

We also print the posters so our students with iPads can scan the QR codes.  This can also be projected on the screen in the classrooms for students to walk up to and scan.  

For this month, I have created the August Choice Boards poster that can be found here to share with your students.  If you would like to make edits or additions, you can make a copy here.

I hope you find these choice board posters helpful too.