This past November I had the opportunity to push my “ban the blank page” issue further by speaking on the topic of comics in the library. I feel very strongly that creative approaches to literacy work and this presentation provides examples of student success and hopes to build a strong case for considering comic story telling a tool for every teacher’s toolbox.
Kids have stories that bubble out of them. In this presentation at the New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative conference, I led a presentation on alternative forms of storytelling to inspire teachers to be creative with their use of technology. The two main focuses were stop motion animation and book trailer creation.
In November, I was honored to not only present on the topic of modern storytelling, but to also receive the Jean E. Harris Progressive Library Award. It was so special to be recognized for the work done at the Clinton Elementary School Library. One of the library world’s great champions, Dr. Joyce Valenza, featured my acceptance speech on her School Library Journal blog, NeverEnding Search.
As I prepare to attend and present at this year’s New Jersey Association of School Librarian’s Conference, I watched one of my favorite inspirational videos. If you have ever wondered how people motivate themselves (or just want to get inside my head), here it is. Thank you to Jonathan Rochelle of Google who first showed this video at the NJECC Conference at Montclair State.
This June I am pleased to attend the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Philadelphia. Not only have I wanted to attend this conference to further hone my technology skills, but it is back in my home city, Philly. Already I am creating an outline for the many days of speakers and determining my greatest goals for next year.
A bitter cold day in January led me to Montclair State University for the 29th annual New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative Conference. It was a valuable day of learning for me as I had the opportunity to learn and be inspired by some powerful voices. Jonathan (JR) Rochelle from Google had a fantastic keynote presentation that focused on inspiring students. I especially enjoyed the videos on Rubiks Cube Questioning and Moonshot Thinking.
On October 26th, I facilitated a presentation on computer coding and its value to school and public libraries at the New Jersey Association of School Librarians conference in Long Branch, NJ. Here is the presentation with the many reference links.
On Monday, I had the opportunity to attend and present at TeachMeetNJ 2014 at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. This edcamp or unconference was a great way to engage with over 500 educators from around New Jersey in a relaxed yet fast-paced day of learning. From 20 apps in 20 minutes to creating Genius Time at school, it was exciting.
For my particular presentation, I used Haiku Deck for the first time. Feedback was positive on the topic of coding and my sincere hope is to have more teachers incorporate computer science into their daily teaching.
Coding for Kids – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
The NJASL conference was a great experience and I was able to take many ideas away for immediate school/library use. For reference, here is the presentation made by Christopher Shamburg and I.
November 30th I will be speaking at the New Jersey Association of School Librarian’s Conference in Long Branch, NJ. The topic will be teaching, learning, and game design and my co-presenter is Dr. Christopher Shamburg of the New Jersey City University.
Fable Table game board for kids.