Thursday, February 23, 2017

HEY YOU...Did You Know That You Matter? Bring This To Your School Too!

I love the You Matter movement.  It is a beautiful way to have students involved in the social and emotional side of school, friends and life.

My sister Heather (@heatherjfox) shared the neatest flyer for You Matter a few days ago.  She printed them off from the Technology Rocks. Seriously. blog and hung them around her Amana Elementary where Heather is the teacher librarian.  

When Heather was visiting us in Denver, she even had one of the teachers send her that picture to say....I really needed that today.  Thank you, Heather. 
You can find this too on Shannon Long's blog here.  Shannon is a technology teacher, blogger and all around awesome idea and resource creator.

Thank you Shannon for sharing your idea with all of us.  You Matter, my friend.

Sign Up Today To Be Part Of Buncee Buddies...Earth Day 2017!

The Buncee Buddies Earth Day 2017 event has been announced!  This is a wonderful way for you and your students to connect to others around the world as we celebrate our Earth and learn cultural awareness.

Buncee's goal for this project is to connect classrooms on every continent to celebrate what unites us, while also embracing cultural differences! 

As the Buncee website states,

Buncee Buddies is a digital pen pal program that connects classrooms to build friendships, discuss ideas, and share Buncees based on a prompt. 
For the spring of 2017, Buncee Buddies classrooms will be celebrating Earth Day! 
You can sign up to participate in this event here
And read all of the details about this very special event in the Buncee Buddies Earth Day 2017 post.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Special For AASL Members....Take The Project Connect Digital Citizenship Microcredential Course & Get A 10% Discount

One of the most important jobs of teacher librarians is that of being the person who advocates, teaches and celebrates the leadership and specialized knowledge librarians have within the library, school and community.
Follett developed Project Connect to support and develop librarians as these district leaders so our students can learn modern research techniques, learn digital literacy and embrace 21st century skills they can apply to every subject and skill.

To go hand-in-hand with Project Connect, Follett has kicked off an amazing professional development program for librarians and all educators called Microcredentials.  

These online courses help create powerful library and school leadership to address critical educational challenges with a future ready approach. 

They were developed with Mark Ray on behalf of Project Connect and Future Ready.
Currently, there are two courses available.  The Educational Leadership microcredential course which is a free mini course and introduction to school librarianship and...
the Digital Citizenship microcredential course.  

As we continue to support Future Ready Librarians, libraries and students, Follett and AASL have teamed up to provide a special offer to its membership.  Member can get 10% off the Digital Citizenship microcredential course.
Here are the details of the special member discount that AASL announced....
Follett's Support of AASL's ESSA Efforts Continues with a Special Offer for AASL Members

Introducing Microcredentials

Interested in developing a vision and plan to promote digital learning in your library? Want to take a free online course to do just that? Check out Follett’s first ever Microcredential courses for future ready librarians. Learn more at follettlearning.com/microcreds.

As a librarian do you feel future ready?

Future-ready librarians work with district leaders to promote innovative learning opportunities for students. But where do you start? Follett has teamed up with a panel of experts, and together with Project Connect, has launched Professional Development courses for librarians. These online Micro Credential courses help librarians and other educators develop a vision and plan that promotes digital learning in their library. Learn more atfollettlearning.com/microcreds.

To redeem your 10% discount on Follett's Digital Citizenship course, please log into the AASL website and visit AASL VIP.