Tag: libraries

  • Interest-Driven Learning from Pittsburgh

    Interest-Driven Learning from Pittsburgh

    For me, one of the greatest joys of teaching is the chance to learn from other educators: the opportunity to peek under the hood at all the moving parts behind a dynamite lesson plan, a thriving classroom, an effective teacher. When I started teaching history, my more-experienced colleagues were my greatest resources. They recommended discussion…

  • A story of public places, food, and extending outward

    A story of public places, food, and extending outward

    In the extremely rural place where I live, there is lots of space, but not a lot of public spaces in the conventional sense. No coffee houses, malls, or parklets. We do have large open pieces of public land and an amazing library. A couple years ago, I wanted to start a seed library, and…

  • Making in the Media Center

    Making in the Media Center

    Yesterday I had the privilege of leading a workshop at North Pitt High School on making and MakerEd with 40 or so media coordinators from Pitt County Schools.  The district media coordinator has provided real leadership and inspiration for transitioning the county’s media centers from quiet, solitary, read-only spaces to learning commons where students are making,…

  • Connected Curation?

    Connected Curation?

    This past Saturday, I attended Edcamp Philly along with several hundred other educators. It was a day filled with great conversations and connections that I hope will continue both face to face and virtually in the days and months to come. Today, I had the opportunity to hear from Brenda Boyer, as part of a district professional development…

  • Teens and the Future of Libraries with YALSA

    Teens and the Future of Libraries with YALSA

    New Connected Learning Monthly Series Starts May 2013: Teens and the Future of Libraries with YALSA Connected Learning TV is launching a new series where we’ll take a month at a time to focus on connected learning communities, themes, and topics. In May, join us and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) as we…

  • Library as Makerspace: Creating and Nurturing Communities of Teen Writers

    Original photograph by Buffy Hamilton As part of our makerspace initiative this year (please see this blog post and this slidedeck here) and inspired by the work of the Sacramento Public Library, one of my focal points is thinking about ways the library can support creating communities of readers and writers who are crafting and composing texts (and I use the term text rather liberally).…