Use List.ly for Interactive, Collaborative Book Lists!

Trying out @listly for my #SocialMedia class at @SJSUiSchool: Adventure Reads for Junior High https://t.co/h0j4dmNBhn @Jen_Jumba #edtechchat — Amy McMillan (@amyjmcmillan) July 2, 2016 Here’s a recent library school assignment: Try out a social media tool, one you’ve never used before. Make a Prezi with a voice over to explain how the tool works and […]

Recommended! Outstanding Books for the College Bound

*This post was originally published in the course blog of INFO 266: Research and Discussion Forum I’m sure many teachers and librarians are well-acquainted with the Young Adult Library Association’s online list Outstanding Books for the College Bound, but you may not know there is a book by the same title. The book version expands on […]

Are School Libraries Providing Adequate Collections of LGBTQ-Themed Literature?

The original version of this post was published on the course blog for Information 266 (SJSU iSchool).  Right now I’m in the middle of a collection development course at San Jose State’s iSchool where I’m working on a teacher librarianship credential. As part of my studies, I read a report about the state of lesbian, gay, […]

Teacher Librarianship Here I Come

For me, the journey toward teacher librarianship has been surprising—surprising in a very good way. Having taught seventh and eighth grade English for seventeen years, I thought I knew what was possible in a school library. In short, I did not. The discipline is both more robust and more specific than I expected. I am discovering librarianship is more […]

Are Engineering and Robotics the New Cool?

Bascomb, N. (2011). The new cool: A visionary teacher, his first robotics team, and the ultimate battle of smarts. New York: Crown Publishers. Summary: The New Cool tells the story of high school teacher and MacArthur Genius Award winner Amir Abo-Shaeer as he mentors a “band of high-IQ students” training to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Hailing from the […]

Eye See! The Eyes of Creatures from Bullfrogs to Buzzards

Jenkins, S. (2014). Eye to eye: How animals see the world. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Summary: Based on the premise, “Eyes are the most important link to the world,” Jenkins introduces the reader to a wide range of animal eyeballs, explaining the difference between types of eyes—from the  starfish’s eyespot to the camera eye of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. Colorful and visually-appealing […]

A Mathematical Adventure in Angleland

Neuschwander, C. (2001). Sir cumference and the great knight of angleland (W. Geehan, Illustrator). Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge Publishing. Summary: Radius, the son of Sir Cumference and Lady Di of Ameter, goes on a knightly adventure where he uses his knowledge of angles to complete his quest. Quantitative Reading Level: Lexile Level AD450L*, ATOS Level 4.2, Flesch-Kincaid Level 4.5 *Lexile […]