Teacher Librarian Days 2021


TLD 2021! We love participating in this annual conference hosted by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Western Region.  It will be a little bit different this year with virtual sessions and keynotes throughout the week.  It will be held online and the schedule will be sprinkled throughout the week of Feb. 22nd to 26th, 2021.  You can find one of the Geeky Teachers in most sessions either moderating or supporting but we are also leading a few.  We are excited about all of the sessions and speakers.  You will find nuggets of primary source gold sprinkled throughout sessions including Morning Mocha, Goosechase Digital Scavenger Hunt, Whova, and Keynote sessions each night.  Click HERE to find more information.

The Goosechase Digital Scavenger hunt will give participants the opportunity to earn some great prizes like printers, chromebooks and $100 Amazon giftcards! This is also a wonderful way to find primary source resources for use in your classroom.

Join us for some Morning Mocha on Tuesday where we will be talking Technology Tips and some of our favorite tech tool upgrades.  We are excited to collaborate on a Wakelet Shared Space.  Even if you're not able to come to the conference, you can get all of our information by joining this Wakelet Space.  When you do, please feel free to collaborate and add to the space!  We are all better when we share together which is the beauty of conferences. 

Our 2021 Technology Tuesday Tech Tools Presentation:



We love space and space projects and one of our favorite ones is the #MarsPerseverance project and the #Perseverance is landing today at 3:55 EST. Join us in following the mission and sharing in the learning with the resources below from NASA. Are your names on the rover? Ours are and we are excited!  

Information for Classroom Use

Landing information on the Mars Rover “Perseverance”


Landing 1:55 MST TODAY

MiIssion Overview

NASA Perseverance Link

What does the spacecraft look like? 

Spacecraft Design

What will Perseverance do? 

Perseverance Surface Operations

Fun Stuff ! 

Mars Pictures - Watch out this is fun! 

NASA Photo Booth

Sounds of Mars

Sounds of Mars Page from NASA

All things MARS from NASA

NASA Resource List


Saving Places Conference Reinventing Outreach

Join us for some Saving Places fun this week!  You will find us talking about Adobe Spark and ways to support your preservation outreach with easy to implement ideas and targeted ways to partner with historic places, museums and schools! What a better way to broaden your outreach during this time and learn ways to engage others during the pandemic and post pandemic too! Find our Adobe Spark resources in our presentation HERE.

Ignite sessions will find us discussing ways to reinvent connecting your historic places to schools and teachers remotely.  We will be working together in this crowd sourced document and would love your ideas! Feel free to share yours using this FORM and we will add them to our master list and share with the community including educators in Colorado. We know there are great things happening in the field and we look forward to hearing about them.  Jump in and fill out this form, tell us what you have to share, and we will do the rest! 

Resources and Presents!:


NCSS 2020 Virtual Conference Fun

We are excited to be at #NCSS2020 this year although a little bummed not to be in Washington D.C.  We LOVE that town!  We had visions of Goosechase missions near the conference center and seeing all of the great pictures sent back of historic architecture and history.  Instead, we are doing what everyone else is doing and making the best of this Covid mess.  We changed up the missions and recorded our sessions for online viewing. We even recorded our poster session, that was a new one!  Although we won't be in person it will still be great to connect with you all online, over Twitter and in sessions.  We always learn so much from all of you!  

Below is a list of sessions that we will be presenting at NCSS, along with associated resources.  We hope to see you and can't wait to connect! 

Top Ten Technology Tools and Primary Sources
Saturday, December 5 - 11:35-12:05 EST (Asynchronous but office hours chat) 
Session Resources Video
Session Handout

Warrior Spirit
Saturday, December 5 - 1:00-1:30 EST (Asynchronous but office hours chat) 
Session Resources

GooseChase, a Primary Source and Historic Location Digital Scavenger Hunt Sunday, December 6 - 11:15-11:45 EST (Synchronous) Sessions ID #190 Join the Goosechase starting December 4th. 1. Download the GooseChase iOS or Android app.
2. Choose to play as a guest, or register for a personal account with a username & password of your choice.
3. Search for and select the NCSS 2020 Goosechase and Primary Sources game, or search by game code R787W4.
Session Resources

Poster Sessions:
Primary Sources and Technology: The Five Slide Wonder Deck
Warrior Spirit


Library of Congress Peer 2 Peer Discussion on Technology Tools

 This week found us featured as guest speakers for the Library of Congress Peer2Peer Discussion.  

This month’s TPS Consortium Peer2Peer Discussion focused on “What technology tools and trends are you observing in K-12 teaching?” Michelle Pearson and Laura Israelsen, both teachers who work closely with the TPS Western Region team, will lead an interactive demo featuring a few popular technology tools for teaching followed by peer discussion of these and other K-12 tech tools, related trends, and effective practices observed by TPS programs nationwide.

That was quite a tall order and one that we had a hard time narrowing down! What technology tools and trends are you seeing? Our list has changed during this education revolution and remote learning focused time. We shared four technology tools that have transformed our remote instruction and shared in breakout room using Padlet. Participants were able to add to the Padlet and discuss in small groups what they were seeing trend in instruction, learning and education right now.

We discussed Pear Deck, Adobe Spark, Google Arts and Culture and Padlet. Notice all of the resources in the presentation.  There are astronauts with flags marking links to other presentations and one page resources for these tools. The time flew by and we hope that our participants left with resources, ideas and energized to try something new!