NCSS 2022 in Philadelphia!

We are in Philadelphia with The Library of Congress presenting on primary sources in a city that in and of itself is a primary source! 

We spent to day with the Library of Congress Consortium brushing shoulders with all of the wonderful people across the country who are working to promote and support the teaching with primary sources program. It was an inspirational day! 

Friday will find us presenting three sessions and sponsoring a few poster sessions! We hope to see and learn from all of you!

Warrior Spirit

Goosechase and Primary Sources

Museums and Digital Learning with Primary Sources


Colorado Gifted and Talented Conference 2022

We were excited to attend CAGT with our Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Team. We shared and presented several sessions during the conference and had a wonderful time learning and collaborating in an in person setting! We have a special place in our hearts for gifted and talented students. They are often overlooked because they seem to thrive in any setting but are we really meeting their instructional needs? These are questions that we have pondered and hope to continue to work on. We know that GT students need voice, choice, authentic audience and extensions to their learning. They don't need more busy work and in our sessions, we offered ideas and ways to organize and work with this amazing group of learners. 

Take Choice Boards to the Next Level
One Pager

15 Tech Tools To Use With Primary Sources 


TLD 2022 Teacher Librarian Days

We are so excited to be part of TLD 2022 again this year! The conference is online through WHOVA and we will be hosting a Goosechase game for prizes!  The Geeky Teachers are sharing several resources. 

Find a mission highlighting this amazing new resource in Goosechase.  You will also find more information about this in the poster session tab in Whova for Teacher Librarian Days 2022. CLICK HERE to check out the site. Take a glance at our Quick Start One-Pager reference sheet RIGHT HERE to help get you started.

"The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Newfields Lab of the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, the Field Museum, Chicago, and History Colorado, Denver developed MDL as a way for museums of all disciplines to leverage digitized museum collections to help K-12 educators and students.

These founding museums, along with a growing number of museums of all disciplines, regularly upload digitized objects and activity-filled resource kits. If we don’t have a resource kit you need, check back often. New museums continually join MDL and currently-participating museums add new resource kits often."

Jon Maclean and Home Waters
We have been working with Montana Jon Maclean Project and we can't wait to share Mr. Maclean with our TLD participants. His beautiful book highlights the importance of place, preservation and why it is such an important part of our lives. He is speaking Wednesday night and we will be there helping with the questions, chat and answers. We will follow up with this activity and discussion on Thursday morning during Morning Mojo.  We hope to see you there! CLICK HERE for the one-pager resource from the conference to help you dig into his work and the book by his father Norman Maclean as well A River Runs through It.

Padlet and Primary Sources
Padlet hosts multiple board types.  They each offer a different strength when it comes to utilizing primary sources in the classroom. We will explore 6 Padlet Wall types with examples and opportunities for you to try them. Join us Wednesday morning during Morning Mojo to discuss this versatile technology tool and its applications for learning. CLICK HERE for the one pager and to try some examples:


12 Books & Tech Tips - Day 12


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12 Books - Day 12

In honor of the traditional Holiday song, the 12 Days of Christmas, we will celebrate books with 12 Books in 12 Days. Titles were recommended by school librarians throughout the country on the AASL Forum, best seller lists, best books of the year lists, and professional book reviews. As our 12 days rush by, we hope you find something worth reading as a holiday treat for yourself.

For the Twelfth Book of Christmas, a Good Friend Gave to Me: The Master: The Long Run, and Beautiful Game of Roger Federer by Christopher Clarey

There have been other biographies of Roger Federer, but never one with this kind of access to the man himself, his support team, and the most prominent figures in the game, including such rivals as Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Roddick. In The Master, New York Times correspondent Christopher Clarey sits down with Federer and those closest to him to tell the story of the greatest player in men's tennis. Roger Federer has often made it look astonishingly easy through the decades: carving backhands, gliding to forehands, leaping for overheads and, in his most gravity-defying act, remaining high on a  pedestal in a world of sports rightfully flooded with cynicism. But his path from temperamental, bleach-blond teenager with dubious style sense to one of the greatest, most self-possessed and elegant of competitors has been a long-running act of will, not destiny. He not only had a great gift. He had grit. Christopher Clarey, one of the top international sports writers working today, has covered Federer since the beginning of his professional career. Here, Clarey focuses on the pivotal people, places, and moments in Federer's long and rich career: reporting from South Africa, South America, the Middle East, four Grand Slam tournaments, and Federer's native Switzerland. It has been a journey like no other player's, rife with victories and a few crushing defeats, one that has redefined enduring excellence and made Federer a sentimental favorite worldwide. - from Barnes and Noble




12 Days of Tech Tips, Day 12: The 2021 EdTech Top 40

Every year, the EdTech Top 40 analyzes the digital tools accessed by the most students and educators across the United States via the internet. How many have you used? 
Top 10: 
1. Google Docs
2. Google Slides
3. YouTube
4. Google Drive
5. Google Forms (check out the new Mote upgrade HERE for forms) 
6. Google Classroom
7. Kahoot! 
8. Google Sites
9. Zoom
10. Google Sheets
11. Wikipedia
Click HERE for the full report and to see the complete Top 40 list! 





12 Days of Books and Tech Tools Lists: 

May the Christmas season
fill your home with joy,
your heart with love
and your life with laughter.


12 Books & Tech Tips - Day 11


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12 Days of Books - Day 11

In honor of the traditional Holiday song, the 12 Days of Christmas, we will celebrate books with 12 Books in 12 Days. Titles were recommended by school librarians throughout the country on the AASL Forum, best seller lists, best books of the year lists, and professional book reviews. As our 12 days rush by, we hope you find something worth reading as a holiday treat for yourself.

For the Eleventh Day of Christmas My Good Friend Gave to Me:  The Judge’s List by John Grisham

In The Whistler, Lacy Stoltz investigated a corrupt judge who was taking millions in bribes from a crime syndicate. She put the criminals away, but only after being attacked and nearly killed. Three years later, and approaching forty, she is tired of her work for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct and ready for a change. Then she meets a mysterious woman who is so frightened she uses a number of aliases. Jeri Crosby’s father was murdered twenty years earlier in a case that remains unsolved and that has grown stone cold. But Jeri has a suspect whom she has become obsessed with and has stalked for two decades. Along the way, she has discovered other victims. Suspicions are easy enough, but proof seems impossible. The man is brilliant, patient, and always one step ahead of law enforcement. He is the most cunning of all serial killers. He knows forensics, police procedure, and most important: he knows the law. He is a judge, in Florida—under Lacy’s jurisdiction. He has a list, with the names of his victims and targets, all unsuspecting people unlucky enough to have crossed his path and wronged him in some way. How can Lacy pursue him, without becoming the next name on his list? - from Penguin Random House




12 Days of Tech Tips - Day 11 - Google Voyager

Google Earth and Google Earth Voyager have become one of the top resources to explore our amazing planet. Students can access this incredible resource on their Chromebooks too! 
Open Google Earth and work through the menu on the upper left hand side.  You will find: 
Search - Type in any location
Voyager - Ready made trips
Projects - Create a project. Here are a few to get you started! 
Map Style - Choose the interface you would like to use with your maps. Turn on 3D buildings, gridlines or animated clouds
Settings - Explore the flying options
Magnifying Glass Icon will take you to places, layers, guided tours or you can type in a location
Voyager Icon will give you an amazing list of places and virtual field trips already created
In the bottom right hand corner, you will find pegman. Drop him anywhere to see the street view and explore the planet! 
Start with this quick brain break to explore the capabilities of Google Earth. Google Earth WHERE IN THE WORLD ACTIVITY




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Bonus Video - Weber Gets Advil for Christmas

Don't miss Mr. Weber as he joins the orchestra with his hard hat for this unique performance!  He has definitely earned some Advil in his stocking this year! 

Warmest wishes
for a happy holiday season
and a wonderful new year.