Adjuct Professor and Course Developer / Teacher-Librarian / Writer and Blogger / Presenter
Joyce Kasman Valenza, teacher-librarian at Springfield Township (PA) High School, has been studying and writing about young people, technology and information fluency for more than twenty years. She has worked in special, public, and school libraries. For ten years, Joyce wrote the techlife@school column for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Joyce authored books on information skills for ALA Editions and Information Today and developed several video series for Schlessinger Media. Joyce currently writes the award-winning NeverendingSearch Blog for School Library Journal and also writes VOYA’s Technology Tag Team column. Joyce earned her doctoral degree from the University of North Texas in 2007. She developed and currently teaches online for Mansfield University’s SL&IT program.
Joyce was awarded the AASL/Highsmith research grant in 2005. She is a Milken Educator, a Google Certified Teacher, and a Library of Congress American Memory Fellow. She was selected as one of Technology and Learning’s100@30 and was recently honored with the 2011 Edublogs Award for Lifetime Achievement.
This year, Joyce presented a TEDxPhillyEd talk at Wharton University. She is active in ALA, AASL, YALSA, and ISTE and speaks internationally about issues relating to libraries and thoughtful use of educational technology.
Her research interests include: virtual libraries as digital/mobile learning spaces, digital collection curation, transliteracy, digital storytelling and creativity, youth information-seeking behavior, online communities of practice, digital youth and new media, and the evolving role of the teacher-librarian.
Joyce considers herself a mother and founder of the TL Geek tribe and #tlchat.
Presentations and Workshops
Curation belongs in the curriculum. It should be part of your school’s search toolkit, part of your collection development strategy, part of your professional development plan, part of your effective Web presence! Joyce will define curation as a learning strategy and discuss–what might be curated, the best new tools for curating, students as curators, the role of student work in curation, and using curation as an effective strategy for scaling your practice.
Transliteracy: An unintentional film festival
What are the strategies teacher librarians must teach to ensure learners at all levels grow as literate/transliterate citizens? From a better understanding of intellectual property to best tools for telling stories and communicating new knowledge, Joyce counts them down and reveals granular strategies for delivering instruction, using illustrations from classic film.
Flipping the classroom changes the place in which content is delivered. The class becomes conversation space, creation space, space where teachers actively facilitate learning. The hundred+ year-old frontal teaching model flips. Flipping is a serious sweet spot for the talents of librarians. As trusted scouts, who better to introduce the concept? Who better to help educators select and curate the best possible bounty of educational content available? Who better to provide the professional development for the large number of teachers who need support before they are up to full flipping capability? Who better to help educators discover and use the best tools and copyright-friendly media for creating or remixing customized instructional content? Who better to guide and work with students to create content to contribute to the instructional archive? And finally, what better to flip than the library? Library instruction is ripe for flipping too. In fact, many of us already maintain a comprehensive virtual library. And many of those virtual libraries curate learning material from our own video channels, poster archives, slide archives, guides to projects and lessons and tools. We share our professional development, our lessons, tutorials in effective questioning, searching, documentation, thesis building, research strategies and more.
See Sally Research: Student Research, where it’s been and where it’s going
Travel back in time to explore two great research shifts, where we’ve been and where we might be going. Meet Sally Madonna in 1989, Sally Spears in 2005, and Sally Gaga in 2011. This environmental scan (inspired by Joyce’s article with Doug Johnson) explores the roles TLs will play in learning if they can survive today’s climate of extinction.
The Wizard of Apps
If learners were iPhones or iPads, and we were wizards who could “load” them with the really critical apps–or gifts–to inspire digital citizenship, information fluency, creativity, and collaboration, gifts they could take out into the world, how would we do it? Joyce and her students take us on a sing-along, musical exploration of those critical apps or gifts learners will need along the road. This presentation is a continually updated version of Joyce’s K12 Online Keynote.
Library 3.0? Virtual and Physical Practice: Creating and Curating Hybrid Information Landscapes for Learners
Our libraries should be more kitchen than grocery store. They are not merely places to GET stuff. They are places to make stuff, share stuff, do stuff. And they should have two front doors, and one of them should be virtual. The effective library is a libratory and its virtual component presents the librarian as curator of essential online content and resources, offering guidance while fostering inquiry and independent learning, promoting transliteracy, redefining community, and valuing and incorporating the work of the whole learning community. Joyce will explore the transition and the many new ways we can really getting cooking, virtually and face-to-face.
Library Learning Tools Smackdown
Joyce will lead a lively, interactive, no-sittiing-on-the-ropes sharing session of effective tools and strategies for learners of all ages in the areas of digital citizenship, network building, digital storytelling, reading 2.0, and information fluency. This is a bring-you-own-laptop, backchannel kinda session. Participants will come away with a wiki full of ideas they can immediately implement in their practice.
My favorite widgets: embedding the best
It’s easier than ever to grab great stuff for your library website, your blog, your wikis. Join Joyce in exploring strategies for fitting all the best interactive pieces together. Tour the best of the widgets (little computer apps), as well as cool portals for organizing them. Learn how to embed database wikis on your websites, pathfinders, lesson, and guide pages.
A Few New Things: Learning, Sharing, and Applying 2.0 Tools
A hands-on workshop for beginning and intermediate 2.0 educators and teacher-librarians.
New information and communication tools appear at an ever-increasing rate. But we have no textbook for applying these impressive new tools. No established pedagogical guides. We have to work at sharing effective practice for this new landscape.
How can we apply 2.0 tools, to inspire learning and engage learners, especially as they relate to improving information fluency, promoting effective communication, and inspiring creativity? Joyce will suggest her updated list of new things essential for 21st century practice. As a group we will apply those tools to our own educational settings—our classrooms and our libraries. We will introduce a “thing”, play with it a bit, and brainstorm its potential uses in our own educational setting.
- Among the things we will apply:
- Nings and other social networks
- Image generators
- Polling tools
- Building personal information portals with widgets
- A variety of tools for digital storytelling
A retelling of the myth with a more feminist bend. It is impossible for our schools and districts not to open the amazing new gifts in the box we call 2.0. The trick is in how we open the box. With thought and trust and hope we can unleash student creativity and learning. Joyce will discuss 2.0 projects and tools that allow us to deliver curriculum in new, engaging ways.
Web 2.0 meets Information Fluency: Designing Projects for 21st Century Learners
To be most effective, workers of the future will need to creatively blend several relatively traditional skills with emerging information and communication tools. And they will need to practice those skills in an information landscape that is genre-shifting, media-rich, participatory, socially connected, and brilliantly chaotic. To be most effective, students will need understandings of traditional information structures as well as understandings of the shifts in the way knowledge is built and organized. Through my librarian visioning glasses, I see two threads—information fluency and Web 2.0– beautifully woven into rich 21st century cloth as teachers and librarians who value thinking skills, inquiry, ethical behavior, and innovative student work hone their craft on a funky and vibrant 21st century learning loom, with learners as collaborators. Together we’ll examine new formats for student projects, projects that foster information fluency and exploit the potential of Web 2.0, the interactive and media-rich “read/write Web.”
NeverEnding Search: Becoming a More Powerful Searcher
As teacher/librarians, we have a a major campaign to wage. We must prepare and empower our internet-confident students, to be truly effective users of a changing and beautifully chaotic impressive information landscape.
Searching is a creative and an interactive process. Good searching is a combination of a few basic strategies:
- Selecting good search terms and forming queries
- Choosing the right search tools and understanding how they work. You see, students are not only drowning in information, they are drowning in search tools.
- Understanding that your search toolkit extends to the deep web and the invisible web.
- Being creative and being mindful of new clues
- Keeping up with the changing search landscape–understanding that search tools are getting smarter and fresher
- Understanding and mining the Web 2.0 search tools: blogs, wikis, RSS, tags, and more
We can make a dramatic difference in students’ ability to locate and evaluate information. Join me as we arm ourselves with rich searching tool kits and strategies for using them and teaching with them.
If a Tree Falls in the Forest . . .Strategies for Making your Library Media Program too Noisy Not to Hear!
Do the people who determine your resources really know what you do during a typical day? Do they know (do you know) your direct connection to learning? Do they understand your role in the total learning culture of the school? This workshop examines how evidence-based management can help you reflect on and improve your practice, and help you describe your impact. Learn how to go beyond the hunch, beyond library advocacy, to use planning and reporting strategies to improve services to learners and teachers and more effectively define your role.
Changing the Questions: Improving and Elevating Students’ Research
“All of us, young and old, learn best when we tackle questions which are important to us. The students themselves must do the work, energetic work which arises from engaging questions.” Theodore Sizer, Coalition of Essential Schools. As our students and teachers grow increasingly Web-dependent, many of us are seeing a marked decline in the quality of their research across grade levels and disciplines. Papers and presentations look perfectly polished, better than ever before. But how much original thought has really gone into these works? Are they truly “cut and paste” efforts? Take a close look at the bibliographies. Are the entries attributed to curiously unknown authors? Are critical works being overlooked? If kids have found it easy to slack, we’re all to blame. Death to topical research! Death to the state (or the country, or the animal , or the president) report! In an information-rich world, it makes little sense to present students with assignments that ask them simply to retell. School research is not busy work. It is a training ground for solving information problems in real life. When it looks like busy work, kids recognize it for exactly that. This workshop explores strategies for encouraging thoughtful problem solving and meaningful research. We have to change the questions!
“The Times they are A Changin'”: Creating New Information Landscapes for Learners
21st century learners need 21st century librarians, 21st century teachers, and 21st century learning landscapes. Our libraries should now have two front doors, and one of them should be virtual. The effective virtual library pulls together, in one unified interface, all of a library’s resources–print and electronic. It offers guidance while it fosters independent learning. It models careful selection. It offers valuable public service and can redefine “community.” It can even lead users back to print. It values and incorporates the work of the whole learning community. A good library Web site offers implicit (and explicit) instruction and projects an important image of the librarian as an information professional. During this workshop lay out plans for your own virtual library–whether html or Web 2.0-based.
Information Literacy–We’re All in This Together
Because the Web affords all researchers new research independence, we are at a critical impasse with the N-Genners we serve. We may well be the last stop on their information literacy learning journey. We are all on the same information literacy team. In every library where librarians interact with teens—public, school, academic–teens must hear consistent language and a strong message about the importance of effective information seeking and using strategies, about information ethics, and about information quality. We all have opportunities to teach–through our Web pages, through the resources we highlight, through our simplest reference transactions, through our public relations materials, through our over-the-shoulder practice. Consider the impact, the power of a combined three-prong, collaborative, immersion effort reaching beyond our facilities and crossing ALA divisions and library formats! Imagine, academic, public, and school librarians, all seriously invested in the information success of young adults.
Spreading the Gospel of Information Fluency—Translating 21st Century Library Practice across the Curriculum
What happens when the whole school is recruited for the information fluency team, when the bar is raised and everyone is responsible for the delivery of a shared “research standard”? Joyce will explore the roles teachers, administrators, and librarians play in delivering skills in information seeking, evaluation, analysis, synthesis, and communication and toward inspiring a culture of improved questioning, problem solving and decision making. And she will examine how teacher-librarian-principal leadership, collaboration, and professional reflection contribute to shared goals of improving practice and enhancing achievement. Joyce will share before and after clips of “real students” illustrating the cognitive issues, as well as the prevalent attitudes and behaviors that challenge the acceptance of the information fluency message.