Tuesday, February 4, 2014

TCEA 2014 Presentations

In February of 2014, I will be presenting 2 sessions at TCEA 2014 as part of the Librarian Academy. I am very excited for this opportunity and to get to present at a great conference like TCEA! 

The 2 sessions I will be presenting are Flipped Library Lessons and Curating Your Library Website

Monday, November 11, 2013

Virtual Connections

One of the things that I have targeted that I need to do better at is connecting my teachers and kids with the larger world. It isn't enough these days to connect with others in our own building. There is a larger world out there to share with, learn from, and create with. We need to be connecting our students to others: experts, other educators, other students, and the world at large.

Our students need to know they can learn from others.

I am going to help my students by connecting them to the larger world! I want to connect them with experts, with other educators, with other students, with older kids, with people outside our school walls. There are so many things they can learn from others just by having conversations and coming in contact with them. If I don't reach out to others and connect my students, who will?

Our students need to know they can share with others.

By connecting our kids virtually with other students, other classrooms, other people, I am allowing them to share their learning, their writing, their creations with a larger audience. Who doesn't feel better, more confident, validated when they get to share what they know or what they have done with someone else who responds in a positive way! This is a powerful experience that I plan on giving as many of my students as possible. Also, sharing in a learning experience with others helps you learn so much more than just doing it on your own. If I don't find these audiences for them, who will?

Our students need to know they can create with others.

When my students get to connect and share and learn with others, something new is created. In this day and age, students must valuable and competent communicators. They have to know how, when, where, and what to share. They will have innumerable outlets to create and share their creations both now and in the future. If we son't model how to do this, who will?

To connect with people virtually, I am using two main resources: Skype in the Classroom (my profile & lessons here) and Google Hangout (my Google Plus profile here).

My #PLN on Twitter has been amazing at helping me get these virtual connections off the ground. Connecting me with resources and outlets galore! More importantly, they helped me overcome my own fear and hesitation and have helped me do what's right and best for my students. Thank you!

You can check out this link to see all my #RBELibrary posts about our Virtual Connections! Connect me via email or Twitter @lambertn or Skype ecs_lambertn to connect with any K-5 classroom. We are anxious to meet you and learn, share, and create with you!
downloadOn Saturday October 12, I went to #EdCampDallas. This is something I look forward to every fall now. EdCamps are a nonconference conference for those in my Twitterverse.

See, I have a #PLN, or professional learning network on Twitter. These are people, organizations, and product innovators that I follow on Twitter. I collaborate with them by charing what I do, seeing what they do, learning from what they do, and applying what I learn in my library. Then the cycle starts all over again.

Anyway, back to #EdCampDallas. When I arrive there, people volunteer on the spot to present and share sessions. The sessions are extremely interactive and more of a conversation than a presentation. I tweet out the whole time about who I am meeting, what I am learning, and what's being said in the sessions I go to. It is so much fun and such a fast paced learning environment! So this year, I went to 4 Sessions: #Gamification, #GeniusHour, #SkypeInTheClassroom, & #GoogleApps. Here are some of my tweets about my learning:
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  1. Learning about gamification from @ZachSnow at #edcampdallas (Channeling @MatthewWinner as I type!)
  2. Gaming helps kids understand it's ok to not be successful the 1st time. Die in a game, go again. #gradesubdermine2ndattempt #edcampdallas
  3. Native Americans in Minecraft! #awesome #edcampdallas
  4. Give the kids permission to run & show you! #gamification #edcampdallas
  5. I am going to gamify my library! Next year at #edcampdallas, I will present on how I gamified. My commitment to myself Tweeps.
  6. Use gaming vocabulary & take a game approach to learning! #MindBlowing #edcampdallas
  7. High jack classroom Dojo for gamification! #edcampdallas
  8. Reality is Broken learning about gaming. #gamification #edcampdallas pic.twitter.com/hJnxTrvia0
  9. Failure is learning. #gamification is about turning learning into play. #edcampdallas
  10. #gamification is not about the tool, it's about the learning & the end game. That's your upfront. #edcampdallas
  11. @Sumlendia Use classroom dojo to allow the kids to earn badges or levelup through earning the dojo stuff!
  12. education.skype.com  right now #edcampdallas to learn more about Skype in the classroom!
  13. @akbusybee u were right! @utalaniz mentioned it, but from @langwitches created them!
  14. I have a Logitech Web Cam I need to use for Skype! Thanks @utalaniz #edcampdallas
  15. In genius hour w/ @iamkesler @fancynancy_70 & the fabulous @utalaniz ready to learn! #edcampdallas
  16. Teach w/ a sense of urgency! #edcampdallas
  17. #edcampdallas if u taught a session, add your TodaysMeet link here! Will tweet responses! https://docs.google.com/a/friscoisd.org/forms/d/1nZvnvhsiI0p9BfKhlOfLnpaxShg8KSRmD27OIklNxCk/viewform … pic.twitter.com/Np9dsMjSGP
  18. @TheDisciplineDr @AssessWell Teach to your highest level kid. Raise kids up to a new level #genishour #edcampdallas
  19. @LuanneLewisLCCS @AngelynCheatham @KristiniaHaney @akbusybee Layer life cards, strip design, comic life w/ Tellagami! #edcampdallas
  20. @FejeranPhoto Set up GoogleForm 4 kids to put their link in! Share videos! #edcampdallas #explaineverything
  21. @aimeegbartis @EdTechTexan Put the QR codes in the books too to author websites, book trailers, etc! I do that! #edcampdallas
  22. @jennann516: iFunFace, ExplainEverything, Toontastic, and Tellagami = fun #digitalstorytelling apps. #edcampdallas @getheather!” @ohaird
  23. @ZachSnow @akbusybee BTW, Love the #gamification collab session 2day! Committed 2 doing something in my library this year! @MatthewWinner
  24. @LibraryFanatic @MatthewWinner @ZachSnow @akbusybee Going to start w/ some stations & gaming vocabulary. #startingppoint
  25. @MatthewWinner @LibraryFanatic @utalaniz Check this out! http://worldofcrowe.wix.com/worldofcrowecraft …
  26. @MindiVandagriff: Checkout notes from #edcampdallas! http://ow.ly/pKWgu " & this @MatthewWinner @LibraryFanatic @utalaniz #gamification
As a follow up, I have registered in a #gamification course: I signed up for Gamification from @pennopencourses on @Coursera! https://www.coursera.org/course/gamification … #gamification13 I also created a #skype in the classroom account and am working on my first lesson on Overdrive. I am going to go observe my Twitter BFF @utalaniz to see how she facilitates #geniushour in the library. The #gamification and #geniushour endeavors will most likely occur either in the spring or next school year. I need to learn more and be more prepared before I implement these in the library. I will also be looking into #MakerSpaces to go along with #geniushour & #gamification. After an exciting day of learning, I am thrilled to have my passions renewed and my creativity sparked. Look for more of my learning on Twitter and follow me in my journey as I learn and implement my learning in the library! Follow me @NancyJoLambert

2013 School Library Journal Leadership Summit Reflection

SLJ Summit Logo Teach more. Librarian less.

To sum up my experience at the 2013 #SLJSummit, I think that about says it all. Teach more. Librarian less.

I think those of us in libraries are turning the tide as to what people think of when they think of a librarian. Unfortunately, our work is not done. K-12 school libraries have a distinct place in the library world at large, we are A PART of a school. We are not just a place for students or patrons to come and get books or use library resources. Instead, we should be an integral part of the teaching, and more importantly, the learning that takes place every day at our campuses.

Being an expert on books, advising reader's on great books, and taking care of books is just a small part
of what we as Teacher Librarians do. We need to be leading the way in technology integration. We need to be co-teaching with teachers. We need students to be learning, discovering, creating, and evaluating with us every day. We are Teachers. We should be teaming with, supporting, and offering resources in many forms to our teacher partners. We can be their ally and the best resource on our campuses. We all share the same students, and there are more of them than there are of us.

Teachers and Librarians need to be working together at every turn to support and serve our students. Collaboration is a key component to making the library an extension of the classroom. We can't limit our scope to collaborating with teachers alone.

We need to be collaborating with administrators in our building, other teacher librarians in our district, the school board and other district leadership, as well as district curriculum specialists. We need to be a part of the conversation, planning, and implementation of the strategic vision and goals of our district. When collaborating and planning at any level, we need to keep in mind the changing nature of literacy. Being literate in this time is challenging. There are so many different forms of literacy that are emerging and that our students need to be proficient in order to be successful in education and life. Teacher Librarians can play a key role in helping students achieve new levels of literacy.

The chopportunites (challenges+opportunities) that Teacher Librarians face are many, however we are in a unique place in our schools to be the evokers of student interest. When students are genuinely interested in something, they are more engaged in their learning. We need to nurture those curiosities and foster that learning. Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 9.47.30 PM
This conference was an amazing learning experience for me that refueled me and my passions for learning, librarianship, and teaching. I made many connections with member of my #PLN (Personal Learning Network) that have inspired me! I met Matthew Winner, the Busy Librarian who has challenged me to learn about #gamification and #cardboardchallenge. I also got to see Shannon Miller again, who is one of the most influential librarians in our profession right now. I was able to meet and talk to Deven Black, who just won the Bammy for his work as a new librarian trying to make a difference in New York. I got to talk books with John Schu. I met our current ALA President Barbara Stripling who is as inspiring as she is passionate about libraries. I connected with Carolyn Foote who I so admire because she is also from Texas and a great librarian.

These encounters keep me excited and propel to keep moving forward to be an educator of change. As I go about this school year, I will teach more and librarian less. I will remember why I became a teacher every day. I will focus on each and every student by name and need. I will embrace my passions! You can follow me on Twitter @NancyJoLambert

Links to Articles of #SLJSummit Presentations
  1. http://www.slj.com/2013/10/events/transformation-through-effective-collaboration-slj-summit-2013/
  2. http://www.slj.com/2013/10/events/texas-school-librarians-share-strategies-on-advocating-to-parents-slj-summit-2013/
  3. http://www.slj.com/2013/10/events/school-librarians-must-be-assertive-leaders-technology-experts-slj-summit-2013/
  4. http://www.slj.com/2013/10/standards/leverage-information-gaps-to-spark-student-curiosity-the-science-of-interest/
  5. http://www.slj.com/2013/10/research/in-praise-of-print-books-slj-summit-2013/
  6. http://www.slj.com/2013/10/future-of-libraries/scenes-from-the-summit-slj-summit-2013/
  7. http://www.slj.com/2013/10/digital-literacy/the-time-is-right-for-libraries-to-embrace-participatory-culture-slj-summit-2013/
  8. http://www.slj.com/2013/10/events/smart-stakeholders-slj-summit-2013/

Monday, June 17, 2013

2012-2013 Year in Review

I love the end of the school year, and not just because it means that summer is here and I get to read tons of books and hang out with my own kids.

I love the end of the year because it affords us the opportunity to look back at all we have accomplished and celebrate those successes. See, I am goal setter. I love to set goals, and then do everything in my power to achieve them. Then, I set new goals and strive to achieve those.

This is why I love End of the Year Reports. I get to present all that has been accomplished by myself, and more importantly the students, and then I get to look forward to the next year and the new goals. Below you will see my End of the Year report for 2012-2013. 

So, below is my End of the Year Report and my accompanying video that I showed all the kids. How did you present your successes and goals for the future? Comment below and let me know!

  Year in Review Video


Flipped Library Lessons

Everyone is talking about flipping the classroom, but why not flip those tired old library lessons too?
I wanted the students at my school to be able to make real connections between the genres they were studying in the classroom and the books in the library. At my school, our students engage in reader’s workshop. Since we want to grow our readers, and as part of that growth process, we encourage students to read from various genres. 

My Flipped Lessons

My first flipped lesson was designed to help students choose books from the library that they are interested in, that are of varying genres, and can be used for the various purposes of reading.

Please feel free to check out my first flipped lesson site:

My second flipped lesson was designed to help students learn how to use the various online resources our district offers to assist them in research and inquiry.

Please feel free to check out my second flipped lesson site:

My third flipped lesson was designed to help students with the holds process in our library. I places QR codes by the iPads for student use in the library with links to these videos. I placed the post on the library website.

Please feel free to check out my third flipped lesson site:

Monday, December 10, 2012

Digital Kits for Teachers

Where I Learned About Digital Kits

When I went to #edcampdallas, I was inspired by @svdaugherty and her presentation on digital kits! So I went back to my school and added this to my teacher librarian toolkit.

How many times as a teacher did I use what I had or what I could find on the first search results on Google simply because I didn't have the time or the energy to remember all the district database resources or to delve deeper into the internet to find the BEST resources.

How I Know What Teachers Need

For the teachers at my campus, I have an Item Request Form they can fill out when they need library resources. My aide and I gather the books and other resources they request, check them out to the teachers, and then deliver them. After being inspired by the Digital Kits presentation, I also added Digital Kits to the form.

What is a Digital Kit? 

Since I already pull the books for the teachers, I only include digital resources in my kits. I use Google Presentations because then the resource is online, and live, so I can make changes and add to it if there is something else the teachers want after I make it. I share it with those teachers that need it.

I pull a lot of links to databases that our district subscribes to: World Book Online, EBSCO, PebbleGo, etc. I pull actual PDF articles form EBSCO and embed them in the digital kit. I use images for the lower grades incase the teacher wants to pull the presentation up on a classroom computer as a center or learning station.

I insert videos, YouTube videos, and YouTube playlists (YouTube is not blocked in our district any more). I also include images and pictures that the teachers might want to use to make things for the unit they are studying.

I also look for great age appropriate websites that the teachers can share with their students or that have great resources for the teacher as they prepare their lessons.

Examples of Digital Kits

First Grade Kit


Kindergarten Kit