December 8, 2022

Joyce Valenza’s Picks: Back-to-School Edition



Did you miss any of Joyce Valenza’s posts over the summer? The teacher librarian and tech maven has been busy during the break, exploring some interesting new updates and brand-new platforms on her School Library Journal blog NeverEndingSearch.

Curation interface MentorMob and Meograph, a new 4-D storytelling software (look for a review by SLJ columnist Jeff Hastings in September), are among the tools Valenza’s examined, all in the context of the potential relevance to her students and teaching at Springfield Township (PA) High School.

Of particular interest: Google’s online tutorials on better searching. Daniel Russell, a senior research scientist at Google, demonstrates some useful new techniques to share with both students and teachers. So take a look, if you haven’t seen.

Catch up on the rest of Valenza’s posts here:


The Google universe:

YouTube’s CC options for users and creators

YouTube introduces face blurring technology 

Google calculates (more visibly)

Google’s Search by Image: Something to look at

Google launches a MOOC for learning search 




New tools/resources:

Meograph launches its 4-D storytelling platform

MentorMob and me 

Beeclip EDU: scrapbooking for schools

Mightybell: a platform for curation, conversation & group learning 

You’re gonna want to share ShareMyLesson

Big NoodleTools news

New from AASL: Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

Coming soon: eduClipper!

New Creative Commons license chooser


Learning networks (professional development):

In PLN news #1: Jennifer’s PLN Starter Kit 

In PLN news 2 . . .Mightybell TLChat 


Information and digital literacy:

Infotention and digital citizenship 

Twiplomacy and tools for social network research 


School library as maker space: 

Our own Creative Commons 

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