Want to help your students get the most out of your library? School librarian and educational technology enrichment specialist Kristina A. Holzweiss shares her top 10 ways to use Wakelet in school libraries During my 24 years in education, as an English teacher, school librarian and educational technology enrichment specialist, I've learned that no technology can replace a knowledgeable, caring teacher.
What education trends will be big in the New Year? We asked all four School Library Journal School Librarians of the Year-Michelle Carlson Colte, Kristina A. Holzweiss, Todd Burleson, and Tamiko Brown-about the innovative work they're doing in their own libraries and what they predict will become larger trends for educators in 2018.
Bay Shore Middle School librarian Kristina Holzweiss is spearheading a collaborative effort to connect schools, libraries, museums, organizations, and "makerspaces" on Long Island. The initiative, called "Long Island Makes," is an extension of a worldwide Maker Movement - a culture of people from all ages and walks of life who engage in the act of "making."
Designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals, the Libraries Transform campaign will ensure there is one clear, energetic voice for our profession.
Our fearless reviewer-who just happens to be SLJ's 2015 Librarian of the Year and a maker queen-canvassed the entire Javits Convention Center in Manhattan to find the most exciting innovations coming out this year.
Through its monthly maker meetups and annual SLIME - Students of Long Island Maker Expo event Long Island LEADS offers opportunities for educators, librarians, museum directors, nonprofit organizations, parents, students, local companies, and community members to share ideas and resources. "These are the only opportunities where all stakeholders are at the same table," explains Kristina Holzweiss.
Our fearless reviewer-who just happens to be SLJ's Librarian of the Year and a maker queen-canvassed the entire Javits Convention Center in Manhattan to find the most exciting innovations coming out this year.
"I am super excited to learn about both high tech and low tech ways to promote literature. I feel that over the years, I lost myself and my students with the primary focus always being on research. I want to go back to book talks and making library enjoyable (again). Thank you for your inspiration!" - CARA LAUBER, LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST
"You are a librarian's librarian!" - Ali SCHILPP, 2018 School Library Journal/Scholastic School Librarian of the YEAR
"Kristina is an engaging guest speaker who offers rich and varied approaches for participants to take part in and contribute. My graduate students leave the classroom feeling motivated, excited and ready to put their learning into practice in their own classrooms." Dr. Karen Megay-Nespoli, Director of the Literacy and Cognition Graduate Program, St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue