Author: James

A New Kind of Library
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A New Kind of Library

Although the quote near the beginning of this piece is not something that I said, I do appreciate our new library being featured in Kentucky Teacher.

EDhub Photos
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EDhub Photos

This is a Google Photos Album of our new school library, the EDhub, Experimental Davinci Hybrid Ultra Bibliotheca.

EDhub Grand Opening
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EDhub Grand Opening

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The grand opening of the EDhub was such an exciting day! I’ve been so looking forward to this for over a year. It is not just a new space. You can feel the energy and positivity when you walk in the door. It is a dream library.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/uiwcMPMs4p8″ css_animation=”rotateInUpRight”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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#KyEdChat

Thank you Mike Marsee, and Kentucky Teacher for sharing this piece on #KyEdChat with teacher across the state.  

Kentucky Teacher
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Kentucky Teacher

Kentucky schools and school librarians are lucky to have a highly qualified and dedicated school librarian at the state level, Kathy Mansfield. She helps coordinate initiatives, shares pertinent information, recognizes school librarians across the state, and makes sure school libraries and their impact on student learning are considered in every context. Thank you Kathy, for...

ripped apart webinar
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I loved having the opportunity to participate in this AASL webinar on Smithsonian’s app, Ripped Apart. I love the interactiveness of the app, and how it really puts students in the shoes of a researcher. Finding clues, viewing images closely, and a requirement to put the pieces together, are what makes this app so great.

Design Thinking Challenge
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Design Thinking Challenge

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]My first full-staff professional development day at Eminence Independent Schools was a Design-Thinking Challenge! This place is awesome! Our challenge was to build a boat out of cardboard and duct tape. We built them at school and took a bus to a local pool. Some designs were more successful than others![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/fz4Pc-NoaBY” css_animation=”right-to-left”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

1556
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This was a day of professional learning that some fellow Oldham County librarians and myself organized this past summer. We had over 300 attendees! I created this WordPress website and some Google Forms to help organize the event.

PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator 2015
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PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator 2015

I applied and was named a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. It was a great experience which included numerous online workshops with some awesome guest speakers. Thank you KET and PBS for providing this opportunity and for the many valuable resources for our teachers and students. Insider Louisville Post – December 14, 2015 KBSA Post –...

edcampky
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edcampKY

Thank you to Kentucky Teacher and Brenna Kelly for this writeup of the very first edcampKY in 2014.

Prezi
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Prezi

This is a Prezi that I used for talking points when I was a guest speaker for an EKU graduate level class in educational technology for Dr. MaryAnn Kolloff. We discussed tools and resources and how some are geared towards students, other teachers, and the librarian.

Sierpinski Triangle
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Sierpinski Triangle

I helped these students create an alternative project for some math concepts they were exploring. I loved that I only had to show them the basics of Prezi, some video techniques including the green screen, and some tips on writing a script. Then they took off! Here is their finished project.  

New School = New Library
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New School = New Library

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In 2008 I was lucky enough to help design a new school library from scratch. I created this in Sketchup (CAD/3Ddesign software) before the school opened to get a feel for how the library would look and to plan on where to place books and resources. It was so cool being able to show Locust...

LMS Handbook
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LMS Handbook

I helped to create this wikispaces wiki to help provide a central location for resources for our district’s library media specialists. We found it nearly impossible to keep printed binders updated each year, and as new librarians would join us, this space made it much easier to share and collaborate on common concerns and projects.  fou...

Library Map
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Library Map

I created this map for my first school library website at Camden Station Elementary. I wanted to be able to show it to students on our “large” TV! Ha! (Please excuse the typos)