Author Archives: Joan Lange

Putting the “I” in Books: Students Innovating iBooks

A summer conference session on iBooks at Lausanne Learning Institute inspired a collaborative challenge between our high school library and Chelsy Hooper, the technology integrator of a middle school: How could students at Pope John Paul II High School creatively teach … Continue reading

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Reanimating Frankenstein (through Art): An Ekphrastic Writing Workshop

To write a poem is to explore the unknown capacities of the mind and the heart; it is emotive, empathetic exercise and, like being struck by lightning, it will probably leave you stunned, singed, but also a bit brighter. (Young … Continue reading

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Innovating Book Talks

The December 15th issue of Booklist features an article: “Sure Bets for Book Discussions.” The article is part of an upcoming book by Brad Hooper, The Librarian’s Guide to Book Programs and Author Events . I think a similar list … Continue reading

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Teen Read Week: Are Mysteries Your Cup of Tea?

Teen Read Week, a celebration of reading for young adult readers initiated by Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) in   1998, has become a favorite annual event in our high school library     and has elicited the support … Continue reading

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ABCs of Google Classroom

This summer I attended a Google Classroom session at the Lausanne Learning Institute in Memphis. Several of the teachers at my high school, Pope John Paul II, are using Google Classroom to enhance instruction and make classroom management more efficient. … Continue reading

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E-Mail Etiquette: Advice from Shakespeare

Here is a box we open everyday, but do not greet the overflowing contents with the same exuberance as opening a Christmas gift: Even with popular social tools of Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and texting,   e-mail remains an important tool … Continue reading

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Digital Timelines: Using Historic Voices to Investigate Identity

“No harm’s done to history by making it something someone would want to read.” David McCullough Digital Timelines provide interactive ways to engage students with history, and examples abound. From contemporary news overviews, such as the Gender Equality Timeline developed by … Continue reading

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Messages in the Media

Eager for a collaborative project that engages students? A “Messages in the Media” unit holds great potential because it targets critical thinking and engages students in real-world contexts:  evaluating how media shapes decisions such as cultural values, consumerism, personal health, … Continue reading

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Moving from Distracted to Discerning Minds

  “If you could control someone’s attention, what would you do with it?” Sleight-of-hand artist Apollo Robbins poses this question in a TED talk “The Art of Misdirection.”  In Robbins’ amusing stage demonstration, he “pickpockets” items from a willing volunteer by … Continue reading

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Setting the Stage for Literacy Education

Literacy Education is taking center stage, and librarians are in the wings ready to be key players. View video 21st Century Learners This November the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) convention in Washington, D.C. will focus on the … Continue reading

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