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Session Archive - We invite you to listen & experience the global conversation!
Global TL Chat Archive-


Never before have we had truly effective tools for synchronous conferencing and media-rich asynchronous group discussion. Never before have we been able to leverage our emerging online communities of practice. Never before has participation been so possible. Never before has our world been so flat. Never before has it be more obvious that the prefix geo might amplify themes in any curriculum.

Our children deserve teachers and librarians who are global. TLs who can plan meaningful global learning partnerships, connecting learners, classrooms and libraries through inquiry projects and expanding the possibilities of expanding the books we read.

It’s a convergence

This process might happen as a three-level taxonomy:
  • Introduction: We learn to use the tools for connection and share their affordances with learners, through engaging, though often one-shot, activities, like__Mystery Skypes__.
  • Inquiry: Guided by teachers and librarians, students engage in authentic partnerships to address issues and problems, engaged in curricular projects like__Flat Classroom__.
  • Independence: Students transfer use of the tools and strategies we’ve modeled, using hashtags to identify global experts, setting up their own investigatory conversations and events. They become citizen journalists, scientists, collaborative writers and creators, engaging in such projects as our Eyes Wide Open initiative.

Our children deserve teachers and librarians who are global. TLs who can plan meaningful global learning partnerships, connecting learners, classrooms and libraries through inquiry projects and expanding the possibilities of expanding the books we read.

Join us for what we hope will be a global conversation and a brainstorm!



Presenter Bio's
Joyce Valenza

Joyce Valenza has been a practicing teacher librarian for 25 years. She is currently Assistant Professor and Director of the MLIS program at Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. Joyce currently writes the NeverendingSearch Blog forSchool Library Journal and also writes VOYA’s Technology Tag Team column.


Joyce is active in ALA, AASL, YALSA, and ISTE and speaks internationally about issues relating to libraries and thoughtful use of educational technology. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of North Texas in 2007.

Joyce considers herself a mother and founder of the TL Geek tribe, #tlchat, and TLCafe and GlobalTL

@joycevalenza

http://about.me/jvalenza



Andy Plemmons

Andy Plemmons is the school library media specialist at David C. Barrow Elementary in Athens, GA and a Google Certified Teacher. His library program is grounded in transliteracy, participatory culture, and students as creators of content shared with the global community. Andy’s students are often seen skyping with authors, guest speakers, and the developers of the tools that they use in class. He also collaborates with libraries around the world.

Andy has presented at numerous conferences including the School Library Journal Leadership Summit, American Association of School Librarians Conference, International Society for Technology in Education, and the Texas Library Association Conference. Andy has articles in Teacher Librarian, Knowledge Quest, and is also a monthly columnist for Library Sparks. He has served on national conference planning committees including the School Reform Initiative Winter Meeting, where he was the social media chair.

Andy has received several honors including the George Exemplary Elementary Library Media Program, finalist for School Library Journal Librarian of the Year, Northeast Georgia Library Media Specialist of the Year, and the Clarke County Foundation for Excellence Kathryn H. Hug Instructional Leadership Award.

You can follow Andy’s work on Twitter @plemmonsa or on his blog __http://barrowmediacenter.com__, which was nominated for a 2014 Edublogs Award.