Monday, July 25, 2016

ISTE #Can'tShushThis

One of the perks of being an Imagination Chapter leader is connecting with the other chapter leaders. They are amazing!

I have mentioned Dave Hartzell, a fellow North Carolinian who reached out to me in August; Steve Auslander, whose class did a Mystery Skype with one of my classes; and Steve Sherman, who led several Google Hangouts with our classes.

When I say chapter leader, it kind of implies that is all they do. These leaders are involved in so much more. They are like superheroes.

Kristina Holzweiss is another fabulous chapter leader. Kristina is the 2015 School Library Journal and Scholastic School Librarian of the Year. She's also a DonorsChoose guru who has helped her school earn more than $240,000 in materials. In addition, she founded the SLIME Expo, a public makerspace event for hundreds of kids in Long Island. (The list really could go on and on.)

Kristina spoke at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference in Denver this summer.

She shared how school libraries transform student learning. It was so nice to be included in her speech and have our students' photos included in her presentation (

The slide showed our students displaying an invention that won Honorable Mention in the international Inventor's Challenge, second graders using a Finch robot, fifth graders putting together a drone, and third graders working on a research project.

Kristina, thanks for sharing our stories. I have learned so much from you and you continue to inspire me each and every day.

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