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05
Jul
Blog / Posted by Alyssa Taft
When 13- year- old Jack Martin began as a library volunteer in Georgia, he had not pictured himself on a journey to the office of Executive Director of Providence Public Library. In fact, he was not sure he was going to like library work at all. After spending time filing cards in the card catalog, shelving and repairing books, Jack discovered that he had a passion for helping people and sharing his love for books. Through his years at The University of Georgia and into the early 2000’s, Jack...
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05
Jul
Blog / Posted by Alyssa Taft
I am 55 years old. I remember TV in black and white with less than 10 channels, a telephone attached to the wall by a chord and music recorded onto large black vinyl discs played with a needle. I began my career in the corporate world while the “typing pool” still existed, mail came from the post office and meetings were always in person. Well, we’ve come a long way since then. I wondered, though, had I really come that far? Now, don’t think that this is going to be another essay about how...
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05
Jul
Blog / Posted by Donna Ouellette
My first introduction to the idea of computer coding came from a parent who kept mentioning how he was using it with his children at home. He questioned the principal and I at a school open house about whether it was taught in our school. I looked into what computer coding was and possible professional development. I have to admit, that I was nervous and felt overwhelmed when I first thought about coding. I tried searching for any Professional Development about coding with kids and came across...
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30
Jun
Blog / Posted by Sandra Savella
I attended a 6 hour workshop from Code.org, taught by an instructor/teacher experienced and qualified to teach Code.org in schools. The workshop was offered by my school district to the elementary Library Media Specialists, as a result of the new state mandate that all students in Rhode Island schools be introduced to computer science.  Learning how to code with Code.org is simple and fun for elementary school students.  The workshop consisted of an introduction on using Google...
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30
Jun
Blog / Posted by Sarah Hunicke
In an effort to begin to shift the culture of the Portsmouth High School library to a more collaborative, innovative space, we hosted three Listening Lunches this winter. I solicited student musicians to perform during all three lunches, advertised the events, encouraged students to attend with a bag lunch, placed large garbage cans around the library, and held my breath. The results were better than I could have hoped for the first event, just before the December vacation. Students were...