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August 01, 2013 · No Comments

Hello Friends!

I hope you have enjoyed the blog post Repurpose and Regroup Your Furniture.  If you do not have the money to buy furniture, sell bottled water.  This works! Buy a case of water for $3.00 or $4.00 then sell each bottle for one dollar!  After one year you will have money $$$$ to spend.  :-)

Today we are going to talk about eBooks.  I believe eBooks are our future and a future that is here to stay.  When I visit our PreK classes these students are comfortable with any piece of technology we give them to learn on and they switch between devices seamlessly.  These students are collaboratively interacting with an electronic book at the age of four. Secondary librarians and teachers look out, these students are coming your way.

Just think, five years from now our middle schools will be filled with techno geeks. When they look for valid information, they will look for it electronically.  What does this mean to me the librarian?  This means I need to begin buying eBooks now to slowly build my collection.  Plan your budget by asking what does my collection have now and what should it look like in three years then in five years.

What I want you to do now is financially plan ahead.  Think of your budget and think of technology devices and wireless access.

I have been very successful in obtaining money for eBooks. I ask principals if they want their librarian to spend $40.00 dollars buying four print books or $40.00 for the same book with unlimited access. Unlimited access for all students on their campus and the eBook can be read on any device 24/7 from anywhere. Their face lights up!  They ask what type of device and I reply it no longer matters.  I just need a device and the Internet.  More and more eBooks can be read on anything.

I think we are lucky to have companies like Follett taking the lead in this industry yet working with schools and librarians to produce an excellent product. There are many companies offering eBooks, yet the key is having the MARC record in your library system so everyone can find your eBooks.  Keeping it simple for your students, staff and parents for them to conduct one search to find your books will be your biggest reward. Simplicity and a few clicks to access information keeps them coming back for more.

There are plenty of articles on eBooks and I have linked to a few below.  You will also find multiple blog posts and tweets on this topic as well.  On twitter use the  hashtag #ebooks and join the global conversation on eBooks.

Support curriculum by buying unlimited access eBooks instead of a class set.  Spend your money wisely and your administration will love you.

ARTICLE LINKS:


I hope you found this thought provoking or maybe it just has you thinking.  Talk to other librarians about eBooks or talk to me via the comment box below.  Ideas grow when we talk to others!

Keep in touch and until next time  ... have fun with this Learning Commons puzzle!

JoAnn is photo Jos_Meez.png the Director of IRMS for Spring Branch ISD in Houston, Texas. She advocates for students, reading, technology and learning commons. You can contact her via email joann.conlon@springbranchisd.com or leave a comment below.

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Repurpose and Regroup Your Furniture

July 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

Hello My Friends!

Now that you have removed empty bookcases and selected your fabulous colors for your transformed Learning Commons it is time to redesign your room with furniture.  This will be fun, exhilarating and frustrating all at the same time.  Why?  Because not everyone has the natural or acquired ability of interior designers. Do not worry as this blog post is dedicated to helping you repurpose existing furniture or purchase new furniture to change the look and feel of your area.

Your creativity needs to come alive and you need to have fun with this!  Let the fun begin and let's dive into it!!

I am a visual person, so I like to see pictures and see what it could look like.  Have you ever used Better Homes and Gardens website to help you design a room?  They have a link to Arrange-a-Room.  This is free and you do need to fill out a form.  PLEASE uncheck the boxes on the form so you do not receive unwanted mail or emails.  Here is the link to the Arrange-a-room section on theBetter Homes and Gardens website:  www.bhg.com.

Now follow these steps which include screen shots I took for you.

Step 1
Do you see the RED arrow?  In the search box type "virtual arrange-a-room tool" and on the left side of your page the first result will say Arrange-A-Room. Click on Arrange-A-Room.  Now I realize that this is for arranging rooms inside your home, however, my library learning commons was home to my students.  This tool allows you to size the room for the dimensions of your actual learning commons and then add furniture.

 

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Step 2

When you add furniture be creative and add it according to size.  Next you can move the furniture around and then paint your room!  As a visual learner this helped me be creative.  I also talked to the Art Teacher who really helped me with color and furniture ideas.

 

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Step 3
Need help with "fun furniture"?  Me too so I became the Sherlock Holmes of librarians and found this video which really opened my mind.  When I compared American library furniture to European library furniture...WOW the difference!  Watch this video: Eurobib.

Do you remember looking at pictures of some of my campus learning commons?  We used Eurobibs and BCI Softline Seating.   Take a look at the BCI softline library seating in Stockholm.   When money matters and you are thinking "out of the box" as they say why not look at OfficeMax back to school furniture or Target's lounge seating.  We have used their furniture also and our students love it.   Happy shopping!

OHH OfficeMax and Target are not "out of the box" enough?  Well okay I did have a librarian or two...hmmm maybe three,  really have fun and look into yoga balls for seating.  Yes I said YOGA balls and you know these are VERY good for your core muscles.  :-)   What the librarians said is that for the hyperactive students, they bounced and worked at the same time!  Imagine releasing energy and typing all at the same time.  Oh aren't true stories the best!

Try these links to Yoga Balls and shop for the ones with legs.
www.yogaaccessories.com      or    http://www.yogadirect.com   

 

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Last but not least please shop at garage sales, estate sales and Goodwill and Thrift stores for amazing deals.

My Friends this has been a fun visit with you.  As always keep in touch with me.  I have been excited watching my followers grow!   Happy Shopping and Happy Creating!

Jo

Works Cited
BCI Library Design. BCI, n.d. Web. 9 July 2013. <http://www.bcieurobib.com>.
Beteter Homes and Garden. Meredith Corporation, n.d. Web. 9 July 2013. <http://www.bhg.com/>.
OfficeMax. OMX Inc., n.d. Web. 9 July 2013. <http://www.officemax.com/>.
Target. Target Brands Inc., n.d. Web. 9 July 2013. <http://www.target.com/>.
YOGA. YOGAaccessories.com, n.d. Web. 9 July 2013. <http://www.yogaaccessories.com/>.

Yoga Direct. Yoga Direct, n.d. Web. 9 July 2013. <http://www.yogadirect.com/>.

 

 

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JoAnn was born in Oakland California, and after two boys finally her parents had their one daughter.  After JoAnn's father retired from the Army they moved to Loveland, Colorado where she graduated from high school.  Later

JoAnn obtained her M.Ed then MLIS both in Colorado.  For twelve years she taught at Poudre School District in northern Colorado before working at Cherry Creek School District.

Because Denver hosted the ISTE conference, JoAnn's life took a dramatic change.  While looking through the ISTE website, she  discovered a job opening for Director of Innovative Resource Media Systems. Being the wild Irish woman that she is,  JoAnn applied for the job and six months later moved to Houston, Texas. 

 

 

Because her loving family supports her, JoAnn can honestly tell you this she has a wonderful job and she is a lucky woman. JoAnn's three children live in three states, so frequent flyer miles are her best friend.  She has two grandchildren and two grand-dogs who she spoils every time she visits.

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Learning Commons: Paint and Primary Colors

June 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

Congratulations on weeding your collection and removing unnecessary bookcases. Your Learning Commons looks very different now doesn't it! For the last two weeks, I have been weeding and removing bookcases in an elementary school.  I know this is a lot of work; however, while you are working, your campus is noticing.

Once the clutter is gone look at your walls and ceiling.  What color are they?  Raise your hand if your walls are white, tan or grey?  My walls and ceiling are tan so adding color will brighten it up.

Here is a list of considerations:

1. Get Feedback and Buy in.  Ask campus administration, students, staff and parents what colors they would use.  Obtaining everyone’s input builds excitement.

2. Think carefully about color selection:
•    The color selected is for your students.
•    Consider dedicating a wall to your school logo or mascot.
•    If you are in an elementary school consider primary colors to liven areas or make them "pop".
•    Consider working school colors into your color scheme.
•    Do not use the same color on every wall.
•    Consider using accent colors for sections of your wall(s).
•     If all of your walls are flat, use dark and light color to create an illusion

Revisit my last blog titled Learning Commons: Removing Your Bookcases and look at the pictures I posted.  This time look at the color and shading for ideas.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and good luck on your painting adventure!

Keep in touch and until we talk again ... have fun with your Learning Commons puzzle!
JO

joann conlon photo JoAnnConlon.jpgJoAnn was born in Oakland California, and after two boys finally her parents had their one daughter.  After JoAnn's father retired from the Army they moved to Loveland, Colorado where she graduated from high school.  Later

JoAnn obtained her M.Ed then MLIS both in Colorado.  For twelve years she taught at Poudre School District in northern Colorado before working at Cherry Creek School District.

Because Denver hosted the ISTE conference, JoAnn's life took a dramatic change.  While looking through the ISTE website, she  discovered a job opening for Director of Innovative Resource Media Systems. Being the wild Irish woman that she is,  JoAnn applied for the job and six months later moved to Houston, Texas.  Because her loving family supports her, JoAnn can honestly tell you this she has a wonderful job and she is a lucky woman. JoAnn's three children live in three states, so frequent flyer miles are her best friend.  She has two grandchildren and two grand-dogs who she spoils every time she visits.

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Learning Commons: Removing Your Bookcases

May 28, 2013 · No Comments

Hello My Friends!
How did weeding your collection go?  I always find it easier to remove books that are falling apart, it is the other books which make it hard.  In June I will be weeding a collection along with other librarians.  When we join forces or help each other it's fun plus we can grumble together.  If you had a hard time letting go of some books... I understand.  We all understand the feelings and connections books seem to create within our campus collection.

What I am asking you to do now is look to the future. Here are questions to consider.
•    In five to ten years how many print books will your collection need?
•     How many bookcases does your collection need now?
•    How many bookcases will your collection need in the future?

We are living in the 21st Century.  It is vital for school librarians to plan, act, think and prepare for this century.  One component of this plan is your physical environment and this blog will focus on bookcases.

Here are some of the components to think about regarding the purpose a bookcase plays in your physical environment.
1.    Flexible seating areas

  • Area(s) for class(es)
  • Area(s) for group(s) work
  • Area for individual(s) work

2.    Reading area(s)
3.    Collection size bookcases for

  • Print
  • eBooks

4.    Circulation/Reference/Technology Help area- Circulation is now/going mobile, large circulation counters are going

5.    Etcetera-There can be additional areas added depending upon your program and physical space.


In Spring Branch ISD, we use our short bookcases to divide our Learning Commons into areas for multiple class use, small group work, individual work and reading areas. The taller bookcases line the walls. As students or staff enter our Learning Commons we use the short bookcases for display cases to "Sell New Arrivals" in print and eBook . This bookcase does more, which I will explain further in my program blog.

You are not just removing bookcases.  You are also restructuring remaining bookcases. Would a picture or two help you visualize where you need to go?   Okay here are pictures of Learning Commons in Spring Branch ISD in Houston. Please look at all the pictures of elementary and secondary schools because you will gain insight.  When Spring Branch librarians were thinking of reworking their traditional library into a Learning Commons, they visited all Learning Commons regardless of grade level. 

Focus on where the bookcases are located.

Elementary Learning Commons
Cedar Brook Elementary

Edgewood Elementary

Pine Shadow Elementary

Rummel Creek Elementary

Spring Branch Elementary

Thornwood Elementary

Valley Oaks Elementary

 

Secondary Learning Commons

Spring Branch Middle School

Spring Woods Middle School

All of the pictures came from the librarians websites on Destiny, our library management system.
Here is the tinyurl link:    http://tinyurl.com/qjzkcp8

So my friends.... What is the secret to transforming "traditional" school libraries into Learning Commons???

One big secret is moving your bookcases. 
Another secret is risk taking and be willing to fail. 
Remember ... you will never know unless you try! 
If you fail...   What did you learn from the failure? 

I am always learning and that means I am also failing.  LOL
It is true my friends I make mistakes, learn from it then redo it with a twist. 

Take a look at the commong pictures again.  Do you see bookcases on the edges, forming squares and creating half walls?

Do you see old bookcases?  Do you see new and remodeled bookcases? 
The answer is YES to both questions.  Anything can be done and it works.  The Learning Commons is NOT about new furniture.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post!  One of my goals is to make you think and question.  I do this to myself all the time. 

What you are doing? Why are you doing it the same way in the 21st Century?

Thank you for reading my blog!!  I really appreciate our time together.

Feel free to ask me questions by commenting below.

Keep in touch and until we talk again... have fun with your Learning Commons puzzle!!
Jo

JoAnn was born in Oakland California, and after two boys finally her parents had their one daughter.  After JoAnn's father retired from the Army they moved to Loveland, Colorado where she graduated from high school.  Later

 

JoAnn obtained her M.Ed then MLIS both in Colorado.  For twelve years she taught at Poudre School District in northern Colorado before working at Cherry Creek School District.

Because Denver hosted the ISTE conference, JoAnn's life took a dramatic change.  While looking through the ISTE website, she  discovered a job opening for Director of Innovative Resource Media Systems. Being the wild Irish woman that she is,  JoAnn applied for the job and six months later moved to Houston, Texas.  Because her loving family supports her, JoAnn can honestly tell you this she has a wonderful job and she is a lucky woman. JoAnn's three children live in three states, so frequent flyer miles are her best friend.  She has two grandchildren and two grand-dogs who she spoils every time she visits.

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Weeding Your School Library Collection

May 20, 2013 · No Comments

Hello friends!

This blog post is dedicated to Weeding Your Collection.  You will find this short, simple and to the point. Do not ponder weeding... Just Do It!  Yes just remove print that is old, chewed up, not circulating, out dated and smells like mold.  If you do this ... your collection will be a healthy and happy one. 

Some librarians think I cannot do this because I will not have funds to buy books. Consider this talking point, one print book will cost $15.00 while one ebook of unlimited access costs $45.00.  With print I circulate one book to one student, yet with unlimited ebook access my entire campus can read the book at the same time.  Which is easier to justify to your principal a one-to-one model or a one-to many model (unlimited access)?

The American Association of School Libraries (AASL) gives us guidelines for weeding.

  "Students need to be informed, and the materials that students check out of your library and bring home communicate directly to parents the quality of library service.  Discarding old and outdated materials demonstrates a need for newer more useful materials that support a school's curriculum."

The AASL web links on weeding are below.

1. Collection Maintenance and Weeding

Purging your collection of unneeded items is often difficult and sometimes controversial. Here you will find information on how to approach this library maintenance job.


2. Weeding Library Collections

Visit this webpage to find tips on weeding your collection, as well as ideas on how to dispose of extra materials.


Remember:  Just Do It... or ... hiking is placing one foot in front of the other foot and you just keep doing it!


If you prefer reading a book on this subject here is a recommendation.
Baumbach, Donna J. and Linda L. Miller. Less is More: A Practical Guide to Weeding School Library Collections. Chicago: American Library Association, 2006. ISBN 0-8389-0919-1.

In order for your Learning Commons to move forward, it is important for you to weed. This is no small task, yet once begun the end results are shelves with newer looking books or empty shelves. With fewer print, begin thinking of shelving, which that is our next blog!

I hope you enjoyed this short yet most important blog!

Jo

Works Cited
American Association of School Librarians: Making Correlations Part 1. ALA, n.d. Web. 13 May 2013.
Baumbach, Donna J., and Linda L. Miller. Less Is More: A Practical Guide to Weeding School Library Collections:  Chicago: ALA, 2006. Print.

JoAnn was born in Oakland California, and after two boys finally her parents had their one daughter.  After JoAnn's father retired from the Army they moved to Loveland, Colorado where she graduated from high school.  Later

 

JoAnn obtained her M.Ed then MLIS both in Colorado.  For twelve years she taught at Poudre School District in northern Colorado before working at Cherry Creek School District.

Because Denver hosted the ISTE conference, JoAnn's life took a dramatic change.  While looking through the ISTE website, she  discovered a job opening for Director of Innovative Resource Media Systems. Being the wild Irish woman that she is,  JoAnn applied for the job and six months later moved to Houston, Texas.  Because her loving family supports her, JoAnn can honestly tell you this she has a wonderful job and she is a lucky woman. JoAnn's three children live in three states, so frequent flyer miles are her best friend.  She has two grandchildren and two grand-dogs who she spoils every time she visits.

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Learning Commons: Ideology-Philosophy-Manifesto

May 03, 2013 · No Comments

Hello my friends! 

In this second blog post, I hope to make you think and question what you do.  Together we will begin the  foundation for you to build your campus  Learning Commons.  What do you think of the words I chose in the title?   Ideology - Philosophy - Manifesto?  Think of these words and decide which one gives YOU more passion. 

From Merriam-Webster

  • ideology : visionary theorizing
  • philosophy : 3b : a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought
  • manifesto :  a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer

Today or tomorrow I want you to stand quietly in your library and look at it.  Be critical of what you see!  How is your entire room used?  Are students and teachers in the library every day or every period?  Are all of your resources being used daily?  Which print or electronic resources are students using?  How many choices are you giving your students?  Are you teaching students the 21st Century skills needed for success?

For years I asked myself did my program meet the needs of all students, so my program supported the gifted student , the failing student, the fine art student, etc.  These programs worked for several years on my campus.  The culture was changing rapidly in education; however, we were not preparing for it.  Why not?  The 21st century skilled librarian is more important to students now than ever before.  Information retrieval on the Internet is getting harder and harder especially if you seek valid information.  Our students are overwhelmed with information, and so are our teachers. I have mentioned two changes one regarding education as a whole and one regarding accessing information.

Education needs to change.  These TED videos by Sir Ken Robinson are thought provoking.  Answer these two questions.  What is your ideology of education?  What can you do to instigate educational reform?

 Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms      (11.5 minutes)

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!    ( 15 minutes)

What did you think of the videos?  Which one impacted you the most? Let me know your thoughts.

When I saw Ken Robinson speak he struck a nerve and  ignited my passion for education.  Robinson showed me the pieces of the puzzle in Changing Education Paradigms.  That is when I knew I needed to  change my library paradigm and began my quest.  Thisquest lead me to the Learning Commons. I hope you feel EMPOWERED now this very second to begin transforming education in your library into a Learning Commons.

For years I have savored the words of David Loertscher, Carol Koechlin and Esther Rosenfeld .  Their combined efforts produced, to me, an amazing book  The Virtual Learning Commons.  They state what a Learning Commons is:

"...a common, or shared, learning 'space' that is both physical and virtual.  It is designed to move students beyond mere research, practice, and group work to a greater level of engagement through exploration, experimentation, and collaboration.  A Learning Commons is more than a room or a website.  A Learning Commons allows users to create their own environments to improve learning.  A Learning Commons is about changing school culture, and about transforming the way learning and teaching occur. "

Reflect back on what Ken Robinson said and what you just read.  Are you seeing a different picture?  Can you start putting the pieces of the Learning Commons puzzle together?  Let's begin!

When you move from the traditional school library to the Learning Commons you will remove top down control and instigate behavioral expectations and choice.  Giving up control of your environment could  be one of the hardest pieces of the Learning Commons for you.  I am not saying the environment is loud and uncontrolled.  I am saying  you establish behavioral expectations of students and teachers for environmental control  of the Learning Commons. Next let's start taking a good look at your space and make assessments. I will go into more detail one these assessments in later blog posts.  I want to show you the pieces of the puzzle now.  Lay the pieces of your puzzle on the table and then we will build it together.

The assessment puzzle.

Next you need to conduct assessments of the following areas:

  1. print collection
  2. class seating areas
  3. collaborative seating areas
  4. environment
  5. scheduling
  6. technologyinternet
  7. databases
  8. 21st century skills

In  Alan November's book Who Owns the Learning he talks about allowing  the student to drive the learning.  In the Learning Commons you are doing the same thing, allowing students to drive the learning by providing them access to technology and connecting them to the world of information thus allowing for creativity. In this book I read about James Tracy, headmaster of Cushing Academy in Massachusetts, who wanted to find a better way to use the library space.  He found a model that made sense for the school's new library in a open, collaborative space at the Google offices in Mountain View, California. Cushing Academy took out bookshelves and re-purposed the area into a collaborative, common study and interactivity space. 

He also provided areas where students could work in groups of two or more.  James call these areas "micro-climates of interactivity."  Take a look at the Fisher-Watkins Library at Cushing Academy.  One thing that James Tracy did, which surprised me, was he moved the faculty mailroom into the library so every teacher would have to go there every day. 

My friends I have shared a lot of information with you.  Are you excited about your future?  Are you ready to lead the charge?  I hope this blog has made you think of your Ideology - Philosophy - Manifesto for your Learning Commons.

Keep in touch and until we talk again... have fun with your puzzle.

Works Cited
Loertscher, David V. Virtual Learning Commons: Building a Participatory School Learning Community. N.p.: Learning Commons Press, 2012. Print.

November, Alan C. Who Owns the Learning?: Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age. Bloomington: Solution Tree, 2012. Print.

Robinson, Ken, prod. "Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms." YOUTUBE. N.p., 2010. Web. 1 May 2013.

- - -, prod. "Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!" YOUTUBE. N.p., 2010. Web. 1 May 2013.


Standards for the 21st-century Learner in Action. Chicago: American Association of School Librarians, 2009. Print.

JoAnn was born in Oakland California, and after two boys finally her parents had their one daughter.  After JoAnn's father retired from the Army they moved to Loveland, Colorado where she graduated from high school.  Later

 

JoAnn obtained her M.Ed then MLIS both in Colorado.  For twelve years she taught at Poudre School District in northern Colorado before working at Cherry Creek School District.

Because Denver hosted the ISTE conference, JoAnn's life took a dramatic change.  While looking through the ISTE website, she  discovered a job opening for Director of Innovative Resource Media Systems. Being the wild Irish woman that she is,  JoAnn applied for the job and six months later moved to Houston, Texas.  Because her loving family supports her, JoAnn can honestly tell you this she has a wonderful job and she is a lucky woman. JoAnn's three children live in three states, so frequent flyer miles are her best friend.  She has two grandchildren and two grand-dogs who she spoils every time she visits.

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The Shift To A Learning Commons

April 16, 2013 · No Comments

Hello Readers!

I am Jo!  My sentimental father named me after my maternal grandmother and mother JoAnn. However, the hospital did not follow his orders giving me a space between the Jo and Ann.  Thus my life has been interesting and different since the day I was born. Dad saying her name is JoAnn not Jo.  I imagine you noticed I said "orders".  Yes my father was in the Army and proud of it especially since he was born in Ireland.

I have family in Ireland and have traveled back to see them many times.  What a cultural change it is going there and I love it!  I have taken my children there as well to embrace our relatives.  Luckily for you readers I have kissed the Blarney Stone three times and it gave me the gift of gab! Now kissing the stone is not an easy task because you do not want to fall into the moat. Here is a picture of Maneesh preparing to kiss the stone. Thank goodness for the steel bars!


My life experiences have enhanced the way I teach because from day one I made it applicable. Have you ever heard a student say, "What's in it for me?"  Well some times I find myself thinking the same thing about educational changes.  Have you?  Heavens when my children went through the why stage I thought I'd lost my mind.  Those years found me talking and immediately explaining the why BEFORE they asked. 

Maybe that's why I love taking my family hiking.  We walk and talk for hours. Those hikes are where I learned Mom does not have all the answers and that is okay.  We cannot always be expected to know the answer right then and there can we?
 
Hiking taught me a valuble lesson.  In order to hike to the summit, I must simply put one foot in front of the other and just keep going.  I also wanted my children to reach the top of the mountain so I never gave up on them.  It was worth it the day we reached the top together.  Why?  The view is amazing and you can see forever!
 
Join me on this journey of our from School Libraries to Learning Commons!

JoAnn was born in Oakland California, and after two boys finally her parents had their one daughter.  After JoAnn's father retired from the Army they moved to Loveland, Colorado where she graduated from high school.  Later

JoAnn obtained her M.Ed then MLIS both in Colorado.  For twelve years she taught at Poudre School District in northern Colorado before working at Cherry Creek School District.

Because Denver hosted the ISTE conference, JoAnn's life took a dramatic change.  While looking through the ISTE website, she  discovered a job opening for Director of Innovative Resource Media Systems. Being the wild Irish woman that she is,  JoAnn applied for the job and six months later moved to Houston, Texas.  Because her loving family supports her, JoAnn can honestly tell you this she has a wonderful job and she is a lucky woman. JoAnn's three children live in three states, so frequent flyer miles are her best friend.  She has two grandchildren and two grand-dogs who she spoils every time she visits.

When JoAnn isn'tworking you will find me reading, hiking, biking, camping and traveling the world!

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