5 Time-Saving Technology Tricks for School Librarians (and Other Educators!)

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Kristina Holzweiss  
Leverage the power of technology to connect, engage and empower your students. You'll learn how to create connections with a Flipgrid virtual help desk, digital book clubs with Padlet, a library handbook with BookCreator, a newsletter with Wakelet and a library map created with Google Slides and Mote.

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Flipgrid
Book Creator
Google Slides
Topic: Library/media
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
Related exhibitors:
Book Creator
, Wakelet
, Mote
, Canva for Education
, Screencastify
, ScreenPal
, WeVideo, Inc.
, StickTogether Products

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Attendees will gain knowledge about Flipgrid, Wakelet, Book Creator, Padlet, and Mote.

Attendees will learn how to create a virtual help desk, a newsletter, a library handbook, a digital book club, and a library map.

During the presentation, connections among these apps/tools will be explained and modeled.


An overview of each of the time-saving tips will be provided, followed by the opportunity for participants to design their own resources based on models and templates.

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Kristina Holzweiss, Syosset High School

Kristina A. Holzweiss is a high school educational technology enrichment specialist librarian She shares ideas and resources about her school library and makerspaces on her website Kristina was named the School Library Journal Librarian of the Year in 2015, a National School Board 2016 - 2017 "20 to Watch" emerging education technology leader, and a 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She is also the winner of the 2015 NYSCATE Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award and 2015 Long Island Technology Summit Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation Award. She is the author of "Hacking School Libraries" and Scholastic makerspace books.

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