Saturday, September 06, 2014

Using Voki

Monday, March 04, 2013

The Emerging Leader trading cards are in!  This was featured in American Libraries, March 2013 issue.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Two exciting announcements:

1.) I just finished my second masters at Wilkes University this Summer. I received an M.S. in Ed. in Instructional Media.

2.) I was just accepted as a 2013 ALA Emerging Leader! I want to work on a school library project with national exposure. As we work, I'll post details about the project here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Monday, August 08, 2011

I'm attending AASL for the first time!

After all these years (8) of being a librarian, I can finally afford and justify going to AASL, the national School Librarian conference. I'm also going with some highly talented Oregon colleagues and I'm thrilled!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Examples of movies for CI 432/532

Here are some examples of movies I created or other students created using iMovie or Movie Maker. You can upload to YouTube, TeacherTube, Facebook, or embed right in your blog as I have done here. This allows you to more easily share you work without worrying about whether they use quicktime or windows media player. Uploading also ensures that the movie will be small enough for streaming and resolution issues.

A Library PSA movie created on Windows Movie Maker:

A Library Book Trailer created on iMovie HD:

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

I have officially written my first (big) grant...

I authored my first federal grant a couple of weeks ago! It was a time-consuming process but gave me invaluable experience for future grant writing. District staff is listed as contact agents but I wrote the grant in its entirety.

Title of the grant: "Improving Literacy through School Libraries program, subpart 4 of Part B of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)."

Title of our project: "Building a district-wide collaborative 21st-century literacy network with Follett Destiny Library and Textbook Manager System."

Here is the link to the entire grant application in .pdf form.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

My page on the Teacher Librarian Ning

I just joined the Teacher Librarian Ning and will need to add information on discussion groups as I join them!

The BookCasting Club: "We're Virtually Literate!"

Here is a link to the Parkrose High School Library Bookcasting Club's book trailers...

Friday, May 01, 2009

L-Net Summit Panel Presentation

L-Net Summit Panel Presentation-- May 8th, 2009. Kennedy School, Portland.

Biography Page

Presentation Information

Video of the Presentation

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

NCCE 2009 Presentation on Bookcasting

Here is the presentation link for the resources used at my NCCE 2009 Presentation on Bookcasting.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Oregon School Board Association’s Annual Convention

I am slated to present along with Kate Vance, a session titled: "OSLIS 2.0 and what it can do for you!" at the Oregon School Board Association's Annual Convention, Nov. 15th at the Marriott, Portland.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Bookcasting Presentation OASL/ WLMA Fall 2008 Joint Conference

The materials for the concurrent session "Bookcasting: Book Club of the Future" presented for OASL/ WLMA joint Fall 2008 Conference, by: Stephanie Thomas and Emily Boldman can be found at:

Hope you start your own Bookcasting Club! The site includes resources/ handouts!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Movie finished for Positive Behavior Support

I finished the movie for Positive Behavior Support for Parkrose High School. This movie will be used at the beginning of the 08 school year to introduce PRIDE (Perseverance, Responsibility, Integrity, Diversity, and Excellence). This will also set the tone for a positive school climate.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Parkrose High School Podcasting

The Parkrose High School Bookcasting Club is starting to catch on. The kids are loving it, and I am appreciating the wave of enthusiasm for reading and using technology skills. We are planning to use vodcasts produced here as previews for the Tapestry of Tales Storytelling Event from Multnomah County Library this November.

We are now linked on the Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki under Podcasting.
Check us out under school libraries that are doing podcasting.


Ground 2 Roof Website Complete!

The Ground2Roof Solutions LLC website is complete and live.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

2007 Fall Conference OASL Presentation

Oregon Association for School Librarians Fall Conference
Oct. 15th, 2007. Seaside, OR.
Create Your Own Podcast Workshop

Here are the links you'll need for the OASL workshop.

The Quicktime Movie. Use this to follow along in the workshop. Contains hyperlinks and audio clips.

The .pdf file. Use this to view when you get back to school. You can print (It's 22 pages!) but I would mostly use it because it contains the notes on each slide. The Quicktime movie doesn't have the extra notes.

The MS Powerpoint edition. Best to use if you have it on your computer.

The Beck Farms Website is Complete

The Becks' Farms website is complete and live.

View it here.

Ross Bros. & Company Website Complete

The Ross Bros. & Company website is complete.

View it here.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Monday, July 23, 2007

New and Improved Beck site complete

The new and improved, completely CSS-based Beck Group website is complete and live.

View it here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Librarian's Beyond the Circ Desk: Innovative Librarianship Today

The two articles are complete for the upcoming book,
"Librarians Beyond the Circ Desk: Innovative Librarianship Today."

Carol Smallwood, ed. To be published, 2008
McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, Jefferson NC

Dr. Joy Greiner, author of professional library books, is writing the foreword.

School and Public Librarians Unite! A Case Study Showcasing Collaborative Programming between Parkrose High School and Multnomah County Library
view the article here
  • Stephanie Thomas, Media Specialist, Parkrose High School
  • Ruth Allen, Librarian, Multnomah County Library
  • Sarah Nelsen, School Corps Librarian, Multnomah County Library
  • Sara Ryan, Teen Services Librarian, Multnomah County Library

Accessibility Beyond our Walls: Using Web 2.0 and Podcasting to Teach Off-Campus
View the article here
  • Stephanie A. Thomas, Teacher Librarian, Parkrose High School, Portland, Oregon

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Podcasts Go Live

The audio mp3 and audio/video mp4 is now live on iTunes and YouTube.

Subscribe in iTunes by doing a "quick search" under podcasts, category "education" and "parkrose."

View the YouTube versions here:

1.) First 8 minutes
2.) 2nd 8 minutes
3.) Last few minutes

Make sure to rate the video, the more 5 stars I receive, the farther up my videos will go!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Monday, March 05, 2007

Slideshow Presentation for OEMA Region 1 & 4 Conference, March 10th, 2007

Presentation slides for panel session "Using Web 2.0 in your library." Presented at OEMA Region 1 & 4 Conference, March 10th, 2007. Catlin Gable School, Portland, Oregon.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Beck Group, Inc. Website Complete!

The Beck Group, Inc. website is finally complete. Enjoy!