I've been thinking that it'd be helpful if we share use of the iPads in the school. Sure there are going to be some really creative ideas among all of our staff and we can spread them around.
Yesterday one of our language teachers used the iPads and the free app Quick Voice Recorder to record stories that the kids had written in Spanish. Quick Voice Recorder is EASY. Essentially three buttons - start, stop, play.
After the kids finish, they can listen to their story, re-do if necessary, and then email to the teacher. Kid can make-up an email "from" address and send it to the teacher's email. Worked great!
Curated webpages are where a librarian, teacher, student or anyone for that matter has gathered together websites on a topic they are passionate about....such at YA (Young Adult) Literature. The Scoop.it web tool gathers these together in a very classy format somewhat like a newspaper. Check this one out at http://www.scoop.it/t/young-adult-books and then try making one of your own!!
Story Snoops is a parent made and maintained site which recommends books for your children. Their sophisticated search box allows you to select age level (and this does have a Tween and up focus), genre and then numerous other choices such as Books About Kids Like Yours, Books for Boys, Thought-Provoking Books, and Typical Tween Reads. Check it out at http://www.storysnoops.com/
"Fairbanks Families: A Community Website for Families with Young Children" at http://www.fairbanksfamilies.com/ is a great resource for any families with preschoolers and early elementary children. Check it out for information on parenting, health, early learning, recreation and more. The site also includes a calendar of events.
Exciting new Free App called Bluefire enables users to download Library ebooks without cords or syncing your device!
Did you know that Ebooks now account for 10% of book sales? Do you know the difference between a “traditional Ebook reader ” and an “enhanced Ebook reader”? A traditional Ebook reader, such as a Kindle, provides just the words, whereas an “enhanced Ebook reader” provides the user with color pictures and even video! This is a great improvement to support children’s picture books. Traditional book sellers are joining in the Ebook fray, with the larger book retailers getting more into selling the various devices along with the Ebook content. You can support your small local book store owner by purchasing Ebooks from their store websites.
Exciting news!! You can access your local library Ebooks downloaded to your iPad or iPhone with no sync required. There is a FREE new app available from Bluefire Productions called Bluefire. This app works well with Overdrive and Adobe Digital Editions, which are the programs currently used by Noel Wien Public Library to deliver their Ebook collection from Listen Alaska Plus (available from the Noel Wien Public Library homepage by clicking the Digital Download Center button on the left hand menu). More information on how to get this app working for you is available in Library Journal Vol. 135 no.20 December 2010 p.29. Library Journal is available from Library Media Services.
The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. -Bill Gates
Computer literacy is not optional for the next generation; it's essential. It is our responsibility, as adults, to teach children to navigate the Internet safely, efficiently, and legally. Unfortunately, the Internet is unchartered territory for many of us, so we must take time to educate ourselves first.
The Alaska Internet Circle of Safety is a resource for adults who would like to teach their children to be responsible online citizens. This project was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and is a joint effort of the Alaska State Library and the Alaska Library Association.
Please visit Alaska's Internet Circle of Safety website where you can download materials that will help you teach children about internet responsibility:
“Math in a Cultural Context”……or Math lessons that are relevant to MY life!
Do you have a student struggling in Math? Want to try something different? How about some awesome books that feature lessons in Probability, Geometric Principles, Investigations into Proof, Properties, Perimeter and Area while solving everyday problems like Building a fish rack, Sewing a parka or counting fish? Library Media Services has recently acquired three books that offer challenging relevant activities to solve everyday mathematical mysteries. Check ‘em out! These items are available at http://destiny.k12northstar.org. in the LMS Books and ELL material catalog.
Salmon fishing: Investigations into Probability (gr. 6/7).
Patterns and Parkas: Investigating Geometric Principles, Shapes, Patterns, and Measurement (gr.2)
Building a Fish Rack: Investigations into Proof, Properties, Perimeter and Area. (gr.6)
These books are part of a series: Math in a Cultural Context: Lessons Learned from Yupik Eskimo Elders. m.a.
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We all know some of the best science fair projects require planning ahead. Take a look at this wonderful resource provided by NOAA, the National Oceananic and Atmospheric Adminstration, for numerous activities and directions for projects. From classics like volcanoes and tornados in a bottle to volunteer opportunities to save the earth this site is packed with information. This may help jump start your child's thinking about a project for next spring and if nothing else there a lot of fun to be had!!
Other resources at the site include a Wild Weather Adventure, an Ocean Explorer, an Underwater Exploration Timeline, See That Sound and many more lessons and activities. See these at -
Remember to visit your library for even more resources!!!
Here is a fun site full of videos starring young people as they learn about a wide variety of topics. These are great examples for those who want to make movies. And they're all great conversation starters!
LMS staff will post items you can use in your newsletters.