I love that Andrew Church's answer to this is a resounding YES!! And I love that he keeps some books without hesitation but also realizes that information comes in new packaging and our students need what it takes to access those new sources. Read his post here from the Committed Sardine. He has some great points about the space, staff and contents in what he considers an ideal library. Katie
Check out what the TED Talks folk are up to for the K-12 education world in this post from the Committed Sardine. Think about linking to this from your webpages as well as sharing the information with your staff. Katie
Seeing a Facebook post from DCMP for their video Pumpkin Circle reminded me that we all need to -
1) remind teachers in the fall about what a great resource DCMP is for any of their students with hearing impairments who would benefit from captioned videos and
2) double check in the fall our links to DCMP on our Destiny pages and district webpages (along with all our other links!) Put a reminder on your calendar now!
This blog and the librarian writing it are fantastic! I loved her snow project and while we don't really need to be manufacturing snow, think how neat that could be early in the fall at a school with lots of new military dependents who haven't experienced snow! Be sure to watch her video, the student's response is priceless.
However, what really got me excited was her Letterboxing project. I have always wanted to do Letterboxing which is the precursor to geocaching and why I never made the connection with a library scavenger hunt I don't know. Kathy did however and has shared it with us. Take it away!!!
Can't wait to read more of her blog. If the first posts are any indication it is chock full of good ideas!! Katie
Jarrett J. Krosoczka makes a mockery of Jon Scieszka on YouTube, and Jon wants revenge. Now, Jon will stop at nothing to keep Jarrett from hosting the 2012 Children's Choice Book Awards Gala in New York City. He rounds up all his children's book author friends and they do their absolute darndest to keep Jarrett away from the Gala, but Jarrett is determined to be there! Will he make it in time?!?!http://bit.ly/KLoFxe
What a cool tool this is! I was paging through the Accessible Archives collection on Facebook and noticed this OLD map, which the description said was from a Deeply Zoomable #map. Deeply Zoomable!?! Doesn't that hint of sci-fi?? So I went to the link for the Deeply Zoomable version and found the entire map in a digital tool which allows one to zoom so far into the detail as to see the fibers of the paper and the edges of the pen strokes that make the illustrations. What fun! Its like zooming into the past to view the original marks and materials under a microscope. Personally, I prefer zooming back out to appreciate the rows of little trees and houses. See what you prefer. Then be thinking about what images you could bring into Zoom.it for closer scrutiny. Something from Alaska's Digital archives perhaps or some of your own photography. ???? Katie
Don't you wish!!!
Interesting article/blog post on Life Long Learning at the OCLC WebJunction site, that asks the question "can you teach curiosity?" as well as new roles for teachers and learners. Thought provoking to say the least. Katie
Yikes, I've had this sitting in DRAFTS and realize its almost too late for this year!!! Where does the time go!
I hope this post by Deborah Ford , which came along a little late to be useful last year might still help wrap things up this year. Katie
I'm sure there are lots of these lists out there. In this list CommonSense provides their rating as to what age they consider the titles to be appropriate. This could be useful when talking to parents. My goal is to just get half of those on the list read! I can only vouch for City of Ember and Little Brother, both good reads. The latter I would recommend for your older readers, especially boys. Very thought provoking, even more so than the Hunger Games as it is much more realistic.