Go to this site at Ilovelibraries.org to sign a virtual declaration of support for libraries. Doesn't take but a minute and we know how each signature can eventually add up to a wave of support!!
This shared along with the news that British Columbia has declared October 28th School Library Day! This video was a product of the Parkland Secondary in Saanich, BC. Katie
Check out this great YouTube video on the importance of teaching Digital Citizenship and some of Common Sense Media's curriculum to help accomplish this task. I like their Digital Life unit's Before and After example and the Digital Footprint lesson.
Please read and share this very sobering article about all the new social media apps kids are using that many adults don't even know about yet, but which provide plenty of opportunity for bullying. Apps like ask.fm and kik.
I like the approach of Sameer Hinduja, criminology professor at Florida Atlantic University, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and co-author of the book "Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral, due out in December. He says that parents need to learn about these sites and feel empowered to participate in their children's lives with healthy conversations rather than feeling panicked and futilely trying to prevent access to constantly changing technology. And I really like challenging our children to become cybershields and to take that extra step to stand up for those being bullied.
Consider adding a link to the Cyberbullying Research Center to your parent resources. Katie
I think you'll all enjoy learning about this special book dedicated to the children of Sandy Hook Elementary. Katie
Common Sense Media is offering a new service in a very user friendly page that lists great web sites, apps and games for educational purposes. It is called graphite and one can search for resources by subject, grade level and price (free, free to try or paid).
Joyce Valenza describes it this way -
If you're not familiar with this resource for finding recommended educational apps please check out APPitic.com. This would be a great site to share with teachers and parents in a newsletter or blog post! Katie
While the ideas in this blog post come from a mom giving a birthday party for her book loving daughter I'm sure many of you clever folks could adapt the ideas for use in your school library. My favorite challenge is the treasure hunt where she uses passages from the books as clues to the next location. In her case its a location in their house but you could make it a location in your library. Share anything you develop with your peers please!
Great idea from LMC (Library Media Connection)
Stacy Cameron // Pioneer Heritage Middle School // McKinney, Texas
Want to share database password information on bookmarks with your students but don’t want to create and print all new bookmarks? Using Word, create labels with login information and affix the labels to the back of bookmarks purchased from a library supply vendor. This allows you to get important information to students, but on attractive, full color bookmarks.