Check out this post by 1st grade teacher Karen Pelekis, about how she is utilizing PebbleGo for its audio features as well as the fact that students can control the pace on of the reading on their own. Think about sharing this article with your primary teachers this fall while reminding them about PebbleGo and how to access the database. 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
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
Our super Library Associates hard at work during a recent Professional Development.
We learned about an awesome organizational tool for Web resources called LiveBinder. We used Livebinder for presenting the agenda and topic ideas for our meeting. It worked great and will be shared so that everyone has access to all of the important information presented. No need to take notes when you have access to Livebinder!
GHRC members learning about Destiny.
On February 10th the Golden Heart Reading Council held their monthly meeting at Library Media Services. They received a demonstration of how to create Resource Lists in Destiny as a place to store favorite books, media AND websites located through One Search on the units they develop. A quick look at some of the online resources available for K-8 was offered. The group was also shown some of the new ebooks available in Destiny for all our elementary students. Their evening wrapped up with time to look at the kits, media and book resources in the collection with time for checkout for those wanting to take items with them. It was a successful evening for both the GHRC member and the staff at LMS, who learned about some of the teachers' specific needs. Katie
KitZu is a "collection of free, educational, copyright-friendly media resources" for students to use to build projects as part of class assignments. The kits might include photos, animations, video clips, audio clips and a variety of documents. The contents can vary from site to site. KitZu can be sorted by grade level and/or subject matter. There are units on Frederick Douglass, Ellen Ochoa, to name a few of the people; a wide variety of units on various plants and animals; a unit on the Gettysburg Address and the technology of the Civil War; an assortment of units in the arts including one on Van Gogh, another on Frank Lloyd Wright and one on Cave Paintings.
Check it out and be sure to share it with your teachers and students!! This is another site you might want to add to the "resources" section of your webpage. Katie