Adam Gidwitz to visit Clinton Elementary

What happens when a librarian goes to the AASL conference and meets her favorite authors?  Did you guess that she would be totally motivated to convince one of them, Adam Gidwitz, to visit her school?  Well, I am happy to announce that Adam is visiting Clinton in April and the kids are totally psyched.  Each 4th and 5th grade teacher has received a copy of A Tale Dark and Grimm to read to their class.  You can totally tell that they have started reading due to  the spike in requests for the book!  Kids want their own copy to read along with in class and to read at home.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a video from his recent tour to give you a sneak peek at what we will see!!!

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Teaching Kids to Code Presentation at NJECC 2015

A bitter cold day in January led me to Montclair State University for the 29th annual New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative Conference.  It was a valuable day of learning for me as I had the opportunity to learn and be inspired by some powerful voices.  Jonathan (JR) Rochelle from Google had a fantastic keynote presentation that focused on inspiring students.  I especially enjoyed the videos on Rubiks Cube Questioning and Moonshot Thinking.

In the afternoon, I led a hands-on workshop for teachers on how to teach kids to code.  My favorite takeaway was that we are teaching future leaders the logic of coding.  The various languages will follow. This becomes key when people question the validity of drop and drag block language over learning text based languages  such as html, javascript etc.

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Jarrett Krosoczka’s TED Talk on Lunch Lady Heroes

This year at the annual New Jersey Association of School Librarian’s Conference I got to meet Jarrett Krosoczka.  Now I was already of fan of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series so I went in expecting good things.  What I did not know was that I would become a huge fan of Jarrett as a person.  He has inspired me to expand our collection of his books and bring his message and resources to more kids.  He has a website, StudioJJK.com,  filled with resources and activities for kids.

He also has one of the most popular TED Talks.  His story of how this all came to be is pretty funny and an inspiration to me as a teacher as I also dream of one day giving a TED Talk on the power of library.  Perhaps my dream will come true!

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Virtual Tour of the San Diego Zoo

Through my work as a Common Sense teacher for 2014-2015, students are learning about digital citizenship.  Connected with 2nd grade lessons on community, we are learning how to be positive community members even when the community is virtual or online.  A great way to demonstrate kid friendly sites, is to allow students to visit the San Diego Zoo kids site at http://kids.sandiegozoo.org/.

Why do I love this site so much?  There are great kid friendly videos, lessons, activities and live cams of animals.  What is not to love?  Here is the video that students watch before our virtual trip.

My Online Neighborhood

 

 

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Welcome to the Anywhere Librarian!

21st Century libraries will provide services without physical locations. The Anywhere Librarian aims to meet the needs of students who do not have access to the physical library and yet still need access to library services. This site is not intended to replace the physical library experience, but to support every learner. If you would like to participate in a storytime activity or get a book recommendation, this is the place to visit. Thank you for stopping by the Anywhere Librarian.

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Stop Animation with the Lego Movie Maker App

Stop animation with an iPad / iPhone for beginners is here.  Recently I downloaded the Lego Movie Maker App and made my first short film using a Lego set I conveniently had in my dining room.  The process was fun and the result was funny (at least for me!)  Here are some screenshots of the iPad version that we will be using this year at school with kids.

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Lego Movie Maker
Lego Movie Maker
Lego Movie Maker

 

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Library Resource Without Walls