My first ISTE presentation took the form of an Ignite talk. With my dream of giving a TED talk on my mind, I decided to try this new presentation format. To say the least, I am hooked and want to bring this frenetic energy to school this year. My focus was to show the audience that everyone has a story and that Lego stop motion animation can be an exciting tool for students. My sincere hope is that participants were motivating and willing to try this cool and easy to use approach.
Who know, perhaps the fine people at TED will come calling some day!
Since 2014, the Clinton Library has been actively using the site Donors Choose to support library projects. We have had 11 projects funded and I cannot thank the support of the local community. Our newest grant helps expand our Makerspace with snap circuits, K’Nex for simple machines and more Osmo gaming systems. http://www.donorschoose.org/jlatimer
On March 25, 2015, I participated in an ISTE sponsored Google Hangout to discuss Teaching Literacy in the Digital Age. It was so nice to be connected with the books’s editor, Mark Gura, and another author, BJ Neary.
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.
This June I am pleased to attend the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Philadelphia. Not only have I wanted to attend this conference to further hone my technology skills, but it is back in my home city, Philly. Already I am creating an outline for the many days of speakers and determining my greatest goals for next year.
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!
On October 26th, I facilitated a presentation on computer coding and its value to school and public libraries at the New Jersey Association of School Librarians conference in Long Branch, NJ. Here is the presentation with the many reference links.
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.
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.