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.
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.
On Monday, I had the opportunity to attend and present at TeachMeetNJ 2014 at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. This edcamp or unconference was a great way to engage with over 500 educators from around New Jersey in a relaxed yet fast-paced day of learning. From 20 apps in 20 minutes to creating Genius Time at school, it was exciting.
For my particular presentation, I used Haiku Deck for the first time. Feedback was positive on the topic of coding and my sincere hope is to have more teachers incorporate computer science into their daily teaching.
Coding for Kids – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
On August 18th, I am headed to TeachMeetNJ 2014 at Stockton State and am excited to discuss coding for kids. TeachMeet is an unconference that brings people together to share knowledge.
It seems that everyone is discussing computer science these days. Who knew that it would be such a hot topic when I first heard about Code.org’s Hours of Code at the AASL conference. This presentation will focus on techniques for bringing coding to students as young as Kindergarten.
(sob) As I write this post, I am reminded that I am not at the annual ISTE conference in Atlanta. Ok, so next year I won’t miss it! Thanks to technology and Twitter, I have been following the events and making copious notes for student learning next year. This all reminded me that I had not posted a recent blog posting I wrote concerning the new book, Teaching Literacy in the Digital Age. For the blog, I summarized 5 things students learn from 3D storytelling. Check it out!
Ever since Creepy Carrots, I have wanted to read more books by Peter Brown. As a book discussed for the 2014 Caldecott Award, I was eager to read Mr. Tiger Goes Wild to classes. From the colorful cover that is hidden inside the book jacket, to the selectively colored art, I loved this book. Here is a video in which Peter Brown discusses the making of the book.
Author Lauren Oliver discusses how a book is made in 8 youtube videos. I enjoyed watching the episodes especially since I had read The Spindlers, her middle grade book that is the focus of this series.
This year Clinton Elementary School is excited to host author Kate McMullan. She is the author of the Myth-O-Mania series (in addition to much more) that re-tells popular myth stories from Hades point of view. When students hear the prologue of Have a Hot Time, Hades! they are hooked. Here is an introduction book series trailer published by Capstone Publishers.