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.
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