This week we were thrilled to have author Lauren Tarshis visit with our third, fourth and fifth graders in the auditorium. Not only did she personalize approximately 75 books for kids, but she connected with both students and teachers in the hour and a half that she stopped by. Through the support of our local bookstore, Words, we made this visit happen.
As a library focused website, it is probably pretty obvious that I love libraries. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that I am now singing this super catchy song in my head. It was created by 2 local parents for Sesame Street Studio.
Kids have stories that bubble out of them. In this presentation at the New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative conference, I led a presentation on alternative forms of storytelling to inspire teachers to be creative with their use of technology. The two main focuses were stop motion animation and book trailer creation.
Symbaloo for Clinton Elementary
Since 2014, the Clinton Library has been actively using the site Donors Choose to support library projects. We have had 16 projects funded and I cannot thank the support of the local community enough. Our newest grants helped bring Makey Makey sets to the library and we are still loving our expanded Makerspace with robots and Osmo Numbers. To see our past projects, please visit our page.
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.
This week I created my first stop animation movie with Legos. Since I want to teach students to share, I thought I would send my creation out into the world. So here it is… a Swim in the Pool.
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.
(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!