Getting REaL In The Library R-Reflect, Revise, Reinvent E-Evaluate, Energize, Expectations and L-Listen, Lead, Love, Laughter This year I returned to the high school library full of ideas gathered from my PLN (Professional Learning Network) I hoped to implement. Two ideas I have implemented, with the help of my library aide, Kim Johnson, and my student aides each block, are creating a MakerSpace and Genrefying the library fiction collection. Is Design Thinking the same as “making”? People often ask me two questions about Design Thinking. First, is the same as making, and second, do I like it. It’s obvious there are similarities and overlaps, and similar ways that they can be implemented well (or not so well). I think design is the key to modern STEM education, but it’s a mistake to think that using Design Thinking methodology is the same as teaching design. Design Thinking gets the “big D, big T” treatment because it’s a methodology invented at the Institute of Design at Stanford University (also known as the d.school) with assistance from ideo, a product design and consulting company.
referenceandinformationresources / Plagiarism Resources Tutorials: Two brief videos from ABC News (one focuses on the videos available on YouTube that "teach" cheating): From Connect with Kids: 10 school librarians to follow on Twitter These library professionals are charging ahead, exemplifying what it means to be a librarian in the 21st-century by integrating digital technologies and creative ideas into everyday learning—and sharing their ideas on social media! In September, we were honored to announce the first-ever School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Award, which was presented to Michelle Colte from Hale Kula Elementary School and finalists Colleen Graves and Andy Plemmons. Whether they are creating unique Makerspaces, challenging teens to learn computer programming, presenting at conferences or training their peers, these three school librarians stood out for their achievements and undeniable passions for learning and empowering their students.
Makerspace Starter Kit The hot new Makerspace Movement is NOT new to Murray Hill Middle School. Eighteen years ago we designed and opened the school with the idea that we would have creation labs in the Media Center, GT room, and the TV studio. We started with video production, iMovie, Specular LogoMotion, Hyperstudio, and animation with Hollyood High kids. Here's an example of an EARLY (2003) video production called Bookfellas, featuring some Guy Ritchie-esque film direction techniques. These kids are now all grown up and we've kept evolving, too! It's OK to Start Small!
A different kind of literacy Aaron and Colleen Graves, the new librarians at Denton High School and Ryan High School, respectively, have been updating their schools’ definitions of “library” one tiny engineering project at a time. Both librarians spent their summer moving shelves, getting rid of periodicals and reference texts and opening up the libraries’ layouts. Then, they began adding maker spaces to their libraries where students can work with robots, build their own and learn programming and coding. “It’s not just about the maker space. It’s a whole philosophy of change,” Colleen Graves said. She said Ryan High School’s library’s drop-in rate, students visiting on their own time, has gone up 811 percent from last year.
How Can You Use Audio in the Classroom? There are many ways to use recorded books in the classroom, but here are some of the most popular tried-and-true methods for engaging your readers with audiobooks. On this site, you’ll find four sample audio excerpts, each accompanied by a teacher-tested lesson plan and reproducible to build and reinforce reading skills. Audiobooks support literature study and motivate kids to enjoy literature, and they help develop reading skills such as comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary. Recorded books can be used anytime by ESL students or others who struggle with print text, or who need help accessing the book in order to keep up with the class. Using audio lets them take personal control of their study and repeat material as often as they like.
Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki - Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki Welcome to Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. This wiki was created to be a one-stop shop for great ideas and information for all types of librarians. All over the world, librarians are developing successful programs and doing innovative things with technology that no one outside of their library knows about. There are lots of great blogs out there sharing information about the profession, but there is no one place where all of this information is collected and organized. That's what we're trying to do. Meet Debbie Sterling - GoldieBlox founder At GoldieBlox, our goal is to get girls building. We’re here to help level the playing field in every sense of the phrase. By tapping into girls' strong verbal skills, our story + construction set bolsters confidence in spatial skills while giving young inventors the tools they need to build and create amazing things.
Use Your Words: Optimizing Content for Growth Use your words Optimizing Content for Growth (A Blow-by-Blow of My Talk at SXSW for Those Who Missed It, or for Those Who Want to Relive It Again. And Again!) After a few private power poses and some inspired nostril breathing, Evany Thomas takes the stage at 11am on Saturday March 14, at the 2015 SXSW interactive conference. #FRIT7234 For busy teachers, there are limited opportunities within the school day to be observed, to observe other teachers, to pause and reflect on the details of specific classroom moments, and to receive support from colleagues. Since in-person observations may be difficult to arrange, teachers may find themselves going it alone when trying out new learning, refining practice, or facing challenges in their classroom -- at times without much feedback or support. A robust new video observation toolkit from Harvard helps address these challenges by suggesting ways of using video technology to rethink traditional approaches to teacher observation and professional development. Downloads from the toolkit include a variety of resources to help school leaders, teachers, teacher leaders, instructional coaches, and personal learning networks prepare for, launch, and evaluate the success of video observations in school communities. Tools Snapshot
The Best K-12 Education Technology Blogs If it takes a village to raise a child, how many people does it take to train an educator? It’s hard to say, but 50 helping hands seems like a good place to start. In the spirit of community, collaboration and information sharing, EdTech: Focus on K–12 has rounded up 50 ed-tech blogs that we deem must-reads for the K–12 community. We launched our first Must-Read IT list last year to great response so we hope that you all enjoy this year's batch of blogs as well. These blogs are a mix of voices and include blogs authored by teachers, administrators and technology vendors.
Andy Plemmons - Athens, Ga, School Library Media Specialist, EdS, MED, and BSED from the University of Georgia I am the school library media specialist at David C. Barrow Elementary in Athens, GA and a Google Certified Teacher. My library program is grounded in transliteracy, participatory culture, and students as creators of content shared with the global community.