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Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog Pixilation: Full-Body Stop-Motion Animation Step #1: Get your software. PrevNext Download iStopMotion by Boinx. You can buy it for about $50 or try the demo version. The advantage to this program is that you can see what you are animating as you take each frame. Step #2: Get ideas and plan it out. Watch some of our suggested videos (Neighbours, End Love, Sledgehammer, Hunter College High School, Pixillation Lab Orizzonti) and others online to figure out what stop motion magic your group wants to do. Step #3: Decide on your frame rate. How many pictures will you need to take? Step #4: Set up. Set up your camera and your stage or staging area. Step #5: Take picture #1. Put everyone in the scene who needs to be there. Step #6: Move, click, repeat. Move everyone in the scene incrementally--a little bit or a lot, either changing their locations, moving a limb, etc. Step #7: Integrate objects that are equivalents or replacements. Look around and collect items that have similarities, similar shape, size, or color. Step #8: Test your video.

New Stephen's Lighthouse Choices Reading Lists Each year, thousands of children, young adults, teachers, and librarians around the United States select their favorite recently published books for the “Choices” reading lists. These lists are used in classrooms, libraries, and homes to help young readers find books they will enjoy. The annotated and reading lists of titles and authors of Choices selections for the current year are made available in April, just before the Association's annual conference and are available for free download. Check individual Choices programs below for details. Children's Choices is cosponsored by the Children's Book Council. The list includes brief reviews of approximately 100 titles, each of which has been recommended by children themselves. Teachers' Choices identifies approximately 30 books rated by teams of teachers, librarians, and reading specialists as outstanding for curriculum use. Young Adults' Choices provides descriptions of approximately 30 books selected by teenage reviewers.

The Library Voice The role of school librarians in enhancing science learning Mega Subramaniam June Ahn Amanda Waugh Natalie Greene Taylor Allison Druin Kenneth R. Fleischmann Greg Walsh Mega Subramaniam, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, Room 4105 Hornbake Building, South Wing, College Park, MD 20742, USA. Email: Abstract School librarians play a pivotal role in facilitating learning of all subjects in primary and secondary schools in the United States, but their potential contributions to science have not been explored. Article Notes Funding This material is based upon work supported by the US National Science Foundation (Grant no. 1124176). © The Author(s) 2013

AudioSynced In conjunction with Abby (the) Librarian, STACKED hosts a monthly meme to celebrate all things audiobook. On the first of each month, we rotate the blogger round up of audiobook news, reviews, and more shared in the blogosphere in the last month. We host on odd-numbered months. To participate, share a link to your audiobook reviews, news, or features from the previous month (so, for June 1st, share anything posted between May 1 and June 1). If you are a publisher of audiobooks or write about them for publication, get in touch. Want to promote this meme? Check out the AudioSynced archives for ideas of what we're looking for or to become inspired for your own posts: 2010 AudioSynced 2011 AudioSynced 2012 AudioSynced 2013 AudioSynced ShareThisContinue reading... Discovering the Impact of Library Use and Student Performance (EDUCAUSE Review Brian Cox is Manager Quality and Marketing, and Margie Jantti is University Librarian at the University of Wollongong Library. Key Takeaways Without a valid, reliable way to collect data from various library and enterprise systems, it's difficult to quantitatively assert how a library adds value. The University of Wollongong Library developed the Library Cube, a tailored database and reporting function that joins library usage data with student data, including demographic and academic performance information. By providing access to information resources, academic libraries play a significant role in the student experience. Collecting and Leveraging Reliable Data At the University of Wollongong Library (UWL), we lacked ongoing valid and reliable data collection from both library and enterprise systems, which prevented us from making assertions about the value provided by the library. How the Library Cube operates: Creating the Library Cube Meeting the Challenges Figure 1. Figure 2. Table 1.

Technology An amazing way to get your tweens and teens to know the “unfamiliar” bits of your library is to do self-directed scavenger hunts. You know that your “kids” tend to congregate to one particular area- whether it’s your teen space, a place with the most comfortable chairs or a low table for card gaming, or the place furthest away from the supervising eyes of the non-teen people at the desk. And while they’ll know where to find the YA books, MAD Magazine and Alternative Press, and manga, do they know where to find non-fiction books for reports? Or how to operate one of the databases? If you become devious and take a little time out of your day, you can take a theme and turn a lesson in the library world into a creative self-directed program that will make them want to participate. Scavenger hunts can be as intricate or as simple as you want them to be. Once you have your theme, decide on the length of the hunt. So get creative and then sit back and watch the fun!

Teaching Librarians & Project Management: New Expectations for the Digital Age - Archive Journal Issue 3 Librarians have long been critical collaborators with their faculty in higher-education classroom settings, teaching research-education principles and providing one-on-one help with students to locate and evaluate sources for research projects. Until recently, most of these student projects have been research papers of varying lengths; each writing experience is a solo project that leads students to monkish behavior in solitary library carrels and dorm rooms. Today’s students have new opportunities to apply critical thinking and research skills in transformative digital and collaborative projects. At Harvard, for example, students in an African and African American Studies course recently created digital stories about music, language, and digital media in former Portuguese colonies. As many courses begin to incorporate digital components, faculty must use course time to cover content and deal with the learning curve involved in utilizing new and unfamiliar digital tools.