Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Few Things To Help You Promote The "Kids Create Kat McGee Writing Contest"

My friend Saira, from In This Together Media, and I worked on the "Kids Create Kat McGee Writing Contest" earlier today.  The contest will start next week and we are excited for all of you to start sharing it with your students and schools.  

Above is a flyer that you can print, send, or add to a blog post or newsletter.  You can find it at this link.
Today I was so happy to see that my amazing friends at SymbalooEDU created a tile for the Kat McGee contest!
When you click on this link it will take you to the tile and let you add it to one of your webmixes within Symbaloo.

Thank you...This will be great for all of our teacher librarian and teacher friends.
Also, don't forget about the Smore!  You can share this link with anyone for all of the contest details. We will be adding to this throughout the contest. 

This is going to be so much fun for our kids, teachers, and communities.  

Start reading the Kat McGee series and get ready for all of the contest details very soon from School Library Journal, In This Together Media, BiblioNasium and Edmodo.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Check Out The #SkypeAtoZ Back-to-School Lesson Collection From Skype in the Classroom

One of my favorite go-to-places for connecting students and teachers is Skype In The Classroom.
It is filled with amazing resources and connections that matches you and your school community with other teachers and classrooms, along with rich lessons to use.
I also love #MysterySkype that you can find on Skype in the Classroom. In a Mystery Skype, your students can embark on a global guessing game with others around the world.
With Back-to-School, Skype In The Classroom has put together something really awesome for this time of year!

It is a collection of their favorite Skype Partner lesson from their #SkypeAtoZ series on Twitter.  With the #SkypeAtoZ Back-to-School Lesson Collection you can find "ideas, inspiration and tips for planning Skype activities for the new school year."
I looked through several of the #SkypeAtoZ lessons.  There is something for everyone.

Check this one out under "F" called Flying with the Flying Classroom. How fun would that be to have your students join scientists and explores in action around the globe?
For more ideas and connections throughout the year, follow @SkypeClassroom on Twitter...and share your experiences and ideas.
 Also, use the #SkypeAtoZ hashtag to share your own Skype lessons and connections.
This is a great conversation on Twitter....So many fun ideas to bring back to your classroom and libraries too.

Thank you Skype in the Classroom for bringing global connection, opportunities and fun to our young people.  This is making a difference!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Look How Shae Is Using BiblioNasium With The "Kids Create Kat McGee" Writing Contest

Calling all kid authors!  Calling all kid authors!  

It is time for the Kat McGee Writing Contest from In This Together Media, Edmodo, BiblioNasium and School Library Journal!  You can read more about it here. 

One ten-year-old in Iowa heard this call loud and clear as she set off to read all of the Kat McGee books by Kristin Riddick as soon as she heard about the contest.  

After she read them, Shae wanted to spread the word and encourage others to read them too.  Her and I are starting a book review blog called Shae and Shannon's Rocking Review Corner but she wanted a platform to use right now.  

Then we thought....She could use BiblioNasium to create a challenge for herself and to also review the books for others to get hooked on Kat too. 
Within BiblioNasium, students, teachers and parents can set up Challenges.  Shae created one called Kids Create Kat McGee. 
When a Challenge is set up and you want a book to count towards that Challenge, you will need to Log it in the My Reading Log section.
Shae logged each of the Kat McGee books she read and then afterwards she was able to count them in the Kids Create Kat McGee Challenge.
As Shae read the books, she also wrote a Review for each.  When you are in My Books, scroll over the book cover and it will give you the choice to "Edit, Review, Recommend & More" for each book.
Once you write the review, it is easy to Edit by clicking on the My Reviews tab at the top.
I just loved reading Shae's reviews for the three Kat McGee books.
You can read and share them too by going to each title and looking at the reviews. Shae's are posted there just in time for the contest to share with other young readers. 

We are going to announce the contest rules this week. We can't wait to share tips and details with all of the teacher librarians, teachers, and especially the children who will be taking part in the writing contest.  

For now....put the Kat McGee books into little hands and get them all set to go with BiblioNasium.  

It will be great fun for them to log their reading and write reviews of Kat's adventures too.