Sunday, September 14, 2014

Just Look At All Of The New Digital Tools & Apps We Have To Use This Year....And To Share Too!

Everyday I learn about a new digital tool or app through Twitter, Facebook, or by reading something on a blog or website.  It is so much fun to learn about all of these new things and even more exciting to think of ways to use them with our young people and in education.  

I have been keeping a lot of these new ones that I found this fall on a sticky note, but today I decided I needed something a little more organized.  And why not put it somewhere that I could share with everyone else too so I created a Google Doc to do just that.
You can find the New Tools, Apps, and Ideas for 2014- here.

I am going to use this to add the new things I find throughout the year.  I would love it if you shared new tools and apps too.  It will be best if we bring all of our ideas together.

At the bottom I also added Things We Can't Wait To Try Out.  This will be fun to see grow too.

Have fun trying out all of these new things with your students and teachers this year.  It is going to be a wonderful year for creating and sharing new tools and ideas.  

Let's Celebrate Dot Day With buncee and Leave Our Mark On The World!

Today is one of my favorite days of the year! 
It is Dot Day which we celebrate with Peter Reynolds and his inspiring book The Dot every September. I love the message of "leaving our mark on the world" and am inspired by this every single day. 

Last week I was speaking to my friends at buncee about Dot Day and the beautiful message behind this day and the book.
A representative from buncee said, 

"Although not an artist in the typical sense, buncee's CEO and founder Marie Arturi epitomizes Vashti's courage as she makes her mark on the world. After a personal loss to Diamond Blackfan Anemia, a rare blood disease, Marie created the Daniella Maria Arturi Foundation. In fact, it was after one of the foundation's events that the idea for buncee came about! She needed a way to create unique and personal digital content, and with a pinch of creative problem solving and a dash of courage, voila! Buncee came into being. It is the buncee team's hope that as buncee grows, we can give back to the Daniella Marie Arturi Foundation.

As a company dedicated to providing a space where creativity reigns supreme and connecting the dots with others is made easy, Dot Day's message hits home. We can't wait to partake in this day and to see how classrooms all around the world celebrate as well!"

I love that they are now empowering our young people to leave their mark with their amazing digital tool!  
Everyone at buncee created their very own to celebrate Dot Day and share their message with all of us. 
You can find a few of them here and all of them in the embedded buncee How The buncee Team Will Make Their Mark at the top.  When you click on one of the buncee's, it will take you to the original to take a closer look. 
Thank you to everyone at buncee for "Making Your Mark" for Dot Day. 
They shared a post, Activities for International Dot Dayon the buncee blog a few days ago.  It is filled with inspiration and great ideas.

We are so excited that you created your mark and shared with all of us!  

And we can't wait to see how all of you use buncee and leave your mark too. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

We Need To Convince Our Favorite Crayons Not To Quit!

Today I walked into Barnes & Noble to buy OTIS and the Scarecrow, the new book by my friend Loren Long.  

I was surprised to be greeted by several familiar faces holding up picketing signs.  They were Drew Daywalt's crayons, another amazing author friend, from one of my all-time-favorite picture books The Day The Crayons Quit.  
To make The Day The Crayons Quit even better, it is illustrated by another favorite, Oliver Jeffers. You just have to watch this video about Oliver and the beautiful, fun art he creates.  

I didn't know what all of this ruckus was about, but I sure couldn't wait to find out.  
I read the flyers around the store that are asking all of us to join the effort in helping the crayons. 

We all have until September 30th.  
There will be special events throughout the month at Barnes & Noble, with an ending event on the 30th announcing what the crayons decide.  
There are stationa set up with a big sign stating "I Support The Crayons" hanging above.  
You can draw a picture, write a letter, or send a message to the crayons on the sheets Penguin Young Readers and B & N have provided.  
Then put the in the box to share with the crayons.
You can also find different displays set up throughout the children's section that help support the different colors of crayons.  I love what they have paired together for each.
 One of the best places to follow the crayons campaign is on Twitter.  You can use the hashtag #supporthecrayons on Facebook and Twitter to tell how you are supporting the crayons and to see what others are doing too.
I had so much fun reading through the #supportthecrayons tweets and especially love the ones from @PenguinKids
If you can't get to a Barnes & Noble, check out the information about the Don't Let The Crayons Quit! campaign on their website
This is such a fun event to bring to our libraries, schools, and public libraries! 

There are so many ways we can tie this into our curriculum and schools. You need to check out the awesome Educator's Guide To The Day The Crayons Quit from Penguin Young Readers Group.  They have included pages for letter writing, sentence completion, and persuasive writing.  
The part I loved finding was the section entitled "Support the Crayons Campaign!" There are several fun activities that all of our kids will find so much fun.
My dear friend Matthew Winner just had Drew as a guest on his "Let's Get Busy Podcast" show.

The New York Times ran this article last week, Inviting Young Readers To Take Sides In A Crayon-Labor Dispute 
I can't wait to see what everyone does to help convince the crayons.  I sure hope they decide not to quit....

and can't wait to see what is in store for them next!