Friday, August 28, 2015

"Just Make A Mark For Dot Day & See Where It Takes You"....In The Halls & Library At Amana Elementary

When the students at Amana Elementary enter the library hallway next week, they will be excited to see a new display created by their teacher librarian Heather Fox inviting them to make their mark on the world! 
Her teacher smiled.  Just make a mark and see where it takes you! 
are from The Dot by Peter Reynolds.
Once in the library, they will be invited to make their mark by adding an illustration of their own....
 just like one of the 3rd graders at Amana Elementary did last year.  
And what makes it so special this time of year, is that we are all getting ready to celebrate International Dot Day September 15ish. 
And just look at how many are already signed up to connect and make their mark around the world!

If you haven't signed up for Dot Day this year, please register here.
And if you are looking for making connections with other students, libraries and schools to celebrate Dot Day with, please check out our Collaborative Google Doc.

There are dozens of teacher librarians and educators around the world planning their Dot Day connections and celebrations here....It is awesome!
You can connect to a lot of ideas for Dot Day here and Heather, the teacher librarian who created this beautiful display and who happens to be my beautiful sister....
shared the Google Doc of the materials to create this in your library and school too.
 She found that adorable fabric on
You can follow Heather and her Dot Day adventures on the Amana School Community Library Facebook page.  This is one of the things that she is planning before school starts next week....just wait until you see what else she has going on.
Dot Day and Peter Reynolds, a favorite in their library and all of ours, have brought all of us together in such a special way.

I can't wait to see where the marks of her students take them all year long.  

And those of your students too. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Smashing Smore and Canva Together....What A Beautiful Result!

Two of my favorite digital tools are Smore and Canva!   So being able to smash them together in one project is the best!

My daughter Brianna and I have been working on a new project all about being connected.  We decided to put it together using Smore because it creates such an awesome online newsletter that is easy to combine lots of elements that are easy to share, edit and embed.

One thing that I always want to do though is really spice up my projects and make them totally unique.  So this is when I turn to Canva, my favorite graphic design tool!
Within Smore, you are able to add Pictures....
either as a Big Photo or a collage of three in a Photo Gallery.

I wanted to add two different types of text boxes to the Smore, so I created Canva's to serve as big photos.
I wanted one to be square and hold lots of information, so I choose the Social Media Design within Canva.
This created a great Canva to be used!  I love how it turned out....and how it really completed my new blog design that I also created with Canva.
Next, I wanted to find a design that was skinny to be used as titles for each of the 12 ways to be connected. For this one, I used one of the new designs within Canva....Etsy Banner.
It created just the look I wanted.
You can see by smashing Canva into Smore it creates such a beautiful result! 

12 Ways To Be Connected....A New Smore To Help You Become A Connected Librarian, Educator, Learner and Person Too!

There are so many ways to be connected as a librarian, educator, learner and person.

We use several different social networks and digital tools, while connecting face-to-face and in virtual events as well.
At back-to-school time, my daughter Brianna and I thought it would be fun to celebrate by sharing 12 of our favorite ways to be connected with all of you. 
We will be sharing all of them on this Smore and writing a blog post on my blog, The Library Voiceto go along with each. The posts will give a few more details and tips to help you.

In the 12 Ways To Be Connected Smore that Brianna and I share, you will find a path to becoming a connected educator too.