Saturday, October 25, 2014

School Libraries Matter! A New Message From Capstone Library & School Library Journal At The SLJ Summit Today!

This weekend I have the honor of being part of the School Library Journal Summit in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Surrounded by amazing teacher librarians, publishers, thought leaders, and friends is wonderful in itself, but being asked to be part of a new conversation started by Capstone Library and School Library Journal makes it even sweeter. 

David Samuelson, general manager from Capstone Library, and Rebecca Miller, editorial editor of School Library Journal and Library Journal, kicked off our day by telling us about this new conversation focused around the changing role of the school librarian.  
This beautiful video tells the story of how our roles, libraries, schools, and education is changing.

We, as teacher librarians, need to embrace the importance of this for ourselves, our school communities, and most of all the young people we work with everyday.

All of us can be part of this conversation by using and following #SchoolLibrariesMatter on Twitter. I can't wait to see where this goes and the difference that it will make.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How Fun! Check Out The Annual Vocabulary Bowl From Vocabulary.com!

I just found something super fun online from one of my favorite websites for kids, Vocabulary.com!

It is the annual Vocabulary Bowl!
Your students will be participating with other students in the United States and Canada to become the leader that can master the most words during the 2014-15 school year.
It will be fun for them to keep track of the leaders within the Vocabulary Bowl....especially of your schools progress.
I hope you check it out for your students, teachers, and school community too.  You can sign up here and start playing right away.

Good luck and have fun!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hagan Loves The New Tynker App.....Perfect For Hour Of Code & Beyond!

Hagan and I have been having so much fun learning more about coding. 

There are several apps that can be used but we really love one that we downloaded on our iPad this last weekend. This one is new to us, but definitely not a new coding program or resource.  It is from the people at Tynker.  
Last year I introduced all of the students to coding and terms like HTML, programming, and of course....coding.  The young people had an amazing time using Tynker, along with several other websites and apps.
I put together the Coding. Coding. Coding. Symbaloo webmix and continue to add to and update this one.  You can share this with your students and school community too.
For the next app from Tynker, download it from iTunes....It is free and they also have a paid version for $4.99.
Hagan just loved created his very own heros and villans.
It was so fun to program the different characters throughout the game to move, hide, wait, and many other actions. Hagan thought that was the best part.  It kept him engaged and interested for a long time.  He wanted to do the best that he could in order to see what happened to the characters next.
Finding this new coding app and visiting the resources we have been using gets us even more excited for a wonderful event coming up in December.

This is the second year we have celebrated Hour of Code.  This year it is being held December 8-14. You can sign up and get connected to so many resources on the website.
There are various companies who have included free resources for Hour of Code....Tynker is one of them.  Just wait until you see all of the activities they have included for our students to use when learning to code.  They are awesome!  

Yesterday one of my friends shared an interesting article on my Facebook.... There's One Skill Worth More Than A Harvard Degree....And Anyone Can Learn It.  This is such an important skill for our young people to learn and embrace.  It is something that they all love and one that will prove to be important in their future.