Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Using Research Projects To Teach Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship...A New Guide From Capstone

As librarians, teachers and parents, it is more important than ever to equip our children with the media literacy and digital citizenship skills they need.  As librarians and teachers, we look for ways to weave these skills within the curriculum and throughout each day.  

To help us with this process, Capstone has created a new microguide which will help us understand how to use research projects to teach media literacy and digital citizenship.  

The topics covered within the microguide include:
  • Defining project purpose
  • Source credibility
  • Copyright and plagiarism
  • Participation in media
You will find the guide here on the Capstone site, which you can download and print to use and share with your teachers and others.  

As a teacher librarian, I love using research project to not only introduce and reinforce these skills in the library, but to make them stick in the classroom and throughout other parts of their lives too.  

Flipgrid Is Now FREE FOR ALL As They Partner With Microsoft & Start A New Chapter!

Our friends at Flipgrid and Microsoft have announced something that will change education and amplify student voice in amazing new ways!
As Flipgrid announced yesterday on social media and their blog,

We are proud to announce that Flipgrid is now a part of Microsoft, sharing a mission to empower every student to achieve more. And just like Office 365, Flipgrid is now free for all educators and students.

This is going to give every library, classroom, and school community the chance to empower and amplify the voice of every learner through Flipgrid and the amazing tools Microsoft has created.

And again, one of the best parts....Flipgrid is now free for all librarians, teachers and students! 

Thank you Flipgrid and Microsoft for bringing such exciting news to all of us and making safe, engaging and wonderful learning spaces for our students and schools.  YOU all make such a special difference in the world.  


Monday, June 18, 2018

NEW ISTE and ALA Conference Collections For All Of Us To Curate and Share!

As we get ready for the ALA Annual and ISTE Conferences next week, we are thinking about and planning for all of the wonderful resources which will be shared, created and celebrated throughout each event.  

When I go to ALA and ISTE, I save events in a Google Doc, share and save using Twitter and write notes in my program guides.  I know that all of you have your own way of saving and curating things as well.  

This year I am going to use Collections by Destiny.  In fact, I already created a Collection for each conference to start saving things before they even start.  

I made the two Collections public and open so all of us can add resources as we collaborate and share.  Together, we can make these Collections awesome archives of the learning, collaborating and sharing that takes place this year during ISTE and ALA.  
You will find Our 2018 ISTE Collection here,  You can share using bit.ly/ISTE18collectionbydestiny too. 
You will find Our 2018 ALA Collection here.  You can share using bit.ly/ALA18collectionbydestiny too.  

Let me know if you have any questions.  I can't wait to see what everyone shares.  Please feel free to add your presentations, events and other resources.  

And for those of you who are #NotAtISTE or #NotAtALAAC, please follow and add too.  

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Unicorn Books For Magical, Fun and Special Read Alouds

My book purchases of the weekend included two of my new favorites by Ame Dyckman, another one of my all-time favorites!

I can't wait to use Misunderstood Shark with lots of other shark books, projects and connections during Shark Week in July and this fall. You can read more about these ideas here in this post from my blog.

As for the other book, You Don't Want A Unicorn, it is one of the funniest, happiest, most magical books!  And for sure one of the best read aloud books ever!

In fact, I find all books about unicorns magical and there are so many wonderful ones out there to share with your readers.
I have brought together a Padlet full of unicorn books and room to add lots more.  You will find it here.

What are your favorite unicorn books, friends?  Please share them on the Padlet too.  

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Plan Your Skype Adventures for 2018-19 With This New Calendar of Events!

I love finding wonderful learning events to celebrate all year long.  This brings excitement to libraries and classrooms through connecting, learning and collaborating with others around the world throughout the year. 
Last week, our friends at Skype in the Classroom announced their calendar of events for 2018-19 and it is amazing! 

Take a look at the monthly events....
I can't wait to celebrate all of these events and more with Skype in the Classroom and my students, teachers and others around the world too.

You will find the 2018-19 Skype in the Classroom Calendar here

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

35 Genre Shelf Markers From Our Friends At Capstone!

I was so excited to get an email from Capstone that said, Free Shelf Markers!  

Our students love using shelf markers.  This special set from Capstone are focused around all of the different genres found in our libraries so they will be perfect at getting them excited and interested in lots of different types of reading in the library and classroom.
There are 35 in the genre shelf marker set and can be formatted to print on 8.5 x 11 paper.  You will see in this post on the Capstone Facebook page how they look on the shelf.

As you can see from the picture above, they include lots of the wonderful Capstone characters, popular genres and...
...cover different age levels too.  You will see that in the two different Sports shelf marker above.

These can be printed off to also use as bookmarks.  I can see these being a great little giveaway when learning about the organization of the library, how to find books in the library and the different genres.  It would be fun to see which genres are most popular and read too!

You can visit this webpage to get the free shelf markers. 

Thank you Capstone!  

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Shark Books, Projects, Songs and A Lot More Shark Resources For World Oceans Month and Shark Week!

I love finding picture books that can be turned into wonderful reading and learning experiences for students in the library, classroom and even at home.

Last week I came across How To Survive As A Shark!  From the moment I saw it, I knew it was going to excite readers and hook them into wanting to learn more about sharks.
The author is Kristen Foote and...
 the illustrator is Erica Salcedo.  
Kristen is also the author of How to Survive as a Firefly, which is another one that will lead to lots of creative and meaningful reading, writing, creating and listening.  

You will find Kristen's website here

Let me give you a little peak into How To Survive As A Shark now.  I know you will love this book just as much as Hagan and me!  
Inside the book jacket, you will read,

How to Survive as a Shark provides a unique take on fish science that will entertain and educate in and out of the classroom.  
If you've ever wondered how to think and swim like a shark, and you like to laugh, while you learn, this book is for you!  
I love how fun little hidden facts,
quizzes,
funny and amazing illustrations,
detailed sketches,
and intriguing content brings readers into the story wanting to know even more.
Towards the back of the book, you will find some of the best stuff!

There is a Frequently Asked Questions page that is from the voice of a shark.  So funny and interesting....kids will love this and you can turn it into an interesting discussion or project.
There is even an Author's Disclaimer page.....I can't wait to try to connect with Kristen and Erica!
As I was learning more about the book, I even came across this sweet book trailer and an amazing site with even more!  
 You will find tons of How To Survive Activities on Kristen's website here.
 And lots of How to Survive Printable Resources too!  You will find them here.
I love all of these ideas for all areas of the curriculum, including art, music, the library and more.

Think about how this one book cab be the springboard to so many learning opportunities and experiences.  It is also a wonderful book to inspire collaboration between librarians, classroom teachers and even others around the world who are shark experts and enthusiasts.
One of my favorite activities and projects is to have our students create their own digital projects about what they are learning and investigating.

And one of my favorite digital tools and apps to use when they are creating is Buncee!
They will find lots of background, stickers, animations and can even search YouTube videos about sharks to embed into the pages.

Not only is this the perfect way to see and hear what they have learned and know, a Buncee can be used as a tool to make global connections and share their work and voice with others within the community and throughout the world.
Skype in the Classroom is another place to find these connections!
I especially would love to take part in this one...Sharks and Their Amazing Adaptations.  You can request this virtual field trip here
Of course this post is timely with Oceans Month 2018 being this month in June too! You can read more about all of the activities and events Skype in the Classroom, Buncee and others are hosting here.

Now, as you get ready for Oceans Month in June, remember that Shark Week is also starting again on July 22.

Animal research and connecting your readers and researchers to the best shark content available is super important and there are three of my favorite things.
One of my favorite places to go to research sharks is PebbleGo Animals and PebbleGo Animales.  PebbleGo will be a favorite stop of your students and teachers too!

First thing I did was type in Sharks into the search bar at the top.
There are 8 different articles on sharks which include awesome photos, a video,
an Activity which has students label each sharks parts,
Share What You Activity, map and more!
A great series to pair up with the shark articles in PebbleGo is the All About Sharks series from our friends at Capstone and I hear they have an exciting NEW book coming out this fall....
All About Sharks 4D!  With this one, they will really be able to make reading about sharks come to life! 

Think about how meaningful and fun learning and researching sharks, along with lots of other animals, will be for your students.  It was definitely a game changer for our school too.
Second, you must check out Sharks4Kids!  
I love this resource and the goal behind Sharks4Kids.  It contains not only educational materials, but also lots of resources and activities for our kids!  

I can't wait to connect with Sharks4Kids next year as we celebrate and learn more about sharks too.
ONE MORE new book I am super excited about is Misunderstood Shark by....
 Ame Dyckman and...
illustrated by Scott Magoon. 

As it says online, Explosively funny, extraordinarily clever, and even full of fun shark facts, this surprisingly endearing story gets to the heart of what it feels like to be misunderstood by the people around you. With a surprise twist ending, Misunderstood Shark will have kids rolling with laughter!

I can't wait to share this one with my little friends too! 
You will also find some awesome activities, shark quiz and video on this website too. 
And last but not least, to bring all of these resources and more together, I created A Shark Collection by Destiny for all of us to use, share and feel free to make a copy too.  You will find it here. 

If you have something to add or want to be a collaborator, please let me know.  I will continue to add things too. 

Happy World Oceans Month and Shark Week, friends.  I hope you have fun using and sharing these shark resources. 
I added this topic to Capstone Community so if you have something to share, please feel free to share it there too.  You will find it here