Sunday, October 2, 2022

The October 2-8 Capstone Holiday Calendar Is Here! You Can Turn It Into An Interactive Calendar For Your Students Too.

The October 2-8 Capstone Holiday Calendar is here! 


During the first of September, I shared the 2022-23 Capstone Holiday Calendar. 

This is one of my favorite resources to share in our library and with our teachers and students for their classroom, and even with our families to use at home. 
On each monthly calendar, all kinds of special holidays and events are shared. 

Capstone then paired up their Capstone Interactive eBooks and PebbleGo/PebbleGo Next articles with these special holidays and events. 

I use them to look ahead each week and pull books and Capstone Interactive eBooks for our students and teachers to use to explore, learn and celebrate. 
This week there are several special events. I went into our Capstone Interactive to search to see what books we had as eBooks and articles from PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next. 

I can share the links to the eBooks and articles in Seesaw or Google Classroom. 
I also thought of an idea!  

I could take the calendar apart and make a Google Presentation, one slide per week, for the whole year! 

On the slide above, I just took a screen shot of next week and then added screen shots of the PebbleGo articles and eBooks below. Then I went back into Capstone Interactive to grab all of the links attaching them to the images. 

This will be so much fun to create and share with the teachers and students all throughout the year. 

You will find a copy of the 2022-23 Capstone Holiday Choice Board here if you'd like to follow along and use it for your school too. You will have to add your own links to PebbleGo, PebbleGo Next and the eBooks that you have within your own collection. 
And just remember, to share it with your students as a choice board, you will go to Edit and then down to Publish to the Web. It will give you a link and that is what you share with your students. 
I am leaving the past weeks in the Google Slides presentation....just scroll through them to find the past weeks. 
I also share this as a poster for our littles with iPads too. 
You can download the 2022-2023 Capstone Holiday Calendar here

And as this tweet from Capstone shares, if you want a physical calendar, please reach out to your Capstone rep. 

I find it so helpful to have this handy so I can get the books I want to add to our library collection. 

Join Me This Week For A NEW Follett Webinar....Bringing Reading To Life, Making and Technology! You Can Register Here, Friends.


We are excited to announce a new Follett Community Webinar Series this fall, Bringing Reading To Life. 

Yesterday, we kicked this webinar series off with Part One: In Your Library and In Your School. You can find the recording, resources and certificate of participation here on Follett Community

The next webinar, Part Two: Making and Technology will be this week on October 5, 2022 at 4:00pm CST. 

In the second in a series of three short presentations, Shannon McClintock Miller will share engaging ways you can bring reading to life for your students. You’ll learn how to create amazing spaces and experiences within your library and throughout the school community to boost students’ motivation and excitement to read.

There are so many engaging and wonderful ways to bring reading to life for students, teachers, and families within the library and school community. One approach is to cultivate amazing places in our libraries and classrooms for making through Makerspaces and opportunities using technology.

This fall, join Van Meter, Iowa, district teacher librarian and Future Ready Librarians® spokesperson Shannon McClintock Miller as she breaks down the special ways you can bring reading to life in a series of three short webinars.

In the second webinar in the series, “Bringing Reading to Life Part II: Making and Technology,” Miller will share ideas, strategies, and tips on how to bring literacy to life through making and with digital tools and apps in a fun, creative, and exciting session. This fast-paced presentation will be filled with project ideas, wonderful books that encourage making, meaningful moments to tie in STEAM, and so much more. She will leave you inspired to bring making to your classroom and library through literacy every day too.

In this webinar, you will learn:

• How to make your library a special place for all readers by offering Makerspaces and opportunities to use technology

• Ideas on how to make picture and chapter books fit into these opportunities and Makerspaces

• Ways to integrate STEM and STEAM topics into learning

• How to spread the love of reading throughout the school in unique and meaningful ways

Register for any of my presentations. If you cannot attend, you will receive a link to the recording(s) and can watch at your convenience.

You can register for Bringing Reading To Life Part Two: Making and Technology here.

Turn The October PebbleGo Monthly Holiday Calendar Into An Interactive PebbleGo & PebbleGo Next Choice Board!


Earlier this year, I wrote about the super fun holiday calendars that our friends at Capstone create and share each month.  
You will find this post explaining more here on my blog

I love making paper copies of these to share with our teachers and kids. They hang them up in their classrooms and hang them in our library too. I also share them online through social media and as an image in Google Classroom or Seesaw. 

Today, as I was sharing some of these special days with our students, I thought....Hey, this would be really fun in a choice board! 
So, I opened up a Google Slide, uploaded the PebbleGo October 2022 Holidays Calendar, and added a little chalk board with text over the top.  
Then I went through the calendar and found every special day in PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next.  When I found the article, I grabbed the link, as shown at the top. 
I took that link and added a linked text box around each special date. 
Now, when the kids click on a holiday, it will take them directly to that PebbleGo article.  

I can't wait to share this with our students and teachers tomorrow.  If you want to use the template to create your own, you will find the Google Slide here
And to make it a choice board, just Publish to the web. 

I plan to do this every month so will keep on sharing them with all of you too.