Saturday, February 24, 2024

Diversity and Awareness In Early Chapter Books....Watch This Amazing NEW Capstone Webinar Here, Friends.

This week, I loved listening to the wonderful new Capstone webinar, Diversity and Awareness in Early Chapter Books. This was part of the For The LOVE Of Reading Webinar Series from our friends at Capstone. 
In this webinar, Miriam Moore-Keish, Content Strategist at Capstone, welcomed special guest authors, Bryan Patrick Avery, Saadia Karuqi and Anita Nahta Amin, for an amazing conversation. 

I also put together a choice board filled with lots of special books and eBooks from these three amazing Capstone authors. You will find it here where you can learn more about these books and find the book list.

Friday, February 23, 2024

A Fun and Interactive Place To Share Our New Capstone Books and eBooks! You Can Use This Template For Your New Books Too, Friends.

I love finding fun and new ways to share the new books we have in our library and online.  

This week, I took all of our NEW Capstone books from the Spring 2024 collection that we just added to our library in print and digital...
... and created this interactive choice board. I will display this by the new Capstone books on the shelves and share the link with our teachers and students. 
To create this interactive choice board, I went to Capstone Interactive and search all of the new books by title. 
When the book popped up, I clicked on Open and...
...copied the link in the upper right hand corner. 
Then I went to the choice board, and hyperlinked that link to the book cover of The Kindness Booth.  

I did that for each book. 
When all of the links were added to the book covers, I went to File and down to Share and Publish to the Web. 
This is the link that you will share with students and teachers so they read and listen to these new Capstone eBooks. 
In this special choice board, you will find these books and eBooks 
Here is a template of this choice board that you can make a copy of to add your own links. 
And here is the list of these Capstone books and eBooks where you can find information on each title.

I love sharing eBooks with our school community in this way. It is a great way to get even more books into the hands of our readers at school, home and on the go.  I hope you find it helpful too, friends. 

Turn The March 2024 PebbleGo & PebbleGo Next Monthly Holiday Calendar Into An Interactive Research Choice Board For Your Students & Teachers!

Our friends at Capstone create these special PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next Holiday Calendars each month. 

In this post, I share more about the PebbleGo Monthly Calendars. 
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. 
The teachers even use the PebbleGo Calendars for mini research opportunities throughout each week. The students use PebbleGo Create to share what they learn throughout the month with the calendars. 
Last year, when I was sharing the calendars with teachers and students, I thought....Hey, this would be really fun in a choice board! 
So, I opened up a Google Slide, uploaded the PebbleGo March 2024 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.  

For example, National Pig Day is March 1st. 
I went to PebbleGo and found the article. I grabbed the link, as shown in the image above. 
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.  

If you want to use the template to create your own, you will find the Google Slide here to make a copy and add links to the PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next articles. 
And to make it a choice board, just Publish to the web, as shown in this image above. 
You will share that Published Link with your students.  

I love sharing these interactive PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next Holiday Calendars with our students and teachers. They love learning all about these special days that are highlighted each month too.

I am excited to have the March 2024 PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next ready to go for the month.I hope you will find ways to use it with your students and teachers this month too.