Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Join Us Tomorrow On August 5 For The Future Ready Librarians® Summer Summit With A Very Special Program & Lineup!

 

We hope you can join us for the Future Ready Librarians® Summer Summit tomorrow on August 5 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm EST.  There is still room and we would love to fill our virtual space with even more amazing Future Ready Librarians! 

 

The Future Ready Librarians® summit is a FREE, live, virtual, interactive, high-quality professional learning experience for librarians interested in learning, growing, and expanding their professional practice through collaboration and networking with like-minded colleagues from across the country. Recognizing the profound shifts in learning and teaching occurring in real time, this interactive online event will help librarians ground their practice in the research-based Future Ready Librarians Framework® and define new ways in which they can lead, teach, and support learning in their schools.

 

Leveraging the active Future Ready Librarians® community, the live summit is designed around authentic problems of practice identified by librarians. The 2021 Summer Summits will focus on listening to student voices and meeting students where they are -- examining what it means to be learner-centered as schools seek to return to something resembling ‘normal.

 

We will explore how to reimagine Future Ready Library programs and practice with the following topics:

 

  • Student needs and hopes as they return to school
  • Challenges of variability and equity among learners
  • Examining the connections between emotional and academic learning
We have an awesome line up of keynotes and ignite sessions including Britten Follett, Tom Murphy, Bill Bass, Kristina Holzweiss and Deborah Zeman, and our very special student guests, Olivia and Charlotte Van Ledtje, who will be presenting Kids Can Teach Us: Digital Creators Share Their Voice, Choices and Stories.

 

This is a LIVE event and sessions will not be recorded. 

 

Register today for this free event here.  We hope to see you there, friends. 

Monday, August 2, 2021

Celebrate World Elephant Day With The Elephant Sanctuary In This Flipgrid Live Event

 

World Elephant Day is on August 12 and our friends at Flipgrid have a very special event planned for all of us to be part of through the Flipgrid Live Events. 
On Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 12:00pm CST, we can join The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.  

As shared on the site, 

How do you care for and communicate with the world's largest land animal? On this World Elephant Day, join The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee to discover what it takes to be an elephant Caregiver, from prepping specialized diets to building trust with these giants. The Elephant Sanctuary is home to 10 elephants retired from zoos and circuses who depend on their Caregivers to daily individualized care so they can live their life to the fullest in 2,700 acres of natural habitat in Hohenwald, Tennessee. During this live event we’ll take you through the daily routine of an elephant Caregiver and share with you some of our favorite elephant facts. We’ll also virtually peek into The Sanctuary habitats via our live-streaming EleCams and hopefully spot some of our resident elephants enjoying their retirement. Join us and learn if you have what it takes to be an elephant Caregiver on Thursday August 12th.

Recommended Age Range: 7-12, but are all welcome.   

Through Flipgrid Live Events, you can connect your students with experts, and they can ask their questions via a fully moderated chat.  

I shared this with our students and families, and signed up myself.  I hope you join us too, friends. 

You can register for this free Flipgrid Live Event here.

Here Is The "August Choice Board Poster"....Making Choice Boards Easy & Organized For All Students To Access & Use

Hi friends, 

I want to share a little tip that I have been using for all of the different choice boards we use each month.  This will help when organizing and sharing choice boards with students at school and those learning remotely.  

Each month after I have my choice boards done, I pull them together in another Google Slide choice board.  

I add each choice board as an image and link the choice board to that image.  Under the image, I add a QR code for each choice board too.  

Our teachers can share the monthly choice board posters in Seesaw and Google Classroom.  This works great for our students at school and those learning at home.  

We also print the posters so our students with iPads can scan the QR codes.  This can also be projected on the screen in the classrooms for students to walk up to and scan.  

For this month, I have created the August Choice Boards poster that can be found here to share with your students.  If you would like to make edits or additions, you can make a copy here.

I hope you find these choice board posters helpful too. 



You've Been Virtually Book'd! Our Monthly eBook Program Using Capstone Connect For All Readers!

 

One of our favorite reading celebrations at Van Meter School are the...
...You've Been Book'd bags and lists that we have shared throughout the year. 

Our students and teachers love hanging the You've Been Book'd posters in their windows, reading the books, checking the boxes and trading them with other classrooms.  
It is so much fun.  You can read all about our You've Been Book'd program here and you will find the first one for this year and back-to-school here in this post.

Last year, as we were learning together virtually, I thought it would be fun and special to take our You've Been Book'd program online and use all of the wonderful eBooks in our Capstone Interactive to make this happen. 
And now, I am getting ready to kick off another year of our You've Been Virtually Book'd program using Capstone Connect, an amazing new platform from our friends at Capstone that connects PebbleGo, PebbleGo Next, Capstone Interactive eBooks and teachers resources in one place with links to use that connect to each resource.
Let me show you how I put the You've Been Virtually Book'd For August choice board together today.
First, I logged into our Capstone Connect
I searched for school eBooks using the Title Search in Capstone Connect. 
When I searched school, it gave me the results eBooks, PebbleGo articles and teacher resources.
For the choice board I created, I needed the book cover and link to the eBook.  

To view the eBook, I clicked on Our School and the eBook...
...opened up in Capstone Interactive.  This let me view the eBook and also grab the cover image. 
I then clicked on Copy Link and took it to the choice board. 
I then went back to the You've Been Virtually Book'd For August choice board I created in Google Slides.  I added the screen shot of the book cover, clicked on the image, and added the link I copied to the image. 
When our students and teachers click on the book covers, it will take them straight to the ebooks within Capstone Interactive.  

We don't even have to login because by using Capstone Connect it takes us directly to the eBooks and PebbleGo resources every time.  

We love our You've Been Book'd program and can't wait to celebrate reading in one more way with our students as we share our You've Been Virtually Book'd program every month! 
I made a template for you to create your own You've Been Virtually Book'd For August and Back-to-School.  You will find it here to make a copy, friends. 


20 FREE Zoo Tales Capstone eBooks For Weeks 9 and 10 Of Our Virtual Camp Adventure For All Readers!

Happy Monday, friends! 

I can't believe it is already Week 10 of our Virtual Camp Adventure. One of the best parts of our Virtual Camp Adventure this summer are the eBooks that our friends at Capstone have given all readers access to throughout these twelve weeks.  
On each of the bi-weekly choice boards, users will see a place where they can Click to Read and Listen to Capstone eBooks. For Weeks 9 and 10, there are 20 awesome zoo tale Capstone eBooks that our readers will love.  

They include eBooks like...
...and others. 

As I hear from my readers at Van Meter on the eBooks they are loving this summer, I am starting to make a little list of books I would like for our library this fall.  Our kids will love finding these familiar books on the shelves to read and check out.  
And you can find the links and information for our Virtual Camp Adventure capstonepub.com/camp here.  

Let me know if you have any trouble accessing the eBooks or the lists. I am happy to help you, friends. 

Our August Choice Board Is Here, Friends!

It's back-to-school time and that means a new year of planning wonderful reading, learning, engaging and creative activities, projects and programs for our students, teachers and school community.  

One of the first things I have been working on are the special monthly choice boards. I started putting these together last year for our students and teachers, and had so much fun sharing with all of you and your school communities. 

Each month, I will share the monthly choice board that contains special activities around monthly events like holidays and celebrations; the NEW monthly S.T.E.A.M. choice board; the Virtual Field Trip Buncee, which I add to all the time; and additional rotating resources for coding, reading, making and technology. 

Within the monthly choice boards, I do include other choice boards.  
In the August Choice Board, you will also find the August S.T.E.A.M. Choice Board found here
the Elementary Coding Choice Boards found here, 
Our Virtual Makerspace found here
the Let's Take A Trip Around The World Buncee found here, and...
...the Let's Celebrate Reading Choice Board found here.
I create most of my choice boards in Google Slides and Buncee. With each choice board in Google Slides, I share this with our students and teachers by publishing it to the web. 

In the image above, you can see how to do this by clicking on Share and Publish to the Web. 
The Publish to the Web window pops up that will direct you to publish to the web. It will give you a link that you will copy to share with students and teachers through Google Classroom, Seesaw and any other place you want to share this like social media and through QR codes. 

This is the link to the 2021 August Choice Board that you can share with your students. 

I will explain how I share choice board posters in an upcoming post. 
With each choice board, I also share the link to make edits and changes.  This is the copyable link to the 2021 August Choice Board.  Please feel free to use the choice board with your community and make changes to fit the needs of your learners and teachers. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or need help sharing and creating choice boards.  
I do have a Follett webinar coming up on choice boards too on September 23, 2021 at 2:00pm CST. You will find the link to register for Giving Students Voice and Choice With Collections, Choice Boards and More here in this post

Enjoy the rest of your summer and getting ready for a wonderful new year of school, friends. I hope the monthly and special choice boards will give you and your students special opportunities for reading, learning, creating, collaborating and having fun all year long. 

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Let's Celebrate Zoo Tales For Week 10 Of Our Virtual Camp Adventure!

                 

It's time for Week 10 of Our Virtual Camp Adventure!  And we will be celebrating Zoo Tales. 

All students and families can visit capstonepub.com/camp to access this 12-week long fun summer learning and reading adventure with our friends at Buncee and Capstone

This week, just click on Week 9 & 10 Zoo Tales and it will take you to the choice board filled with reading, making, moving, coding, stem, technology and fun virtual field trips around the world.  
The choice board also includes a Buncee Weekly Challenge that will be so much fun for everyone to create and share.  If they do not have Buncee, there is a place to click New To Buncee for their free summer trial.  

In the left hand corner, they will find a place to click to Read and Listen To Zoo Tale Capstone eBooks. 
All they have to do to read and listen to the eBooks is click on the eBook covers.  They are directly linked so a username and password is not required. 
And if they need help, there is a Family Help button on each choice board slide and...
...on the bottom of the capstonepub.com/camp page. 
This document includes How To Use The Virtual Camp Adventure With Your Children This Summer and...
...Directions For Using The Virtual Camp Adventure Choice Boards. 

I hope all of the children and families have a special summer visiting Our Virtual Camp Adventure.  I can't wait to see and hear all of the different ways it is used and what is learned, read, and created from this amazing summer experience. 
And don't forget, friends....There will be prizes for librarians and teachers throughout the summer.  I will be sharing the second one in a couple of weeks.  You can read all about the Virtual Summer Camp Giveaway here

Oh, and if you need to make a copy of the choice board, please visit this post for the link and directions. 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Join Us On August 4 For The NEW Webinar, Going Back To School With Capstone Connect!

As we get ready to go back to school this fall, I am excited to be using Capstone Connect to help me in the library, as I collaborate and co-teach with our teachers, and in dreaming up all kinds of new ways to use it with our students. 
Next week, on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 3:00pm CST, you can join Bryan Schmidt and I for a NEW Capstone Connect webinar to share these ideas and more. 

As shared on the Going Back To School With Capstone Connect webinar invite, 

You're invited to join us on Wednesday, August 4 from 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. CDT for "Going Back to School with Capstone Connect". During this webinar, you'll get an inside look at Capstone Connect including the newest enhancements to the intuitive, easy-to-use search tool that helps teachers find the exact content they need from a comprehensive collection of PebbleGo modules, thematic Capstone Interactive eBook bundles, and compilations of Capstone instructional materials, all aligned to state and national standards. 

Capstone's EdTech Marketing Manager, Bryan Schmidt, and future-ready teacher-librarian, Shannon McClintock Miller, will all also give you tips, tricks, and ready-to-use examples that will equip you with the tools you'll need to create fun, engaging lessons and activities for your students. 

Can't make the webinar? No problem! Everyone who registers will receive a link to the recording.

You can register for the webinar, Going Back To School With Capstone Connect, here.  We hope to see you there, friends. 



Monday, July 26, 2021

Let's Celebrate Zoo Tales For Week 9 Of Our Virtual Camp Adventure!

It's time for Week 9 of Our Virtual Camp Adventure!  And we will be celebrating Zoo Tales. 

All students and families can visit capstonepub.com/camp to access this 12-week long fun summer learning and reading adventure with our friends at Buncee and Capstone

This week, just click on Week 9 & 10 Zoo Tales and it will take you to the choice board filled with reading, making, moving, coding, stem, technology and fun virtual field trips around the world.  
The choice board also includes a Buncee Weekly Challenge that will be so much fun for everyone to create and share.  If they do not have Buncee, there is a place to click New To Buncee for their free summer trial.  

In the left hand corner, they will find a place to click to Read and Listen To Zoo Tale Capstone eBooks. 
All they have to do to read and listen to the eBooks is click on the eBook covers.  They are directly linked so a username and password is not required. 
And if they need help, there is a Family Help button on each choice board slide and...
...on the bottom of the capstonepub.com/camp page. 
This document includes How To Use The Virtual Camp Adventure With Your Children This Summer and...
...Directions For Using The Virtual Camp Adventure Choice Boards. 

I hope all of the children and families have a special summer visiting Our Virtual Camp Adventure.  I can't wait to see and hear all of the different ways it is used and what is learned, read, and created from this amazing summer experience. 
And don't forget, friends....There will be prizes for librarians and teachers throughout the summer.  I will be sharing the second one in a couple of weeks.  You can read all about the Virtual Summer Camp Giveaway here

Oh, and if you need to make a copy of the choice board, please visit this post for the link and directions.