Sunday, January 23, 2022

Join The StickTogether January Challenge... Random Acts of Kindness. There's A Special Choice Board To Share Too!


Our friends at StickTogether are kicking off a special new monthly activity for 2022. 

They are the StickTogether Monthly Challenges!  

In January, the StickTogether Month Challenge celebrates Random Acts of Kindness

Using the amazing January Challenge, Random Acts of Kindness template found here.... can challenge your students to take part in these mini Random Acts of Kindness challenges.  

I just love these....Play With Someone New At Recess, Sit By Someone New At Lunch, Spend Tie With A Loved One, Call A Friend or Family Member and so many others that will inspire kindness within our students and throughout our school community. It will be fun to share these with our students. 

To participate in the StickTogether Challenge #1...Random Acts of Kindness, share one student's StickTogether Random Act of Kindness Challenge story on this Google Form that you will find here.
You can share photos to tell the story. 

We can #STChallenge and tag @byStickTogether when sharing photos and stories on social too. 

StickTogether will choose one winning StickTogether Challenge story each month.  The winner will get one FREE Standard StickTogether Kit that you choose. 
Also, at the bottom of the Google Form, there is a link for a certificate you can print out to give students for their Random Act of Kindness. Our kids will LOVE these and what a special way to celebrate their kindness. 
To go along with the January StickTogether Challenge, I put together the Random Acts of Kindness Choice Board.  You can share this link with your students or make a copy here

I am so excited for the StickTogether Challenges and can't wait for a new one each month. 

QRCode Monkey Creates The Coolest QR Codes! Look How It Helps Me Make Monthly QR Code Posters To Share!

I make QR codes for a lot of different resources every week and my favorite QR code generator is QRCode Monkey.  I love how easy it is to make a QR code pointing to the resource I want to share, but also how it lets me include a small image of the resource in the center. 

Let me show you how to use QRCode Monkey! 

I use QRCode Monkey each month as I make and share the monthly choice boards. Today, as I was getting the February Choice Board ready to share with our teachers, I put together the QR code too. 

First, I grab the link by clicking on Publish To The Web. Just copy that link and...
...take it over to QRCode Monkey. You will paste that link into Your URL. 
Next, go down to Add Logo Image and Upload a small screen shot of the choice board. 
Click on Create QR Code and watch as your...
....QR Code is created.  
You can download the QR code or take a little screen shot. 

Then I head back to Google Slides to make the QR Code poster I will share with our teachers and students. I upload the QR Code and a screen shot of the choice board. I can share this with them digitally by publishing this choice board to share in their Google Classroom or Seesaw or make a...
....paper copy so they can scan it easily with their device.  This is how our youngest learners access the choice boards because they use iPads. 
It's that simple! You will find QRCode Monkey here, friends. 

You've Been Book'd For February! And Our NEW Monthly Virtually Book'd 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.
Here is our You've Been Book'd for February. 

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 February choice board together today.
First, I logged into our Capstone Connect
I searched for "Valentine" eBooks using the Title Search in Capstone Connect. 
When I searched "Valentine", 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.  It is super easy to Copy the Link in Capstone Connect. You can see it circled on the right. 

To view the eBook, I clicked on Valentine's Day 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 February 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 this template for you to create your own You've Been Virtually Book'd For February.  If you have Capstone Interactive eBooks, you can find the link and add them to the book covers I have included above or take this template and fill in your own eBooks and choices for February. 
You will find the February You've Been Virtually Book'd template without eBook covers here.

Happy Reading, friends. 

Saturday, January 22, 2022

You Will Find The Recording, Slides and Resources The Follett Webinar, Digital Tools and Apps: Essential Tools For Curriculum-Focused Teacher Librarians, Here, Friends


On January 12, 2022, we kicked off the year of Follett Webinars with a brand new one, Digital Tools and Apps: Essential Tools for Curriculum-Focused Teacher Librarians. 

As shared online, 

As teacher librarians, finding the right digital tools and apps to use within the library and classroom is one of the keys to our success as we work with students and teachers. As we discover and test digital tools and apps that support the curriculum and empower our students as creators, we illustrate in unique and engaging ways our expertise, and so much more – including our awareness of what students have learned and are passionate about. 


In this webinar, join technology-centered Future Ready Librarian® Shannon McClintock Miller as she shares her box of essential tools for curriculum-focused teacher librarians. Shannon will share details about each tool and app, diving into examples she has used with her preschool to Grade 12 students. You will leave with a new toolbox of digital resources and apps, and you’ll feel inspired to use them as you support your teachers and students. 

In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn how Shannon supports the library and technology program within her school through the ISTE and Computer Science Standards.

  • Learn about several essential digital tools for apps and curriculum-focused teacher librarians within the categories of reading and learning, creation, collaboration, connecting experiences, and more.

  • Hear how Shannon uses this toolbox of digital tools and apps with her preschool to Grade 12 students.

  • Be able to use and share the digital tools and apps with your school community using Collections by Destiny®, which Shannon will discuss at the end of the webinar. 
You will find the recording, slides and resources here in Follett Community.

It's Time For Our February Choice Board! You Will Find TWO Versions This Month & the Links For Both Here, Friends.

February is a week away and we are getting ready for a new month filled with learning, exploring, creating, collaboration and fun. 

There are many things happening in February so Our February Choice Board is filled with lots of places to connect our learners to these events and information.  

This month, I made two versions of the February Choice Board to share.  
Version #1 includes the Let's Learn About Presidents' Day Choice Boards created with PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next. 

You can share this link with your students for Version #1 and if you want to make changes you will find it here to edit too
If you don't have PebbleGo and don't want to make any changes, you can use Version #2 which includes links to the Groundhog Day Choice Board and National Geographic Kids to learn more about the Presidents.  

You can share this link with your students for Version #2 and if you want to make changes you will find it here to edit

Let me walk you through this months choice boards. 
In the first column, I included choice boards for Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day.  
You will find the Happy Valentine's Day Choice Board here. This is where you can make changes if you'd like. 
I included two choice boards for Presidents' Day on Version #1.  The first is for grades TK-3rd here and...
On Version #2, I included the Groundhog Day Choice Board.  You will find everything you need for this one here
I also included a place for the Let's Take A Trip Around The World Buncee Choice Board, 
which you can find here too
And just as a reminder, remember to share it with your students by Publishing it to the web and sharing that link.  It will just show the slide when you share it that way. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or need help.  I am always happy to share and help you in any way. 

Have fun getting ready for February for your learners at school and for those learning virtually too. 

Friday, January 21, 2022

Join Us In The "PebbleGo Educators FaceBook Group", Friends!


Friends, I have a special new place to share with all of you!  It's the PebbleGo Educators Facebook Group.

I am so excited to connect in this special group to learn, share, and collaborate with others who use PebbleGo too. 

As shared in the group, 

Welcome to the official PebbleGo Educators community group! Are you ready to boost engagement with your elementary students?! Join the growing PebbleGo community group to connect with other PebbleGo users across the country. This private group is open to all PebbleGo users.
🔹 Connect & discuss ideas with other PebbleGo Users
🔹 Get support from other users
🔹 First look at upcoming PebbleGo content
🔹 Tips, tricks, and examples on how to implement PebbleGo
🔹 Interactive tutorials
🔹 Ideas for activities & edtech tool integration
🔹 Opportunities to provide direct feedback
🔹 Participate in surveys, Q&As, and polls
🔹 Exclusive PebbleGo resources 

Take a look at a few of the things that have been shared. 
Great new PebbleGo resources, 
lesson plans and activity ideas, 
...and even our Capstone webinar from yesterday.  

I love these ideas from Capstone and can't wait to see ideas from other librarians and teachers. 

You can join the PebbleGo Educators Facebook Group here

You've Been Virtually Book'd With These Summer Reading Books....A Special Program and List I Use Within Our Destiny Discover & Library Each Month!

With the new year here, there are so many things that will take place in the upcoming months. 

One of those events is summer reading.  I see more and more resources and conversations every day about summer reading programs, activities and experiences we can offer our students and their families.  It is more important than ever to think about how we can best support our readers in meaningful, helpful and personalized ways. 

When I think about summer reading, I think about how successful we have been at including not only wonderful books, but also eBooks, audio books and other digital resources within our library summer reading program.  So this month, I got a jump start on summer reading and put together a list and choice board filled with 14 new and favorite print and eBooks from our Destiny Discover that will be perfect for summer reading. 

And being in a preschool to 12th grade school, I made sure to include something special for all of our readers.  
With these eBooks, I put together a choice board. 

Let me show you how I set up this choice board for my school community. 

First, I created the choice board in a Google Slide.  I added the covers of the 14 eBooks I included in this choice board. 

Second, I went to our Destiny Discover and...

...grabbed the links to each eBook.  

This is easy to do.  You just search for the eBook, click on the three little dots next to Open, and this drop down menu will appear. 
Click on Share and the link to the book will pop up. That is the url to share in the choice boards. 
Take the copied link and add it to the book cover.  

When every book cover is linked, you are ready to share the choice board. 
Go to File and down to Publish to the web.  
This will give you a link to share with the students and teachers.  
When they click on that published link, the You've Been Virtually Book'd With These Picture Books will pop up and all of the eBooks can be read from there. 

I am excited about this list of 14 special new eBooks I put together in Titlewave.  In this choice board, you can click on any book cover to view and find the full book list from Titlewave there too. 

Our students will love these summer reading books that are part of our You've Been Virtually Book'd program.  And I love how we can keep this program going all year long!  It brings so much to our readers each and every month.