Sunday, May 15, 2022

Enter For A Chance To Win As We Celebrate Titlewave Turning 25!

 

Our friends at Follett are celebrating Titlewave® turning 25!  To make this celebration even more special, Follett is giving away $25 Titlewave gift certificates to 25 lucky users...no purchase necessary. 

To enter for a chance to win, share what you love about Titlewave in this short submission form here by 11:59pm CST on May 31, 2022. They will select 25 winners at random. 

Good luck, friends.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

A Special End of the Year Message Board For Your Students & Teachers Using Padlet!

 

Yesterday, one of our 3rd grade teachers asked me if I could help her with an idea.  

She wanted to create a Padlet for every student in her classroom.  On each students Padlet, classmates could leave a special message of friendship and share something nice they will remember from the year with that person. 

I just love this idea and want to share how we did this for her 3rd grade class. 
First, I went to Padlet
I love using the Wall template and will show you more about the others in a future post.  Just click on Select. 
For this project, I started out with a main Padlet that I called Mrs. Volk's 3rd Graders End of the Year Messages To Each Other. This would serve as the main place for all 20 of the student Padlets. 

Next, I created a Padlet for each student. Here are a few tips for creating a Padlet. 

When you click on Select, there are several features that you can select when creating a Padlet. 
You can give it a title and subtitle. You can select an Icon or upload your own. I picked this blue heart since are school colors are blue and white. 
You can select a Texture and Pattern, and other options, for the background of your Padlet. I love using the Linen and Corkboard background. 
And for this one, I wanted to make sure it was set at Public and Can Write since the students wouldn't be logging into Padlet to leave their special message. 
Once I had one student Padlet created, I clicked on Remake (circled at the top right) to create the additional Padlets for all students in Ann's class.  
When you click on Remake, make sure you select Copy Design. 
You can change the title within Modify and make sure...
..the Background is the one that you want. 
Once you have a Padlet for a student created, grab the URL at the top. 
Go to the main Padlet (the one I first made for Mrs. Volk's class), click on the little hot pink circle in the right hand corner, and...
...add the students name and link to their Padlet. 
When you click on Link, it will give you a lot of choices. You will want to paste that URL in the top and click return. 
It didn't take me long at all to create a Padlet for each student and to add them to this main Padlet for Mrs. Volk. 

I can't wait to read the messages they leave their 3rd grade friends next week. This is such a special keepsake and one that Ann will love for years to come too. 

FREE Virtual Stickerboard For Your Facebook Groups! And A Surprise Image We Can Work On Together, Too!

                   

It's so much fun collaborating and creating within virtual stickerboards! 

Today, I thought it would be fun to share another virtual stickerboard in The Library Voice Facebook Group to celebrate a special offer our friends at StickTogether shared today in their newsletter.  

As StickTogether shared online, 

The past year has been hard on all of us and building community is more important than ever. Because of this need, we have created a fun and interactive way to build community and 'stick together!' Every week we have been posting one in our Let's StickTogether Facebook Group and our community has really enjoyed 'sticking together' on their own time, to reveal the mystery image. 

We would love to offer you all a FREE Virtual Stickerboard to share in your Facebook Groups. We will create a Custom Stickerboard with an image that works for your group. All you need to do is share the link and then watch the image come together as your members 'stick together.'

If you are interested in grabbing your FREE Virtual Stickerboard for your Facebook Group, please email Brinana Cua at brinana@letsticktogether.com. 

Let us know what you group is about so that we can choose the perfect image for you. We will share a proof with you before we send the link. 

Thank you, StickTogether friends. We sure do appreciate everything you do to support all of us. 

And friends, don't forget to visit our special stickerboard here where we can stick together too. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Join Us For The Future Ready Librarians Summer Reading Book Club, Friends!

 

We are excited to announce the 2nd Annual Future Ready Librarians Summer Reading Book Club! 

This summer we will be reading Culturize...Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes. by Jimmy Casas. 

Later this week, we will share the kick off date with Jimmy and myself, along with the schedule and other special connections throughout the summer. 

Hope you can join us for this wonderful book club conversation, learning and connections throughout the summer.
To get ready for the book club, you can order Culturize here




Subscribe To "The Library Voice Weekly Newsletter", Friends. Stay On Top Of The Latest Library Tips, Trends, News, Best Practices and More.

 

I have some very special news, friends! 

Tomorrow on Thursday, May 12, kicks off the relaunch of The Library Voice Weekly Newsletter!  
We are so excited to share the latest library lips, trends, news, best practices and more.  

You can click here to subscribe today. 

Just Released....The NEW Future Ready Librarian Hub! One Stop Access To Support Tools and Resources For Library Leaders!

 

We have exciting news to share, friends! 

The NEW Future Ready Librarian Hub has been released! This gives us one stop access to tools and resources for all library leaders. 
In the Future Ready Librarians hub, you will find categories for Framework, Events, Support, Podcast, Stories and more. 

We can't wait for you to visit futurereadylibrarians.org today. 

It's Here! Capstone's Virtual Summer Camp Adventure Is Now Open For The Summer For ALL Students and Families!

 

I am so excited to announce that Capstone's Virtual Camp Adventure is open for the summer!

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

This summer we are opening the Capstone Virtual Camp Adventure early, so everyone can show your students, teachers and families around camp before summer break.  
On the capstonepub.com/summerchoiceboards site, there are six bi-weekly Where Will You Go This Summer? themes that include a choice board and set of 20 FREE Capstone Interactive eBooks for each. 

The choice boards can be accessed by clicking on Open Choice Board under each tile.  

They include...
Let's GO to space;  
Let's GO back in time; 
Let's GO to where our imagination takes us; 
Let's GO to the water: 
Let's GO on a trip; and...
Let's GO on a safari! 

When they click on Open Choice Board, it will take users straight to the choice board that is filled with reading, making, moving, coding, stem, technology and fun virtual field trips around the world.  
In the left hand corner, they will find a place to click to GO to eBooks around the six different themes. 
All they have to do to read and listen to the Capstone Interactive eBooks is click on the eBook covers.  They are directly linked so a username and password is not required. 

If you want to make any changes or edits, you will can make a copy of the entire 12-weeks of choice boards here.  This post will be helpful in doing this too. 
I am excited about a special new addition in this summers Virtual Camp Adventure with our friends at StickTogether. 
Under the STEAM column, you will see a StickTogether box. 
Every week, starting May 23, 2022, we will be adding a special virtual stickerboard that StickTogether created around each weekly theme

All students will be able to collaborate together to complete these weekly virtual stickerboards.  The images they reveal are amazing and our kids will love this wonderful global activity. 

As the students and families use the choice boards and need help, there is a Family Help button on each choice board slide and...
...on the bottom of the capstonepub.com/summerchoiceboards site.  You can find it here too. 
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. 
At the very bottom of the page, there are two FREE downloads that will help when promoting Capstone's Virtual Summer Camp Adventure. 
You can find the flyer here where you can copy or edit, and....
...and the special bookmarks I created in Buncee by Capstone here.  You can print as is or make a copy to edit this too. 

The post, Here's The Family Letter, Bookmark & Posters To Kick Off Capstone's Virtual Camp Adventure With Your Students and Families Too!, found here will be helpful too. 
I just had mine printed using Overnight Prints and they do an amazing job. You will find the link here

I hope all of the students 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. 

Please let me know if you have any questions...I am happy to help you, friends.