Saturday, August 12, 2017

KidLitTV and Ready Set Draw-ish Brings Us Something Special For Dot Day & Throughout The Year!

With Dot Day coming up, we are collecting ideas, resources and projects to do with our students and community.
I have been bringing together all of these things in something new....the Let's Celebrate Dot Day and Making Our Mark On The World Collection in Follett's Destiny.
You will find it here to use and share too.

One of my favorite things in this Collection is Peter Reynolds' THE DOT from Ready Set Draw-ish on KidLitTV.  

You will find this wonderful video of Peter talking and drawing dots here....

and also on the KidLitTV YouTube Channel, along with 26 other videos from Read Set Draw-ish. 

You will also find these under the Ready Set Draw-ish section on their site here. 

Just take a look at all of the amazing illustrators included so far....
And another favorite of mine...Ready Set Draw! with Aaron Becker's Watercolor JOURNEY!  

These are perfect to use on Dot Day, with the featured books, when discussing and learning different art techniques, connecting to illustrators and as our students explore these within their own interests too.  
There are just so many amazing things included on KitLitTV.  You will find it all at 
Oh...and don't forget to tune in for A Dot Day Livestream on September 15 at 1:00pm EST.  It is going to be such a fun connection for all of us on this very special day. 

Everyday Augmented Reality With Capstone 4D Books!

Augmented reality or AR has become a popular way to deliver educational content.  It provides students with an enriched and creative learning experience that encourages retention, learning outcomes and the development of new skills and passions.  

Augmented Reality (AR) content can be accessed by scanning or viewing a trigger image with a mobile device that creates a subsequent action. This action can be a video, another image, 3D Animations, Games, QR code, or whatever you want it to be.  

There are a variety of ways to bring AR to your library and classroom such as Chromville (which is one of my favorites), Quiver, Daqri and teachers can even create their own augmented reality educational content for students with AUGTHAT, which is perfect for differentiating instruction and driving student growth.  
And now our friends at Capstone have created a very special augmented reality experience for our students, libraries and classrooms too!  

It is called Capstone 4D, which brings our readers an augmented reality through books.  
With the free Capstone 4D app, students can take part in these wonderful augmented reality experiences in the first two series including,  
Origami Crafting in 4D, which includes decorating, scrapbooking, ornaments and creating cards, and...
Curious Pearl Science Girl, where Pearl shares her excitement for STEM knowledge through four 4D books. 
The Curious Pearl series includes Curious Pearl Explains States of Matter, Curious Pearl Identifies the Reasons for Seasons, Curious Pearl Investigates Light and Curious Pearl Observes Migration.  

As the Capstone site explains, Curious Pearl, Science Girl is fun and quirky, and she's totally into science! Who says a girl can't love science? Pearl sure does, and she's out to tell everyone all about important STEM topics. With augmented reality features, readers will be able to scan sidebars and bring up videos to enhance their understanding of science topics.

I saw one of these books in Seattle this week, read and interacted with it using the 4D app and couldn't agree more!  It is the perfect way to engage students and get them excited about important science topics. 
With all of these books, it is very easy to launch and explore the augmented reality experience with Capstone 4D.
Watch this video and see how she creates origami while reading and interacting with the pages.  I can just picture this series in a Makerspace, which would be a terrific resource for creating something special and unique.

I love how the girl in the video is at home with the 4D book.  I know these would have been a favorite of my daughters to check out from the library as she created origami and learned about science too.

You can find the Curious Pearl 4D series here and Origami Crafting in 4D here on the Capstone site.

And one more exciting thing about Capstone 4D....This is just the start.

There are more coming soon!

Have You Heard What's New In Flipgrid? You Won't Want To Miss This!

Last night while I was in Seattle for the Puget Sound Librarian Conference, we watched our friends at Flipgrid as they shared lots of amazing new updates from the office in Minneapolis.
For those of you still new to Flipgrid, it is described on the site as the leading video discussion platform used by PreK to PhD educators, students and families around the world.  

Teachers post topics to spark the conversation and students respond with short videos.  Bring the back row to the front and engage all of your students. 
You will LOVE watching the Flipgrid Launch Event here to learn even more. 

Also, you can read all about the brand new Flipgrid on this post from their site.

Here are a couple of my favorite updates from last night....
It is so cool how YouTube and Vimeo videos or photos can be embed now to spark conversations.
We can even add different topic attachments through tools such as OneDrive, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and more.
And this might be one of the best new features!

Students can add a little individuality and flair by adding stickers and drawing to their selfie...just like they do in Snapchat, Instagram and other digital tools.

I also love how they can add links to websites, PDF's, articles and other places they'd like to highlight in their video response.
With all of these new updates, it is even more powerful to be able to appsmash Flipgrid into all of our favorite educational platforms such as Google Classroom, Canvas, Edmodo, Sway and others.  
They even redesigned the Teacher Admin and Dashboard in Flipgrid to make it easier to see the activity of your students, unviewed videos and.... 
all of the viewing going on within your Flipgrids at a glance. 

As you can see, the announcements Flipgrid made are super sweet and ones that you won't want to miss as you head into a new school year. 
If you are new to Flipgrid, you can sign up for Flipgrid One here.  

This will give you access to a free version of Flipgrid and allow you one grid with limited features.  

Flipgrid made a difference in my library by giving my students a voice and the confidence they needed to share their voice. 

 I know it will make a difference for your students too.