Monday, April 24, 2017

Ideas For Those Old VHS Tapes You Have Hanging Around The Library, School and Home!

Today, a tweet from Martha Bongiorno @Mrs_Bongi caught my attention.

There were two tweets from the library showing....
her students building with VHS tapes in their Makerspace.  
It reminded me of when we used VHS tapes and created ribbons and bows for packages for our Digital Learning Day celebration.  
You can read all about this day, and what we created, here in this post from my blog
Martha created a VHS Tape Challenge for her students and they were asked how high they could build a tower and domino maze from the VHS tapes given to them.  

What a great idea!  

I love how she tied in so much STEAM with this Makerspace activity using recycled technology from their library.  And you can see that the students loved it too. 
 Martha included the directions and was excited to share it with all of us to use too.
I started a Pinterest Board today... Creating & Projects With Recycled VHS Tapes can be found here.

Please feel free to collaborate with me if you'd like....or send any ideas my way and I will add them to the Pinterest Board.

Thank you Martha and your students for the inspiration in getting this fun conversation started.  

We all have VHS tapes laying around.  Now we will be inspired to do something with them too. 

Join Little Golden Books and Baker & Taylor For A Special Anniversary Celebration!

With Little Golden Books celebrating their 75 anniversary this year, there has been a lot of celebrating surrounding this very special event.

In fact, one event is this week!  
Baker & Taylor, Little Golden Books and Random House Children's Books are hosting a webinar, 2017 Marks the 75th Anniversary of Little Golden Books. 

It is this Thursday on April 27 from 1:00-2:00pm EST.

You won't want to miss it so register here today.

Watch My Digital Literacy & Project Connect Webinar Online

You can now watch the recording of my webinar Digital Literacy: Project Connect's Microcredential Course, which was sponsored by Follett on April 18.
In this webinar, we explored the definitions and importance of digital literacy and citizenship.  I also told my story of integrating digital literacy and citizenship into the library and school by creating a supportive and engaging curriculum, program and community.

I focused on various programs and resources that support digital literacy and citizenship.
One that I am very passionate about and that is perfect for learning the skills yourself is Project Connect. Follett created Project Connect to advocate and support librarians as leaders in Future Ready Librarianship skills, including digital literacy.  

They have also developed an online microcredential course to help librarians and others develop a vision and plan to promote digital learning within their library.  I recently took this course and loved sharing specifics during the webinar.

I know you will enjoy learning how you can sign up and get involved in Project Connect too.  You can do that here.

It is important for all of us to understand how to best empower our students as they become responsible digital citizens and critical consumers of information.  Please watch the webinar to find out more!  
You will find the recording, slides and certificate of participation here on the Follett Community site.