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 kitlit.tv. 
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. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Mark Your Calendars For A BIG Buncee Announcement On August 29!

I have a little secret to share with all of you.

Our friends at Buncee have a BIG announcement on August 29!

So, mark your calendars and get ready for something awesome for our libraries and classrooms.
Until then Buncee Man is keeping it under wraps.

But I can't hardly wait!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Kicking Off The Lead From The Library Follett Institutes In San Diego....And I'd Love To Come To Your District Too!

This week I had the honor of traveling to San Diego to work with the librarians at the Follett Institute. 
The theme of the day was... 

Leading From The Library Like A Rockstar and WOW, did we have so much to talk about and learn.  
During our time together we discussed not only leading from the library, but also collaboration with teachers, empowering students as creators, scheduling, library collections and purchasing, community partnerships and so much more.

It was an amazing day and I can't wait to have more days like this with other librarians around the country.
You can find out more about the Lead Beyond The Library Follett Institutes here and by....
reaching out to your Follett representative.

I would love to come work with your librarians and district too.

And thank you San Diego!  I can't wait to connect with you again and see all of the amazing things you do in your libraries and schools this year. 

Take Part In The New Future Ready Librarian Strand At FETC 2018....You Can Register Today.

One of my favorite conferences every year is FETC, the Future of Educational Technology Conference, in Orlando, Florida.  In fact, in 2019 they are getting ready to celebrate the 38th FETC Conference January 23-26.
This year to make it even more special for librarians, FETC is featuring a Future Ready Librarian Strand and I couldn't be more honored to be leading this one.

As keynotes and speakers are announced over the next several weeks, I will also be sharing the librarians presenting as part of the FETC Future Ready Librarian Strand. It is an amazing line-up and I can't wait to learn from these wonderful leaders and all of you.

The registration for FETC 2018 is now open.  You will find the link to register here.
Follow @FETC on Twitter and the conversation on Twitter at #FETC too.

I hope to see you at FETC.  Like I said, it is one I promise you will find valuable, rewarding and one you won't to miss.  

The New 2017 AASL Best Websites Collection! Follow, Share and Use Today!

While working with the amazing teacher librarians in San Diego at the Follett Institute this week, I had so much fun sharing and demonstrating the brand new 2017 AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning.

This list is better than ever and contains so many that I can't wait to try out with librarians, teachers and kids this year.

As I was also showing them Collections from Follett, I thought to myself,

Why don't I create a Collection with the new AASL Best Websites?  

I loved this idea and went...
...straight to work by talking the 2017 list and adding each one to my new Collection.
As with any Collection, you can easily add it with the Collections Bookmarklet (read more about how to add this to your tool bar too here).

Just look at how easy it was for me to add one of my favorites and one of this years AASL Best Websites, Buncee!
Now you will see Buncee and all of the other websites here in the 2017 AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Collection. 

Collections aren't just helpful for us as librarians, they are perfect for teachers, students, parents and others too.

With everything in one spot, everyone will be able to choose one of these websites to make your school year one of the best!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

My NEW SimpleK12 Webinar On September 19.....AASL Best Websites That Rock From 2017!

One of my favorite places for professional development is SimpleK12.

They offer such wonderful webinars on a variety of important and relevant topics.

And guess what? It is all online so you can take part in these PD events at home and as they say.....even in your pajamas and slippers.
I have presented with SimpleK12 for several years and am excited to kick off another year with my new webinar The AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning....25 That Rock From 2017!  

The webinar is on September 19 at 3:00pm and you can register here.  If you miss the live event, the webinar will be archived forever on the Simple K12 website too.

The AASL Best Websites aren't just for librarians.  They are for everyone....teachers, parents and even our students.

So take 30 minutes out of your day and please join me as I share the new 2017 AASL Best Websites.



Crayola Colorcycle...A Place For Our Old Markers & For Continued Creativity!

Have you ever wondered what to do with all of those old markers you have at school and home? I sure have and it is always hard for me to just throw them away.  

Now we don't have to wonder anymore, because our friends at Crayola have created a wonderful program to collect and repurpose used Crayola markers.  
It is called Crayola ColorCycle!

As the site states, ColorCycle is a great opportunity for teachers and their students to explore eco-friendly practices.  Specially developed standards-based lesson plans are available to enrich instruction and promote lively class discussions. 

So not only can you follow these 4 easy steps to be involved and start recycling with Crayola ColorCycle, you will also have access to wonderful resources from Crayola that ties into the themes highlighted through this project too.
All you need to do is register at the link here.
As you are registering, you will see these links on the left hand side....Color Cycle, Green Initiative, Lesson Plans and Additional Resources. 
Let's start with the amazing Lesson Plans and Activities!   

I just love all of these ideas and resources.  There is something for every librarian, teacher, parent and students to use as they create.  
Notice how the coloring sheets focus on recycling.
There is also a link for the other Crayola Green Initiatives, which highlights the other green initiatives that Crayola are involved in.
Finally, under Additional Resources you will find a poster to print that you can post above your marker collection box and a Parent Letter that will be perfect as you kick off and share the Crayola Colorcycle program within your school and library.

This is a terrific program that I hope everyone gets involved in.
And don't forget all of the amazing resources that Crayola creates and provides for us which are available on the Crayola website too.