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Reflections of a Passionate Educator

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Reflections on eLearning and teaching Drama, English/ESL and the Humanities!

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Creating Book Trailers

Creating Book Trailers | Librarian | Scoop.it

Sometimes it's the last minute ideas that work the best! I had a teacher ask me to present something about creating book trailers to his students. I threw this Slides presentation together, added some sample Powtoons I'd made last week, and they loved it.


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Character Minutes's curator insight, January 22, 11:50 AM

Great way to promote character trait "creative" as a conclusion to reading the book.

Lorena Swetnam's curator insight, January 27, 7:49 PM

Great slides to start a convo about book trailers. 

Huish School Library's curator insight, March 2, 11:17 AM

Definitely one to try.

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Oh, Those Clever Librarians and Their #Bookface

Oh, Those Clever Librarians and Their #Bookface | Librarian | Scoop.it

Rachel Kramer Bussel writes: "Colleen Graves, a teacher-librarian at Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, Tex., made a bookface display using photos from other libraries along with her own students’ images to encourage participation (with the lure of free books for the most Instagram likes). She also posts Vine videos of new books, prompting some students to ask for those titles."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, May 2, 10:46 AM

After yesterdays "misspeak" by the ALA Washington spokeswoman, it was great to see an article--in my favorite newspaper, no less--that celebrated a library trend. And to see a middle school librarian quoted really warmed my heart. We have GOT to try this!

Linda Dougherty's curator insight, May 3, 4:05 PM

Definitely savings this for a "back-to-school" Instagram project!

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, May 3, 7:52 PM

Got to try this. What fun!

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We Need Libraries As Much As Maker Spaces | John Spencer

We Need Libraries As Much As Maker Spaces | John Spencer | Librarian | Scoop.it

John Spencer writes: "My fear is that when we turn libraries into maker spaces we send the message that reading isn't relevant; that it's boring, that it's a chore. We quit treating it like a candy store and start acting like it's the salad line when soft serve ice cream is just around the corner. 


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, February 23, 10:58 AM

This is a thoughtful piece about what we might be giving up with the rush to makerspace our libraries. My workroom is now a reading room, since there are several students who crave a quiet place to read. Let's not forget the needs of all our students!

Janika Puolitaival's curator insight, March 5, 8:22 AM

Point: Library is more than space

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5 Tools for Movie Making in Your MakerSpace

5 Tools for Movie Making in Your MakerSpace | Librarian | Scoop.it

Karen Jensen writes: "One of the things my teens like to do best in my MakerSpace is to make mini movies, so I’ve been working on upping our game and finding new tools to learn new skills. Below are 5 of the various resources, apps and tools I recommend for making a variety of types of short films with tweens and teens in a MakerSpace."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, May 18, 12:53 PM

This is something I need to focus on this summer! I spent a frustrating weekend playing with iMovie and WeVideo, and couldn't get either to work the way I wanted. I'm making my own 23 Things for summer, so I can help students with movies next  year.

Sharlene Lien's curator insight, July 23, 6:59 PM

Resource for PSA announcement lesson

mariana swifties's curator insight, August 2, 12:30 PM

This is something I need to focus on this summer! I spent a frustrating weekend playing with iMovie and WeVideo, and couldn't get either to work the way I wanted. I'm making my own 23 Things for summer, so I can help students with movies next  year.

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8 Creative Uses of Google Drawings You Shouldn’t Ignore

8 Creative Uses of Google Drawings You Shouldn’t Ignore | Librarian | Scoop.it

"Did you ever click the bright red "New" button inside your Google Drive?

 

"Google Drawings isn't at the forefront of tools. The limelight is reserved for Docs, Sheets, and Slides. But let's do a reawakening of sorts and click on More to go to the "neglected" siblings. We have seen the usefulness of Google Forms. It's time to appreciate the versatility of Google Drawings.

 

"Google Drawings is the freshest among all Google Drive tools. It is not a full-blownimage editor like MS Paint. But the graphic editor is more powerful for one simple fact – it is a real-time collaborative application."

 

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EXCELLENT suggestions and tips for how to use Google Drawings. Well worth the time to investigate.


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Barbara Sweet's curator insight, August 3, 8:04 PM

I look forward to exploring this!!

Tim Haag's curator insight, August 3, 9:24 PM

I look forward to exploring this!!

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, August 7, 1:21 PM

I just made some flyers and handouts for the library using Google Drawings. Thanks to Jim for sharing this article.

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Wonderful Parody Video for Library Orientation!

Unread Book is presented by Pogona Creative and the Orange Public Library in association with Chapman University and was originally prepared for National Lib...

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, August 29, 8:26 PM

Only 4 days until our first class of 6th graders come to the library. I am starting my orientation with this video! Even with SIXTY-ONE sections of language arts classes, I think I'll still enjoy it.

Carlos Silva's curator insight, August 29, 11:01 PM

añada su visión ...

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Research, create, and present school projects online - Biteslide

Research, create, and present school projects online - Biteslide | Librarian | Scoop.it
Biteslide is engaging presentation tool for school. Research, create, and present school projects online.

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How hip hop can teach you to code

How hip hop can teach you to code | Librarian | Scoop.it
The artist may change, but the template remains the same

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27 Things Your Teacher Librarian Does. I’m sure we... - School Library Journal

27 Things Your Teacher Librarian Does. I’m sure we can think of 27 more.

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James Patterson Announces More School Library Grants - Look To The Stars

James Patterson Announces More School Library Grants - Look To The Stars | Librarian | Scoop.it
Three months ago, James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club pledged to donate $1.5 million to school libraries across the country. They have already received more than 28,000 applications for funding grants.

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MakerBot's iPad App Can Now Turn Your Drawings Into 3D-Printable Models - Gizmodo

MakerBot's iPad App Can Now Turn Your Drawings Into 3D-Printable Models - Gizmodo | Librarian | Scoop.it
One of the biggest reasons there isn’t a 3D printer in every home—yet—has nothing to do with price or availability.

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Susan Berkowitz's curator insight, April 19, 1:12 PM
A great iPad app for learning in the classroom. How cool would it be for special needs students to be able to see their designs come to life?
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Ten Websites to Help Students Connect with Books

Ten Websites to Help Students Connect with Books | Librarian | Scoop.it
Teachers might see the Internet as the enemy of old-fashioned books, but the two entities can actually compliment each other nicely.

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Tricia Adams's curator insight, April 19, 7:08 AM

Useful listing

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Libraries and Librarians: Essential to Thriving Schools

Libraries and Librarians: Essential to Thriving Schools | Librarian | Scoop.it

David Cohen writes: "While it's clear that libraries and librarians have a significantly positive impact on students and schools, we still have to fight to keep these vital resources in our schools and municipalities."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, April 7, 4:32 PM

A great article to share with district officials and administrators!

Marian Royal Vigil's curator insight, April 8, 4:52 PM

This is an excellent article on why school libraries are still important to the educational process.

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, April 8, 5:03 PM

Happy National School Library month!

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Magazine Silhouettes

Magazine Silhouettes | Librarian | Scoop.it
How easy is this? The hardest part would be drawing the silhouette, but you could always trace! These would be cute for a variety of holidays--make stars, hearts,etc. I want one of my corgi!!

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, February 19, 12:42 PM

We're going to make one of these for our foyer, using our school mascot. Students can work on it during lunch, so it will be crowd-created art!

Pickmeg's curator insight, February 20, 12:22 PM

Such a fun idea!

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School. Class. The future of learning spaces is open ended - eSchool News

School. Class. The future of learning spaces is open ended - eSchool News | Librarian | Scoop.it
Collaboration and creation do not lend themselves to rows of desks. What is the future of learning spaces?

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Oh, Those Clever Librarians and Their #Bookface

Oh, Those Clever Librarians and Their #Bookface | Librarian | Scoop.it

Rachel Kramer Bussel writes: "Colleen Graves, a teacher-librarian at Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, Tex., made a bookface display using photos from other libraries along with her own students’ images to encourage participation (with the lure of free books for the most Instagram likes). She also posts Vine videos of new books, prompting some students to ask for those titles."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, May 2, 10:46 AM

After yesterdays "misspeak" by the ALA Washington spokeswoman, it was great to see an article--in my favorite newspaper, no less--that celebrated a library trend. And to see a middle school librarian quoted really warmed my heart. We have GOT to try this!

Linda Dougherty's curator insight, May 3, 4:05 PM

Definitely savings this for a "back-to-school" Instagram project!

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, May 3, 7:52 PM

Got to try this. What fun!

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Makerspaces in the Media Center

Makerspaces in the Media Center | Librarian | Scoop.it

Karen Van Vliet writes: "A makerspace should be a dynamic space that allows for self expression, exploration, discovery, creativity, inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, June 1, 3:11 PM

A nice overview to share with administration if they need some convincing. Our makerspace has come together quickly, with a mix of donated and new materials, thanks to a Donors Choose grant. We were able to weed enough books to clear a double-sided bookcase for all the makerspace supplies. We also mounted the bookcase on wheels, so albeit a bit unwieldy, it can be moved if needed.

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Six Back-to-School Goals for Teacher Librarians | Tech Tidbits

Six Back-to-School Goals for Teacher Librarians | Tech Tidbits | Librarian | Scoop.it
Librarians can jump-start the school year by setting some essential goals. Here, teacher librarian Phil Goerner tackles his top six objectives and lays out a plan for achieving these goals, which range from creating new maker space projects to engaging teachers in professional development.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, August 29, 5:23 PM

I had 5 of the 6 goals Phil mentions already on my list. At middle school, I'm leery of focusing on banned books, but  the idea of fREADom has given me something to ponder.

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International Dot Day

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International Dot Day: Peter H. Reynolds' classic book, THE DOT, challenges us to 'Make your mark and see where it takes you.' On September 15th, we celebrate this creativity milestone!

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Books To Help You Teach Students To Code | Listly List

A list of iBooks that you can download to help you teach different coding languages to students. | Learn to Program With Scratch by Majed Marji, Hopscotch Challenges by Wesley Fryer, Super Scratch Programming Adventure! by The LEAD Project, Programming in Scratch by Linda Baran, and Scratch Programming by Ellen Sheerin, Coral Shand & Samantha Pennington

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Wants To Use Minecraft to Teach ... - LearnBonds

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Wants To Use Minecraft to Teach ... - LearnBonds | Librarian | Scoop.it
Microsoft Corporation is going to use Minecraft to get back into eduction, and the firm's future may depend on the game to drive future sales.

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First look at Minecraft for Windows 10 #minecon2015 - YouTube

Just got a first look at Minecraft for Windows 10, it is amazing!

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5 Tools for Movie Making in Your MakerSpace

5 Tools for Movie Making in Your MakerSpace | Librarian | Scoop.it

Karen Jensen writes: "One of the things my teens like to do best in my MakerSpace is to make mini movies, so I’ve been working on upping our game and finding new tools to learn new skills. Below are 5 of the various resources, apps and tools I recommend for making a variety of types of short films with tweens and teens in a MakerSpace."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, May 18, 12:53 PM

This is something I need to focus on this summer! I spent a frustrating weekend playing with iMovie and WeVideo, and couldn't get either to work the way I wanted. I'm making my own 23 Things for summer, so I can help students with movies next  year.

Sharlene Lien's curator insight, July 23, 6:59 PM

Resource for PSA announcement lesson

mariana swifties's curator insight, August 2, 12:30 PM

This is something I need to focus on this summer! I spent a frustrating weekend playing with iMovie and WeVideo, and couldn't get either to work the way I wanted. I'm making my own 23 Things for summer, so I can help students with movies next  year.

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8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions | Librarian | Scoop.it

A good question can open minds, shift paradigms, and force the uncomfortable but transformational cognitive dissonance that can help create thinkers. In education, we tend to value a student’s ability to answer our questions. But what might be more important is their ability to ask their own great questions–and more critically, their willingness to do so.

 


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State of America's Libraries Report 2015 | News and Press Center

State of America's Libraries Report 2015 | News and Press Center | Librarian | Scoop.it
2015 State of America's Libraries Report from the American Library Association covers issues and trends of the past year related to academic libraries, school libraries and public libraries, including: Top Ten Challenged Books of 2014, Children’s...

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Michael Jongen's curator insight, April 21, 6:36 AM

The Learning Commons is where school libraries are heading