2015 ISTE Makerspaces Takeaway

By |2016-11-07T10:57:40-05:00October 2nd, 2015|Blog Posts, Howtos, School Libraries|

If you're trying to keep up with the Maker Movement, have a look at this article that summarizes sessions at this year's ISTE workshops.  The takeaways include problem solving, small budget solutions, mobile makerspaces, as well as a list of maker/educators who blog and tweet on the subject. It's always reassuring to know that you

Using Flipboard as a Curation Tool

By |2016-11-07T10:57:44-05:00May 11th, 2015|Blog Posts, Cool Tools, Howtos|

If your students have access to mobile devices, this article - 15 Fantastic Ways to Use Flipboard - has suggestions on how to use the app, Flipboard as a curation tool either in the classroom or the school library. A curation tool is a way to gather resources into one place and on an iPad,

Going Dewey-Lite…or even Dewey-Less

By |2016-11-07T10:57:44-05:00May 8th, 2015|Blog Posts, Howtos, Library Hangouts, School Libraries, Videos|

I'm ashamed to say that when dumping the Dewey Decimal System was suggested to me by an elementary school library volunteer, I huffed and puffed and continued to classify with those numbers.  If I only knew then, what I know now! Going Dewey-Lite has many benefits in an elementary school library and if you're still

Links to Films Advocating for School Libraries and the Library Learning Commons

By |2016-11-07T10:57:44-05:00April 13th, 2015|Articles, Blog Posts, Cool Tools, Howtos, School Libraries, Videos|

Lists, lists, and more lists. I keep saying that we librarian love lists.   Edutopia provides a hyperlinked annotated filmography of films that talks about the importance of school libraries in Five Minute Film Festival: Reimagining the Library. The article goes from the general to the specific in its coverage of school libraries, with all the

Readers Theater – An Article That Tells You How To Do It In Your School Library

By |2016-11-07T10:57:44-05:00April 13th, 2015|Articles, Blog Posts, Howtos, School Libraries|

Kids love to put on plays.  Reader's theatre is a wonderful technique to make books come alive and to have students bring books to life. According to the article, Taking It to the Stage With Readers Theater (the article is from School Library Journal, hence the American spelling!), readers theatre helps students to become more

Twitter in Five Steps

By |2016-11-07T10:57:45-05:00April 1st, 2015|Blog Posts, Howtos|

Twitter Icon 9a by marek.sotak cc Attribution by 2.0 Many librarians are using Twitter for professional development, to stay in touch with the library community, find tips and ideas that they can use in their own libraries or share with teachers and keeping up to date with new developments and trends in technology,

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