Art, Apps, and Fabuliciousness

Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving. I spent time with my folks, Marty, and the dogs. Very nice holiday…now we are focusing on CHRISTMAS! 2011 has zipped by. I can’t believe it is almost the end of the year!

Here’s a run down of last week –

I read Bridget’s Beret by Tom Lichtenheld to Kindergarten – 2nd grade. It is a SC Picture Book Award Nominee. After reading it, we compared it to The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, which we read in September. Because Bridget’s Beret is about a little girl who is an artist, we of course, created some art. I did something similar after we read The Dot earlier in the year, but this time, they could create whatever they wanted. They did not have to make a dot. We’ve got some great artists in our school! Students could use paper and crayons, DrawingPad app on our Nooks and iPads or Kerpoof on the computers.

I started some scientist research with a small group of 4th graders.

5th graders in Media Technology watched this TED talk by a 6th grader who has invented apps for the iPhone. After viewing that TED talk, they tried to create their own apps using the App Inventor software available through Google. The software is klunky and a few students got frustrated, but I feel sure there are a couple who are going to continue to play and will possibly come to school tomorrow with their own apps.

On Friday, Janet Boltjes, Susan Wise, and I presented to the Technology Integration Specialists and Library Media Specialists in our district about the ReImagine ED conference we went to in September. I will write a blog post about that presentation soon.

On a personal note, I got to meet Real Housewife of New Jersey, Teresa Giudice, on Thursday. She was in Columbia for a Friends of Richland County Public Library event. If you know me, you know that I am in love with reality television and the Real Housewives (any area – Beverly Hills, Atlanta, Orange County – I love them all) are a favorite. In the most recent season of RHONJ, Teresa seemed to have gone a little wacko, but after meeting her in person and hearing her speak, I have to say that she seems pretty nice and real. She did not appear to be fake or lying about any of her answers. She was very down to Earth. She signed her books after she spoke and if you wanted to talk to her for 3 hours, you could. She listened to what every fan had to say and took pictures and was just very lovely. I got books signed for my mom and Teresa even recorded a message for her (mom couldn’t make it). Teresa was very empathetic when I told her about my mom. She’s close to her folks and Italian, so she gets it. It was pretty great. Speaking of my mom, we went to the Junior League Holiday Market today – so happy that my mom was able to go! It was a little difficult getting the wheelchair around the crowds sometimes, but I loved being able to go with her. It is something we do every year…

Only 2 more weeks till our Winter Break – I know I’m ready!

Have a great week!





About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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