2013 – 2014 Week 4

This week, I promoted our September National Library Card Sign Up Month “challenge” to each class that came to the Learning Commons. What I’m doing this year is asking students, teachers, friends to take a picture of themselves with their public library card and send it to me.

On Monday, the Technology Integration Specialist and I helped a 3rd grade class review what they know about landforms using the Sock Puppet app on the iPad. First, they wrote their script and then they worked with a partner to record their information. We used our student iPads and the bummer is that the free version of Sock Puppet only allows you to upload to YouTube or FaceBook…both of which are blocked from the student iPads. We’ll either share the finished product with each other using the Apple TV in the Learning Commons, or re-record them on my iPad so that we can share them with the world.

I saw my Media Technology class on Tuesday and Friday this week. They are still working to earn their Digital Passport. This week’s lesson was about cyber-bullies. My school is in the middle of MAP testing, so I did not have access to the Computer Lab where I normally have my Media Technology class, so we met in the Learning Commons with the iPads. Thankfully, Digital Passport has an app – and it works wonderfully! On Friday, the early finishers colored a CoLAR Dot Day dot. Next week, I plan to have the rest of them do a dot and then I am going to share the CoLAR Mix app with them in honor of Dot Day (which we started celebrating this week and will continue celebrating next week).

I read Press Here! by Tulle (SUCH a great book! Kids LOVE it…they really think that they are making those dots move) to Kindergarten this week to kick off Dot Week fun. After reading Press Here! and checking out books, they colored a CoLAR Dot Day dot. Next week, they will get to look at them using the CoLAR Mix app (that will be one Center they can visit during library time). I also shared the Press Here! app with them.

Speaking of Dot Week, this year I am collaborating with my Art Teacher. She read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds with all classes (she shares a video with them) and then students started work on a Dot art piece. Each grade level is doing something different…next week, they will finish their pieces in art and bring them to the Learning Commons to display. I cannot wait to see what they have created! In the Learning Commons, we have Centers planned for Dot Week that students will visit when they come to the library…will share those with you NEXT week 🙂

Also this week, the TIS and I conducted a copyright workshop for teachers. We created a SMART Response “test” for them to take and question by question we went over the answers. The questions covered print and digital materials. We also shared some resources with them.

We shared this great chart about what it okay to share, use, etc. 

We created a Symbaloo page with links to places to go to find images and music.  (look for the images/music tab)

We showed them how to do a Google Advanced Search. 

We shared this Copyright FAQ brochure from ETV with them.

It was a great and busy week in the NPES Learning Commons!

How was your week?


PS – Do you know how excited I am that I get to go to the National Book Festival this week???! Very. I am very excited.


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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