2014 – 2015 Week 3

Week 3 was a short week…there was no school on Monday (Labor Day!)

This week, I did quick reviews with 2nd – 5th grade on using the library catalog to find books. I used to schedule whole lessons to do this, but this year I’m trying just a quick review. Using the library catalog is one of those skills that you just have to do to really learn and I think it will stick when students do it or try it when there is an actual need for it. Not just because I’m telling them to try to find the Magic Treehouse books or the dog books. It’s also something that you need to know for life – every library you go in has a catalog of some sort. Every library you go in (for the most part) also has folks you can ask to help you if you cannot find what you are looking for, so I encourage students to do that too.

Kindergarten classes continued learning about book care. This week I shared my favorite video with them. Every year, I am so thankful to the school librarian (Mrs. Stover) who made this video! I bet her girls (the “stars” of the video) are in college by now…

5th grade Media Technology students had to create avatars in ScootPad. All of our teachers/students have subscriptions to this site now and they have been setting up avatars during Computer Lab time (all grade levels). My Media Tech kids don’t go to Computer Lab, so we did that together. Afterwards, they completed the first lesson in Digital Passport.

We have started our DOT DAY celebrations! 3rd graders learned how to use the SketchBook Express app during Art Class. Our Art Teacher went over different tools within the app they can use and I was there for tech support. Next week, they will create their “real” DOT DAY art. Can’t wait to see what they make!

The most exciting thing that happened this week was that our 3D printer came in!

2014-09-02 14.22.30After getting everything set up, my first project was the bracelet that comes on the SD card. That worked wonderfully. Then I tried something from Thingiverse, but that did not work so wonderfully (the project did not seem heavy enough to build upright…which is what it was doing. I think if I had it build flat on the plate, I would have been more successful). Finally I tried (with the help of a student) another project on the SD card…a shark. That appeared to work at first, but then no luck. The plastic on the extruder kept grabbing the project and kind of  slinging it around. Also, the plastic doesn’t really seem to be melting together? Maybe it isn’t heating up enough? Maybe I just need to recalibrate the build plate? Any suggestions? I’m still in love with my printer and cannot wait to learn more!

A great week, overall! How was your 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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