(written by Cherie Owoski) I learned of a great resource in the “Share Your Favorite Session, Technology, Resource or Program” session led by Robin Turk. I encourage all librarians to join the Alaska School Librarians Group on Facebook. This is a place for Alaskan librarians to share ideas, connect and collaborate. I am looking forward to implementing some of the ideas posted by other school librarians in my own library.
(written by Cherie Owoski) In Shannon Miller’s presentation “Empower Your Students to Connect, Create and Collaborate with Each Other,” she cautioned librarians not to be overwhelmed with this vision but to start with one small thing. The one small thing she recommended was “Poem in a Pocket Day.” This website describes the event “Poem in a Pocket Day” and offers ideas and tools to implement this activity. I look forward to celebrating this occasion at our school and utilizing this and many other ideas from this site.
(written by Cherie Osowski) Presenter Shannon Miller talked briefly about how she incorporates this App in her school district. Puppet Pals is an App for iPads, iPhones, or iPod Touches that allows students to create animated cartoons using their own voices. This app can be used in the classroom to create short instructional videos or students can use this app for storytelling, reports and retells. At our school we have many ESL students and this application can help them with their fluency and language skills. I am planning to use the app after story time as an avenue for students to retell stories.
Check out the final Tentative List for Battle of the Books 13-14!
http://511.alaska.gov is an invaluable Alaska traveler information resource from the State of Alaska Department of Transportation. Load it on your mobile phone or computer to access updates on road conditions getting to and from the next remote AKLA conference.
Definition of a “groupie”-
1. A fan, especially a young woman, who follows a rock group around on tours.
2. An enthusiastic supporter or follower: a ballet groupie; a fashion groupie.
(written by Carole Smallwood) The kind of groupie we want for libraries, is the 2nd definition; however, we want the kind of devotion to libraries that the 1st definition implies. How do we create groupies? Continue reading
(written by Mary Ann Hickey) The Developmental Preschool of Kodiak is housed in Peterson Elementary School where I am the para-librarian. This program currently serves approximately 45 children divided into five classes. At this time, one class makes weekly visits to the library to practice learning to sit as a group and listen to a story. I want to find a way to promote Literacy with more of our preschoolers. Continue reading
(written by Carol Smallwood) TweetDeck and HootSuite do very similar things; they organize all incoming communication lines, such as Twitter and Facebook, so that all the messages are at my fingertips. This will save a lot of time as I can look at one source and see many information streams rather than browsing many sites to find the priority information.