Friday, August 18, 2017

Over 100 Ideas For Using Buncee In The Library and Classroom!

I love seeing how others use digital tools and apps in the library and classroom.  It gives us ideas and inspires us on how we are going to use these tools in our spaces.

A few months ago, I started to collect ideas for using Buncee in the library and classroom.  With so many wonderful tweets, posts and messages on how it was being used, I thought it would be fun to start a Padlet to bring these together in one place and where others could post their ideas too.
Since we started this, Padlet came out with a new layout called Shelf, which allows us to stack content in a series of columns.

So we took the Padlet and created several columns which not make searching and using the Buncee Padlet easier and even more inspiring.
You will find columns of ideas for Buncee Doodle, Reading/Language Arts, Summer reading, Future Ready Librarians, Library Signage and Branding Ideas, Science, Technology, Makerspaces, Social Studies, 
Students Engagement and Empowerment, Humor and Inspiration, Collaboration, Business and even more!

You will find the Let's Share Our Ideas For Using Buncee In The Library and Classroom Padlet here. 

Please add the ways you are using Buncee.  And feel free to add more columns if you don't see one that fits your ideas and posts.

This is our Padlet to inspire, collaborate and support one another.  Have fun...We can't wait to see how you are using Buncee this year too!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

KidLitTV and Ready Set Draw-ish Brings Us Something Special For Dot Day & Throughout The Year!

With Dot Day coming up, we are collecting ideas, resources and projects to do with our students and community.
I have been bringing together all of these things in something new....the Let's Celebrate Dot Day and Making Our Mark On The World Collection in Follett's Destiny.
You will find it here to use and share too.

One of my favorite things in this Collection is Peter Reynolds' THE DOT from Ready Set Draw-ish on KidLitTV.  

You will find this wonderful video of Peter talking and drawing dots here....

and also on the KidLitTV YouTube Channel, along with 26 other videos from Read Set Draw-ish. 

You will also find these under the Ready Set Draw-ish section on their site here. 

Just take a look at all of the amazing illustrators included so far....
And another favorite of mine...Ready Set Draw! with Aaron Becker's Watercolor JOURNEY!  

These are perfect to use on Dot Day, with the featured books, when discussing and learning different art techniques, connecting to illustrators and as our students explore these within their own interests too.  
There are just so many amazing things included on KitLitTV.  You will find it all at 
Oh...and don't forget to tune in for A Dot Day Livestream on September 15 at 1:00pm EST.  It is going to be such a fun connection for all of us on this very special day. 

Everyday Augmented Reality With Capstone 4D Books!

Augmented reality or AR has become a popular way to deliver educational content.  It provides students with an enriched and creative learning experience that encourages retention, learning outcomes and the development of new skills and passions.  

Augmented Reality (AR) content can be accessed by scanning or viewing a trigger image with a mobile device that creates a subsequent action. This action can be a video, another image, 3D Animations, Games, QR code, or whatever you want it to be.  

There are a variety of ways to bring AR to your library and classroom such as Chromville (which is one of my favorites), Quiver, Daqri and teachers can even create their own augmented reality educational content for students with AUGTHAT, which is perfect for differentiating instruction and driving student growth.  
And now our friends at Capstone have created a very special augmented reality experience for our students, libraries and classrooms too!  

It is called Capstone 4D, which brings our readers an augmented reality through books.  
With the free Capstone 4D app, students can take part in these wonderful augmented reality experiences in the first two series including,  
Origami Crafting in 4D, which includes decorating, scrapbooking, ornaments and creating cards, and...
Curious Pearl Science Girl, where Pearl shares her excitement for STEM knowledge through four 4D books. 
The Curious Pearl series includes Curious Pearl Explains States of Matter, Curious Pearl Identifies the Reasons for Seasons, Curious Pearl Investigates Light and Curious Pearl Observes Migration.  

As the Capstone site explains, Curious Pearl, Science Girl is fun and quirky, and she's totally into science! Who says a girl can't love science? Pearl sure does, and she's out to tell everyone all about important STEM topics. With augmented reality features, readers will be able to scan sidebars and bring up videos to enhance their understanding of science topics.

I saw one of these books in Seattle this week, read and interacted with it using the 4D app and couldn't agree more!  It is the perfect way to engage students and get them excited about important science topics. 
With all of these books, it is very easy to launch and explore the augmented reality experience with Capstone 4D.
Watch this video and see how she creates origami while reading and interacting with the pages.  I can just picture this series in a Makerspace, which would be a terrific resource for creating something special and unique.

I love how the girl in the video is at home with the 4D book.  I know these would have been a favorite of my daughters to check out from the library as she created origami and learned about science too.

You can find the Curious Pearl 4D series here and Origami Crafting in 4D here on the Capstone site.

And one more exciting thing about Capstone 4D....This is just the start.

There are more coming soon!