Wednesday, October 18, 2017

66 New Articles In PebbleGo For Our Youngest Learners!

Our friends at Capstone have exciting news to share this week.  
66 new PebbleGo articles are now available in several of the databases. 
This is a list of the 66 new PebbleGo articles available within the Animals and Animales, Biographies, Science and Social Studies databases. 
 A few of my favorite new articles are Methods of Making Art, 
 Transportation and...
several of the Biographies.  
Content Maps have been updated and are available in the Resources section of Capstone Community. 
If you haven't join Capstone Community yet, you can do that here too.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Building Instructional Partnerships....Today's Future Ready Librarian Webinar Recording and Slides

I had the honor of joining six amazing teacher librarians today for the Future Ready Librarian webinar, Building Instructional Partnerships.  
Suzanna Panter, Dawn Baughman and Charmaine Norton from Tacoma Public Schools in Washington and Becky Calzada, Sandy Liptak and Zandra Lopez from Leander Independent School District in Texas joined me as we shared strategies, inspiring stories and lots of tips and resources to use when building instructional partnerships within the school community.  

You will find the video archive above and on the Alliance for Excellent Education here.

You will also find the Google Slides in the window above.  

The links to the resources such as the Future Ready Librarian Collection by Destiny and webinar archives are included in the slides too. 
Librarians, district leaders, and all educators should watch this webinar to learn more about the Future Ready Librarian program and how these librarian leaders embrace and build instructional partnerships to make a difference in their library, school community, and for the students with whom they work everyday. 
Please let us know if you have any questions by using #FutureReadyLibs on Twitter.  
And we hope you join us for the next Future Ready Librarian webinar, Cultivating Community Partnerships, on December 12 at 4:00pm EST. 

Inside The Follett Challenge Facebook Event on October 30...Please Join Us

With the Follett Challenge opening next week on October 23, Follett is hosting an awesome Facebook event to answer all of your questions and share lots of inspiration. 

Please join us on October 30 for the Inside the Follett Challenge Facebook Event. 

You can sign up to attend here

Monday, October 16, 2017

Games For The Library and Classroom...Check Out This Padlet!

I love the posts on our Future Ready Librarian Facebook Group about games in the library, especially when board games are shared.  

This was an important part of our library and something that everyone can bring to your students and community too.  

With all of the posts and everyone trying to keep track of what is being shared, I created a Padlet tonight that we can collaborate on together.  
Not only did I include Board Games, but I also included a column for Digital Citizenship Games, Library Games, Makerspace Games, Breakout EDU and Online Learning Games.  

We can add more columns too...this is just a start.  

And I just started adding links to the Padlet.  Please go to the Games for the Library and Classroom Padlet to share what your students love too. 

I can't wait to see the ideas and games we come up with!  Oh...and don't forget to ask your students to share too.  

Students Can Show Their Passion For Being A Change Through Global Goals With Buncee!

As we kick off a new week, Buncee has something very special to share!
This week we can celebrate the theme of the #BunceeBuddies pen pal project, the UN's Global Goals, with new set of beautiful stickers and backgrounds. 
As you can see from the Buncee that Meagan created above, students can use the backgrounds, stickers, animals and words to create and share the UN Global Goals they feel most passionate about.
You will find these backgrounds...
 and stickers under the Recently Added...
 and Transportation categories.
Together, these new Buncee assets will help our students share the Global Goal they are most passionate about in such a creative and meaningful way. 
For more information about Buncee Buddies and these themed assets, please check out this new post on the Buncee Blog here.

You can use #GlobalGoals and #BunceeBuddies to share and find even more on Twitter too.

5 More Tips For Bringing PebbleGo To Your Library and School This Year!

With Capstone Community, and my blog, kicking off last week, I have been sharing lots of ideas for using PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next in your library and school this year.  

In my previous post, I gave you my first 5 tips for creative and meaningful ways to bring the wonderful resources of PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next to your library and school this year. 

Here are tips 6-10....

6.  In #5, we talked about creating a scavenger hunt to familiarize your students and teachers with the tools. You could use PebbleGo to develop a PebbleGo Question of the Day or Week too! 

It could be as simple as sharing one question during morning announcements over the intercom or on paper.  Students could have the first 5 minutes to research it individually or as a class.  
Or you could even make a PebbleGo Question of the Week Poster and place these around the school, library and even on the school buses.  You can add a QR code that takes them directly to PebbleGo or PebbleGo Next when scanned making it very easy to do their research on the go...even in between classes or before school.  
This would be a fun activity for those weather days with early dismissal or late start.  

User-added image
And did you know, there is also a PebbleGo Question of the Day online too?  

These can be found at the bottom of the home page and answered as many times as they want to throughout the day.  The poll results are updated hourly. 
To read number 7 and the rest of these ideas, please visit this post and my blog here. 
Every day I learn from others sharing and discovering more ways to use PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next.  

Join Capstone Community today and become part of this amazing community too.  

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Maker Educator Meetup For The AASL Conference in November!

With the AASL Conference coming up in November 2017, there are lots of awesome events being announced too!  

One of the events is the Maker Educator Meetup in Phoenix brought to us from Digital Promise.  You can kick off AASL by joining them for a night of food, drinks and hands-on maker fun!  
The meetup is being hosted by Digital Promise, Maker Ed and Future Ready Librarians...and sponsored by HP Inc.  

This event will be a fun way to kick off the AASL Conference and connect with other librarians across the country who are bring making and Makerspaces to their library, school and community too. 
The Maker Educator Meetup is being held at CREATE at the Arizona Science Center. 

You can register for this FREE event here.  We hope to see you all there! 

Friday, October 13, 2017

A Little Help & Fun For The Follett Challenge With This Collection and Shannon's Favorite Finds

As we get ready to kick off the Follett Challenge on October 23, 2017, I have been bringing together amazing resources and tools in this special new Collection to help out you and your school community.  
And today I can't think of a better thing to share for Shannon's Favorite Finds on #FavoriteFindsFriday!  
The Follett Challenge is an amazing opportunity as it is your schools chance to win a share of $200,000 in Follett products and services.  You can read more on the official Follett Challenge website here.

As a Follett Challenge judge, I want you to have all of the information and resources that you will need in one spot to give you the best start and support throughout the project.  

You can find this on the Follett Challenge website too under Contest Information.  
The Collection is filled with video, image, and sound tools and resources to make your video for the Follett Challenge shine!
You will also find digital tools to spice up your video submission through animations, graphics, special effects,
and so much more.  
I also included the AASL Best Apps and Websites Collections which are full of awesome ideas and resources as well. 
For a little inspiration, watch the students at Chase Country Elementary Schools who are the 2017 Grand-Prize winners through their project-based learning assignment, the Cattle Project, in this video.  They are amazing! 

They will inspire you to participate in the Follett Challenge this year too!  

Join us as we kick off the Follett Challenge on October 23!  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fire Safety Month....Books, A Collection, Resources and More!

October is Fire Safety Month, the perfect time to teach, review and strengthen the fire safety skills and knowledge of your students.  In fact, this week is Fire Prevention Week.

In the Fire Safety Month Collection by Destiny found here, I have brought together resources to use with your students in the library, classroom and at home.
The new Fire Safety Series from Cantata Learning use songs and stories to teach younger students fire safety skills.  They are a terrific way for them to remember and share these skills too.
You will find all four songs here
Earlier this week, Cantata Learning posted an article I wrote for their blog.  You will find Let's Make Fire Safety Fun This October here.

It focuses fun and engaging ways to use the Fire Safety Series.  
They are also part of the Fire Safety Titlewave List, which includes lots of other incredible books and eResources.
If you are looking for a project to do with students, check out Buncee!  They can create fire safety posters on their the Buncee above.  These can be printed off and shared. 

How do you teach your students these important life skills?  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

An Interactive Way To Connect Teachers and Students To Magazines and eBooks!

Last week I spent a day with the teacher librarians at Madison County School District in Mississippi.  

I just loved my day with these librarians learning about Future Ready Librarians and so much more! 
One of the digital tools that I shared and taught them about was Buncee.  

Buncee is an amazing digital storytelling tool to use with students and it is also perfect to use for branding, building partnerships and collaboration, signage and library promotion, and so much more.

The next day I was so excited when one of the librarians, Jessica Parisi, wrote to share what she created using Buncee.   
Jessica created this Buncee for her social studies teachers.  She created the Buncee and sent it with this message....

I created a list of magazines that we have in the library that you may find useful for you and your students. When you download/open the images you will see the magazines. In the top, right corner you will find a link to their websites as well. Also, you can check out the hard copy from the library.

What an awesome way to get the word out to social studies teachers and students.  It was also a wonderful way to open up collaboration between the teachers and herself, build partnerships and find ways to get into the classroom to help even more.  

I also love how she encouraged them to come to the library to look at the hard copies of the magazines through the Buncee and message too. 

This is terrific Jessica....Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring us to do something like this for our libraries and classrooms too!  

Draw With Ed Emberley's Each Month....and Coming Up For Halloween!

Last week I came across one of the neatest monthly art and drawing sites from one of my favorites, Ed Emberley!  
As I spoke about in the post Makerspace Fingerprint and Thumbprint Creations Are Special, Ed's work was a favorite within our house and in the library too. 

So coming across the October 2017 Ed Emberley's Drawing Pages blog post, I just knew I had to add it to the....
 Halloween for Librarians and Teachers Collection by Destiny that....
you can find and use here.
 The October Drawing Pages were focused around things like....
this little Purple Monster.  Students will think these are so much fun to draw.  

As I was looking on the site, I clicked on Ed Emberley's Web Site and it open to....
the Welcome to

I was instantly wanting to explore and create....just think what our students would think of this site! 
 Since I was working on the Halloween Collection, I clicked on Activities at the bottom of the page where I found these AMAZING pages filled with monthly activities. 

I added this to the Halloween for Librarians and Teachers Collection too.

Look at a couple of the October activities including....
 Mr. Boney Parts that they can create with their fingerprints and markers and...
 Swamp Monster Paper Airplane.  
 I clicked on a few more including Holiday Activities under December and....
 January Activities which include lots of fun with snow! 
Also on the site, you will find Drawing Book Samplers for drawing with markers, cut and paste and thumbprints.
I love the little Animations and....
Drawing Pages.  These would be great to use in the library, art room, literacy centers for storytelling, Makerspaces and so much more!  

So during this Halloween and holiday season, check out Ed Emberley's Site here!  

It will inspire, bring lots of happiness and introduce them to fun drawing skills thanks to Mr. Emberley.