Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sign Up Today To Be Part Of Buncee Buddies...Earth Day 2017!

The Buncee Buddies Earth Day 2017 event has been announced!  This is a wonderful way for you and your students to connect to others around the world as we celebrate our Earth and learn cultural awareness.

Buncee's goal for this project is to connect classrooms on every continent to celebrate what unites us, while also embracing cultural differences! 

As the Buncee website states,

Buncee Buddies is a digital pen pal program that connects classrooms to build friendships, discuss ideas, and share Buncees based on a prompt. 
For the spring of 2017, Buncee Buddies classrooms will be celebrating Earth Day! 
You can sign up to participate in this event here
And read all of the details about this very special event in the Buncee Buddies Earth Day 2017 post.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Special For AASL Members....Take The Project Connect Digital Citizenship Microcredential Course & Get A 10% Discount

One of the most important jobs of teacher librarians is that of being the person who advocates, teaches and celebrates the leadership and specialized knowledge librarians have within the library, school and community.
Follett developed Project Connect to support and develop librarians as these district leaders so our students can learn modern research techniques, learn digital literacy and embrace 21st century skills they can apply to every subject and skill.

To go hand-in-hand with Project Connect, Follett has kicked off an amazing professional development program for librarians and all educators called Microcredentials.  

These online courses help create powerful library and school leadership to address critical educational challenges with a future ready approach. 

They were developed with Mark Ray on behalf of Project Connect and Future Ready.
Currently, there are two courses available.  The Educational Leadership microcredential course which is a free mini course and introduction to school librarianship and...
the Digital Citizenship microcredential course.  

As we continue to support Future Ready Librarians, libraries and students, Follett and AASL have teamed up to provide a special offer to its membership.  Member can get 10% off the Digital Citizenship microcredential course.
Here are the details of the special member discount that AASL announced....
Follett's Support of AASL's ESSA Efforts Continues with a Special Offer for AASL Members

Introducing Microcredentials

Interested in developing a vision and plan to promote digital learning in your library? Want to take a free online course to do just that? Check out Follett’s first ever Microcredential courses for future ready librarians. Learn more at

As a librarian do you feel future ready?

Future-ready librarians work with district leaders to promote innovative learning opportunities for students. But where do you start? Follett has teamed up with a panel of experts, and together with Project Connect, has launched Professional Development courses for librarians. These online Micro Credential courses help librarians and other educators develop a vision and plan that promotes digital learning in their library. Learn more

To redeem your 10% discount on Follett's Digital Citizenship course, please log into the AASL website and visit AASL VIP.

Library First Impressions.....What Does Yours Say?

When our students, teachers, parents and community come to the library we want them to feel excited, comfortable, happy, creative, safe and welcome from the start.
As Future Ready Librarians we want to cultivate community partnerships and design collaborate spaces to support the learning, collaboration and creativity of our communities.  Our libraries can achieve this and from the moment anyone steps through the door, we must capture this enthusiasm and desire to be part of the community cultivated here.

A library first impression means a lot and with a little creativity and passion, all of us can create this meaningful beginning just like Robin Williams,
 Krisi Harwood,
 Katie Smith Capshaw,
 Joyce Valenza,
 Sue Kowalski,
 Lori Riedel,
 Victoria Hussein and...
James Allen.  
When I asked this question in our Future Ready Librarians Facebook Group, our friends above shared their library entrances and doors, along with dozens of others.  It was so powerful to see everyones space and the impression these make.  

You can see this post here....and please add yours if you haven't yet. We'd love to see your library entrance too.  
And we started a Pinterest Board to share these library entrances and more too.  You will find School Library Doors and Entrances here....If you'd like to be a collaborator, let me know and I will add you.

Remember....first impressions mean a lot.  What does your library first impression say?  

Click & Sing Along To 32 New Cantata Learning Titles Here!

Now that the Cantata Learning 2017 Spring Titles are here, we thought it was time to pull all 32 of them together in a new Symbaloo that you can access here.

Since all of the music is available for free on the Cantata Learning website, you and your students can click on any of these tiles in the Symbaloo to get to it too!
We have created four other Symbaloo's for Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016 and Fall 2016 Cantata Learning titles too!  Like the one above, your students just have to click on the cover to listen and sing along.

Using these Symbaloo's with students are perfect in a group setting, small group setting, pairs and individually.  I would add these as a new link on an iPad home screen or share in a Symbaloo, blog or website students will be accessing in the library, classroom and at home.
Also, I love creating QR Codes of Symbaloo's too!  This makes it very easy for students to scan themselves as they access the Symbaloo's or even put it on their own devices.

And handy to send home with them as well.  Parents can scan the QR code to add to their devices too making all of the Cantata Learning songs at their finger tips at home, in the car and on the go!

Enjoy....and don't forget to check out all of the Cantata Learning books, songs, lesson plans, articles and more at

At NCCE 2017 Portland, Don't Miss The Special Birds Of A Feather Event....Register Today

The NCCE 2017 Conference in Portland, Oregon is right around the corner on March 22-24, 2017.
I am so excited to be part of the Teacher Librarian Focus Area of the conference as the featured speaker. You can see the flyer above which outlines the Teacher Librarian Focus Area here.

As part of this special focus, our friends at Capstone and Cantata Learning will be sponsoring a special Teacher Librarian Birds of a Feather Round Table and Reception on Thursday, March 23 at 4:00-4:50pm.
Since space is limited, please register for the Birds of a Feather event here.  This will be a wonderful conversation...I can't wait to be part of it!

There will be a special gift bag and refreshments served too.

So after a wonderful day of learning, please join us for this engaging and fun hour during the NCCE Birds of a Feature event!

Over 50 Women Biographies In PebbleGo Perfect For Women's History Month

As we get ready for Women's History Month in March, you will find dozens of special biographies in PebbleGo Biographies from Capstone.
For each woman, you will find several different tabs within the article including Introduction, Early Life, Life's Work, Later Years, Contributions and Related Articles.  

Also, you will see at the bottom of the window there are several buttons for Citing, 
Printable Items, 
 a Video and...
a wonderful Timeline for each.
I especially like the Activity which gives students a place to draw and write what they have learned. I used these with my youngest students as they listened, read and learned from PebbleGo.  They are perfect for gathering and sharing what they know.

To learn more about PebbleGo Biographies and all of the PebbleGo databases from Capstone, please go here.

Celebrate Read Across America Day On March 2!

On March 2 is one of the most celebrated reading days of year.  It is NEA's Read Across American Day and this year we are celebrating it's 20th Anniversary.

As their site states,

The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 20th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.
On the site, you will find everything you need to participate and lots of things to use throughout the year.

There are media kits, graphics, information, and the Read Across American 2017 Classroom Activity Guide is a wonderful place to go as you plan your event.  It is filled with terrific ideas and resources.
And don't forget to Take The Read Across Pledge with your students and teachers on this very special day.  You can go here to register your event and pledge too.

Have the best Read Across America Day friends....and thank you NEA for bringing us this special day for 20 years!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

3 Ways Music Can Support Future Ready Librarians!

There is a buzz in the air and it is that of Future Ready Librarians.  
This amazing group is part of Future Ready Schools, supported by the Alliance for Excellence in Education, Follett and AASL, showcasing the leadership of teacher librarians within schools, libraries, and education globally everyday. Future Ready Librarians lift up these positions to lead the physical and digital transformation of learning and libraries, which we all know will make a difference within the lives of our students and throughout education.  
As Future Ready Librarians, we look for tools and resources to support this initiative and transformation. It is our job to bring engaging experiences and amazing products to our libraries that will support the learning that we want to take place. Music is one of these tools, with the ability to bring so many special experiences and celebrations to our libraries.
Please click here for the full post on the Cantata Learning blog.   You will love the three way music can support Future Ready Librarians too!  

Buncee Is The Learning Counsel's App Of The Week...and Perfect For The Future Ready Librarian!

Today, The Learning Counsel announced their App of the Week.

And this week it goes to.....Buncee, a creation and presentation tool making learning fun and empowering student voice.  I couldn't agree more and that is why I am so excited to share this news and the post from The Learning Counsel.

You can read Buncee...App of the Week review on their site here.

And my review of Buncee for all Future Ready Librarians below....

Shannon McClintock Miller, Future Ready Librarians and Follett’s Project Spokesperson & Buncee’s Teacher Librarian Advisor
“Buncee is the perfect creation and presentation tool for Future Ready Librarians as they empower students to think about their learning as they create authentic, engaging digital products which can be shared safely within the walls of the school or with others around the world.”   

Tell Your President's Day Story With Storyboard That!

This week as we celebrate President's Day with our students, I have a wonderful digital tool to share with your students as they tell their story.
It is Storyboard That and the US History Digital Storytelling Activities!
 You will find Abraham Lincoln, 
 Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, 
and Ronald Regan, not to mention a whole lot more and the ability to create your very own too!
Please go to Storyboard That to learn more....and if you are new, sign up for the free trial on this page too!

25 Ways To Bring Music To Your Kids!

We all love music.

It is an universal language that evokes signing, movement, emotion, creativity and so much more. Music brings all of this and something very special to the libraries, classrooms and home of our children.

With music holding such a special place in our lives, look at these 25 places for creating, singing, listening, moving to and learning about music.

You can click here to go to the Music Fun Symbaloo we have created and find places like...
Cantata Learning songs and stories, plus their wonderful YouTube Channel,
and lots of places to learn and create, like with Incredibox
You can start here with these 25 ways to bring music to your kids and please join us for the Loud Libraries Part 2 webinar on March 1 with Cantata Learning and Capstone where we explore even more ways, resources and reasons on bringing music to your libraries, classrooms and homes too. 

You can register and read more here

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Learn More About Teaching Digital Literacy In The Follett Webinar On April 18

On April 18, I will be presenting a Follett webinar Digital Literacy: Project Connect's Microcredential Course.  

As the webinar page in the Follett Community states,

Don't miss my April 18 webinar as we explore the importance of teaching digital literacy, the effects of not addressing digital literacy in your school and how you can address this issue.  In today's climate of what's real and what is "fake" news, it's more important than ever to understand how you can best empower every student-even the very young-to become responsible digital citizens and critical consumers of information.  
We hope you can join us for this free webinar to learn more about digital literacy and Follett's Project Connect Digital Citizenship course too.

Register at this link.   The webinar will be recorded.  If you cannot attend the live webinar, please register anyway to receive a link to the recording.