Sunday, June 5, 2011

Podcasting revisited

Book trailers at the library

I really like the idea of book trailers. I want to use them often for next school year. At the moment I do not have a working data projector, but one is on order for me and hopefully it will arrive by the start of the school year. I recently attended a workshop on making book trailers and it got me excited about making some for my students. Below you will find the trailer I made during the workshop but really it is geared at middle school or high school students. This trailer is for Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigulpi.


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It's been awhile!

Wow! It's really been awhile since I've blogged about my life in the library at North San Juan Elementary. Since my last postings, I've had a baby boy and things have changed a little in the library. Due to district wide cutbacks, I've lost my library aide. So despite having over 900 students that I serve I'm hanging in there. I'm feeling optimistic about the coming school year. I feel lucky to have a supportive principal who has mentioned some changes to my schedule next year that will hopefully make it easier to manage the load. I'm hoping to update all summer long with new tech finds and plans for next school year.

We have a new test coming up in our state, the STARR test and I plan to learn all I can to have be an integral part of preparing our students for this test.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

DE Techbook

I got a chance to preview UnitedStreaming's science resource called TechBook recently. How cool! I really love the way each area is organized and easy to follow. I checked out 5th grade matter and energy. I liked the way it is organized in tabs of engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate. Each one of these tabs has videos about the topic. There are lesson ideas, hands on, and evaluation ideas. I am previewing this after my students have already left for the school year, so I didn't get to have anyone try it out. But I am sure that it would really get them interested in science.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Cool library website

I am always on the look out for great library websites to inspire me. Here is one I stumbled upon while looking for book coverart. ACPL Teens. I will definitely be going back to this website as I start updating my own library page for the coming school year.

Stakle anyone?

Stackle is a Jenga-style physics game where you have to remove blocks from the structure and place them on top without causing it to collapse

Coraline by Neil Gaiman



This is another audio book I listed to with my daughter. She saw the movie first and just had to read the book. Since it was not available at out local libraries I ended up purchasing it at http://www.audiblekids.com/ as an instant download. It was a great investment because my daughter was so excited about starting right away on it.

Although some might find the storyline dark, my daughter and I really enjoyed getting lost in the fantasy of it. In this story, Coraline is living a humdrum life. She has just moved into a new house, her parents are constantly too busy for her, and she loves to explore. When she finds a secret door, she follows a path that takes her to another reality. In this world, her other mother and father are perfect. They cook yummy food, play games with her, and give her lots of attention. But, everything is not as it appears to be. Before long, Coraline wants to go home but she is trapped in this alternate reality. How will she escape?

This book reminded me of another book by Neil Gaiman that I read recently called the Graveyard Book. If you liked Coraline you might like this one as well.