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.

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.