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PA Forward 2017 Presentation: “Making with Young Children” July 31, 2017

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PA Forward IL Summit 2017 - "Making with Young Children" presentation | Mrs. J in the Library @ A Wrinkle in Tech

PA Forward Information Literacy Summit on July 19, 2017

Two weeks ago, I was honored to present at the 2017 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit.  The maker-themed summit was held at the Penn State University Libraries, where I presented an hour-long breakout session on makerspaces for elementary schools and public library children’s programs. Participants got to experiment and play with many of the materials that students use in our makerspace library centers, and it was just amazing to talk to both teacher-librarians and public children’s/YA librarians who came from all over Pennsylvania to learn from each other.

If you couldn’t make it to the Summit or were in another session, my “Making with Young Children” Google Slides presentation is embedded below.  You’ll need to click through to view the slide notes and links to all of my resources.

Disclaimer: This presentation below contains affiliate links, which means if you purchase an item after clicking on a link, I will receive a small commission.  See Disclosures & Disclaimers for more information.  

 

Also, if you’re looking for more makerspace activities and ideas to add to your library’s program, check out my “Makerspaces for Elementary Schools” Pinterest board.

 

Finally, in other news, Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sitewide sale on August 1st and 2nd!!!!  Everything in my store is 20% off, except for bundles which are already discounted.  Make sure to use the coupon code BTS2017  to get an extra 5% off, so you get a total of 25% off all of your back-to-school library instruction and management needs!

Reading Aloud in School: An Endangered Practice? July 23, 2015

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Reading Aloud in School: An Endangered Practice? - Research & Resources | Mrs. J in the Library @ A Wrinkle in Tech

At the recent PA School Librarians Association (PSLA) Annual Conference, I read a worrisome tweet from a participant in a concurrent session. Some Pennsylvania librarians reported that administrators recently told them that reading aloud isn’t “rigorous enough.” Not even as part of a larger unit or with young students.

I was horrified to hear that statement, however, it wasn’t the first time, I’ve heard similar whispers about “rigor” in relation to library class time and reading aloud. It’s particularly frustrating to hear when in some districts (not mine), the teacher-librarian is viewed as “just coverage” for a classroom teacher’s planning period, regardless of how rigorous (or not) the information literacy instruction is.

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PSLA 2015 “Make It @ Your Library” Presentation May 1, 2015

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I’m honored to be presenting at the 2015 PA School Librarians Association Annual Conference about makerspaces in elementary and middle school libraries this afternoon.  If you can’t make it to the conference (or you’re not from PA), my presentation is on Google Slides.

During my session, I’m also hosting a few giveaways for anyone who attends in person or online.  You must be a PSLA member to enter the four giveaways below, however, you can win only one of them. I’ll post the winners on my Twitter account after my session today, so stay tuned!

PSLA Giveaway #1 – littleBits Makerspace Center
PSLA Giveaway #2 – Goldie Blox Makerspace Center
PLSA Giveaway #3 – Electric Sewing Makerspace Center
PSLA Giveaway #4 – Paper Circuits with Interactive Nursery Rhymes Makerspace Center

Special thanks to littleBits for donating the Starter Kit for the littleBits Makerspace Center giveaway!

Images in the giveaways are from Mrs. J in the Library and the products’ respective creators.

Welcoming New Students to the Library Mid-Year January 17, 2015

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Welcome to Our Library: Introducing New Students to the Library Mid-Year | Mrs. J in the Library at A Wrinkle in TechFor many students, January brings not only a new year, but also a new teacher and a new school.  Lately, I’ve been thinking about how to teach just-moved-in students about our library procedures without interrupting the routine and momentum of the rest of the class.  What I came up with is an Orientation Welcome Center that new students complete before choosing other library centers.

The inspiration for this center came from Judy Moreillon‘s presentation at PSLA 2013.  She suggested that to “flip” the library in a way that is effective and feasible, librarians should create video tutorials that are available 24/7 for students, parents, and community members on the library website.  Of course, video creation and editing is *INCREDIBLY* time-consuming, but once you have a good-quality tutorial, it hopefully won’t need to be updated for a couple of years.

With that idea in mind, I made an orientation video on one of the library Nexus 10 tablets.  It took about 10-12 takes, but I finally managed to create a coherent video touring the library, explaining library policies, and demonstrating how to find books and check out.  One of my next goals is to make a second video showing how to search Destiny Quest, but that will have to wait.

Once I had the video done, it was pretty simple.  I uploaded the video to the library Dropbox account that syncs with the tablets and made the link into a QR code on Kaywa.  At this center, students use a library tablet to watch the video on the Dropbox app or scan a QR code to watch it online via Dropbox or YouTube. If you’d like to make your own orientation center, you can download the free Microsoft Word file below and create your own video for students to get acquainted with the library (or your classroom).

Welcome move-in students to your library or classroom with a video tour to introduce routines | Mrs. J in the Library at A Wrinkle in Tech

Right-click the image and click “Save Link As” to download this FREE center for your library or classroom!

Do you have a technique for introducing move-in students to the library?  Share it in the comments!

State Award Voting Contest FREEBIES! November 15, 2014

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It’s Freebie Friday!  Okay, it’s Saturday, but I’ve got 2 things to give away, and I like alliteration as much as the next teacher blogger.  I wrote last month about using book tastings to promote books in the upper grades, and for the younger grades, I introduce the Pennsylvania School Librarian Association (or PSLA) voting contest.  I read a selection of books from an annually updated list, and then students get to vote for their favorite one.  There are 4 lists of nominations, divided by grade level: Kindergarten to 3rd, 3rd to 6th, 6th to 8th, and Young Adult.  Many other states have similar contests, so check the Mackin Booktalks website and look up  your state.

Each year, I read aloud the books on the K-3 list to the students in kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. FREEBIE PA Young Reader's Choice Voting Unit | Mrs. J in the Library @ A Wrinkle in TechThough I don’t have time to read every book on the list to every grade level, I do read more than half of them so that every student is eligible to vote.  After listening to the book, students check out books, and with any extra time, they have a reading response activity to do in their booklet.  They also record the number of stars (out of 5) they want to give a book.  Click on the image to get the FREE PA Young Readers’ Choice Voting Unit with the K-2 lesson plan!

For older elementary students, I promote the voting contest at a library center by linking to the Mackin Booktalks website and giving students time to explore the different books on their grade level’s list.  Students only need to read 3 or more books from the list to vote for their favorite book.

State Awards Book Voting Library Centers | Mrs. J in the Library @ A Wrinkle in TechClick the image to get the FREE State Awards Book Voting Contest Library Center with the Grades 3-5 lesson plan.

Even though both of these products are made with Pennsylvania in mind, they are completely editable so you can change them for your state’s contest.  Enjoy!

 

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