"Microblogging" in the library

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I have been blogging with my students and decided to introduce them to the idea of microblogging after seeing a few classroom Twitter walls on Pinterest.  I made a Blurb wall on my library door using laminated sentence strips.  I read somewhere (probably on Pinterest…I’m obsessed!) that you can use laminated paper with dry erase markers and decided to test it out – it works!

The pink strips are mine and all of the others are by the kids.  Kids can stop by any time and add a quick blurb, as well as add blurbs during center time.  

The neon colors are pretty in-your-face so the blurb wall has been catching everyone’s attention.  Classes wait right outside the door before coming into the library so it gives everyone something to look at if they have to wait.  The blurbs have also been good advertising for the library.  Teachers can see kids’ enthusiasm for library, students’ mini book discussions, and my news and announcements they might not otherwise hear.

12 Responses to “"Microblogging" in the library”

  1. Ilene

    great! How do you stick them on to the wall? how big are the strips?

    • mrslodge

      I just use regular scotch or masking tape. They are standard sentence strips, maybe 18″? This year, I found dry erase sentence strips at a school supply store but in the past, I’ve laminated regular paper sentence strips and they work with dry erase markers.

  2. Little Librarian

    I was wondering how you decide who will “blurb,” how often they can blurb, and how long a blurb stays up? I know all of my kids would want to write something at once all the time, so how do you manage that? Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

    • mrslodge

      My blurb wall is first come, first serve. If the board is full, the kids will ask which ones they can erase. There are many other choices so it doesn’t get that busy.

  3. Rae Fearing (@RaeFearing)

    Can I please use the Twitter wall picture on your blog for a Thinglink image I am making to demonstrate alternatives to using worksheets in the classroom?

    • mrslodge

      Thanks for asking, feel free to use the image. If you can link back to my site that would be great. Thanks!

  4. Jessica

    Do you have certain topics for your blurbs? Or can they write whatever they like?

    • mrslodge

      I often ask a question like “What are you reading?” or “What is your favorite mystery?” but the kids mostly write what they are reading at the moment.

  5. Nancy

    What does the very small library blurb sign say?

    • mrslodge

      In these pictures, it explains what a microblog is and why we are using it in the library. Now I have an “I Can…” center sign with instructions.

  6. nancy

    How do you teach them about the @ symbol, if they don’t have emails yet?

    • mrslodge

      We talk about @ being a symbol for at. I usually ask if anyone knows what it means and someone in class usually does. Then I talk about how saying @ before someone’s name shows you’re replying or speaking directly to that person. Then I usually have kids practice on my blurb wall or on the white board.

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