Animoto

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At a recent department meeting, one of our student teachers presented an awesome way she has been sharing what is going on in her library.  She and her supervising library teacher have been making Animoto videos.  I’m always snapping pictures (backs of heads!) of my library and I also do a weekly recap on my school blog…why not put the two together with Animoto! I have made Animoto videos for the past two weekly recaps and they look awesome!  Animoto is very easy to use.  Each video took maybe 5 minutes to put together.  Here is an example:  

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Blogging with students

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Do you blog with your students?  I have a Weebly blog I use with students.  I have been using the blog for a few months now and it has been working out great!  The kids love it and it serves many purposes:  a way to communicate with students and families – I post fun things we have done in the library, a weekly recap, student work, and book reviews.  Parents can see how many different things their kids are learning in library, which is always important! a tool for teaching cybersafety and digital citizenship – I use the blog as a way to teach my cybersafety lessons.  I teach them what a blog is, how it can be used, and … Continued

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"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 … Continued

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