Tech Tuesday: Chatterpix Kids

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Going through my pictures, I realized I have so many fun tech projects my students have done over the last year that I realized I haven’t shared with you!  I’m lucky enough to have an Instructional Technology Specialist at my school two days a week.  Not only is she a wonderful person but Ms G. is also collaborative and loves libraries probably as much as I do.  I feel very fortunate to be able to have a supportive partner in many of our technology projects. We work really well together and are able to advocate for one another when we meet with teachers.  I encourage teachers to check in with her to see if she can help them on the … Continued

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New additions to Shelver: A Guest Post

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Hello all, Mr. Lodge here with a Shelver! update. Mrs. Lodge and I have recently added a couple new features to Shelver! that we wanted to share. These new features come to you thanks to Shelver! user suggestions. New Feature: Alphabet Reference One of Mrs. Lodge’s 4th grade students had a great suggestion to include an alphabet reference. Sometimes it is difficult to remember the order of the alphabet, so we hope this new reference will help students out. To see the alphabet click on “Show Alphabet” at the top right of the shelf. Click it again to hide the alphabet. New Feature: Updated “Wrong Order” Alert We love suggestions, and one of our Shelver users suggested we include more … Continued

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Shelver

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You may have noticed Shelve-it had a little name change and is now called Shelver. We found out there is an old computer game also called Shelve-it and don’t want to infringe on them. Everything else on Shelver! is the same!

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Dewey Shelve-it!

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Big news! Mr. Lodge and I finally finished making a Dewey version of Shelve-it! When you go to Shelve-it! and choose New Game, you will now have a choice of Fiction or Dewey.  It’s definitely trickier than the fiction version but I hope it will help my students and yours become independent library users who can find nonfiction books on the shelves using call numbers. I had many wonderful library teachers send me book titles for them to “write” in Dewey Shelve-it!  In the shelf below, you might recognize Mrs. Crook, Mrs. Ellis, and Carolyn.  My dad, an electrician, is the author of Electricity and my mom is the author of Peacocks, one of my colleagues is the author of Once … Continued

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Shelve-it

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I am so excited to finally share this project! Last year, I blogged about the old University of Texas Order in the Library game and like many of you, I was super sad to see it taken down.  I’ve tried using the Wayback Machine Internet Archive but the game is finicky and unreliable since it’s not a real website anymore.   This is where Mr. Lodge comes in.Mr. Lodge has been making a career change to web development. He was looking for ways to build his skill set and I couldn’t help pointing out he might as well help me out by building something fun and interactive for the library.  He’s been working hard to develop Shelve-it, a game for … Continued

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tweet tweet

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I’m finally on Twitter: @mrslodge.I haven’t tweeted since grad school @simmonsgslis quite a few years ago. I don’t think I knew how to use it effectively.  Now I know a whole bunch of fantastic librarians who use Twitter to connect and share like @libraryreeder, @mkschoen, @MatthewWinner, @senoritao, @myschoollibrary, and @librarybrods.  I even found a new library friend already – @WESMediaCenter (also check out her blog at Search. Discover. Share!).  So, we will see how it goes!  PS – Feel free to leave me some tweeting advice…I’m a little overwhelmed at how much info can be shared in 140 characters or less!

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Toon Books

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Have you used Toon Books in your library?  I have used the Toon Book Reader as a center activity and have it linked on my website for easy access from home and school.  Toon Books has a free ebook reader for “toon” books, which has a read-aloud feature and is available in multiple languages such as Spanish and Chinese.  I have some of these books in print in my library like Little Mouse and Benny and Penny, which the kids love.  They also love these e-versions!

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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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Order in the Library

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**Update: the bad news is Order in the Library was taken offline in 2012 but the good news is Mr. Lodge made Shelve-it, a game to practice shelving books.Do you use Order in the Library in your library?  Order in the Library is an online library game provided by the University of Texas.  Students can practice sorting, shelving, and reordering books using the Dewey Decimal System. I often have Order in the Library as a center.  My students love to choose a character, play, and try to get to the next level.  It’s great because they are practicing putting books in order.   They have fun and I know they’re practicing “shelving” –  win-win! game choices example of the shelving game

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