Monday, February 13, 2012

Hey Girl

A lot of people are getting into the "Hey Girl" picture and thankfully a friend of mine showed this this website in class and I immediately got giddy!! Granted, it def pertains to us "library folk" but hopefully you'll get some of the jokes even if you're not a librarian.

All pictures are from this Tumbler

And of course Ryan isn't bad to look at either ;) 

Book Club Suggestions

Thanks so much for all your comments and e-mails. I thought I would put a list together of a few of the books that are being asked to be selected for March's Book Club. Here are some of the suggestions

A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Out of these suggestions, which ones would you be interested in reading?

Friday, February 10, 2012

Classroom Ideas

Looking for new classroom ideas that involve some exciting websites? Well no look further friends! Here are the top 5 websites to use according to Education Nation.

1. Poppleta one-stop shop featuring a combination of mindmapping, online bulletin board and presentation tools. It's extremely fun and easy to use and works great with a wide range of grade levels. Double-click anywhere on your Popplet board to add a content bubble (called a popple). A popple can hold all sorts of media including text, images, videos and even Google maps! Create mindmaps by dragging connections between popples and arranging content on the board. Finally, use Popplet as a unique presentation tool. Choose the order of the content using the presentation menu, then the app will zoom in on each popple while you are presenting. This is a great way to teach students to go beyond traditional, linear presentations. Make sure you give Popplet a try for its ease of use and versatility in the classroom.

2. Vuvox- Students can create a stunning digital collage which includes images, text, video and more. Think of it as a horizontal scroll of digital creativity. In addition, interactive hotspots can be included to display even more multimedia content. Cool image editing features are included, such as the ability to cut out part of an image. The final product can be viewed as a scrolling presentation or explored freely. Put Vuvox on your shortlist and use it for your next project-based learning unit.

3. Myna- powerful audio mixing and creation tool that is a blast to use. Part of the Aviary suite of tools, Myna will rock your classroom! Students drag music loops to the tracks and create their own musical masterpiece. A cool feature is the ability for students to record their own voice, add effects and combine it in the mix. For example, students can create a radio commercial or audio for a video project. Please note that audio projects can only be six minutes total and each individual recording must be less than a minute. This restriction actually helps students keep their projects concise. The final product can be mixed down to an mp3 file and used in numerous ways

4. Linoit- Perfect for visual learners, your students will love building projects just like pinning items to a bulletin board. Set the background to look like a cork board or even use a picture such as a world map. Then add content with stickies, images, videos, documents and more. Have your students use Linoit for brainstorming as well as creating digital posters and multimedia projects. You can even use Linoit as a cool and non-traditional classroom homepage!

5. Flipsnack- a super easy and indispensable tool for teachers who want to share student work! In short, Flipsnack converts PDF files into really cool flipping books. Using this site is a snap - simply upload your PDF and voila! Flipsnack works great for displaying student work or sending out information to parents. If you have an interactive whiteboard try this: Scan your best student work and load it to Flipsnack. Then have each student talk about their amazing work at the IWB. They can “flip” the pages by dragging - they’ll love it! Try it for parent night as well! For personal use, scan all of your child’s drawings and create a flipbook of their masterpieces. Then, share the link with family.

What do you think? Would you use these in your classroom?
Don't forget to keep thinking of books for a new book club :) 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Book Club

I mentioned yesterday that I wanted to start a book club and I hope you'll join me on this journey! Here is what we'll do.

  • We will select a book together from three different choices
  • We will have one month to read the book
  • After the month is up, I will dedicate a blog post to a review of the book and feature a few questions about the book that we can all discuss together

E-mail me at with your suggestions or leave a comment on this post. I'll tally up a vote and the top 3 will be then posted and voted here on the blog.

Can't wait to hear your suggestions! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Hello Friends

Hi everyone! For started I thought I would introduce myself to you if you don't already follow me on my other blog Fit, Fierce and Fabulous. On that blog I discuss various day to day activities that I'm doing such as planning my wedding, work out routines, recipe ideas and many more. I'm a "librarian in training" meaning that I'm attending graduate school and hoping to be a librarian either in an Elementary school or in the public setting working with children or teens.
Books and reading have always been number one in my life. No really! Ever since I was a child my mother always brought me to our local public library and I checked out as many books as my 5 year old fingers get  a hold of. I adore story time and making new "friends" (aka the children's librarians) and of course looking over the displays that were constantly changing throughout the building.

As I grew older in my teen years, books became not only something of a way to escape the present but also like friends. I began to learn about the world around me both in my community as well as outside the United States. I "met" new characters and learned their strengths, triumphs, heartbreaks and family relationships. So many stories and not enough time to get through them all.

During college my love of reading for pleasure dwindling since school took up most of my time but when I graduated two years with a degree in Elementary Education I knew that I really wanted to spend more time reading and teaching children to develop the same devotion that I had to the novels I read. I enrolled in a 2 year program at a school about an hour from my house and have been enjoying it ever since.

On the blog I'll be featuring several things including

  • Book Reviews for both Children, Teens and Adults
  • Guest posts from other blogger who have love to read
  • A possible book club that discusses a particular book during the beginning of each month
  • Various website articles/ideas for school librarians to look at
  • Various website articles/ideas for public librarians to view
  • Your thoughts and opinions about certain books/genres/e-readers and more
I can't wait to get this started and hope you'll share with friends, students or colleagues. 

90 Minutes in Heaven

 This book was brought to my attention by my soon to be father-in-law who began reading it after his double knee surgery. The cover and title was most appealing and I thought I would enjoy reading a book such as this.

90 Minutes in Heaven talks about the life of Don Piper, a Baptist priest in Texas who gets in a terrible car accident. He's pronounced dead on impact due to a truck colliding with his car head on. During his 90 minutes, Don is actually in heaven. He describes it as a place filled with light surrounded by loved ones that have past away.  “Because I was able to experience heaven,” he says, “I was able to prepare [friends] for it. And now I am preparing you.”

Although the description of heaven only lasts about 15 of the 205 pages, the story itself is remarkable and certainly something to think about. I hope one day I can be in the place that Don describes, surrounded by family and friends that I've missed for so long,

Would you read this book?

If you're a fan of Goodreads check my post out on my other blog! We  can compare books and even suggest ones we love!