Thoughts on Apps/Software

Some apps/software that have made my teaching/learning more fun and effective this year:

  • Tourwrist app: got into an even deeper New York State of Mind (book and song by Billy Joel) during grade 1 “Music and Books” unit. After enjoying the book/song, students used the Tourwrist app to get a┬ápanoramic view and interactive experience of places in New York. When Latin Gamma students came in to the library to research the Pantheon, we started off research viewing the Pantheon up close thanks to Tourwrist.
  • Nearpod app: deliver presentations (with interactive slides) to every device get immediate feedback from participants; get reports of participants’ responses; control their devices during the presentation.
  • EasyBib School Edition: students create projects, add citations, notes, and outlines all in one place; the LearnCite feature and evaluating sources feature are helpful tools to teach information literacy.
  • Edmodo: join professional groups and/or communities within Edmodo; create a group for each class; powerful and safe way to keep class organized; communicate with students individually through posts or allow them to post to the group (students cannot post directly to each other only to the whole class); attach links and documents to posts; assign projects; give out badges and so much more!

CPD23: Thing 1 and Thing 2

The Library Notes was created last July and not much got posted once the school year began. I’ve always wanted to take part in the 23 Things program (initially the adapted version in CT), but when I saw that the “official” 23 Things was going to start up again this summer, I knew I had to participate. Coincidentally, at my school all faculty have to learn a new software platform for summer PD. My “official” PD will be to use Schoolsuite to update the library’s web pages since I haven’t done that since I started last August. For me, though, 23 Things will definitely be a part of my summer PD and I’m looking forward to it.

As a school librarian, (maybe I should call myself a media specialist?!), I’m totally fascinated by and interested in technology. I love sharing with and learning from others. I’ll be hooking up a new LED projector in my library soon and I’m so excited. It’s going to make teaching/learning so much more efficient, interesting and productive. I will be so glad to get rid of the “media center” that is currently there.

I think I read that we will be looking at “branding” in 23 things. This is something that a colleague (also a newer school librarian) and I have frequently discussed. I always keep going back to “The Energized Librarian.” I think that’s what I’ll use. I have a bit of energy and this year during National Poetry month, I organized a Poetry Cafe, complete with some cool plasma globes and such. I find it challenging to see how much I can put my energy into at once.

I did glance at some other blogs that are a part of 23 Things. Looks like several have just started as a result of this program which is great. I’m looking forward to easily connecting with people from other parts of the world as well.

Looking forward to next week.

Hello world!

I became a librarian because I wanted to know what librarians know and wanted to share that information with others. Now that I’m a librarian, I have learned many of the secrets of the library profession, but perhaps more importantly realize that no one librarian could know all. Librarians and other teachers are all more effective when we work together. That is my hope: that other librarians, teachers and any others who care to take part in this blog will share their knowledge of technology, research, books, etc. to create a true collaborative effort.