Wednesday, February 21, 2018

LIVE Facebook Event With Matt De La Peña and Loren Long To Share LOVE!

At the American Library Association Conference in January, our friends at Follett hosted a very special Facebook Live event with Matt De La Peña and Loren Long to share their new book LOVE.  

I couldn't wait to watch this and to share it with all of you.  
Also, I started a LOVE Collection by Destiny that you can find here

You will find the video of Matt reading, the LOVE book trailer from Penguin Kids, articles and more.  Please let me know what else we should add or if you'd like to be a collaborator to add things. 
As you bring LOVE to your library and school community, you will find LOVE and many other books by Matt and Loren in this Titlewave List they have brought together for us.  It is filled with so many fantastic titles!  

I added this to the LOVE Collection too.  

I hope their interview fill all of you and your students with inspiration, hope and of course... LOVE.  

5 Ways To Boost Usage Of Your Digital Collection

A digital collection is an essential part of today’s school library. Not only does it support our future ready students by ensuring equitable digital access to information and resources, it also empowers student voice, inquiry, and creativity through a variety of platforms and tools.   
As a Future Ready Librarian, I worked very hard to develop my school’s digital collection over the years. It grew into a beautiful, diverse, and engaging collection of eBooks, databases like PebbleGo, digital tools and apps, and other online resources. And I was always looking for ways to promote it among the school community.
When I first introduced the digital collection to our community, I thought to myself, This is going to be awesome! The students will love all of the digital resources, the teachers will use them every day in their classrooms, and families will be thrilled to have access at home and on the go to such wonderful content for their children.  
Well, that wasn’t the case. Not even close actually. Even though I told everyone about our amazing digital resources, there was hardly anyone using them anywhere. In fact, a lot of people would say, Oh, I always forget we have those… or That’s right! Tell me again how we get there?
 So, I took a few steps back and started over by doing a lot of things to boost the digital collection’s usage!  
You will find all 5 of the ways to boost usage of your digital collection here on the Cantata Learning blog.  

Set Your Students Up For Success With Classroom Screen!

While reading through posts and tweets after the TCEA Conference, I came across one that was especially intriguing from my friend and librarian Colleen Graves.  

She shared, Classroomscreen.com is one of the coolest and simplest teaching hacks I learned at TCEA!  

How cool! You can quickly get a timer, textbook, QR code, noise meter, drawing tools, work symbols and more!

I went to the site right away to check it out.  
When you log into Classroom Screen, it takes you to....
a screen that looks like this.  
The first thing I did was click on the circle in the left hand corner.
This gave me a little background on the developer Laurens Koppers, who is a teacher in the Netherlands.  I loved finding this out because tools that are created by teachers for their classrooms are often times the best!
On this page, I also found How It Works, 
 Tips and Tricks, 
and a Padlet for Sharing your experiences with other users.  

I was ready to use Classroom Screen myself!  
You will see this amazing tool bar at the bottom of the screen that lets you add so many different instructions for your students.  

I gave it a try by thinking of a way I could use it this week. 
Tomorrow I will be celebrating Digital Learning Day with a few little friends around the country on Skype.  I will be sharing Staying Safe Online, the book I wrote with Cantata Learning. I thought it would be fun for the students to learn the song, write down 5 things they learned about being digital leaders and then create a Buncee sharing what they learned.  

On the Classroom Screen I created, I included the directions using Text.  I included two QR Codes....one to the Staying Safe Online YouTube video and one to Buncee. I also added a Work Symbol for working together, Class Timer and Traffic Light.  I also changed the Background by adding an image of the Staying Safe Online cover.  

Once you have added the directions that you want and your Classroom Screen is ready, project it onto a screen in your library and classroom and let you students get to work.  

I love this!  It was so quick and easy to create this place students could go when they came into the library or classroom.  
 You can choose from 44 different languages or....
you can click on Add a Language and it will tell you have to make a translation in the language you want too.  
Today, I loved seeing my friend and librarian Nikki Robertson shared this post from her library and I have seen a few others share how they are using it too.

And it isn't just to use for students.  Classroom Screen is a wonderful tool to use with teacher too. In fact, I even used it in India last week with the teacher librarians I was with there.

As you learn more about Classroom Screen and bring it to your classroom and library, check out the video below for more tips and information.

I can't wait to see how you use it too!