Many say that variety is the spice of life and variety is just what you get when you work as a school media specialist. Visions of a school library as a quiet, isolated area where voices are seldom heard above a whisper are a thing of the past.
That was very apparent this past week. Mrs. D enjoyed a poetry “race” with 5th grade classes to see who could beat her record time of 12.5 seconds when reading aloud the tongue twister Betty Botter. So far this year’s student record is 10.3 seconds. After checking out books Mrs. D introduced the concept of Blackout Poetry and 5th graders used the markup feature on their iPads or an app such as You Doodle or Pixelmator to take a photo of a page from a book and create their own poem. Mrs. D was impressed with the poems students air dropped to her before the end of class!
3rd and 4th graders started to prepare for the upcoming Forward Exam by watching the student tutorial videos that review the structure of the test and the online tools they will be using when they take the test on their iPads in a few weeks.
As Earth Day approaches Mrs. D introduced Google Earth to our 2nd graders and they are having a blast using the Google Earth app on their new iPads to find the famous places on their scavenger hunt sheets. The library was lively and loud during this activity and it was great to see students show each other new features and how to use them as they discover them themselves.
April is a busy month and along with poetry, Earth Day and testing, we also celebrate National Library Month. Kindergartners reviewed book care rules as Mrs. D read Mr. Wiggles’ Book to them. Our kindergartners were also excited to start checking out two books at a time! 1st graders reviewed our book care rules and Mrs. D showed them examples of “sad” books that have a variety of problems (water damaged, chewed by pets, etc.).
Mrs. D encourages you to watch the video below to learn more about how the Google Earth app’s features are created. Technology is amazing, isn’t it?