On April 27th, Walnut Springs was honored to welcome back alumnus and author Michelle Houts! Hout's nonfiction book, Kammie on First, was purchased for all of the 7th-graders and read during seminar. The students then created various projects revolving around the book. Projects were hanged in the hallway and library as part of our welcome. Houts treated the students to three separate informational sessions about her books as well as two writing workshops for smaller groups of students.
Thanks to Central's librarian, Amy Hamrick, for this great resource tip!
"SYNC gives away totally free audiobooks (one each week over the summer) to listeners ages 13+. SYNC always pairs a YA title with a classic. Samples are available to listen to online.
The audiobooks are yours to keep, no strings attached. No subscriptions. No sales.
Their season starts on May 7th and runs for 14 weeks. Each week, two different books are available to download. The only catch is that you have to download the books on particular days. If you miss the date, too bad so sad! Their website has a spot to sign up to get notifications, though, so you'll never miss the date.
Here's the home page: http://www.audiobooksync.com
Here is a link to the list of twenty eight 2015 titles (http://www.audiobooksync.com/2015-sync-titles/)."
Because of the change in the testing schedule due to weather-related school cancellations, the February 23rd Maker Monday session is cancelled. Students - feel free to create a ZooBurst book on your own! It's really easy!
If you choose to submit your book to the Digital Storytelling Contest please have them to me no later than Thursday, March 5th.
I wish Ohio got enough snow to do what my hometown library is doing! :(
Click here to learn all about the next Maker Monday on February 23rd!
Below is a great "Sound of Ideas" audio segment on the 5 of 8 rule. It's 49+ minutes long (so give it a minute or two to fully load) and includes some great perspectives and important information. The final vote on this rule will happen in March. Susan Yutzey of the Ohio Education Library Media Association (OELMA) speaks around the 30-minute mark.
Over 150 students came into the library today to participate in The Hour of Code. Students spent roughly an hour working on and helping others complete the tutorial levels. They really had a blast!! When the bell rang at the end of the day, two boys asked if they could stay and keep coding! On a Friday! One boy even said "We should have an Hour of Code every month." Another said "Best study hall ever!"
A couple of weeks ago I was teaching 6th-graders about copyright, fair use, and public domain. I saw this article and thought it was very timely!
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