Computer Science Education Week is the first week in December each year. This is a time when students around the world participate in the Hour of Code. I’ve been participating with my elementary library classes for several years now, but at first I was very reluctant to try it with my youngest classes. My lack of understanding about coding led to me feeling afraid to
Quick And Easy Green Screen Projects For Your Library
Green Screen technology (or Chroma Key as it is known in more “techy” circles), used to be so complicated! I first tried the available technology with my fourth grade students about 20+ years ago. This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I may earn a small commission at no cost to you. I remember setting up green bulletin board
Become a Better Friend with Nerdy Birdy!
I don’t read picture books to my upper elementary students very often, but I’ve found a pair of books that hold their attention and teach some valuable lessons about friendship and the role of technology in our lives and friendships. This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I may earn a small commission at no cost to you. I
Spread Kindness Like Confetti with 365 Days of Wonder!
Wonder is still a wildly popular book at my school! The themes of friendship, respect, and kindness are timeless. The following project is a great way to reinforce some technology skills with your students while spreading kindness and inspiration throughout your school community! If you give it a try, be sure to comment and let us know! A friend shared a great idea with me
Get Your Students Prepared for Tests with Keyboarding Club!
I started a Keyboarding Club for 4th and 5th grade students in my library because keyboarding wasn’t being taught at my school in those grades and I wanted to give students the option of sharpening their skills on the keys before they began the Smarter Balanced Tests in the Spring. I used free websites, and didn’t have my students create the free accounts offered,
Help Your Students Find Book Series They Will Love!
Do you have students who find a favorite book series and then want to read all of the books in order? On any given day in my library, students come in asking questions like: “What’s Magic Tree House number 17?” “Which book is after Rodrick Rules?” “What’s the first book in the Underland series?” Now, I know it is relatively easy to look up the
Help Your Students Prepare for the Future with Ozobots!
About a month ago I received a surprise visit by a local television station and representatives from First Interstate Bank with a check for $250 – I had won their One Class at a Time grant!! I used the money from this grant to purchase 5 Ozobot Starter Kits, (which were on sale for $50 each). These tiny programmable robots will enable all of my
Use Augmented Reality with your Elementary Students!
A short article in the September issue of School Library Journal caught my attention last month. At first I passed over it without reading it – augmented reality? That sounds too “out there” for me. But I’ve been trying to stretch myself and grow, besides I knew my students would be interested, especially with the newest Pokemon Go craze! So, I looked into it. Here’s
Technology Tips at Your Fingertips!
There is a fabulous freebie over at TpT that you won’t want to miss. This year’s edition of the Tech Tips for Teachers Ebook is “hot off the press!” It’s full to the brim with tips and tricks (and links to freebies!) for using technology in your classroom. Teacher creators Laurah J of Tools for Teachers, Andrea Crawford, and Utah Roots have done a