Sunday, January 21, 2018

Green screen fun!

We set the green screen up in the lab and 4th grade has been having fun exploring!  I'm eager to post their videos, but so far they are just works-in-progress, so I'll hold off.  For now, here are some photos. 

We are using the Do Ink app on the iPads, in conjunction with iMotion and the camera app.  I'll post some finished projects when the kids are done.

Saturday, January 13, 2018


It's a whole new year and I clearly have not done well with maintaining this blog!  I love blogging, but boy, time is always of the essence. For more up-to-the-minute info about what's going on in the library, follow me on Instagram at @dbslibrary.

The start of the year has brought with it new books, new students, new robots, a few snow days, and a huge Scholastic Bookfair order!  This month the students will be learning programing with Lego WeDos and Wonder Workshop's Dash and Dot.  Other students will be learning about how to create movies using the green screen we have.  Our Battle of the Books continues, with five teams competing in Round 3 at the end of this month.  There will be lots of stories, stuffed animals to cuddle, and fun things to learn.

I'll try to update here a little more often because I do love to read blogs and hope others still do to, but I know Instagram and Facebook provide more timely access to information.  Stick around for some library fun!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Book fair

My brain has been 110% book fair this week!  It's crazy and all encompassing and totally amazing!  I loved seeing how excited the kids got and how eager they were to check it out.  The 5th graders were excited to help bring boxes upstairs so they could get a sneak peek at the books.  Every time the fair was open it was busy and there was energy in the air.  I love it!

5th grade helpers

Quick break to check out the books. 

They wanted to keep going and set up the whole fair, but I made them wait.  There were so many boxes!  I needed to peek through it myself first to figure it all out!

I think several kids wanted to spend the whole week in front of the shelves. 

The book fair was "closed" during library classes, but the didn't stop the kids from observing from afar. 

I tried teacher wish lists this year with some success.  I'll do it again next year with better promotion and visibility. 

The fair was in the library from Friday's Teacher Preview through Thursday morning, then a bunch of amazing teachers and volunteers whisked it down stairs and set it up again in the front lobby.  I am ever so grateful for all the support I got with this effort.  We were up and running again in the lobby by early Thursday afternoon, just in time for parents coming in for conferences.

Thank you all who came, visited, purchased, volunteered, schlepped boxes, supported my efforts, gave me advice, and put up with my exhausted mind this week!  It was amazing and I'm glad it's over.... until next year!

Except, PS, if you missed the fair, or thought of something else you want, you can order online through November 11th. Orders will be shipped, free of charge, to the school. If you're shopping for presents, leave me a note on the check out page and I'll make sure to get them to you discretely without little eyes seeing.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The book fair books have arrived!

I walked in this morning and found this waiting for me!  

I definitely felt heart palpitations.  Not sure if they were from excitement or pure terror at the amount of work ahead!  Let's say excitement. :)  Later this week I'll be setting up the book fair in the library and next week it will be open for business!  

Would you like to come check it out?  Maybe shop with your student?  Maybe help their friends find good books to read?  I'm looking for a few volunteers to just be available during student shopping times to help the kids shop.  There's no training or experience required, just come and experience the thrill with the kids.  Plus, you get an invite to the sneak peek book fair preview!  

Let me know if you're interested in helping out.  More information about the book fair will be coming home with your child on Friday.  

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

"Unplugged" Programming

This week we are working on programming in library.  We are defining the word algorithm (a set of instructions to solve a problem or complete a task) and program (an algorithm written/coded so a computer can read it).  

Second and third graders are playing a game where one person is the programmer/controller and uses a "program" (series of hand signals) to guide their "computer" (the other player) to the finish.  

Four and fifth graders are writing their own "unplugged" programs to guide their partners Automatic Realization Machine (A.R.M.) to complete the pattern.   

We will continue these activities this month, eventually moving to online programming using and/or Scratch programming.   

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Art / Library Collaboration: Shelf Markers

All grades are working diligently in art class, creating shelf markers to be used in library.  They are learning about patterns and design in art, while also creating a tool that (hopefully) they will be able to use for many years in the library.  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Battle of the Books

I am very excited to start a Battle of the Books program at Dothan Brook School.  I have seen a lot of ideas kicking around on the Internet and it took me a year to wrap my brain around it, but now I've got it and the kids are getting excited! 

We are going to do four rounds, elimination style.  Fourth and fifth graders will be working in pairs to convince the rest of their class that the book they chose is the best!  They are trying to convince the rest of the kids to read their chosen book. 

Round one, with everyone participating, will be to create a poster in art class that represents their book.  Posters will be displayed in pairs in the library and their classmates will vote on which ones make them want to read the book the most.  Winners will move on to round two.

Round two is to do a dramatic reading in front of their class, round three is to act out a scene from the book, and round four is to create a technology project. 

I have mentioned to the project to the kids a few times in the past few weeks, but gotten lukewarm response.  This week the kids are picking their books and the excitement is definitely building!  Fifth graders have picked their books and fourth will be picking later this week. 

Check out this silly intro I created using PowToons.  I've been showing each class at library time. 

This is a learning experience for all of us, but I hope everyone has fun!