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LIBRARY NEWSLETTER

In an attempt to be everywhere at once I have decided to start sending out a library newsletter! The purpose of the newsletter is to share some opportunities, resources and ideas with you. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please email me or leave a comment below.


Some of the Things that I can do for you!

  • Work with you to plan and instruct student learning
  • Help you find resources to support or update your curriculum
  • Teach web programs and tools
  • Create technology tutorial to help with understanding
  • Help get students started on their gmail accounts
  • Teach research skills
  • Help in any other way! Just ask and I will see what I can do!!


Google Apps

Take a minute to check out the Chrome Web Store at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/app/8-education Here you will find links to all sorts of games, tools and other resources that both you and your students can use in your classroom. The nice thing about all of these resources is that they can be linked directly to your (or your students) Gmail accounts. For example, if you have students use Typing Club they can sign in with their Gmail account and their progress will automatically be saved and be able to be accessed later. Want to learn more?? Just let me know and I will be happy to stop in sometime and give you a quick rundown on how it works!


Idea of the Week!

Using QR Codes in the Classroom

A QR code is a machine readable code made up of black and white squares. It is typically used for storing URL's or other information that can be read by the camera on a smartphone or other device such as an iPad.



I having been wanting to team up with someone to give QR codes a try... here are some of the ideas I have:


  • Create or have the students create a scavenger hunt using QR codes
  • Create a book trailer or review, embed it in a QR code and stick it onto the book, students can then view the trailer or review before deciding whether or not they want to check it out
  • Use QR codes to add to or enhance a topic. You can explain the topic and the student can scan the code to view a video or more info on the topic.
  • Attach a QR code to a project or piece of artwork and have the student talk about their work

... or any other idea you can think of!


If you are interested in trying out QR codes, let me know and I can either get you more information or develop a project with you.


****The first person to come to the library and tell Mande or I what the above QR code says gets chocolate!


Mrs. Gould recommends:

From the introduction to "A Whole New Mind" by Daniel Pink: "The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind - computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind - creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers, and meaning makers. These people - artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers - will now reap society's riches rewards and share its greatest joys."


This book definitely changed what I taught and how I taught it.... I highly recommend this book!