Library Newsletter

December 2015

The Hour of Code 2015 - WORLDWIDE

Hour of Code Event!

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.

That’s why our entire school (elementary and middle) are joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). Many of our middle school students already experimented with coding in Mrs. Julius' coding class. But this This week we are bringing coding to the masses. Students will have a chance to try coding in the elementary and middle school libraries.The elementary school will have coding apps and games featured on tablets and computers for students to try. If you want to encourage your child to try coding come by the elementary library before school and after-school. In addition 4th-5th graders can come code during their lunch recess. Or check out some kid-friendly coding resources here and participate at home.

Let the coding begin!

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Book Fair Success!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the fall book fair a success! The success of the book fair would not be possible without the support and enthusiasm of the entire AEA community. The book fair always serves as a great reminder of how AEA truly loves and values the power of reading.

Thank you!

Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genius

With all the time that kids have on one digital technology or another, its important to remember to balance technology use. It is also essential for kids to grow up with an awareness and sensitivity to how they can and should use technology. One part of the library program seeks to teach student's these skills. However, in order for these lessons to be most effective it is advantageous for these lessons to extend to the home. You can find many resources to guide conversations and appropriate activities for your child on the library website here. One new resource I recently discovered is Ruff Ruffman. The Ruff Ruffman website, from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, provides parents with technology guides for texting, searching, photos and more! The website also includes short and funny videos you can watch with your child. These videos can serve as a great segway into conversations about technology. Check out a sample video to see Ruff Ruffman in action below.