Library Happenings

A once in a while newsletter

Trying out something new

I trying out Smore not only to communicate with staff once in a while but also see if this works better for my Physical Science students. They never seem to check the website for assignments. Imagine that!

So below are some items that may be of interest to you.

iMovie for iPad class

I received this from Deanna Weber at Grant Wood so I am passing this along. I am not sure the links( they worked when I previewed this) with work since I pasted this information in but I trust you can figure out how to register if interested.

Making Movies in an iPad Classroom

Join us for an interactive, hands-on class that is designed to take full advantage of the iPad's ability to create videos with students in your classroom. Participants will learn how to script, shoot, edit and share videos using an iPad. They will explore the use of iMovie, green screen effects, stop motion video, and other techniques in order to bring a rich, multimedia flavor to their existing curriculums. Participants are asked to bring an iPad to class.

Number: 4678-13-01

Date/Time: 02/03/2014 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
02/10/2014 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
02/26/2014 9:00 AM-3:00 PM


Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility
4401 6th Street S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Audience:PreK-12 Teachers, Teach Librarians, Curriculum & Technology directors, Administrators, AEA Staff


Registration:Complete registration form or register electronically

Registration Deadline: 01/31/2014 06:00 AM


  • Total for Renewal $ 25
  • Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.

Credit:R - 1 Sem. Hrs.

Instructor(s): Wylie, Behmer, Rogers

New Titles on Follett Shelf

Thirty new ebook titles were just added to the Lisbon Follett Shelf with money from book fair profits. Most are fiction books, 2nd grade to 6th grade reading level with some picture books and a couple of nonfiction titles. As a staff member, you will see all ebooks available so be sure to check them out. If you have an iPad, Enlight is a free reader app from Follett to read ebooks without having to be on the website. Forgot your login , let me know and I will look it up for you.

I will be introducing this to the 6th and 2nd grade shortly which means that all students 2nd to 12th should have logins and know how it functions. If you think your students need a refresher on use, contact me and I'll arrange a time. Help is also available in the high school section of the library's website if needed.

Plasgiarism Help

From Joan Vandervelde at the University of Wisconsin at Stout:

How to Plagiarism-Proof Assignments and Teach Paraphrasing

Discover the best strategies used by instructional designers, faculty, and librarians to teach paraphrasing and citations.

Tutorial and Audio Lecture - What is Plagiarism
Carl Heine and Dennis O’Connor present an interactive Flash tutorial and audio lecture to help learners develop a clearer understanding of what constitutes plagiarism. The authors include GREAT! Self-paced Quizzes to Teach Proper Paraphrasing

Design Principles That Promote Learning and Honesty
Bernard Bull comments on Dr. James Lang’s perspective that effective instructional design is essential in developing engaging learning experiences that discourage cheating.

To Make It Google-Proof, Make It Personal
Doug Johnson has created a very useful graphic which matches up verbs with Bloom’s Taxonomy levels to structure personal and engaging assessments which reduce the possibility of plagiarism.

Tech Tips: Online Citation Wizards

Online Citation Wizards
Carl Heine and Dennis O’Connor’s 21st Century Information Fluency site provides links to time-saving free online citation wizards for current versions of APA, CSE, MLA, Chicago, and Harvard styles.

Check out this website

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives and museums and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA offers users a single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images and more—from libraries, archives and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the collections by timeline, map, format and topic. They can then save items to customized lists and share their lists with others. Users can also explore digital exhibitions curated by DPLA’s content partners and staff.

Click Here to Explore Digital Exhibitions

Click Here to Search Timeline

Plus: The DPLA website includes an App Library where students and educators can go for inspiration, and numerous resources invite and guide individuals to create new apps.

Catch a Live Broadcast from Antarctica

TIME For Kids (TFK) and will be presenting “TFK Live From Antarctica!” on January 23, 2014, at 1 p.m., ET. In this webinar, TFK science writer David Bjerklie and photo editor and photographer Don Heiny will broadcast live from Antarctica and talk about their experiences and the work being done on the icy continent by the National Science Foundation. They will also answer questions from teachers and students live during the presentation. Educators can submit a question from their class when they register. This special webinar from the furthest reaches of Earth is being presented as part of TIME For Kids’ community for educators on, Real World Literacy and the Common Core.

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iPad Help -- Free

Get Ready to Use the iPad

Whether you have a single iPad in your classroom or are rolling out iPads to an entire class or school district, you need to be sure that you know exactly what you’re doing with the device. Do you know how to use tabbed browsing and iMessage? Or how to improve Siri or unlock the Lost Mode? All of those skills and more are must-haves for anyone using an iPad. ModernLessons’ online course The Comprehensive Guide to The Apple iPad (Beginner) provides you with that knowledge and more.

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