Claymont Library Newsletter

February 2016

The modern library.... where YOU can take risks!

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Midwest Education Technology Community 2016

Last week, I was blessed to attend #METC16, the Midwest Education Technology Community's annual conference. For those of you who could not attend, I would highly recommend pretending like you were there by accessing the online resources:

  • #METC16 was trending on Twitter during the conference. Click the link to check out the most tweet-able moments.
  • Search the Session Schedule to find resources and presentations on digital tools and creation, innovative instruction, leadership, and more.
  • Check out the Virtual Conference featuring video recordings of select breakout sessions from Midwest Spotlight Educators.
  • My personal highlights can be found on my blog (something I was inspired to start at the conference) and on my Twitter account.
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Student reading logs MUST BE ENTERED ONLINE BY MARCH 1ST at 5pm!

  • Log in at
  • Click the "Edit Students" tab
  • Enter the students' names who have read, their grade, and the number of hours (6). There is no need to enter the names of students who did not participate.
  • Click the "Mark Complete" tab, ensure that you have completed all of the necessary steps, then click "Mark Complete".
  • Tickets will be emailed to you in May!

Have questions? Want to be sure you entered your student logs correctly? Please ask!

What's Happening in the Library?

**New Books Spotlight**

**Notes from the Library**

Upcoming Dates to Reschedule

Friday classes will need to be rescheduled the week of February 26th due to JA in a Day AND the week of March 18th due to Spring Break.

Please contact me to select a new library time!

Author Visit -- Jackie Polys!

On Thursday, March 17th, all classes will visit with Jackie Polys, author of "Ralston the Rally Squirrel" and "The Absolutely Amazing Adventures of Action Jackson". Learn more about Jackie here.

Each grade will meet with Ms. Polys in the PIT at the following times:

9:15-9:55 3rd grade

10:00-10:40 1st grade

10:45-11:25 4th grade

11:30-12:10 5th grade

12:45-1:25 2nd grade

1:30-2:10 Kindergarten


Interested in incorporating the Maker Mindset in your classroom, but not sure where to start? Check out Novel Engineering! This concept uses an engineering process to determine problems that characters encounter, brainstorm solutions, design a solution, get feedback, improve designs, and share! Examples include designing a shelter for Brian in Hatchet or an alarm for Peter's door in Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing. Any fictional book can become an opportunity to MAKE!


Claymont has signed up for year of FLOCABULARY! This website provides hundreds of K-12 Common Core Aligned educational videos set to modern hip-hop beats. These aren't your lame out-of-date songs -- this is the real deal. Click here to get started >>

*Amazing #EdTech Featuring SAMR*

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Recently I asked, "If you attended an EdCamp, what would you want to learn about?" The most common answer I received was, "How do I integrate technology into my classroom?" The SAMR Model addresses technology integration and how you can utilize your technology to do more than just type. Please check out the video below to learn how!
What is the SAMR Model and what does it look like in schools?
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Looking for a Google equivalent to Microsoft Publisher? Want a quick way to design your class newsletter (and offer an easy digital option to parents)? GOOGLE SLIDES CAN DO THAT!

  • Open a new presentation
  • Click "File" and then "Page setup"
  • Choose the "Custom" size option
  • Type in "8 X 11.5" inches and click OK
  • Choose whatever template, fonts, images, links, videos, etc. that you would like to use and fill in with current events!
  • Click "Share" and choose the setting that would allow anyone with the link to view (not edit) OR make it public on the web. E-mail the link to your parents!
Thanks as always for reading! To be entered in our drawing to win this month's prize (30 minutes of extra library release time!! Or 30 minutes of Mrs. Boatner covering your duty!!), please respond to the question below on this PADLET (I'm changing it up -- don't email the answer this time!) by Monday, February 22nd.

Question: What are ideas of some real ways we can move up on the SAMR ladder?