Snippets from Sturgeon

Some things that just caught my eye (Volume 13)

It's Thursday, January 2, 2020

Virtual Reality

Have you been hearing about Virtual Reality but don’t know where to find out more? Classroom teachers, teacher librarians, teacher leaders, STEM leaders, tech directors, school administrators are all invited to a discussion at Prairie Lakes AEA in Pocahontas on Thursday, January 9 at 12:30-3:00 p.m. We will have equipment on hand for you to try and give you the chance to collaborate with educators from around the region to imagine how you can use this technology in your classroom. You will . . .

  • Learn about various virtual reality solutions
  • Provide input on the virtual reality solutions that will be made available through the PLAEA lending library
  • Share what your school is currently doing with virtual reality including plans for future implementation
  • Explore various apps to learn more about using virtual reality in the classroom
  • Hear from educators about their implementation of virtual reality in the classroom

We look forward to seeing you there. Please also share with other educators in your districts as appropriate. If you have any questions, call or email me. (712-335-6004;

Happy birthday!

Science fiction author, Isaac Asimov, was born on January 2, 1920. Asimov was a prolific author (he wrote or edited about 500 works!) and his books include Foundation; I, Robot; and The Caves of Steel, all three of which are on this 2011 list by NPR of the best science fiction/fantasy books. Asimov wrote in his book, I, Asimov: A Memoir: "Now when I read constantly about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that the door is closing and that American society has found one more way to destroy itself." (I found that quote by searching for Asimov on Scout, Iowa AEA's one-login search tool.)

Teaching Books

Here are some video tutorials to learn more about using Teaching Books, an online tool free to you thanks to Prairie Lakes AEA. If you're doing an author study of Kate DiCamillo (why wouldn't you want to do that? She's awesome!), this is a great place to start. You'll find a video of DiCamillo reading from her first book, Because of Winn-Dixie. Or this one, where she reads from The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. (It's the first chapter, not the last, so no risk of librarians starting to cry.)

How do you use Teaching Books? I'd love to hear!

Are You Fully Charged?

The all-team read at Prairie Lakes AEA this year is Are You Fully Charged? The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Your Life. You can find out more about the book here - there's even a full-length movie available on Amazon Prime Video. In the next few weeks, I'll post a couple questions from the study guide of the book. These are good to consider even if you haven't read the book. I hope you'll consider the questions and share on this Padlet your thoughts.

What are you listening to?

I heard a new-to-me program on Iowa Public Radio the other day called The Keepers. It featured stories about librarians and archivists. This story especially got my attention - it's about the pack horse librarians of Eastern Kentucky. It features authors you might recognize - Kathi Appelt who co-wrote Down Cut Shin Creek: The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky and Heather Henson who wrote the picture book, That Book Woman.

There are a lot of books on the topic of meandering librarians - My Librarian is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World, Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia, and The Book Boat's In. What is your favorite book on the topic?

Have you seen Harriet?

I saw the film Harriet over holiday break at the Lake City Capri ($2 movies!). I was blown away. Her life story is so fascinating, I wanted to learn more. Iowa AEA's digital resources delivers, as always. "American Moses," as she was called, is featured:

Who fascinates you in history?

(Image from the Library of Congress.)


I have a few visits scheduled for January, but I'd love to schedule a few more. Let me know if January 21, 22, 28, 29, 30, or 31 works for you.

(Image created on RedKid.)

Christine Sturgeon

Cookbook buying / basket making / bluegrass listening / nap taking / dissertation writing Teacher Librarian from Prairie Lakes AEA - here at your service. Find Christine's Smore of Smores here.
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