Central Library Media Center
April 2014 Newsletter
Around the Metroplex....
*Read to Rover Program: Give your child an opportunity to practice reading one on one with a trained, certified therapy dog. Sign up for our Read to Rover program, made possible by a partnership with the Therapy Pals of Golden Triangle. Space is limited and registrarion is required. For children reading on their own, ages 6-11. Click here for all the dets!
Wednesdays: Mar 5, Apr 2 and May 7.
* Both these events can handle children with special needs.
If you're looking for a weekend outing, then you might be interested in a family friendly musical based on the book of the same name: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. For more details click here.
Kids learning how to be like a real Ninja...I know my sons will definitely be interested in this program held the first Saturday of every month at The Crow Collection of Asian Art. Also offered is a program called Yogiños, which is facilitated in English and Spanish, teaches yoga to children and is held on Saturday too. Click here to be taken to the website.
Free Family Festival - I love a good festival especially when alliteration is involved! The Kimbell Art Museum is presenting the Sights and Sounds of Japan on Saturday, April 12, 12-4 pm. The event will include a Kabuki theater workshop, samurai warriors and more! Sounds like a lot of fun.
Cool Tools and Amazing Apps:
There is a cool app called Lapse It that you can use to make a time lapse/stop animation video with. It is very user friendly. Click here to check it out.
MIT has a site to help you learn how to create and develop apps @ http://goo.gl/v8ZZV7
Looking for new and fresh writing prompts &/or an idea for your writing center? Try using the app Things to Think About. It was created by teachers and students in the Jackson County Intermediate School District. It is like a student-created version of Wonderopolis.
If you love your iPad and are going paperless in your classroom then Showbie is a great resource to use to distribute, collect and evaluate student work. You can open and save documents from thousands of iPad apps and annotate or leave voice and/or text notes directly on your students' work. It reminds me of Edmodo and is a great tool to use if you are beginning to flip your classroom. This link has an informative short Vimeo explaining the greatness of Showbie!
Also, along the lines of flipping your classroom - there is a website called educanon and this is a site that allows teachers to build and share interactive video lessons. Teachers begin with any YouTube, Vimeo, or TeacherTube video content (screencasts, Khan Academy, Minute Physics, TED, NOVA, etc.) and add interactive questions at points during the videos. The student pauses the video and types in their responses when the question appears. Teachers can see which students have watched the videos and see the student responses to the questions. It is a free service and works with iPads!
And last but not least, if you students or own kids are little Lego Heads like mine they are going to LOVE the web tool called Build With Chrome. Kids can create anything their imagination will dream up and publish their creations. I wonder what you will be able to come up with to use this resource. Maybe they can create their own ecosystem during science, build structures to show different shapes and angles for a math center, there are so many possibilities with this site.