I’m always looking for small program ideas that don’t take a lot of planning time, are inexpensive, are flexible, and appeal widely. Here are three to try. Sci-Fi Stitches – or – Embroidered notecards You can be silly or serious with this one. I did both and both were fun. For the “sci-fi stitches” I […]
From astronomy and salsa storytime to family literacy and more, these programming ideas for the year ahead hit it out of the park.
This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
“I want to design a Gandalf figure to print on the 3D printer.” “How do I insert text over my video in iMovie?” “I want to take pictures of the fall leaves on the trees in my neighborhood… but it’s really cloudy today.” I’m paraphrasing here, but all three of the above are questions I’ve […]
Thinking about doing a community-wide read for teens? You could create a list of companion books for teens inspired by an adult selection like the St. Joseph County Public Libraries did, you could select a book specifically for your teens, or you could encourage the whole community to dive into teen lit by selecting a YA […]
Are your students budding coders? Apple has just released a sophisticated app for students serious about programming. Our review of Swift Playgrounds.
Although we have some permanent stations set up in our Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, we also occasionally rotate in some different stations to make sure our teens have a variety of activities to engage in. One of our permanent stations includes a bank of iPads which we […]
School librarian Laura Fleming and two other educators have launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund a coding blocks and storybook set to teach computer science.
From a picture-book presidential election to a course in cleaning up digital footprints, designer garment upcycling, and TOEFL test prep, these initiatives pack a powerful impact.
This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
ScratchJr is designed for younger learners and hardwired for telling stories. Tips for integrating ScratchJr and coding with storytelling, from library media specialist Addie Matteson.
My summer newsletter items are due in a matter of days, and I’m already exhausted. Anyone else? This year should be easier for me. We finally have a part time position tasked with serving tweens, so the pressure to plan for grades 5-12 all together has been lifted and I can just focus on teenaged teens… […]
Guidance for Kindergartners, Programming for Teens, and Inspiration for ESOL Educators | Professional Reading
This month, find plenty of guidance, whether you serve kindergartners, teens and tweens, or English-language learners.
This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
My previous post detailed the first half of View from Behind the Lens, an eight-week advanced photography workshop for middle school and high school students. In the first few weeks of class, Downers Grove-based instructor Mike Taylor and I worked on teaching the students camera basics, various types of photography shoots, and working with both […]
Distance didn’t keep these three school librarians from scoring a grant for Finch robots so that their students could all code together.
I am not a crafty person. At all. I’m unable to draw a straight line or measure correctly and have little to no patience for not catching on to something quickly. So when we ended up with all this extra dirt at the library (don’t ask), and my supervisor said hey, want to make some […]
Expert panelists from our recent webcast share advice on how—and why—to dive into robotics with your students.
School Library Journal reviews Ozobot, the golf-ball size robot designed to draw kids into learning programming.
This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
In the fall and winter of 2014, I had an amazing experience coordinating a filmmaking workshop for high school students called View from the Director’s Chair. To highlight a different aspect of our library’s Media Lab this year, our IT Department Manager and I created a similarly-structured workshop called View from Behind the Lens. View […]
Last month I hosted another Career Conversation event at my library. I really enjoy these evenings. I’ve learned interesting things at every single one of them, even when the jobs that the panelists hold are nothing like the kind of work that suits me. The same has seemed to be true of the teens who attended. Those who […]
Saturday October 10th was Star Wars Reads Day – one of my favorite holidays of the year! Why? Well for one, I got to dress up like Princess Leia. Of all the princesses I think she is my favorite because she saved Han Solo and Luke Skywalker just as much as they saved her. Never […]