March 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Flocabulary Launches “We Heart Librarians” Contest

Calling all performance-inclined library media specialists. Think you can pull off a song about what librarians do—as a rap? Flocabulary, creator of multimedia K–12 lessons to a hip-hop beat, wants you.

Pick of the Day: Big Test Success (DVD)

The 15 brief episodes in Big Test Success: Motivational Videos for Kids focus on how young children can become successful test takers by learning to relax, maintaining a positive attitude, eating healthy foods and exercising, and realizing that they don’t have to be perfect. Be sure to read the DVD review.

Pick of the Day: The Last Flight of Petr Ginz (DVD)

The Last Flight of Petr Ginz is a unique biography of a Czech boy living during the Nazi occupation. The film is a powerful testament to a positive and talented young man.

Pick of the Day: LMNO Peas (DVD)

Never has the alphabet been more entertaining than in the animated DVD version of Keith Baker’s picture book, LMNO Peas. Be sure to check out the starred review.

Pick of the Day: The Central Park 5 (DVD)

Filmmaker Ken Burns turns his talents to the beating and rape of a white woman in New York’s Central Park during racial and class strife in the late 1980s. Be sure to read the starred review of The Central Park Five, a moving documentary.

Meet Club Academia, uncommon kids (who, BTW, love their library)

Shilpa, Roya, Ahran, and Karan Mission: Club Academia strives to organize existing knowledge in ways that make learning easily accessible while simultaneously inspiring people to discover and innovate. Sometimes you meet a group of kids for whom being college and career ready is simple not enough.   As a high school librarian, I am often honored to work with […]

Pick of the Day: YERT:Your Environmental Road Trip (DVD)

Three friends take off in a hybrid car to tour America in order to discover how we are saving or destroying our planet in YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip. Read the starred review.

Pick of the Day: Amazing Science! Vol. 1 (DVD)

Explore air pressure, make a matchstick speedboat and a lava lamp, and build a motor—these are among the 23 experiments presented in Amazing Science! Volume 1, a starred DVD production for kids in kindergarten though eighth grade.

Pick of the Day: Les Miserables (DVD)

The made-for-TV version of Victor Hugo’s classic, Les Miserables, stars Gerard Depardieu as Valjean and John Malkovich as Javert. Be sure to read the starred review of this superb production.

Pick of the Day: The Ant and the Grasshopper (DVD)

The DVD version of Rebecca and Ed Emberley’s The Ant and the Grasshopper turns Aesop’s fable on its ear and celebrates the joy of community and music.

Pick of the Day: Fun Foundations for Handwriting (DVD)

Fun Foundations for Handwriting (The TV Teacher) is a creative and entertaining production that will help improve youngsters’ motor skills and handwriting. Be sure to check out the starred review.

Pick of the Day: Jane’s Journey (DVD)

The life and accomplishments of renowned researcher and environmentalist Jane Goodall are presented in Jane’s Journey, a vividly filmed documentary from First Run Features.

Pick of the Day: Anthem (DVD)

The historical and musical background of the “Star Spangled Banner” is expertly told in Anthem, a DVD from the Colonial Music Institute.

Pick of the Day: The Young Ancestors (DVD)

The Young Ancestors (Cinema Guild) explains how the Tewa Indian tribe of New Mexico is making an effort to retain its Native language and is the perfect choice for multicultural studies classes in high school and above.

Infolit, the music video playlist (& some on reading and librarians too)

I recently discovered a couple of wonderful information literacy-inspired song parodies. Chad Bauman wrote and produced a sweet, clever, slightly goofy song on the CRAPtest mnemonic many of us recommend for evaluating sources.  Although I would advise kids about thinking a little more contextually about their sources, it’s a very cool way to open the conversation […]

Pick of the Day: And Then It’s Spring (DVD)

Enrich elementary school units on spring and gardening with And Then It’s Spring, a DVD from Weston Woods based on the book written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Erin Stead.

David Wiesner on Visual Storytelling | video

Simply put, “The pictures tell the story,” says David Wiesner. The three-time Caldecott Medal winner Wiesner shared his thoughts on visual storytelling,—along with fellow panelists, Lizi Boyd, Oliver Jeffers, Matt Phelan, and Chris Raschka—at SLJ’s 2013 Day of Dialog held May 29 at Columbia University.

Pick of the Day: Silicon Valley (DVD)

Silicon Valley will be quite “useful in a number of classroom settings as well as for individual research or casual viewing, especially by those with a curiosity about how today’s technology revolution actually began.” Check out the rest of this starred review.

Pick of the Day: My Garden (DVD)

Celebrate spring with My Garden, a starred DVD production from Weston Woods based on the book by Kevin Henkes.

New from PBS Learning Media

PBS recently announced that its PBS LearningMedia, the media-on-demand service for PreK-12 educators, now offers more than 30,000 free, carefully cataloged, standards-aligned, digital resources. Honored with two 2013 SIIA CODiE Awards in the Education Technology category, these resources were specifically designed to address national curricular gaps for high-quality digital media.  The new content features interactive games, images, videos, […]