Thursday, March 5, 2015

Please Share....What Are Your Favorite Websites, Apps & Digital Tools For Sharing & Creating Music With Kids?

Next week I have the honor of joining my friends at Cantata Learning and singer-songwriter Lucy Mitchell at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas.  

Lucy and I's presentation Learning and Creating Through Songs and Books....From Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star To George Washington With Cantata Learning can be seen on March 10th at 2:30, 4:00, 5:30, and 7:00pm.  

To go along with our presentation, I have also been putting together some new resources to use in conjunction with music and literacy with young learners.  

By tying together these two things it truly gives us the opportunity to bring in other reading experiences, technology, movement, and a whole lot of fun.   Lucy and I are excited to share this with all of you next week. 

But for now....I need your help too.  :) I am looking for awesome websites, resources and tools that focus on music, movement, and songs.  

Below you will find two resources I have created for our little ones, teachers, parents, and others. 
The first one I have created is the Cantata Learning Fun Smore bringing together the music from the Cantata Learning books in the Cantata Learning Songs Symbaloo, websites, and other resources.
The second thing I have created is the Music Fun Symbaloo which contains lots of engaging music websites, digital music tools and games, and places to go for wonderful songs and movement.

Here is where you can help.
You can add your ideas, resources, and tricks to the Padlet that I have created below....Either click on the Padlet right in this post or go to this link.

Thank you so much for sharing.....And don't worry I will share all of these fun things in the Symbaloo and on the Smore too.  There will be something for everyone.   

Great New YouTube App Just For Kids!

Last week YouTube announced something super fun.....just for kids!  

Their new YouTube Kids app that is available on Google Play and in the App Store. 
In the announcement found on the YouTube Offical Blog, they stated that YouTube Kids app is the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind. 

The YouTube Kids app makes it safer and easier for young children to find videos on topics they want to explore and learn more about....

I love this! 
To learn more about this wonderful new app, check out the video showing how to use the YouTube Kids app.

And share it with the little people, teachers, and parents within your school community too.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Today Mrs. P & I Celebrated World Read Aloud Day With Lots Of FUN Little Ones, Libraries & Schools

Today was a very special day.  

It is the day that people all over the world celebrate World Read Aloud Day with our dear friends at LitWorld. 

And what World Read Aloud Day would be complete without connecting with friends around the world.  All week I have been watching as libraries, schools, and communities have been celebrating reading, books, and writing with others.  It is just so much fun to see.  
Today I had the honor of being included in a very special Skype too.

My amazing friend Mrs. P and I brought together seven schools from across the country for a special Skype to celebrate WRAD too.
If you aren't familiar with Mrs. P, please check out her website, Mrs. P's Storytime
Mrs. P is always great fun.....and today she really made us all laugh as she talked about storytelling, sharing stories, and being an author.
I loved the questions that the children asked her as well.  It was neat watching them soak everything in that Mrs. P spoke about during our Skype.  
And so much fun seeing all of the tweets from the other libraries and schools too.

Thank you for sharing, friends.
Thank you Mrs. P......As always you were the best.  We love you. 
Skype in the Classroom has a wonderful place for all of us to connect with authors.  

Enjoy World Read Aloud Day and share this special celebration with your school community and students too.