Monday, August 21, 2017

Sing and Read As You Teach Your Students To Stay Safe Online

This just made my day!  

My dear friend Marie received one of my new books, Staying Safe Online, in the mail today. 
I love this story and song!

Staying Safe Online teaches our youngest learners all about the online world and what they need to know to stay safe online and be productive, engaging digital citizens.   
Not only will they learn along with the adorable animal characters created by illustrator Kathryn Durst, they will sing along with Emily Arrow, who wrote and sang the music for Staying Safe Online and the other three books in this series, 

Click above to listen to Staying Safe Online.  

I just love how Emily took this story and made it into such a sweet and catchy tune for all of our young learners to sing as they learn how to stay safe online and practice their digital citizen skills.   

I know you will love it too!  
As you are singing along with your students, you will find the music.... 
...and lyrics in the back of the book and also on the Cantata Learning site. 
There is a CD in the back of the book (in fact, in all of the Cantata Learning books) or...
...the QR codes, which is on the back of the book and inside the book, can be scanned to go to the music....
...on the Cantata Learning site too.  

The music can be streamed, download and there is even an instrumental version of Staying Safe Online too. 

You will find Staying Safe Online here
Staying Safe Online is perfect to use when teaching your students simple digital citizenship skills and as you kick off another year.  

I hope you love reading and singing it just as much as I do.  
You will find it on the Capstone site here.  Soon it will be available in an ebook too. 

Lightbox...An Interactive Reading and Learning Experience For Your Students

As librarians and educators we want to put the very best and most engaging resources into the hands of our students.  We want to find those resources that make learning exciting and content come to life through the pages of the books they read.  And we want to choose resources that inspire all of our readers in a variety of ways.  

With Lightbox from Follett, we can offer the unique student-centered learning experience we are looking for!  

As the Lightbox page states, 

Lightbox™ is a PreK-12 multimedia educational space that encourages students to see learning in a whole new light. With Lightbox, students receive a true multimedia learning experience that incorporates audio, video, interactive activities, and much more across a variety of professionally developed curriculum.
Designed to inspire contemporary students, Lightbox incorporates videos, Google Maps, worksheets, audio, quizzes, and other exciting interactive features. Lightbox also integrates access to your eBook collections, Destiny® Library Manager™, Vocabulary.com, and other key sites.
Lightbox will bring students a reading and learning experience like never before with these interactive features. 
Although these features are what make Lightbox unique, take a look at the benefits from differentiated, comprehensive, connected and more.  

Oh...I almost forgot.  When you purchase a Lightbox title, this also includes a print copy of the book, along with the MARC record with perpetual multi-user access to the title.  

How cool is that?  
Now don't just take it from me.  I also want to share that Lightbox won Best of Show at ISTE 2016 from Tech & Learning, which is a huge accomplishment and honor. 

In fact, take a look at a few of the Lightbox titles and see for yourself why they will serve a special place with your students and teachers too.  
As I mentioned earlier, Lightbox is a PreK-12 platform which covers a large variety of topics including science, holidays,
...engineering, social studies,
...geography, 
...science,
countries,
history, literature studies and so much more.  
 
Follett has also introduced Lightbox in Spanish which includes several topics for PreK-12 too. 
I really love looking through all of the Lightbox titles that are available on Titlewave....especially the new 2018 Lightbox titles!  There are lots of great ones and more being added every year. 
You can look at Lightbox on Titlewave here too. 

I just know you will love what you find and your students will definitely love the reading and learning experience they will be part of with Lightbox too.

Watch The Designing Collaborative Spaces Webinar With Future Ready Librarians Here

On August 15, 2017, Future Ready Librarians held a webinar on designing collaborative spaces in school libraries.  Our webinar series is sponsored by Follett and the Alliance for Excellent Education. It addressed the question of how can school librarians support Future Ready Schools® (FRS) by identifying ways librarians can lead, teach, and support personalized student learning in library spaces. The FRL framework is based on research-based components used by FRS.
This webinar examined how librarians can design, support, and champion collaborative and flexible spaces that promote inquiry, creativity, collaboration and community. Carolyn Foote and Andy Plemmons shared how they designed library spaces with flexibility and student learning at the center. They shared stories, examples, and pushed viewers to make changes and embrace library spaces and communities as Future Ready Librarians too.
Librarians, district leaders, and all educators are invited to view this webinar to learn more about the FRL program and how Carolyn and Andy designed collaborative spaces and taken their library program to new levels.
You will find this webinar and the others on the Alliance for Excellent Education here. Also, the slides from Designing Collaborative Spaces can be found here

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Make Your Library Loud With These 6 New Lesson and Project Ideas!

It is always exciting to find new ideas to bring to the library and classroom.  It makes all of the important skills we teach throughout the year more meaningful and fun.  Not to mention, it sure does help us as we plan too.  

As you set off for another school year, I have a very special place for you to go to find lots of new wonderful lesson and project ideas.  
On the Cantata Learning website you will find Lesson and Project Ideas under the Resources tab at the top.  

All of the Cantata Learning books are paired with music, making these perfect for supporting learning in so many different ways.    
With the variety of subjects and content, the books and songs can be used to teach library and core skills, in cross-curriculum units and collaborative projects, and in a variety of creative and exciting lessons within the classroom and library.
With the new Fall 2017 books and songs, you will find six new sets of Lessons and Projects too.

These include Winter Math, Water All Around Us, Sing and Draw, Library Skills, Holidays in Rhythm and Rhyme and Fire Safety.  

I just love the Library Skills Lesson Plan that goes along with my four new books I wrote with Cantata Learning and Emily Arrow who wrote and sang the songs.
You will find the Library Skills Lesson Plan here.   Once you get to the site, you can download the full color lesson plan or black and white lesson plan.
Within each lesson, the materials, objectives, key vocabulary and free song are included along with a detailed lesson plan outlining the procedures and activities.
I just love the extensions included with each lesson plan.  In the Library Skills lesson plan, there are art and technology extensions bringing in art, writing, PebbleGo Science, Buncee and ABCya Animate.

By bringing together all of these extensions, you can develop this project into one with rich collaboration and creativity that will hook all students.
And don't forget to play, sing and read along to the Library Skills Series as you are creating too.  All of the music for the this series can be found online here.
Along with the six lesson plans for this season, make sure you check out all of the amazing lessons included on the Cantata Learning site.  Each one offers something different to our students and of course to our teaching, classrooms and libraries too.
Have a terrific year, friends.  

Happy Teaching....I know you will find the Cantata Learning lessons something that will bring you special and meaningful support all year long.

They will definitely make your library loud too!  

Saturday, August 19, 2017

It's Here...PebbleGo Next Social Studies For Grades 3-5 Research, Exploration and Fun!

One of my favorite places to send students and teachers to for their research needs, learning and personal exploration is PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next. Using these two databases in the library and through collaboration with teachers, PebbleGo helped us turn our students into researchers full of curiosity and a passion for exploration, learning and research.  

For those of you who haven't seen PebbleGo, let me give you a little background. 
Capstone started by creating PebbleGo.  It is the only database designed for preK-3 and now consists of 6 databases, including one in Spanish. One of the things I love most about PebbleGo is the read-aloud audio for every curriculum-connected articles and a selection of videos.  
A few years ago, Capstone introduced PebbleGo Next for older students in grades 3-6.  While it shares the read-aloud audio and easy visual navigation, it is clearly designed for older students with more detail and depth of information in the topics and articles included.  

And last week Capstone released the newest member of the PebbleGo databases!  
It is PebbleGo Next Social Studies and includes topics from examining world cultures, global issues, geography, technology, society, capitals and so much more.  It is going to make such an impact on our students, librarians and teachers as it fulfills not only research needs, but also has been designed around the curriculum and standards.

Let's take a closer look at the different topics within PebbleGo Next Social Studies.
The first is Culture which includes one of my favorite places to go in PebbleGo Next....Examining World Cultures.  
Within Examining World Cultures, students will be able to explore so many different topics around the world.  
As I looked around, the Food article caught my attention.  
We have been getting ready to kick off a Global Buncee Cookbook Project so this would be a perfect place to send our students as they research food around the world.  
You can read more about the Buncee project and how to get involved here.  
 You also find the topics of Economics, 
 Fields of Study, 
 Geography, 
 Technology and Society, 
 and The United States.  
 
Here is a detailed article list to show what you will find under each main topic area.  
Within each article, Capstone has included read-aloud audio, easy visual navigation, images and videos.
 At the top of the article, you will also find a Dictionary, Activity and Citation button.  
 You can look up words in the dictionary and even hear the pronunciation.
 When creating a citation of the article, APA, MLA and CMS can be selected....
and printed. I would even have my students just cut and paste....adding that to the end of a project or where appropriate.
 There are always a few Related Articles for each too.
My students always loved the educational games included in PebbleGo.  Capstone has included these in PebbleGo Next too.

These are located at the bottom of the page.  They just have to click on Games...
 and the four Social Studies Games pop up.
Hagan and I gave Social Studies Zoom a try.  It was really fun to guess the different images.
Another fun place for students to go and participate in is Question of the Day.  

After voting they can...
 even see what others have voted.
For librarians and teachers, the Teacher Resources are amazing!  These are located at the bottom of the page in the right hand corner.
In the Teacher Resources, you will find National Standards, 
Lesson Plans and lots of helpful Reproducibles including... 
 awesome PebbleGo Next Bookmarks,
 and a card which shows the Master Capstone Login information.
If you click on Resource Documents, you will also find the article document from above and a few more helpful documents.

As you see, PebbleGo Next Social Studies brings so many special things to your library, classrooms and most of all to your students.  It is the perfect next step in research and connecting to all of these social studies topics. 

And this year, I hope you give it a try as it becomes the perfect place for your students. 
You can find out more about PebbleGo Social Studies here