Welcome to the Blazier Library! I am very excited for the 2016-2017 school year. This is my 14th year as a librarian and my 10th year here at Blazier.
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Technology in the library: September 13, 2016
Students are learning how to login to the Google Cloud.
They will use Google Docs and the Research tool to create book care posters. They will learn about the automatic footnote feature. Tech FOCUS: Use the Shift key, logging in
Technology in the library: September 20, 2016
Students are learning how book fiction books are sorted by author and practicing using the new library catalog (OPAC). Students are using Weebly interactive to practice capitalization. Best site for quiz grades Mr. Anker's Site. Students are learning to log in to the cloud and create library rules signs with the Research tool in Google Docs #GAFE. Students are using Order in the Library to sort decimals from least to greatest. Tech FOCUS: Using fonts in word processing, centering text on the page, inserting images
Technology in the library: September 26, 2016
Students are using a punctuation game in whole group to work on skills. Students are practicing using a mouse pad o a laptop. Students are using apps on the iPad to practice sorting. Tech FOCUS: Logging out, using different tabs that are open in a browser, home button on iPads, laptop keyboards/mouse pad
Ed Surge - Saturday October 1, 2016
I spent the day learning about different ways to integrate technology in the classroom. My favorite part of the convention was the student panel (from Austin ISD and Manor ISD) who answered questions during lunch. What are our students saying?? MORE PROJECTS PLEASE! Let's integrate technology and come up with some projects! What was my favorite presentation? Swift CSP.
Technology in the library: October 5, 2016
Students are completing their Google Doc and printing. Students are using eBooks provided through Mackin VIA. Students are also using iPads to practice spelling and math. Tech FOCUS: Features of eBooks.
Technology in the library: October 13, 2016
I am still buzzing from EdSurge (MORE PROJECTS). I am beginning a new project. Collaboration is happening! Some classes are using a novel they are reading in class, while others are using Cinderella Skeleton by Robert San Souci read in the library. Continuing with one grade level, and beginning with a new grade level, students are logging into their AISD Cloud. This is a big goal of mine to get our teachers and students comfortable with this proecess. Sí
se puede! Students will make vocabulary cards for the word wall. Cards will include the word used in context. Students will use context clues to predict meaning, then will use an online tool to define the word and part of speech and select an appropriate image to depict the word's meaning. Tech focus: use fonts, inserting images, online dictionary, WORD PROCESSING, and CLOUD.
No school like the old school! It's Halloween week, and I used a VHS tape (YES VHS!) with kindergarten. We watched Eric Carle, Picture Writer (https://shop.carlemuseum.org/picture-writer-2-dvd-art-th) an amazing resource. To purchase it again on DVD, I would need $40, so being thrifty, I stick with my tape. The video shows how Eric Carle paints "pretty papers" before he makes his collages and next week kindergarten students get to be illustrators - beginning with painting in the style of Eric Carle. I love that Eric Carle tells a story about when he was in kindergarten during the video. It really helps the kids to make personal connections.
I had an interesting conversation with a bilingual coach comparing and contrasting myon.com with Mackin VIA. She said she knew that I would know about the two, and came to me for advice.
In the library, I am working with a 4th grade GT group, collaborating with the classroom teacher. They have read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh. Students in the class illustrated each chapter. They needed to digitize the illustrations, and were planning to make a PowerPoint presentation. I introduced the group to Prezi, and they decided to use it. Now the group has all the pictures imported into Prezi. They took photos on the iPad, messaged them to email, and imported them into Prezi. They had to save 17 pictures! So proud of this group!
It's Freerice.com week! This is a favorite pre-Thanksgiving activity. Students answer questions regarding vocabulary, language, and MULTIPLICATION facts! For each question answered correctly, 10 grains of rice are donated to the United Nations World Food Program. Philanthropy and learning together!
Students are using Weebly interactive again. This time we are studying maps and longitude and latitude.
Working on code.org...
Using the Caldecott Radiant Child winner and researching Jean Michel Basquiat
In the middle of a huge 3 week project about media literacy using PBS Kids Don't Buy It and fake websites.
It's book fair week! Used sales tax application with students!
On learning.com using Ethics/Research lessons
Discussing e-books with students. Using online version of Peter Rabbit and learning about Project Gutenburg. Author research on Beatrix Potter. Introducing AISD ebooks (Mackin, Capstone interactive)
Discussing with 3rd grade teacher how to implement Nearpod in her classroom. Also using reading comprehension from Mr. Anker's website for some test preparation.