Two of our students are featured in the statewide MSLA bookmark contest. The next stage is VOTING. I need your help!
Safa (6th) and Lyah (8th) are featured. Safa's is option 1 for grades 4 - 6 and Lyah's bookmark is option 8 for grades 7 - 12.
Winners and honorable mention winners get to go to the state house on March 7 for library legislative day.
Here's how you can help:
1. Vote! You don't have to vote for Safa and Lyah. Just voting is awesome.
2. I would love your help getting the word out about our artists; share with your friends!
Link to Voting Form:
Don’t be bored this vacation; learn something new or read a book online!
Code Combat Class code: see Ms. Gardner!
Learn to code while playing a super fun game!
Tinkercad Class Code: see Ms. Gardner!
Create 3D designs you can print on our Lulzbot Mini 3D printer!
Download the app at home and check out the tutorials available below to create 3D designs that include your drawings (thanks to tech teacher Mr. Amato in Minnesota for sharing his tutorials!)
Pencil case tutorial - open the doc and watch the videos; upload to Adobe Creative Cloud when done
Bowl, Vase, Planting pot tutorial - open the doc and watch the videos; upload to Adobe Creative Cloud when done
MackinVIA and FollettWave
Download these two free apps and check out our eBooks and digital audiobooks!
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With the recent election and all the fake news that abounded during it, I'm thinking a lot about how to update our web evaluation unit in 6th grade.
Here is an article I wrote for School Library Journal on the topic.
My main takeaways for students:
1. Read laterally...this means that when you read something you're not sure about, you should Google the information and see if you can find it from other sources, as well. You can also Google the organization to see what others say about it and if it is biased.
2. Analyze sources using I'MVAIN (see me for a handout on this)
The IMVAIN analysis weighs the following factors:
3. Triple check before you share an article online (see the video below for more)
We will do the Hour of Code through Library Skills and tech ed classes in early December, but if you just can't wait to get started, here are some resources you can use.
Made with Code - includes videos and projects
Start with Code - general resource w/videos and links
Blockly Games - great stuff in here; I played with Turtle
Code.org - this is our main resource; they are doing a lot more this year for more advanced coders
Scratch from MIT
Stencyl - make a game!
Swift app from Apple
Daisy the Dinosaur
This Blendspace will guide you through videos and an activity related to the library databases. Please go in order and read/watch all the information on every slide.
You will be asked to take a short 3 question quiz and then asked to create a Google Doc and share it with me. This is your evidence that you have completed the activity.
CLICK ON THESE WORDS TO GO TO THE BLENDSPACE
We are starting our unit on library databases. Watch this video to find out why library databases are worth your time. After watching this video we will explore Britannica School Edition, Culturegrams, Britannica Image Quest, Kids Info Bits and Brain POP.
Last night we started a conversation about teens and tech use by watching PSAs about social media use made by our students (see them on the red carpet above!). We also watched the documentary Screenagers and had a short discussion about the film. Some questions brought up included: "What is the impact on social development when kids are on devices almost constantly?" "What are the differences between how boys and girls use technology?" "What kinds of contracts or rules should we set in our family and how do we go about enforcing them?" and "How do I get my kids to stop using technology when the timer goes off?"
Let's keep this conversation going!
Ms. Gardner loves books and middle school students. She feels lucky to have such a fun job!