We had lots of classes in the library the last three weeks. Here are some of the lessons I taught during visits:
- Ms. Cabrera’s Senior English Philosophy Seminar students, who started blogging a few weeks ago, came for a lesson on writing good comments for their blogs. Students who blog build skills in all aspects of digital citizenship, and the commenting part of blogging allows them to learn about and practice good online etiquette.
- Mr. Westerberg’s Freshman English classes began a Mythology project, and learned about finding good sources, and citing sources and note taking using our Easybib subscription tool.
- Ms. Sieker’s Senior English Literature of the 1980’s class also learned about good sources, citations, and note taking for their 1980’s research project.
- Ms. Vaughan’s English/Social Studies block class visited for two days to work on a research project analyzing art related to the French Revolution period they are studying in Social Studies. She and I collaborated on lessons on good sources, citations, and note taking using Easybib and Google Classroom. I also visited her class one day to teach a lesson on how to incorporate quotations into papers.
- Ms. Clarke’s Freshman English classes were in the library for five days this last week working on a mythology research project. She and I collaborated on lessons introducing the students to using Google Classroom, finding good sources, taking notes and citing sources with Easybib, finding copyright-friendly images for their Google Slides, and using Twitter as a vehicle for having their gods and heroes converse. You can read about the assignment on this webquest site.
Library Maker Fair
On October 29, we had our first-ever maker fair in the library after school, sponsored by the Geeks Club with help from the Library Club. Everyone had a great time! Attendees got to:
- Explore electronics with our littlebits
- Explore virtual reality apps with Google Cardboard
- Make pinwheels as part of a community service project that will support displaced Syrian students. We made 150 pinwheels!
- Learn about 3D designing with Tinkercad while customizing keychains we then printed on the 3D printers. Here’s the tutorial we provided for attendees: bit.ly/tinkercadkeychainmchs
- Watch our 3D printers in action, printing keychains and Halloween globots, and learn how they work
- Make their own Halloween zombie photos using Picmonkey. Here’s the tutorial we provided for attendees: bit.ly/picmonkeymchs. And, here are some of the fun Halloween photos we made before and during the fair:
Google for Education
On Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, I traveled to San Diego to participate as a presenter at the EdTechTeam Google for Education Summit. I presented sessions on “Google Forms: You Can’t Live Without Them” and “Become a Google Images Ninja.” I learn so much while preparing such presentations and interacting with the attendees. I also was able to attend lots of inspiring sessions I can take advantage of at our library and share with our teachers and students.
Staff Collaboration and Professional Development
During our recent office hours/staff collaboration Wednesdays, I have been able to lead several workshops with our staff, including sessions on our new Learn360 streaming video, which is available to both staff and students; Google Classroom; and Google Forms.