Friday, October 14, 2011
To our students and teachers….
How technology will help you….
Computers and mobile devices are making their way into every nook and cranny of the world. When you grow up and pursue jobs, employers will look at your tech skills and talents.
Just as a good books have a way of hooking readers on page one, a good tech tool has a way of hooking one’s interest, too! If an educational activity involves the use of technology, the learner is excited and will feel success; the learner will probably go forth and build on these experiences, applying the same skills in their personal lives. It’s like playing “21st C ball.” A newly learned tech skill will bounce around and be used again and again. Pass the ball to one another! Pass the skill on! Build on it!
Technology encourages team spirit, connects people with important others in their lives, builds confidence and self-drive. Technology enhances learning in face-to-face (f2f) human interactions as well as in social media circles like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Flickr, Tumblr. People can work together and learn from one another. Doing so allows for greater gains in community growth and global improvement.
(Image made at Wordle.net)
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Iowa State Fair 2011, a set on Flickr.
The year of the butter cow, sculpture designing, bag tossing, wine stomping, corn eating, music rocking, flower growing, fireworks shooting, animal raising, people watching, weather enjoying, gourmet fair food eating, attendance building, money spending, and having fun!
Monday, July 18, 2011
"You English words?
I know you:
You are light as dreams,
Tough as oak,
Precious as gold,
As poppies and corn,
Or an old cloak:
Sweet as our birds
To the ear,
As the burnet rose
In the heat
— Edward Thomas
Friday, July 15, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Tools used: Google News, Google Search, Joliprint, Tagxedo, Blogger / Blogspot, more Google Searching, and a Website Validation Wizard produced by Illinois Educational Grant Project.
Take a look:
Here is the original article at the Des Moines Register.
And here, you can click on an interactive picture, powered by Tagxedo, that allows you to futher search important keywords. See what else you can learn about the Civil War. Use a Website Validation Wizard to check validity of the website you select to read.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Combination use of many web2.0 tools...(1) Answer Garden posed the question "What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?" (2) The resulting cloud was transformed in Tagxedo Creator into a shape (3) Finally, this was downloaded and credited with Tagxedo Creator in a graphic editor (4) And then, shared in Flickr! -- Oh, we are not done! Flickr lets you transport out to your blog. So now, this picture will be used to illustrate my blog entry!
Monday, February 28, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
I hope many of you get to attend the International Celebration on Culture this week in the Library and that more of you will participate in the Book Fair in February.
During February, drop by the Library and place a vote for the Iowa High School Book Award program (9th - 12th graders) and the Iowa Teen Award Program (Freshmen only).
Now about March. Plan your event....Have a voice in where our next meeting is located! Time to hear from you, Book Club members!
April is National Library Week. Stay tuned for big ideas for this month!
Stay warm and healthy!
Teacher Librarian / Book Club Advisor