Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tecnology Tuesday: TinkaMaker and Skitch

Last week I posted about an activity I did with 1st grade using Tinkamaker and ChatterPixKid for our upcoming Kate Klise visit.  The kids had so much fun with TinkaMaker I decided to use it again with 2nd grade.  The lesson was the same up until after they had created the picture of their "meanest mother" and saved it to the camera roll.  Then we opened Skitch
and wrote our sentence on the picture instead of recording it.  We talked about how our moms weren't really the meanest mothers on Earth, but sometimes they make us do something or won't let us do something and we feel a little angry.  But just like Little Rabbit, we always got to sleep loving them.  I loved seeing the difference between what the 1st graders and 2nd graders though was "mean" and how much more elaborate the 2nd graders thoughts were. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Connected Librarian Day

I am finding so many cool things to help me grow as a librarian from being connected on Twitter. Last night I participated in two sessions in the Connected Librarian Day Conference.  

 These sessions were streamed on Blackboard Collaborate.  The first session was "When Sherry Met Matthew: Finding Your Educational Soulmate and Helping Kids Rule the World.  This session was presented by Matthew Winner and Sherry Gick.  These two are an amazing team who are not even in the same state.  Matthew is in Maryland and Sherry is in Indiana.  However, the connected on Twitter and planned some connected activities with their students and are what they call "educational soulmates".  I love that term!  After a tremendously successful collaborative experience they cal "Earth Pals", they are opening the same type of experience up to others in their GeniusCon arena.  Read more about it on Sherry's Blog.  

The second session I participated in was Jennifer LaGarde's (aka Library Girl) "Imagining Library Spaces of the Future Today".  I heard Jennifer speak at our Texas Library Association Conference last spring.  She is an amazingly inspirational speaker who makes changing the face of libraries seem easy.  In this session, she talks about ways librarians can help students become thinkers and learners, solve big problems, engage and collaborate.  My favorite quote from this session was "in libraries of the future students CREATE instead of CONSUME".  I haven't figured out what that looks like in my library program yet, but I am sure I will get plenty more ideas from my new PLN on Twitter!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Technology Tuesday: TinkaMaker and ChatterPixKids

We are so excited about our Kate Klise visit coming up in November! Today with First Grade I read her book Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth.
Before the story, we predicted why she could be the "meanest mother on earth".  After the story, the students completed the sentence My mom is the meanest mom when she....  Then on the iPad we used the app TinkaMaker 

to create what our meanest mother looks like.  The kids had a great time adding wild hair, different shaped heads and ears and experimenting with different eyes and mouths to make her look mean.  
We took screen shots of our creations (that was exciting with first graders) and then opened the ChatterPixKid app.
Here we were able to take our meanest mother picture, add a mouth and record our sentence.  

Both of these apps are free and tons of fun to use by themselves, but put them together and watch what happens.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Reading Buddies

I love reading buddy day!  As one of my 4th grade teachers noted, "Our whole school shuts down once a month to do this... It is fun to see how excited the little kids get, and how motivated the big kids are to be a role model".  She's right.  As I see the kids walking through the halls, books in hand on their way to their buddy class, I ask, "Where are you going?" and they respond back with a huge smile, "To read with our buddies!".

2nd and 5th grader sharing a love of fact finding

1st and 4th grader reading Clifford

This year, writing is a school wide focus and so we thought about incorporating some kind of writing into the buddy time.
A kinder student dictates to her 3rd grade buddy her favorite thing about the story they read.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Jamberry Fall Fun

Have you seen the new Fall Holiday Wraps from the new catalog?  They are so amazing!  Check these out.
and look how fun they are actually ON fingers and toes.  
Pumpkin Spice

Webs and Monster Juniors

Mummified and Candy Corn


Fright Night and Black Bats

I am so excited about these wraps that I just want to give them away!
That is in ADDITION to all the awesome hostess rewards you already earn!  Don't pass this up!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dot Day

I love my teachers... they are always willing to try something new or play along with my ideas even when in true Mrs. Romine fashion, I spring it on them.  This year I heard about Dot Day for the first time.  And so two weeks ago, I sent out an email telling the teachers about International Dot Day with a link to this blog  with some ideas and said if anyone was up for doing an activity to let me know.  Some teachers took it and ran with it, planning activities to do in the classrooms, like these kinder teachers.  For math, they read 10 Black Dots and gave each kid a different number card.  They had to tell the teacher the number and count out the number of dots to make their picture.
a snowman

a car
In Language Arts, they happen to be studying beginning sounds, so the kinder idea from the blog above went perfectly.  Students had a paper with the first initial of their name and had to put dots all on the letter.

My 5th grade teachers departmentalize and one of the math teachers and I collaborated on how to use dots with their objective of two-digit multiplication.  We decided to have the kids make a drawing of two shapes.  It could be abstract shapes, geometrical shapes or 2 "things" that go together.  Some even did their initials. 
Then they had to color around the shapes for their background.  When they finished that, they took a Q-tip with paint and dotted the inside of their 2 shapes.  Then they counted the number of dots in each shape and wrote a multiplication sentence and solved the problem.  Then they made a QR code on the iPad with the answer to the problem. 
Finally they attached the QR code to their drawing and signed their picture.  
Now the pictures are ready to be hung in the 5th grade hallway for a self checking multiplication station.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Technology Tuesday: Tweet! Tweet!

It's official!  I'm a "tweeter"!  I have tweeted 8 times in the past week about things going on in my library.  I just decided to jump in and see what happens.

I signed up for a twitter account last April at our Texas Library Conference when I went to a session about the "Nerdy Book Club"and immediately regretted it.  While I was pretty sure that the presenters, Cynthia Alaniz @utalaniz and John Schu @MrSchuReads, were speaking English at the presentation their twitter posts were in a completely different language.  Full of @, # quick phrases and links to websites.  I could not decipher and immediately vowed never to go there again.  

But then, I came back to school in August and got curious about it again.  I opened the shunned app on my phone and searched for a few of the other librarians in my district and started reading the things they were posting.  Now it wasn't so foreign.  They were just posting about the things happening in their libraries.  After "lurking" for a week or so, I worked up the courage to create an account for my"professional" self.  Then I started asking questions to my go to girls for social media... Cari Young @myschoollibrary and Angie Oliverson (Ms.O Reads Books). (I even FB instant messaged my director on a Saturday night).  She sent me to this blog Summer Learning Series 2014.  Here Todd Nesloney @TechNinjaTodd, a principal and tech guy extraordinaire, challenges his teachers to learn something new every week.  It was great!  I loved reading his personal story about twitter and he links to some other great resources about getting started.  And so off I went...
My First Tweet
Besides informing my community about the things going on in my library, I can already tell twitter is going to help me with my professional goal to network with other librarians and teachers.  

You can follow me @laffinglibrary