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  1. My #oneword2016 is Opportunity

    January 1, 2016 by 2TechSavvyLibrarians

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    If you are on #Twitter, you have heard about #oneword2016, the one word that you choose to be your focus for the year.  This is my first time to participate & blog about this, so the word I choose really makes sense, and that is OPPORTUNITY.  I am taking the opportunity to share a little of my journey.  As a District Library Media Specialist, I am very busy with being the Librarian of Record for 10 Campuses.  Many times, I get to feeling with so many ideas and so many to reach, that my job is impossible. That is outdated thinking.  We all have programs, projects & snippets of ideas in constant flux.  Instead of worrying about how everything will get done, I want to look at my year as a year of opportunity by seeing the glass half-full.  I will say yes to exciting ideas and figure out how to get it done later, if necessary.  Believing that I do have something to offer (an idea that I have had to work on for awhile) puts me in a better position to see the opportunities that are available outside my own head.  If you haven’t figured out that you have something to share that others would want to know about, then get busy, you do!  Tweeting and blogging will definitely have a life-changing effect on you first, then so many others.  As you share, you begin to make new connections, friends and the opportunities start piling in.  The #Twitter Educational Community is #beyondFabulous for support.  There are chats of all types 24/7 that you can lurk to get your feet wet, then participate.  Here are a few:  #txlchat, #tlchat, #txeduchat, #txed, #kylchat and many more! I am embracing the Opportunity mindset because it promotes positive expectations, hopes & goals.  For me, setting the bar high is necessary for any progress to occur. I want to Enjoy the Journey this year and I hope You Will Too!

    TechSavvyLibrarian Jan

     

     


  2. Hour of Code #Rocks at Crowley ISD

    December 16, 2015 by 2TechSavvyLibrarians

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    Hour Of Code #Rocked at Crowley ISD!  Our Elementary, Intermediate and Middle School Campuses had a blast coding with code.org tutorials.  We were also excited to have the CISD Computer Science Club under the direction of Lynne Ryan (CISD Computer Science Instructor) @MsGLRyan teach the Elementary Students how to program Finch Robots.  These students visited 5 Elementary campuses during the week of Hour of Code and did a fabulous job!  One teacher was so excited to hear about the code.org tutorials (Minecraft) that she immediately put a student on the site, thinking that this might be a pathway for success.  And, she was right!  The Hour of Code was also supported by Michelle Bothel (Elementary Instructional Technologist) @bothel_michelle and Carol Hafer (District Secondary Library Media Specialist) @hafer_carol.  We look forward to an even better hour of Code next year!

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    TechSavvyLibrarian Jan


  3. Fabulous First Year!

    February 6, 2015 by 2TechSavvyLibrarians

    Many Thanks to Everyone who has helped to make our first blogging year a HUGE success!  We were honored and humbled to be nominated for an Edublog Award recently.  But to actually be an Edublog Finalist for Best New Blog was totally beyond belief!   Congratulations to all the Edublog Finalists as well.  Let me encourage you, if you are not currently blogging, to start.  As an awesome Teacher Librarian friend @NancyJoLambert says, “Tell Your Library Story.” Publicizing what you are doing can only help and encourage others to do the same.   Our Libraries have fabulous Media Specialists that are a big part of our success.  Here are some of us pictured below at our Holiday Gathering.  Thanks again everyone for the great support, honor and fun!

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    TechSavvyLibrarian Jan


  4. Thoughts about our YA eReading habits

    January 20, 2015 by 2TechSavvyLibrarians

    I took some time a few days ago to look at reports from our digital library for the last six months. It is interesting, but not surprising to see that most of the top 15 books that were checked out are now (or will soon be) movies.  I think that says a lot.  First, our students are aware that there is a book version – though many think the book came after the movie.  Second, the students want to read the book version. Some may read to find that the book has differences from the movie.  Some may read to find that the movie has differences from the book.  Either way, those students are using some higher level thinking skills as they compare and contrast the two.  Then third, it says that YA fiction is attractive to many – not just YA.  People of all ages are going to see the movies and many of them are aware that there is a book with the same title as the movie… and many of them are not aware that the book came first.  The whole thing is very intriguing. Please plan to read a few of these, even if you don’t see the movie (I rarely do).   Anyway here is the list:

    1.  The Fault in Our Stars – Green
    2.  The Maze Runner – Dashner
    3. The Giver – Lowry
    4. Divergent – Roth
    5. The Lightning Thief – Riordan
    6. Fallen – Kate
    7. Gone –  Grant
    8. Insurgent – Roth
    9. Lies – Grant
    10. Mockingjay – Collins
    11. Looking for Alaska – Green
    12. Ask the Passengers – King
    13. Prodigy –  Lu
    14. The Angel Experiment: Maximum Ride series – Patterson
    15. If I Stay – Forman
    16. The 5th Wave – Yancy  (I included this because the movie is in production.)

     

    TechSavvyLibrarian Carol


  5. Deer Creek Elem Library & Crowley Public Library Begin Exciting Pilot With Wandoo Reader!!

    November 24, 2014 by 2TechSavvyLibrarians

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    At Deer Creek Elementary in Crowley ISD,  we are excited to be chosen by Wandoo Reader to pilot the program with Crowley Public Library!  We have always had a good relationship with the Public Library.  In 2013, we were able to partner with them when we were chosen to host the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile.  But now, we are taking our collaboration to the next level with Wandoo Reader.  We are very fortunate to be working with Lindsey Hill @theLindseyHill from Evanced Solutions in this historic effort.  As you can see from our Kickoff photos, everyone is having a blast! The event was held at the Crowley Public Library from 3-6 pm on a day which the Library was normally closed.  CPL Director Cristina Winner @seeawinner offered the Library in this way to target the Wandoo Reader Audience.   This worked very well.  As bright-eyed elementary students came into the library, they were greeted by a very cute robot & a several wonderful centers with the Robot theme.  All the students easily began reading books of their choice and acquiring parts to build their robot at the Wandoo Reader site.  They also were able to make robot vests, masks & finger puppets to remember their experience thanks to Glenda Jordan of the Crowley Public Library.  She is pictured offering a student a bag of “Nuts & Bolts”(i.e. pretzels and m&m’s) as a robot treat.  Finally, students were able to have a photo op with the cool robot.  Some of them even hugged the robot!  Parents were able to create their child an account in Wandoo Reader and sign up for a Crowley Public Library card, as well. This was a win-win event all around.  Thanks to Library Director, Cristina Winner, for being willing to try something new and different for the sake of the kids.   Also, I am especially appreciative of the Crowley Public Library Staff: Glenda, Teresa, Sandy, Carmela & Drew for all they ways they enfolded the students into the reading community.  Last but not least, I must commend Lindsey Hill & Evanced Solutions for Wandoo Reader.  This is an #awesome student interest-driven program with immediate rewards.  If you have not seen it, check it out here at  wandooreader.com   The Wandoo Reader event has brought a new level of collaboration, trust and united effort between Crowley ISD Libraries & the Crowley Public Library.  Be looking for more posts about our historic partnership journey in the weeks to come!

    TechSavvyLibrarian Jan

     

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  6. My #eddie14 Picks!

    November 23, 2014 by 2TechSavvyLibrarians

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    This is my first time to ever nominate anyone for an #eddie award! Very exciting! But, because I have met so many fabulous educators, it was extremely hard to just pick a handful.  There are many more not on my list that should be there as well.  I am definitely a blessed educator.  So, here are some of my #eddie14 picks for this year:

    Best Individual Blog – Naomi Bates @yabooksandmore

    Best Group Blog –  TwoGuysandsomeiPads  Drew Minock & Brad Waid

    Best Class Blog – Mrs. Morgan’s Class  Sycamore Elementary

    Best Student Blog – Steven’s Blog  in Mrs. Morgan’s Class

    Best Ed Tech Blog – Sue Fitzgerald  @sue_fitz  Gene Pike Middle School

    Best Teacher Blog – Louise Morgan  @mrsmorgansclass   Sycamore Elementary

    Best Library Blog – Shawna Ford  @shawnaford1   Curtis Elementary Library

    Best Administrator Blog – Todd Nesloney   Ninja Reflections on Education

    Best Tweeter – Nancy Jo Lambert @nancyjolambert

    Best Hashtag/Twitter Chat – #TxLChat Texas Librarians

    Best Wiki – TxLChat

    Lifetime Achievement – Sharon Gullett @sharongullett  Co-Founder of #TxLChat

     

    If you haven’t nominated anyone for the #eddies14 there is still time!  Nominations open until November 24th – Click here to begin

    Good luck everyone!

    TechSavyLibrarian Jan

     

     

     

     


  7. Today’s Super Powered Librarian!

    October 6, 2014 by 2TechSavvyLibrarians

    “It’s a bird, it’s a plane….” No, it’s a Super Powered Librarian flying to your rescue!

    Today’s Librarians are like SuperHeroes because of the nature of their ever-changing job description.  A Super Powered Librarian must be an expert in Library Science, Instruction, Technology, Personnel & Materials Management and much more.   We do it all – everyday for our students, patrons and communities.  Here are some reasons, I believe, that we put on our capes every day:

    1) We are Crusaders – Super Powered Librarians are champions for students by providing them and all stakeholders the best possible resources, reading materials and experiences.  We remain relevant by advocating for our programs in a constantly shifting environment, making connections to student learning.

    2) We are Leaders – Super Powered Librarians lead the way by changing and evolving to meet the needs of their students & community, realizing that affecting learning is paramount.

    3) We are Adventurers – Super Powered Librarians take risks and step up to the plate by implementing new programs and ideas, even when they may be unsure of the outcome.

    4) We are Flexible – Super Powered Librarians are made of elastic!  We stretch and stretch to meet the needs of all our students, school and community.

    5) We are Lifelong Learners “To Infinity & Beyond”- Super Powered Librarians Love Learning and instill that love in their students.  We spend countless hours outside the school setting planning and networking with other educators and colleagues via Twitter and other Social Media Platforms.

    Today’s Super Powered Librarian does not wear a bun (only when it’s really hot) on his/her head and sit around eating bon-bons.  Today’s Super Powered Librarians are SuperTechSavvy, SuperLeaders, SuperManagers and SuperBookPeople!  Find one at your nearest Library soon – just watch out for the cape!SuperHero Librarian Jan


  8. Gator News Hour with Safari Montage!

    September 5, 2014 by 2TechSavvyLibrarians

    At JA Hargrave Elementary, we are beginning recorded daily announcements called Gator News!  Using @SafariMontage, we are able to video students and teachers sharing the news of the day.  The actual recording is made the day prior or earlier.  They have done a great job and we are having a great time with it!  Go Gators!!

    TechSavvyLibrarian Jan


  9. Congratulations to a Published Media Specialist!

    September 3, 2014 by 2TechSavvyLibrarians

     

    “Herein lies our hope for the future of our nation: to teach the next generation what we are at risk of losing.” — Oletta Branstiter

    Congratulations are in order for one of our Media Specialists who was recently honored by thepursuitofhappiness.com.   Her story inspired them and was included on their blog.  Click the following link to find out more and…..

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    TechSavvyLibrarian Jan

     

     

     

     


  10. I Love Being An Educator Because I Am A LifeLong Learner!

    June 23, 2014 by 2TechSavvyLibrarians

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    I was one of those kids that knew I wanted to be an educator at an early age.  I have always loved teaching & learning.  Recently I was honored with being able to present 2 sessions at the Texas Computer Educators Tots & Technology Conference in Galveston, Texas.  It was a Fabulous Conference!! My presentations were well received as I shared the Basics of Twitter in Education & Managing Multiple Libraries.  I found that I did have something to share that was valuable to others. Before beginning this blog and tweeting, I wasn’t sure that I had anything to share.  I lurked and looked, then decided that I could at least follow along and encourage others. After doing this, I realized that everyone has something to share.  I may not know the extent of how my experiences have helped others, but in sharing them, they have helped me focus.  And that is one reason why I love being an educator!  Also, thanks to #moedchat (Missouri Educators) with their #showme attitude!  I am participating in a Summer Blog Challenge – So Here We Go! Let’s Learn Together!

    Thanks,

    TechSavvyLibrarianJan

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