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November, 2014

  1. 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   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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  2. My #eddie14 Picks!

    November 23, 2014 by 2TechSavvyLibrarians



    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





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