January 1, 2016 by 2TechSavvyLibrarians
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 That is outdated thinking.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!
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December 16, 2015 by 2TechSavvyLibrarians
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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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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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:
- The Fault in Our Stars – Green
- The Maze Runner – Dashner
- The Giver – Lowry
- Divergent – Roth
- The Lightning Thief – Riordan
- Fallen – Kate
- Gone – Grant
- Insurgent – Roth
- Lies – Grant
- Mockingjay – Collins
- Looking for Alaska – Green
- Ask the Passengers – King
- Prodigy – Lu
- The Angel Experiment: Maximum Ride series – Patterson
- If I Stay – Forman
- The 5th Wave – Yancy (I included this because the movie is in production.)
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May 24, 2014 by 2TechSavvyLibrarians
Just so you know, we are newbies at this blogging thing 🙂 Our blog is very new and we are learning the ins and outs through the University of Hard Knocks along with the Trial & Error Method. So, as you know with so much going on, it’s easy to get behind in your blogging and posting. We could either not bother with going back and just start fresh next year, or get busy and post some #amazing things that happened in our District this year. Of course we decided to tell our Library stories. It doesn’t matter if it happened today or a few months ago, it happened! And that is what we want to encourage you to do – tell your Library Story. I first heard this from an awesome Librarian @nancyjolambert. If you are not following her, stop what you are doing and follow her on Twitter now! Our stories need to be shared because they happened. Let’s share our stories together!
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