Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Taken over by iPads!!

I know it seems like we are being overtaken by iPads!  Schools are ordering carts and more seem to be on the way!  Just wanted you to have quick access to the Overdrive Help Videos.  This page has general information for all devices and computers but below are links I pulled out  specifically related to IOS devices. (iPhones, iPod touch, iPads)

Tejas Star Book List

The Tejas Star Book List is now one of the  Texas Library Association’s reading lists. Here is the announcement:

A new star has taken its place among the TLA reading lists: the Tejas Star. The voluntary reading program is for ages 5-12 and focuses on bilingual (English/Spanish) and Spanish language titles. TLA's Tejas Star Reading List Task Force has recently assumed sponsorship of the list, which originated as the Tejas Star Book Award under the auspices of the Region I ESC.

The titles are listed at http://www.txla.org/tejas-star .

Chair of the Tejas Star Committee is  María Elena Ovalle.

Update 5/30/2013: We will be ordering one copy of each title on this list for all elementary libraries.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Lesson framing

I know that many of your campuses are working to implement instructional strategies from The Fundamental Five, so I thought I would share today's post about lesson framing from Sean Cain's Lead Your School blog.

Click the link to read how to create an effective lesson frame that shifts the ownership of the learning from the teacher to the student.

A Reader Asks...Check My Lesson Frame

Picture Frame. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 15 May 2013.http://quest.eb.com/images/118_828090

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Join #txlchat

Each week on Tuesday night from 8:00-8:30 a group of Texas librarians are getting together on Twitter to talk about various topics. This project is about a month old, and the topic for each week has been varied: librarians who tweet, authors who tweet (Krissi Dallas and Tom Anglesberger, VIP guests), and Highlights from TLA. 

I participated last week. It was fun and the 30 minutes flew by!

If you want to join the fun, go on Twitter at 8pm next Tuesday night (May 7) and search for #txlchat. If you tweet something, be sure and put #txlchat at the end of your tweet so others can see what you are saying.

On May 7, the topic will be Annual Reports.  All tweetchats are archived with storify and linked at http://txlchat.wikispaces.com.  You’ll also find a page of resources about Twitter for Beginners.

The moderators of #txlchat invite you to be an active participant; the only requirement is that you establish a Twitter account. However, it you are not ready to join Twitterdom, go to 
http://twitter.com/#txlchat on Tuesday and follow the action.

I hope to see you there!