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Graphic novel signage

November 26, 2014

This, I want to recreate!

Can we talk about how cool this new sign for our children's graphic novel section is?!?! The "graphic novels" text is even in 3-D! Made by Tina (pictured)!

Google inbox

November 26, 2014

 I requested to use Google Inbox. Got the link within 24 hours. I like it. It’s only got one major flaw that I can see and that’s the fact that there is no signature. Since I primarily use my mobile devices, I thought the signature from gmail was there. Everything else seems to be there, but this morning I sent one off on my computer, and on the bigger screen, it was clear that the signature was absent. A little digging proved that signatures are not currently available. Seriously. So now, I’m wondering how many LM_Net emails (where certain identifying requirements are requested) I’ve responded to through inbox.

But, I do like the way it works. It bundles like emails together including those it considers low priority – which you can remove from that list. I’m sure there are some other features besides the signature that its missing. I just don’t know what they are yet. I’ve got at least one invite if anyone is interested.

I’m all about those Books

November 17, 2014
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This is great!

Donor’s Choose Project – My Mom’s Ears and My Dad’s Nose: Heredity Stations

November 15, 2014

Please check out my Donor’s Choose project, here. It’s called My Mom’s Ears and My Dad’s Nose. I’m asking for resources on heredity for the 5th graders. I would greatly appreciate any help you can give. Any donations made by November 22 will be matched up to $100.  Use the promo code SPARK during checkout to double your donation.

Thanks so much for looking at this project for our school and library!

Epic for Educators

November 15, 2014
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epic for educatorsThis gem came across my facebook feed. It’s only an IOS app. BUT I’ve read several books already on my iPad that I don’t have in my library. Some of the books have a read aloud feature and there is a timer on the books so kids can’t go through them too quickly. I’ve mainly examined the picture books and have read some that I would not have otherwise.

The only thing they ask in return is for you to let parents know about them. That can easily be done on our school webpages. If you have an apple device, give it a try!

See my other recommendations on where to find books.

The Teacher Librarian

November 10, 2014

Ohio Alert! State Board of Education Will Vote on Whether to Eliminate Arts, P.E., Librarians, Nurses at Elementary Schools

November 9, 2014

Bitsy Griffin:

This is a call to action. If you live in Ohio, voice your concerns! The rest of us need to be vocal or, as little sense as it makes, this could happen elsewhere.

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

On November 11, the Ohio State Board of Education will vote on a motion to eliminate crucial positions at elementary schools.

The Board will vote on whether to eliminate “specialist” positions, that include elementary schools arts teachers, elementary school music teachers, elementary school physical education teachers, school nurses, school library media specialists, school counselors, and school social workers.

Will they call it “reform”?

Here is Peter Greene, reporting on the same horrifying spectacle, with more detail.

He writes:

This morning comes word that the Ohio State Board of Education will vote this Tuesday on some revision to the school code. The most significant revision reportedly under consideration is one that would make end state requirements for elementary specialists.

Currently, school code states that for every thousand elementary students, schools must have in place five of the following eight specialists: art, music, counselor, school nurse, librarian/media specialist, visiting teacher, social worker…

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