Friday, April 28, 2017

Breakout With Follett Lightbox

After discovering the uniqueness of a virtual Breakout, I've smashed our next Breakout with Bones : All About the Skeletal System, a Destiny Discover Lightbox.  Using Thinglink has made the tagging of the Planning document, Hint sheet, and the Breakout very easy.  Taking a science lesson and merging it into a Breakout has been fun to watch the students master. It has also added to another strategy for using our eContent.

The interactive unlimited access Lightbox was the perfect tool to use with our latest Breakout. With vacation upon us I want our students to access our digital content over the long summer. Not only did this activity reinforced items in our digital collection but it added a science lesson into the process.  Add this to your ideas for promoting access to your digital content.

This is the second virtual Breakout that we have introduced to our students.  When given the choice of activities today the students overwhelming choose the Breakout. We will have to start a bank of Breakouts to pull from as classes visit the library.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Used for this Breakout:
ThingLink Premium Teacher Account
Google document
Google forms
Follett Lightbox
Student Chromebooks

Monday, April 24, 2017

Poetry Month

We have had a great time celebrating National Poetry Month with a variety of activities.  We first listened to the YouTube version of The Giving Tree spoken by Shel Silverstein.  I know it's not officially a poem but it's one of my favorite stories.

Next students were given the option to recite a poem or add an original poem using flipgrid. Students who didn't feel comfortable on the camera were given the option to participate in Post-it Poetry.

The white boards that we installed at the
end of each book case was the perfect spot
to display our Post-it Poetry.

This written option gave students who 
preferred not to be in the video an option
to participate during our Poetry Month festivities.

The library was a bustling hug of activities during our monthly celebrations.  Some students preferred to record on flipgrid as a group while others recorded individual poetry. Adding the option of Post-it Poetry allowed everyone to participate.

How could we forget one of my favorite days?  Poem in Your Pocket day has been a celebration in 4 of my libraries and it's just a cool day with everyone sharing a poetry throughout the day. We smashed Poem in Your Pocket Day with Super Hero Day and wrote poems about our super heroes.

Our celebrations my seem simple but that is the beauty of a month long recognition to poetry. 

360 VR Breakout!

After completing the ThingLink 360 VR Breakout Challenge I am pleased to announce the success of the Pike Library Breakout.  Over 300 students have successfully completed the virtual Breakout.  The fun and enthusiasm was abundant during all sessions.  All images from the Breakout were taken on my iPhone (even the 360 image). The success of the program has inspired me to think of our next (per the request of our students) Breakout.

Tools used in this Breakout include:

Learning Tips
  • In the Planning document URL change the word edit to copy.  This allows students to copy the document in their Google Drive
This activity was an overwhelming success with students indicating it was fun, they had to think, and they wanted another Breakout soon.  The challenge is on for us to collaborate and produce many more creative lessons in the library.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions about this project.
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