MediaSmarts is pleased to share our new free online course for teachers on media making in K-12 classrooms. Educators can take this interactive, engaging and informative course from their home, on their own schedule.
The course will be offered the following dates:
- November 9, 2020 – December 4, 2020
- November 23, 2020 – December 18, 2020
- December 14, 2020 – January 22, 2021
- February 1, 2021 – February 26, 2021
- March 1, 2021 – March 26, 2021
Making Media Across the Curriculum will provide teachers with training and resources on how to use digital media production of various kinds (games, film and animation, etc.) in their classroom practice.
Teachers will learn how media making can be supported from kindergarten to Grade 12 and how it can be used to assess student learning across the curriculum, from Language/English as a Second Language courses to Social Studies, Health/Life Skills, Mathematics, Science, Special Education and Technology Education/ICT, among others.
Upon completion of the course, teachers will be certified by MediaSmarts as Media Maker Experts.
Excerpt from article: "The dust jacket emerged as a way to protect the gilt covers of leatherbound books. Instead of being rebound to match the owner's libraries, these books came with their own ornate binding. In order to keep the gold embossing intact—and protect the books from dust—booksellers or the printers would wrap the books in paper. These dust wrappers, as they were originally called, weren't proper dust jackets. They were plain pieces of paper that were sealed shut, and they were meant to only protect the book while it was at the store."
Using Google forms, Cindy Shutts engages students to explore worlds based on the novels they are reading. (See below for a brief description, click the link above to visit the article on SLJ). This would be a great final project for an English class, or a way to consolidate learning for Socials or even Science. I can also see doing this in other languages to show proficiency with vocab and grammar. Students would have fun sharing and playing each other's "room".
"At my library we have found one of the easiest ways to attract people to programs is by creating a virtual escape room. They can be used any time of day and are fun to make. I like doing them with different fandoms. I have created two that are published so far one about Animal Crossing and one about Camp Half-Blood (Percy Jackson). My co-worker Faith Healy created two as well. She created an original haunted house one that has been used almost 200 times. She also just released a Mandorlian one in honor of the new season." (from webpage)
================"So here's a list of resources for you, dear readers. Below are some links that describe just how wonderful graphic novels can be, in terms of literacy development, empathy and social growth, and many other facets of development and reading enjoyment. Please feel free to share them anytime you encounter someone who doesn't quite get how wonderful these formats can be, and reach out to me if you've got additional info or links you'd like me to add."
"Storytime with Ryan & Craig is a free, short-form reading show for children, parents & educators. Every week, Ryan and Craig read aloud a new children's book. This show is different from other read aloud videos for several reasons: First, it's hosted by not one, but two men, which is fairly uncommon in the literacy and early education world. This offers a new dynamic to inspire and excite both boys and girls about reading!"
"Collaboration is an explicit part of every teacher-librarian's job description, and scheduled activities may take a variety of forms. All collaborative activity aims to support and extend learning opportunities. All collaborative activity is valuable. The examples of collaborative activity which follow is not a prescriptive list. Collaboration looks different in every school community, and is dependent upon the needs of all the learners involved."
"Vooks is a streaming service that brings children's storybooks to life with animated illustrations and narrated story. Imagine storybooks where the illustrations move, the sounds sound, and the story comes to life! Children can read along, watch, or giggle at will."
"Selection, then, begins with a presumption in favor of liberty of thought; censorship, with a presumption in favor of thought control. Selection's approach to the book is positive, seeking its values in the book as a book, and in the book as a whole. Censorship's approach is negative, seeking for vulnerable characteristics wherever they can be found – anywhere within the book, or even outside it. Selection seeks to protect the right of the reader to read; censorship seeks to protect – not the right – but the reader himself from the fancied effects of his reading. The selector has faith in the intelligence of the reader; the censor has faith only in his own."
A quick, clickable classification
I came across this LibraryThing shortcut to generating an approximate DDC-like number for specific titles.
You simply click on the boxes that correspond to category of the book in front of you and it builds a DDC-like number. (They use "Melvil" because "Dewey" is copyrighted.)
Then it generates a list of titles in LibraryThing that have that number, and some categories at the bottom of the page that probably overlap ("Far friends"). You can also see a bit of a word cloud/tag cloud to the right that gives you a sense of what topics the real DDC number would likely address. (If you have a LT account, you can even see which of your own books fit the category.)
Not as accurate as some other tools, but rather a "quick and dirty" guide.
(It's also fun to click through and see what titles come up.)
"Pump up your summer reading with our Forest Teen Committee Summer Reading List. Check out what teens should be reading - as chosen by the readers themselves!: http://bit.ly/ForestTeenList2019"
In a "post-truth" era where people are increasingly influenced by their emotions and beliefs over factual information, fact and fiction can be difficult to distinguish, and fake news can spread rapidly through mainstream media sources and social networks. Moreover, fake news is often meant to do harm, by tricking us into believing a lie or unfairly discrediting a person or political movement.
==============="YA Smackdown is a grassroots meet-up and idea generation tool for anyone providing library services to teens. Participants pass a cup or hat or receptacle of some sort, and pull out different challenges related to teen services.It is fun, informal, and
a clear ripoffnot at all reminiscent of the fantastic Guerrilla Storytime."
1. Connection. The need to belong,feel welcome & connected2. Control. The need for self-determination & autonomy3. Contribution. Making a difference in the lives of others4. Competence. Areas of strength