Do you need to record video tutorials? Inevitably, you're all alone and you need to take close up shots. Take videos hands-free with the flexible cell phone mount. You can bend it into a table stand or even wear it around your neck. The mount is adjustable and fits most phones.
Photo booth frames are so much fun, but they're bulky and don't fit in suitcases. That's why I love the inflatable photo frame! And to hack it for social media, attach a clear sheet protector so you can add any message quickly and neatly.
Thinking about starting your own YouTube channel? You will definitely need this green screen chair backdrop and lavalier cell phone mic to make your videos look fun and professional. The Webaround provides a nice solid background for your students' Flipgrid videos even if they don't use the green screen effect. Order a lavalier mic (wired with a clip is fine) that is compatible with your cell phone. Throw it into your bag and you will be able to record awesome sound wherever you are.
You love your students, but you don't love their germs! Give them fist pumps instead of high fives with this giant fist drink cooler. ***Do not add a beer can!
Promote communication, collaboration, and critical thinking through the design thinking process. These dry erase mats are large enough for groups, and thin enough to carry in your suitcase. Turn them over for blank canvases for creation. Don't add more waste to our landfills and use these mats over and over again.
I believe that libraries are worlds of possibilities for our children. They should be places of "yes, and" not "no, but." We really need balance, as do all aspects of education.
This past week our family attended a Book Grab event as a kick-off to summer reading, hosted by their school's School Based Management (SBM) Team. About a month earlier, I sent them to school with books that they had outgrown in response to a flier that we had received. I had no idea what the purpose was until they excitedly told us last week about this book event. With books separated at different tables according to ages (baby books to adult books), our children rushed to find new books to read. The school librarian, Mrs. Schlaich, read a book to the children while they listened and snacked. Students exchanged bookmarks that they had colored, and volunteers photographed the students in front of a summer beach backdrop. Of course the local children's librarian was on hand to share information about the public library reading program. What a brilliant way to recycle our resources while promoting reading! To learn more about this event visit http://www.shufsd.org/News/#83841. To sign up for the free myON digital library summer reading resource at New York Libraries go to http://www.summerreadingnys.org/myon/.
If you've never seen art teacher Cassie Stephens' clothing creations, you are missing out! Inspired by famous artists, Cassie is the Ms. Frizzle of the art classroom. You can check out her cool creations on her blog here:
Well, I'm no seamstress and certainly no artist. In fact, I'm more at home with a hot glue gun and some Velcro. But I do enjoy fun clothes and accessories. So what are some of my favorite things?
Over Easter break, I had the privilege of working with a phenomenal group of Alberta librarians who braved the snowy spring weather (even as far as 2.5 hours away) to "hack" all things advocacy, reading, and making. After a few days experiencing the natural beauty of western Canada, the Alberta Learning Commons Council "Hacking School Libraries" mini-conference was my last stop before returning to New York.
Kristina A. Holzweiss
Ed Tech School Librarian