'Only the third week of school and already we had "housekeeping" to do. No, the students didn't have to dust the computers or vacuum the floor, we just had some "chores" we had to get done. I compared these tasks to housekeeping because although they were not the most fun and exciting things to do, they were necessary in order to keep life running smoothly in the media center.
One thing I did is to assign everyone a computer number. After the first login on a computer, the computer recognizes the student's username and password, thus wasting less time logging on. Therefore, each student is assigned a specific computer number because in our media time together, we need EVERY minute we've got! I'm hoping that I might switch it up mid-year and let students sit at a different workstation...we'll see how it goes.
The 3rd-5th graders also needed to log into their Google Apps for Education (GAFE) accounts. We had some trouble with new students and with many 3rd graders so hopefully this problem will be resolved this week. GAFE is an amazing tool and students can access it easily from home. Just download Chrome and log in from there. Their email is their email@example.com and their password is the password on their library cards. We will be using GAFE for collaborative projects with classroom teachers, so it would be wise to explore it a little before projects are assigned. For more information about Google Apps for Education, take a look at these videos or read about it here on the Google webpage.
Next week, Just Right Books and Digital Passport!
A few of the products...
Some students explored the Dot Day webpage and watched videos of the new Dot Day song created by Peter Reynolds and Emily Arrow, ventured to the official International Dot Day website to see students around the world celebrating Dot Day, visited Celibri-Dots where they found dots created by some of their favorite authors, or used Kid-Pix to create dot art on the computer.
Students were encouraged to think about how they're going to make their mark this year at Musson. Will they be courageous enough to try something they have never done before? Will they be a friend to someone new? Will they set a personal goal and strive to reach it? I can't wait to see what they come up with...
What a great first week we had in the Musson Media Center! Students got to explore some of the new books we got in, and we talked about how important it is to use the Book Suggestion Form on my website. I use these forms to help me choose new books for the library. I really want to connect students with their interests in order to make readers out of all our students, so please encourage your child to suggest books he/she would like to see in our library.
In order to get the students up and moving, we did several activities in the form of stations in the media center. One station was a visible thinking routine called compass points. Students wrote down on chart paper any thoughts they were having about library/media this year in terms of Needs, Suggestions, Excitements, and Worries. I got lots of great feedback from these papers and can’t wait to implement their suggestions into the program! The second station was decorating wooden sticks, which I use for my "Secret Student" chosen each class period, and the third station was a reading survey on the computers. To me, this was the most important station - I use the survey to get to know my students in order to match them up with the perfect book!
Finally, we explored a new technology known as Plickers. The students LOVED this activity and I told them if they come up with relevant ways to use it in the media center, we can use it more often. It involves each student holding up a QR code in order to answer a question. By quickly scanning the codes with my iPad, I am able to collect their data instantly!
Overall, it was a fabulous first week and the students seem excited to be back. I can't wait to see what great things they will accomplish this year!
Mrs. Jackie Luci is the Information Literacy Specialist at Musson Elementary.
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