Reflections of a Teacher-Librarian

Well, that seems to be another semester in the books!  Although there has not been another semester quite like it for me – I can now say that I survived a full time job, parenting /family-ing, and two classes! (A feat, that I am quite sure I never would have accomplished without the support and understanding of my family, friends and colleagues)!

calendar-308517_1280
CC0 Public Domain via Pixabay

As in previous semesters, I challenged myself to complete a Summary of Learning outside of my comfort zone, and therefore I found a new tool to test out!

Puppet Pals is a digital storytelling tool that is quite user friendly (both of my children 4 & 8, were able to create stories).  I liked the concept of creating a puppet show – and was able to purchase “full access” to the app for $8.  I was slightly disappointed because I thought I would be able to insert other objects into the show (pictures of items I was discussing), but I was limited to characters and vehicles.  There was some flexibility and customization available for the characters (which was fun to play with), but the types of scenes immediately available were also limited. Over all – great tool that could be implemented in a classroom!  I digress…

Please have a look at what I was able to create!

 

In the video I mentioned The Animal School by George Reavis – this is one place I wished Puppet Pals allowed for multi-media interaction (or at least would allow me to add outside objects into the platform).  If you have not heard of this story, I encourage you to watch the video version of it below.  I first heard this story in my Undergrad classes, and it greatly impacted my personal teaching beliefs – and it still holds true!

 

Finally, I wanted to provide an update on the Maker-spaces/coding project I am working on for my school.  I will be starting a Technology club this week, which will involve pre-coding and beginning coding tasks.  Following the winter break, I plan to implement a couple of ‘Maker’ afternoons with stations ranging from Lego building, cardboard design, hour of code activities, a knitting station, and sphero courses.  Additionally, I made a connection through a colleague, and may have an ‘expert’ (someone who codes, and develops apps for a living) who may be coming to our school to assist me in this endeavor!

I plan to start coding activities using Incredibox, once students are comfortable in that space, Daisy the Dinosaur is a great app to start with, Lightbot is another free site students can practice on, there is also Code which has countless variety of coding opportunities!

If you have any experience teaching students coding, I would love any input or feedback you have to offer!  If nothing else, I will try, I will learn from this, and I will do better next time!

Thanks for a great semester everyone – I’ve enjoyed learning from and with you.

Advertisements

8 thoughts on “Reflections of a Teacher-Librarian

  1. Great summary Amy! It’s a great use of something new we have learned in this class and I think you used it very well. I also love your Maker-spaces/coding project you are doing within your school – that sounds so cool! I love how you are giving the students opportunities to learn different things in new environments. It sounds incredibly engaging and well thought-out. Your students and your school are very lucky to have you on board!

    Thank you for your weekly blogs – they were always a good place for the rest of us to start seeing as you almost always seemed to be done first! They were always very critical and reflective, and I always appreciated reading them.

    Thanks again!

    P.S. Your impressions are great – especially of Alec!

    1. Thanks Liz!

      I am getting excited for the maker-spaces/coding events as well- technology club starts tomorrow so hopefully that helps me to implement larger scale maker events in the ‘new year’!

      As for my blogs being done first – I’m glad you found them helpful, I found myself having to maintain a very strict work timeline to keep up with both classes!

      Haha- also, just so I don’t get myself in trouble, they weren’t impressions, just using peoples pictures!

  2. Amy! Great Summary of Learning project! Your Maker Spaces projects are inspiring and are encouraging me to try them with my students. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences.
    Krista

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s