Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My Daughter's Booktrailer!

My 11 year old daughter was watching me work on the book trailers and she was inspired to create her own.  Here is her book trailer for Laini Taylor's Blackbringer:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Book Trailers

My new position as the School Library Media Specialist at a wonderful new school in my area has been life-consuming but fabulous.  I am building a library from the ground up, defining my role in the school community, and proving to be a vital asset to the school.  I LOVE it. 

What I don't love is neglecting my blog!! 

So, I am going to share some of what I have been working on with my students. 

In my Middle School Computer Applications class, we have been working on making book trailers.  FYI, if you have switched to Windows 7 in your school- Photo Story 3 will NOT work with your operating system.  We had wanted to use Photo Story 3 but had to change our plans.  Instead, we used a handy little program called AnimotoAnimoto is incredibly user-friendly but doesn't allow for as many effects as Photo Story does.  Here is the book trailer example I made for my class so they could become familiar with the program:

The students are finishing up their trailers this week.  Next week, we are going to create another book trailer, this time using Windows Movie Maker.  I hope to have the students write up a short paper comparing the two programs and defending their preferred program. 

In my Advanced Research Practices class, we have been learning all the key elements to Research Paper writing.  Using the blessedly wonderful OWL at Purdue I have introduced the differences between APA and MLA styles.  Today we are going to really break down the research paper process by working through each important step. 

So...life in the media center is good!  I am missing my work with the K-5th graders...right now I am teaching them computers, but soon I will be functioning as their librarian.  (As soon as I get this library up and running.)  All of what I am doing is making me a better Teacher-Librarian.  I am so grateful!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I Heart Cassandra Clare Again!

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading Clockwork Angel, I knew I was hooked on Cassandra Clare. While waiting for her to write the second Infernal Devices novel, I thought I'd start the Mortal Instruments series. At first I was a little sad to be leaving Victorian England for modern New York City- but that soon passed. Clare did NOT disappoint! What I love most about Clare is her ability to blindside me with her plot twists. I am usually rather good at predicting plot- and she is able to keep me guessing.

This series, as I mentioned, takes place in the present in NYC. Clarissa Fray and her best friend Simon decide to go out clubbing one night at a place called the Pandemonium Club (hmmm...)and there Clary's eyes are opened to a world she never knew existed. This world of demons, vampires, werewolves, nephilim, faeries, etc. has nothing to do with her, right? So...why can she she what most mundanes(humans)cannot?

I listened to this novel excellently performed by Ari Graynor.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

More Websites for Kids!

Parents and Teachers!  Check out the updates to my Websites for Kids page on this blog.  If your children or students have some down time and want to "play" on the computer- send them here!  The list is safe, educational, and will provide plenty of fun for rainy days.  There will never be a reason to hear them say...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Finally a Library in the Making!

For those of you who follow my blog, you know I took a position at a brand new school that didn't plan for a library.  I was hired as a Technology Media teacher but I have pushed my library agenda everyday.  Today I found out that not only will I be getting Destiny Circulation Software but I have a budget to order books!  Combine that with the hundreds of books the parents have donated, and we are going to have a nice beginning library!  It is sooooo much fun to be building a library program from scratch!  I promise I will keep you posted as things progress! 

Passion by Lauren Kate

PassionPassion by Lauren Kate
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book #3 in the Fallen series is much different than the others. In this novel Luce and Daniel make their way through time trying to figure out how to stop the cycle of love and death that plagues them.

I know book #4 is going to be amazing and that book #3 is essential- but it leaves you COMPLETELY WANTING BOOK 4 TO COME OUT!

I found this read to be frustrating for two reasons. 1. Luce and Daniel keep missing one another- by a second. 2. Kate depicts God as an egomaniacal ninny who does not behave in a way that suggests that he (Kate refers to God as he- that is not my word) couldn't possibly be powerful or wise enough to be responsible for all of creation.

I enjoyed this book, but I was kind of disappointed. I am holding out hope for book #4.

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