Students and Social Media Content Creation

10 Great Ways to Use Social Media in Classroom When you try to think of the favorite activity of today’s students, you’ll most probably come up with the obvious answer: social media. It seems like students of all ages are obsessed by it. These social media channels have mesmerizing power, so they can often become…

via 10 Great Ways to Use Social Media in Classroom — Teachers With Apps

Castle gives practical, logical, easy suggestions to try with your students. These ideas can not only familiarize them with social media tools from a “professional” perspective, they’ll also learn digital citizenship, and begin developing a positive digital tattoo.  Castle’s blog post is a good complement to a workshop I led recently at #CUE16 in Palm Springs,”25 Examples of Students as Social Media Content Creators K – Adult”  In this slide show you’ll see examples of teachers implementing some of Castle’s suggestions. If you’re able to implement any of Castle’s ideas, you’ll see student engagement soar! Here’s an example with Dr. Brad Gustafson, “Pedagogy First”  

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Fresno and Libraries

Fresno, you’re doing great and interesting things, library-wise.


From the Fresno Bee, “Two Central High School East librarians were honored with the Nutrition Educator Award in Anaheim on Jan. 15 as part of a statewide nutrition education contest. Christina Flores and Janet Wile were honored at the Astor Classics Event Center in Anaheim and also won $500 for Central Unified’s “Athletes as Readers and Leaders” program, which promotes healthy eating habits.

As part of this program, which is in its eighth year,  high school students visit elementary school each Friday to read books about healthy eating to kindergarten to third-grade classes.” (Feb. 14, 2016)

Congratulations to Ms. Flores, Ms. Wile, Central East student athletes, and Central Unified!


Also from the Feb. 14, 2016 Fresno Bee:

The Fresno County Public Library has partnered with Career Online High School for a program offering accredited high school diplomas specifically designed for adults. or call 559.600.7323.







Computers are a tool, not a reward

We are almost (almost!) at the point where teachers can have a set of tablets in the classroom or bring their students to the library computers and have it be like a normal lesson. Almost. When computers were first introduced at school, there were so few they often only got used as game rewards or working on skill building. Now that we have more computers, teachers can expect students to view them as a tool for the lesson. It used to happen that teachers would book the library computer lab for a few sessions for “those students who don’t have a computer at home so that they can get the assignment done.” Then what would the others do? Waste time. But now, thanks to my district buying many computer tablets, the novelty of “oh we have computers today in our lesson, time for fun and games” has almost worn off in our school. The lesson that I hope finally sinks in is- when we’re at school we need to work during class time- whether that class time is in the library or in the classroom – whether the lesson involves pencil and paper or computers. Teacher have been working hard to make computers a part of everyday lessons.


They’ve also been very cognizant of students who don’t have computers at home and making sure they have time to visit the school or public library to use a computer. Many students have phones and teachers are encouraging students to use apps on their phones such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Our library has a few tablets for check out as well.



Useful book for Teachers and Librarians

I’m recommending Nicole Hennig’s Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage. She details the developer, version, platform, price, explanation of how it works and what it does, Audience, Examples, and Other Apps Worth Trying on several apps in several categories. The chapters include Apps for Research and Reference, Apps for Taking Notes and Writing, Apps for Communication, Apps for Reading, and many more. Because a book like this might have a short shelf-life (ha!) she also has a website in which she writes about the changes made in some of the apps since the book was written. And she has a newsletter!

Check this all out if you’re a teacher librarian, a teacher, or a student and you love apps.


Books and Reading

On a related topic: The other day in an article in the Fresno Bee, owners of a local bookstore, Petunia’s Place were interviewed about their store. They were asked by the reporter: What is the appeal of reading?


Hello? How far have we fallen?! What. is. the. APPEAL???!!!of. reading? Hmm… what is the appeal of eating? What is the appeal of sleeping?

Wonder Product: Noodle Tools – use it for RESEARCH

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What content shall I put on my site?

Do you have a school library webpage? website? Melissa Purcell (in Library Media Connection May/ June 2013, p. 52 to 53) recommends the following ideas for content: General Library News, Updates, Feedback, Resources and Services, Media Staff Updates, Book Discussions, Book Promotions, Patron Highlights, A Virtual Tour, and Support. Thanks for the ideas Ms. Purcell. Here’s a link to her helpful book, The Networked Library
A Guide for the Educational Use of Social Networking Sites: