Showing posts from September, 2018

Tech Round Up! BreakoutEDU

At this year's School Library Boot Camp Campers participated in a Breakout experience with speaker Jennifer LaGarde (who was so great, by the way!).

BreakoutEDU is a fun way for students to work together to solve problems and challenging puzzles to open up locked boxes or rooms. Think breakout boxes, escape rooms, and simulation games...

Breakouts encourage students to become curious, ask questions, and grow their brains and they can be adapted to various content areas and even for professional development.

Jennifer LaGarde has an awesome website to learn more about Breakouts including info. on how to make your own.

You can also purchase ready-to-go kits from BreakoutEDU to turn your library into an escape room.

Games on BreakoutEDU are available for a variety of ages and content areas including...

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Topics include:
Dewey Organization
Digital Citizenship
Intellectual Freedom
Library Orientation
Searching the Library
Source Types
Social Media

Events & Deadlines + A Calendar for SD School Librarians

Here are some dates for you to note on your yearly calendar. Also, I hope you find this document helpful. It’s a monthly calendar of sorts of celebrations, events, and South Dakota school library specific deadlines. Yes, yet another spreadsheet in your life!FALLSDLA conference - Sept. 26-28, 2017 in Sioux Falls. Learn, network, and earn college credit! Reaching Out - PD opportunity for SD school librarians. Deadline to apply Sept. 14. 2018-2021 21st Century School Library Award ceremony at the Systems Change conference in Sioux Falls, Oct. 17-19. Come celebrate with us! SD book awards - Prairie Bud, Bloom and Pasque & YARP voting ends April 1, 2019. #schsdsl Twitter Challenge - An ongoing, self-paced cont. ed. opportunity for all SD school library staff. Earn 5 contact hours- social media style!  SPRING21st Century Library Awards - Apply starting March 1. School Library Survey - opens April 2018. Exact date to be determined. School Library EdCamp SD - Spring 2019. Exact date to be…

Makerspaces in the Library

A Makerspace is a support program that the library can offer that provides hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, tinker, build, invent, and relax.

Makerspaces come in all shapes and sizes. You should consider your student population, your administrative support, your budget, your schedule, your school climate, your temperament, etc.

Your Makerspace may be embedded into library class or it may be offered only before or after school. It may be open just for lunch or just for reward time. It may be an entire course even!

There's no real wrong way to do a Makerspace but be sure to do your homework before diving in. The following resources may help you as you start or expand your Makerspace.
These books...

These other resources: Check out this post from The Daring Librarian blog. Author Gwyneth Jones has made it easy for librarians to find and buy the things they will need to start a basic Makerspace.

If you're on Twitter, follow @LFlemingEDU and @mak…