SURVIVING HARD TIMES IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES

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SURVIVING HARD TIMES IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES

  1. 1. YOU CAN FIND ALL MY STUFF AThttp://bit.ly/mab ellstuff
  2. 2. HARD TIMES…WHAT TO DO?
  3. 3. What to do???
  4. 4. NUTS AND BOLTS
  5. 5. LOOK FOR BARGAINS &FREEBIES HERE!!!
  6. 6. CUT BACK SOFTWARE?? AR
  7. 7. OTHER COST-CUTTING MEASURES
  8. 8. BY O D
  9. 9. HERE’S ANOTHER SUGGESTION FROM A LISTSERV CONTRIBUTORUsing DonorsChoose.org to help fill in collection gaps or obtain needed itemshas been a great opportunity for me. It is a wonderful resource that moreteachers/librarians could be using. Heres thelink: http://www.donorschoose.org
  10. 10. BRASS TACKS BRASS TACKS
  11. 11. DATABASES CUT???•LIBRARIES IN YOUR COMMUNITIES•IPL http://www.ipl.org/ A favorite of mine: http://www.ipl.org/div/litcrit/•WIKIPEDIA •http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_digital_library_projects • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_academic_databases_and_search_engines •http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_academic_databases_and_search_engines •http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_educational_video_websites•ONLINE PERIODICALS •Thanks mrdonn for this great list: http://themes.mrdonn.org/KidsMags.html•Great School sites with links •Spring Branch ISD Library Resources: http://library.springbranchisd.com/sbisd_library/Patrons/library_resources/links. htm •Stetson Middle School Virtual Library…I have been a fan for over 10 years! •http://www.sldirectory.com/virtual.html •http://schoollibrarywebsites.wikispaces.com/•Kathy Schrock: http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/•Fact Monster: http://www.factmonster.com/•Advameghttp://www.advameg.com/
  12. 12. SOFTWARE CUTS??•SUBSTITUTES FOR MICROSOFT OFFICE •OPEN OFFICE •GOOGLE DOCS •Remember to use any application to the fullest extent (ie. Word Art, Drawing Tools, etc.)•DRAWING TOOLS—Available in any office suite •FREE APPS for iPads •FREE Online Drawing Resources•FREE ONLINE RESOURCES • MIND MAPPING •http://www.mindmapinspiration.com/ • TIMELINES •http://www.starfall.com/ •http://www.komando.com/ •http://search.creativecommons.org/ •http://www.curriki.org/
  13. 13. EQUIPMENT SHORTAGES?•RUN THIN CLIENTS•USE THOSE OLD CLUNKERs•Use centers•Pair/group students•Do prep work on paper•Use digital projector•Use interactive whiteboard•iPads are cheaper than laptops •Cheap laptops may be better than laptops for your needs •RESEARCH BEFORE YOU BUY!!!•Go low tech! •Hand drawn mindmaps, timelines, charts, etc. •Faux Facebook pages •140 character writing activities •Storyboards by hand
  14. 14. LIMITED COMPUTERS?•One Computer Classroom Lessons:http://www.internet4classrooms.com/links_grades_kindergarten_12/one_computer_classroom_lesson.htm•How to Thrive—Not Just Survive—In the One-Computer Classroom:http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech092.shtml•Practical Tips for One Computer Classroom (still relevant despite age):http://www.k12.hi.us/~skiyonag/Practical-Ideas.html•One-Computer Classroom: From Reward to Treasure:http://ddl.nmsu.edu/teachers/onecomputer.html
  15. 15. WEBSITE EVALUATION ON A SHOESTRING— THANKS TO JACQUIE HENRY via LM_NETOf course these activities are best done online. You could have them as stationsand use as group assignments to maximize computer usage. Or YOU COULD savesites and use on computers that are not online (clunkers) or even print out. Yesthis a substitute. But many of us ARE IN NEED RIGHT NOW!!!• Here are links to quick and dirty forms that require kids to analyze a site and give it a grade. 16 pts and above, is a go. Below that and I require them to look further. There is one for elementary, middle school, and high school. http://www.gananda.org/webpages/hslibrary/workshops.cfm?subpage=623219• A research paper rubric...probably too much for middle school...but perhaps it could be modified. I used it to grade works cited lists before I retired in June. http://www.gananda.org/webpages/hslibrary/files/WC%20RUBRIC%2010th%20Grade %20English%20Project.doc• This is a really fun tutorial for evaluating websites. Dont let the fact that it was created for college students throw you. It is perfectly understandable for ms and above. http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorials/webevaluation/• All the tutrials from Acadia Univ. are great.. Here are links to all of them. http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorials/
  16. 16. MOCK FACEBOOK PAGEThis activity has been mentioned many times in discussionboards. It could be useful for schools where Facebook isblocked. Students could even do the activity completely old-school, making the pages on paper rather than computergenerated. Some people call these Fakebooks.• Here is a popular website with some templates for this purpose: http://web20edu.com/2011/04/16/fake-facebook-templates-and-pages-for- student-projects/• Lea’s Classroom Blog has some good ideas and links at this site: http://hansengeorge.blogspot.com/2011/03/historicliterary-figure-facebook- page.html
  17. 17. 140 Character WritingTwitter’s limited character restriction has given rise to activitiesencouraging students to write creatively within the parameter.• One idea is to write stories which students each having 140-character input. People often do this with groups, letting each member contribute one or more• Another idea is to do stand-alone creations.• Here’s a great link with ideas: http://www.teachhub.com/50-ways-use- twitter-classroom• Here’s a great idea from a former student, Laura Sisson: We did 140 character chapter summaries in my 1 computer library last year. The kids wrote them on slips with drawn avatars and we pasted them on poster board like a twitter feed.
  18. 18. TWITTER BULLETIN BOARD
  19. 19. BULLETIN BOARD IDEAS• Simulate VoiceThread—put up picture and have kids put up reactions on sticky notes or cutouts. Connect them to the picture with yarn• Simulate Pininterest—Have category on board and kids pin up contributions• Hand drawn mindmaps are now an artform!• Blog with sticky notes• USE STICKY NOTES LIBERALLY!!!• Hand draw Wordles on paper• Have kids create original clip art.http://www.shsu.edu/~lis_mah/documents/clipartportal.html
  20. 20. I LOVE MINDMAPS!I love INSPIRATION but know that many schools do not have access or mayfind it dropped due to cost cutting. BUT there are great free online options:• Microsoft Office Tools have become so sophisticated that it is easy to use them to make mindmaps. If you use Open Office (also free), it has these tools too.• There are lots of free online mindmapping resources. Just do a Google search and see!I hesitate to give a list because there are so many, but I just came across a blog that is devoted completely to mindmapping:TheMindmapping Software Blog: http://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/product-reviews/• Here is another good source if you are looking around for software to try: Adrian Bruces How to Create Mindmaps Using Free Software: http://www.adrianbruce.com/computers/mindmap/mindmap.htm• Remember to search using both spellings, mindmap and mind map, and also graphic organizers.BUT WAIT! YOU SAY…My students do not have enough computer access touse these resources. Plus they are all blocked by the (*&(^% FILTERS!!! Thenext slide is for you…
  21. 21. MAKE OLD SCHOOL MINDMAPS!To me, having students do maps by hand is good for lots of reasons. Itteaches them the same organizational skills as the online tools, it encouragesthem to be even more creative without the canned graphics, and it improvesmotor skills. Here are some sites that got me so excited about doingmindmaps by hand. I believe you could just show some examples (dependingon the ages of the students) and let them go. Evaluating and sharing theircreations will be even more fun than those made by computer. Here aresome sites for ideas:Mind Map Art: http://www.mindmapart.com/• Mind Map Inspiration (note this has nothing to do with the product): http://www.mindmapinspiration.com/• Idea Maps Photostream by Jamie Nast: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7232141@N07/• If you do a search of Flikr you will find more mindmaps, both computer and hand generated.• Additional searching will yield even more sites.
  22. 22. THIS COULD BE DONE OLD SCHOOL WITH PAPER AND MARKERS, ETC.
  23. 23. ! FIGHT FEAR WITH INFORMATION POWERFIGHT FEAR WITH INFORMATION POWER
  24. 24. Hearty laughter is a good way to joginternally without having to go outdoors. Norman Cousins MY ONLINE ESCAPE:http://pinterest.com/drmaryannbell/ma -bell-s-medicine-show-for-raising- morale/
  25. 25. WORDS OF WISDOM FROM LIBRARIANS AND TEACHERS ABOUT DEALING WITH HARD TIMEShttp://www.wallwisher.com/wall/copehardtim es http://corkboard.me/K8mUZMxz7R http://www.stixy.com/guest/146808
  26. 26. NEVER GIVE UP…
  27. 27. PHOTO CREDITS Those below were shared via Creative Commons. Others taken by Mary Ann BellLaughter Pink Slip Protestby quinn.anya "Little Buddy" by Mike Rosati Photography by ajschweglerKids voting on mobile techby soopahgrover Quit Now Kangaroo Helicopter Parenting by fuzzcat by tubagoobaKids voting on mobile techby soopahgrover scream and shout school bus by mdanys by woodleywonderworksJon Stewart Earth Shankboneby david_shankbone Weed Walker Day 14 of 100 Days… By Sue Peacock by jonny goldsteinhttp://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/spotli Social network in a courseght-on-multigenre-elements- by hanspoldojafictional-text-messages-of- My iPhone apps as of Februaryhistorical-figures/ 2010 By dougbelshawBy Buffy Hamilton

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