Got Mindstorms?

I have come across several science teachers, STEM teachers, media specialists and MakerSpace organizers who have found themselves with a set of Lego Mindstorms that they aren't sure how to use. I was intrigued by this set of free online courses to help you get started. (You can even take a test and get "certified" … Continue reading Got Mindstorms?

Primary Sources for School Librarians

I got this information in an email recently: Thursday, October 12th School Librarians Get to the Source FREE Webinar, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET TPS-experienced elementary, middle, and high school librarians discuss key considerations for connecting Library of Congress resources with K-12 classrooms. Tom Bober, Heather Balsley, and Jenn Hanson provide insight and strategies to promote inquiry … Continue reading Primary Sources for School Librarians

Squishy Circuits

At the TASL conference last week, I presented on Squishy Circuits (AKA electric playdough) which is an easy way to introduce basic electricity and allows "instant creativity" with the new information. I recommend it to anyone with a Makerspace or who has introductory circuit info in their curriculum.

It’s a Breakout!

Like I've written before, the librarians always introduce me to the coolest things. And apparently, the coolest thing this year is Breakout Boxes. They were all over both conventions I went to. It's sort of like those escape the room challenges--you have a locked box., with a variety of locks. You have a clues to … Continue reading It’s a Breakout!

So A Chicken Walks into the Library…

I know I have a lot of school librarians who follow this blog. And I came across a page provocatively titled "Fun Resources for Librarians," and what should follow but a listing of movies, music videos (seriously?), jokes, etc. that feature librarians. So here it is. You're welcome.