Sep 16

Our Dot Day Activities

Today was a very fun day in the library. We started celebrating Dot Day today and I had 4 classes, grades one through four today. Here’s what we did.

First Grade – After watching the archived livestream of Peter H. Reynolds reading The Dot, an event I was fortunate enough to be a part of in 2012, students used the Paint program on the computers to create their own dot. One of the cool things about the computers we have in our lab is that they are touch screens. This made drawing and coloring the dots much easier for the younger students, compared to using the mouse. We saved their dots and I’ll be putting together a slide show of their work soon. The dots were printed out, the students signed them of course, and they took them home.

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photoSecond Grade – These students did the same thing as first grade, but actually had another option for drawing their dots – they had the option of using a stylus for their drawings. If you’re wondering why the first graders didn’t have this option, it’s because I didn’t know we had them. They are actually hidden in the monitors and a fellow library media specialist told me about them. These students had the option of using the mouse, their fingers, or the stylus for their dot drawings.

 

 

 

 

Third Grade – These students actually started their projects in art class about a week ago. The art teacher was working on watercolor paintings with the kids and after talking with him and telling him about Dot Day, he agreed to have the students paint their dots in art. When the students came to class today, they watched the reading of The Dot, and then went to work with their watercolor dots. The dots were very cool, but I decided to have the students create new dots with the help of their classmates. The kids cut out their dots and cut them into fourths (a little math lesson tossed in). Students kept one fourth of their original dot and then placed the rest on a table. Every student then went to the table and picked out 3 other pieces to complete their new dot. Then, they glued everything together, creating a new, collaborative dot. One of the best parts of this project was hearing a student say “We’re doing art in the library!”

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Fourth Grade – After watching the reading of the story, fourth graders grabbed their markers and were told to color their dot on a special piece of paper. They didn’t realize their dots would be coming to life. Using the colAR app, students were able to use an iPad or iPod Touch to spin and rotate. They loved this and many even decided to create a second or third dot. They were excited to go home and download the app and show their parents.

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Overall, it was a great day. More classes will be doing similar activities in the coming days, but the kids loved it, as did I.

 

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Jul 31

Making a Change

Change can be good, bad, scary, and exciting. I’m sure there are many other words you can think of to describe change. Changing the kind of coffee you drink or the route you take to work is a small change. Moving houses or making a job change is much bigger. Regardless, change breaks up a routine that can impact many people – in ways you can anticipate and in ways you cannot. I tend to believe that change is usually good. It opens up new opportunities, new experiences, and new ways of thinking that probably wouldn’t happen if the change isn’t made.

I’m making a change. A big change. A fairly sudden change. I have recently resigned from my position with Discovery Education to return to the elementary school environment. I’ve accepted a position in a new district, a DE using district, as the library media specialist/tech integrator/computer teacher/whatever else you want to call this position. There was a lot of thought that went into this decision, this big change, but I’m happy to be back in a school, impacting students and teachers.

I loved my time with the DEN Team. It was fun, challenging, exciting, and ton of other synonyms for awesome. My team consisted of the best people, many of whom I consider very good friends. I’m looking forward to continuing those friendships on a slightly different level now. I cannot thank Lance, Porter, Steve, Dean, Kyle, Jannita, and others for such a fantastic (almost) 3 years. Words can’t really express how I feel about the team. I know things are going to be challenging for them for a while, but if anyone will continue to rock, it’s that team.

The educators we’ve worked with, many of whom were my friends before joining the DEN Team, are people that I can continue connecting with to share resources, ideas, and laughs. The new connections from this year’s DEN Summer Institute and other events are just as valuable. The DEN is truly a family. I love the fact that I can travel the country and know great people all over the place. If I head to Southern California, where I’ll be in a few weeks for vacation, I can hang with Brandon and Dennis. If I head to Texas, I can visit Howard in Austin or Kristy in Houston. If I go to Knoxville, I can stop and see Tim, as I did this past May. If I head to Canada and am in Saskatchewan, Lindsay and Dean will say hi. I can’t forget about the various Pennsylvania folks as well. I know many of you who’ve been connected with the DEN have similar connections and know exactly what I’m talking about. I cannot wait to connect the students from my new school to my friends across North America.

Over the almost 3 years working with the DEN, I heard about all of the great things happening in schools and classrooms across the country. Teachers are doing amazing things. Hearing about all of this is very exciting, but somewhat frustrating as well because I have been unable to do these things myself. I almost felt like I was falling out of the loop a little. Prior to joining the DEN team, I could implement these ideas in my school with the students I worked with. Now, I’ll get to do it again, and this excites me. This is ultimately what’s driving this change.

This is a big change, but one I’m anxious for. It’s certainly going to be different – for me and my family. My commute will be different because I’ll actually have one. My schedule will be different. My coworkers will be different. However, there’s one thing that won’t change, my connection to so many awesome educators.

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