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Snowmageddon!

Or, as we’re affectionately calling it here in Atlanta: Hothlanta!

As I write this, I have been home with my family now for THREE DAYS, with no end in sight.  Good thing I like them!

Day One: Excitement and sledding with improvised objects at the park.

Day Two:  Clillaxing and making Snow Ice Cream.

Day Three: Deep cleaning and hoping we don’t resort to cannibalism by the end of the week…

The photo is my daughter mixing up some of that snow ice cream.

Here’s our recipe.  If you make a huge batch, no worries about freezer space.  Just cover and leave out on the back porch.  (It’s probably colder out there than your freezer at this point.)

Snow Ice Cream

1 cup milk

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

5 cups snow

And yes, we had it with big steaming mugs of hot chocolate.

For more advice on dealing with snow days, consult an expert.

Be safe, everyone!

Jim Randolph

Partee Elementary Library

Snellville, GA

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GLMA District Chair Positions Open

GLMA is looking for library media specialists from around the state to serve on the GLMA board. Please consider being a district chair if you live in one of the following areas. We need district chairs to represent the following areas:

East GA District
Counties: Burke, Jenkins, Emanuel, Jefferson, Richmond, Columbia,
Lincoln, Wilkes, Warren, McDuffie, Teliaferro, Glasscock
Volunteer needed

North Central District
Whitfield, Fannin, Pickens, Gilmer, Murray, Cherokee
Volunteer needed

Northeast GA
Counties: Union, Towns, Rabun, Lumpkin, White, Habersham, Stephens,
Dawson, Forsyth, Hall, Banks, Franklin, Hart
Volunteer needed

South Metro
Counties: Henry, Butts, Spalding, Pike, Lamar, Upson, Fayette
Volunteer needed

Southeast
Counties: Coffee, Atkinson, Bacon, Ware, Pierce, Brantley, Camden,
Charlton, Glynn, Clinch
Volunteer needed

Southwest GA
Calhoun, Terrell, Lee, Dougherty, Worth, Farly, Baker, Mitchell, Miller,
Seminole, Decatur, Grady, Thomas, Colquitt
Volunteer needed

West GA
Counties: Carroll, Heard, Coweta, Troup, Meriwether, Harris
Volunteer needed

This is a great way to network, contribute to your profession, and become
involved in GLMA. (In some districts, two LMS share the position.) This
is also a great leadership opportunity and an opportunity to make a
difference in our profession. What do our GLMA district chairs do?

1. They encourage LMS in their district to apply for the Library Media
Specialist of the Year award so all districts can be represented in this
state competition.
2. They attend GLMA board meetings and report on events in their district.
3. They hold a meeting in their area, when possible, to discuss concerns
and encourage networking.

Please email me if interested.
Betsy Razza, GLMA President-Elect
Email: Betsy_Razza@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

My Top 4 Thought-Provoking Readings for January

My Top 4 Thought-Provoking Readings for January, 2011

 

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to complete my GLMA Blog post in a timely manner.  I have many websites and articles that I would like to share, but I have culled it down to my top 4 (plus that gives me another couple of blog posts so I can keep the resolution going for several months.)

 

1.       Tony Vincent presented at the Dalton ETC Media Consortium and shared the following:  http://engagetech.pbworks.com . Several schools in Northwest Georgia are using the Working on the Work framework by Phillip Schlechty.  Tony’s presentation was based on the WOW framework, but he has excellent ideas for integrating instructional technology for all levels and subjects.  Explore this website for creative ideas to share.

2.      The following article gives an interesting perspective for future educational technology Top 10 Predictions for 2011 (with proof!)
Source: techlearning.com

3.      The next article addresses the importance of reading for pleasure. Only my grandmother reads booksEach semester, assistant elementary-education professor Heather Rogers Haverback poses a question to her students: “What was the last book you read for pleasure?” In a recent ASCD Express article, Haverback shares that nearly half of 18- to 24-year-olds in the U.S. aren’t reading for pleasure at all, a point reinforced by the lack of answers she’s been getting from her students. Haverback discusses the importance of reading and offers six strategies for helping students get into the practice. Read on

4.      Joyce Valenza’s Manifesto for 21st Century School Librarians is a must read for us all. The following SLJ Blog post is an updated Manifesto from December 2010. A Revised Manifesto posted by joycevalenza on December 3rd, 2010.

 

Send me your suggestions for thought-provoking articles and websites for the New Year so I can share, plus it will keep me on track towards fulfilling my 2011 resolutions.

 

Cawood Cornelius, Ed.D

Library Media Specialist, NBCT

Sonoraville High School

Cawood.Cornelius@gmail.com

 

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened.”

–Alexander Graham Bell,
American inventor

Give Your Gift Through APPS

Having a hard time deciding what gifts to give to friends and family? As Christmas is almost here, I was reading up on a few apps (based on article by Shelly Terrell) that just might be a great alternative for standing in line at the department store…

  • StoryRobe – you can wow and amaze your friends with this digital storytelling app. Even though it does not have video, through your iPhone and iPod Touch you can set up A-V stories using photos and your built-in  microphone. Stories can then be uploaded to YouTube or emailed. Since creating the stories does not require Internet access, this is a great option for a gift to share with everyone in the family!
  • StoryKit – this is another story creating app where you develop a storyboard of drawn images, pictures, recorded audio, and sound effects. StoryKit allows you to drag and drop or resize pictures/images, then upload to the web server for a cool story that can be shared with others by sending your story link.
  • Fotobabble – create cards with this free app. This allows you to simply “snap” a photo, add an audio message, and then share through email, Facebook, or Twitter. Quick and easy to use!
  • Audio Boo – this app is really cool! It allows you to check out “who, when and where” about any audio message that has been posted at the audioboo site.  When you create your boo, you can even pull in photos and your location (through an interactive map). Import recordings you’ve made from other devices, add tags, or even embed the code on your website. You can set to autopost to Twitter, Facebook page, or other sites like Tumblr.  It is quite a social networking app, and best of all, it’s free!!
  • Comic Touch Lite – this app idea shared by Shelly is a really cute way to personalize your photos. Similar to Comic Life, it allows you to create a comic with bubble captions on your photos.
  • Santa Hat Sewing – by measuring your own physical dimensions, this app helps you design and create a pattern for a santa hat that is a perfect fit. Kids can see the design process from beginning to end, and can work with mathematical concepts in the process. Great activity for family fun!
  • Countdown to Christmas Holiday Puzzles for iPad – this app is described as having “rib-tickling picture puzzles” that are great fun for kids. Even though it is designed for the younger generation, it is also great entertainment for any age!

These are just a few apps that might come in handy as you are trying to personalize gifts and share with others who may not be close enough to visit this Christmas. I encourage you to check out Shelly Terrell’s article (http://www.techlearning.com/blogs/35294) at Tech & Learning for some great, practical ideas about how to use these apps during the holidays – along with actual examples she’s put together of each app she mentions. These apps (except for the last two) are not just for this time of year, but are GREAT for use by students, teachers and parents during the school year. The only limit to use of them is a limited imagination!

Enjoy this season, and may 2011 bring you all many blessings!

Dr. Phyllis R. Snipes,
University of West Georgia

Edmodo – A Social Networking Site for Education

Hello everyone, my name is Stephen Rahn and this is my first posting on this blog. I work as an information technology specialist at Kennesaw State University, and I am in my 22nd year as an educator. I was very honored to be asked to post here, and I hope you will enjoy this first entry.

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Edmodo, but you should be! Edmodo provides a free and easy way to create a private (if you want) social network for educators.

The major features of Edmodo are the following:

  • Messaging: You can post messages to your entire group or only to individuals in the group. This makes it great for group announcements or individual feedback
  • Assignments: Creating assignments is quite simple. You can include the title, description, due date, and even supporting files for the assignment. Group members can submit assignments by uploading their files and leaving a message to the group leader.
  • Polls: You can conduct polls or surveys within your group and get instant results. All submissions are private, so group members can feel secure when answering honestly.
  • File and Link Sharing: You can share files up to 100 megabytes in size with your group. You can also share an unlimited number of Internet links.
  • An Online Storage Locker: Your group members can upload their own files (up to 100 megabytes in size) to Edmodo.  They can then access those files on a home computer or any other computer that can access the Internet. This can virtually eliminate the need to E-Mail files to oneself or carry around a portable memory drive.
  • Public announcements: You can designate certain message to be viewed by anyone. This way even non-members of your group (like parents or other educators) could get an idea of what is going on. By default all messages are private, so you would have to manually make anything public.

Sound intriguing? Here’s all you need to do.

  1. Head over to http://edmodo.com and sign up for a teacher account.
  2. Once you’ve created your teacher account and logged in, you will want to create a group. Edmodo automatically generates a code that your potential group members will need to gain access to the group. The code is a one-time password that enrolls the person in your group. Give this code only to those you want to join the group. If you feel that the code has been compromised, you can go to the group settings and have Edmodo create a new code. If you do that, the original code won’t work.
  3. After you’ve created your group and given out the code, your group members will need their own Edmodo account. Have them sign up at http://edmodo.com and tell them to enter the group code once they get logged in.

Note: If you are having students sign up, Edmodo does NOT require them to provide an E-Mail address. This is very important for some school districts.

Once you’ve got your group going, you’ll want to check out the Edmodo User Guide, which is very informative and user-friendly.

In addition, Edmodo has a FREE app that will allow group members to access their Edmodo accounts on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. They can also access the site on any web-enabled phone by going to this url – http://m.edmodo.com

One last thing…you’ll notice that I’ve mostly used the term “group members” instead of students. My reason for this is that Edmodo would also serve as a very good choice for building a Professional Learning Community of educators.

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact me at sbrahn@gmail.com, or you can follow me on Twitter @stephenksu.

Thanks and I hope you enjoy Edmodo!