Gwyneth Jones is a blogger, a Tweeter, an international Ed Tech speaker, trope and meme archivist, creator of content, a citizen of advocacy, and a resident of social media. She is a Google Certified Teacher, and the author of the award winning The Daring Librarian blog.
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My favorite avatar creator Bitmoji, which I've been blogging about since 2015 (links to those posts below) has recently added a few NEW cartoons featuring books! But, as my Twitter & PA friend Ms. Kim Mento Tweeted, they were sadly dour faced! So, using Photoshop Elements, I pasted some open smiles on my faces. Whilst I was at it (any excuse to use the word whilst!) I added my much needed bangs, blonde highlights, changed my tennis shoe pops of color, and ummm a Harry Potter book or two!
Thanks @Bitmoji for the book cartoons - but as a Librarian, you know I needed them to SMILE! Plus, I really would like a bun with bangs option! (I can add the highlights later) Just asking! PS. Have you seen my many blog posts about you?😍💗💌 PS. Thanks @wordsofmento! pic.twitter.com/WIHlOe9Qnn
Look what happens when I search my Bitmoji Chrome Extension for "book"
Just click on the desired cartoon and go to SAVE AS - that way you can edit them in Photoshop Elements or your favorite photo editing software. So far, I don't think my beloved Picmonkey can do this. Or maybe I'm just faster with Photoshop.
Don't have the Bitmoji Avatar yet? I got you! Want to learn more? Here ya go!
Ok....are you still reading? You know this is the part of my blog where I like to speak off the cuff and share some personal stuffs. I can always easily cut it out later, but I usually don't. So there! LOL
I do love this Bitmoji App on my phone and in my Chrome extension, but you would think that after years and years of blogging about them, they would at least LIKE one of my Tweets? Or reply to one of them or reach out to me or give me a T-Shirt or some kind of SWAG to give out when I keynote or speak at EdTech conferences -- like wouldn't that be nice? Oh Sheesh! What do I have to do to get their attention? So, Bitmoji if you're reading this, and I doubt you are, but IF you are-- can you hook a girl up!? My email addy is on the contact page. Love you mean it. Don't make me stalk you!
Thanks to two of our HCPSS Middle School Librarians @hcpsslibmed and our A+ partner @HoCo_Library Librarians who have joined together to create this Super Fun Reading List for all the kiddos in our district! (or the world!)
Recommended Summer Reading Lists for the Whole Family!
Hey gang! So, because of the snow we had this year, we're going all the way until June 19th! DOH! And if you're out of school already....well, I will try not to be salty about but I'm jealous baby!
Around Memorial Day is when we start trying to get books back. But not from our active readers, but from those kiddos who have had books out for a long time. I'll share the back story below but the suggestion right up front. So, you don't have to read me blather on (unless you want to!) to get this cool idea. My lovely & wonderful Media Assistant Ms. Kathi Bell came up with this, with a recommendation from her son (and good friend of our library) John Bell.
It's Alarming! If a kid owes you a book, ask if they have their cell phone on them. My examples are for the Apple phones (because that's what I have) but I'm sure a similar technique works with Android. If you know of it and Tweet or comment below I'll add it with credit!
Say to the kid "what time do you get home from school every day?" If they have after school-activities it might be as late as 5:30pm. Set a timer for that, then edit the label, or what the alarm is for: type "Don't forget media books" and I always add an Emoji or three.
And so far this is working great! I'll also put a tiny sharpie tattoo on the kids (with their permission of course) of either a heart or a smiley face saying while I do it, "now when you see this tonight at home immediately to find the book and put it next to the front door. And Voila! We're getting books back!
Speaking of back...here's my back story - or what we've done for the past 15 or more years.
I've done silly Blabberize videos throughout the years featuring the Bieber, Twilight cast, and Rebecca Black. See below. We play these on our live morning MHTV show -- enough times to annoy the heck outta the kids! I'll even say, bring them back or we will play this again....and again. Evil laugh.
Justin Bieber Has Overdue Books! - a Blabberize Parody - YouTube
Rebecca Black, Justin Bieber, & Zombies - YouTube
If you haven't tried Blabberize before, it's super easy and fun! You can even convert it to video so that you can upload it to YouTube! Directions below.
Or you can embed the Blabberize just like this!
Here's my Comic Tutorial or Infographic on how to make a Blabberize!
One of my first iMovies was a Guy Ritchie SNATCH inspired video from the early 2000's. All these kids are in their twenties or even [cough] thirties now! LOL
Bookfellas- Get Those Library Media Books Back - YouTube
I'm honestly tired of making calls home for the books. Or sending emails. Before Ms. Bell came into my life, I had a magic number range in my head that I would be OK with, for lost books. It was
15-20. But she's like super motivated to get every one back! You go girl! And because of her, we've gotten to a lower number every year. With our population of have's and have not's though - that might not always be doable, but we've come quite close!
I know there are kids in our school who may have kept the book because they love it and wanted it. And if I have to replace that book so that they can keep it, I'm OK with that. Either way, next fall - we do an "amnesty program" where we clear out all the accounts, reaorder the lost books, because I NEVER EVER want a kid to not be able to get a book.
But teaching responsibility is good, too! That's why this alarm trick has been working for us.
Your Turn! What works for you? How do you get your books back? What's your magic number that you're willing to let go? Do you have an amnesty program?
A few of my MHMS friends & colleagues are taking a Cultural Proficiency course. Having taken that course a couple years ago, and as a passionate ally of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement, I was offered to help them with their final project!
We decided it would cool to create a curated list of books on a bookmark that celebrate diversity. Feel free to Take, Copy, Use, & Share - it's all Creative Commons!
We made sure that the books listed were all books we had in our Middle School Library Collection and were ones that were sourced from the WeNeedDiverseBooks website. But you can do the same thing or use ours! See below for downloads.
4 Fab Text Generators for Web or Blog headers....or Just for Fun Geeky Stuff!
1. Ransom Note Generator I really like this Ransom Note Generator...but it's a bit tricky...you have to play with it to get good results, adding spaces, capitol letters, and the like. But when you're done you can download the image to your HD & I crop it with PicMonkey or Photoshop, but I think it's right nifty!
Here are some tips from the site:
Tips: Use the button at the top of your picture to download it to your computer! See this page for more ideas!
To align the text (left, center, or right) on this picture, just put spaces before or after any of the words until you like the way it looks.
This particular image generator's font can benefit from using various upper and lower cased letters. TrY DoiNG iT foR DiFfeRenT ResULts
Also, see my example above.....below the big BLUE ARROW.
Another Good (and fun!) Header Resource is Spell with Flickr... This resource is so splendid, I blogged about it 9 years ago. But it's still going strong and it's so much fun that you may want to give it a rest after a while - kind of addictive!
But Spell With Flickr just charms me so! If you don't like a particular letter you can click it and get another - but sometimes you will regret it...because you sometimes can't get back the letter you just threw away! There are SO many different options.
All of which has of course caused me to waste more time than I'd like to admit to get just the right look for my headers! Did I mention this was addictive?
3. Ninja Text Generator From the Fodey.com website: "Enter your own text, press the button and the little character will write your text. The image generator will also create HTML code you can use to embed the animation on your own website."
4. Newspaper Snippet Generator From the Genius who gave us the Ransom Note Generator by @addletters, this Newspaper Snippet is Fun! It's an old school website, but click on HOME and check out his other offerings! So is the Harry Potter image below. But about the newspaper, you can even take the time to write the paragraph below the headline. I did it above, but it's kinda hard to read! But neat, right?
Sheesh, I think I've used the words groovy, neat, and cool enough in this post, what do you think? Splendid? Fantastic? Stupendous, Geeky Great? Yeah, kinda all those things! As always, friends - thanks so much for taking the time to read this blog! I'd love to hear from you!
Your Turn!Have a favorite Text Generator or other geeky cool text thingy? Please share it in the comments or Tweet me!
Hey gang! I just want to share with you a few coloring pages I curated online & made into PDF's & JPEGS for my kiddos! I love adding new coloring pages to our Makerspace, especially during special months and with themes. There are a LOT of FREE coloring pages out there for your Makerspace, you just know how to find them, adapt them, & follow the copyright licensing!
I uploaded the curated coloring sheets as Jpegs on Flickr embedded below and to download as Printable PDF's on Slideshare.
If you source or curate coloring pages make sure to research back to the origin or artist (RARELY it's Pinterest! Dig deeper!) and make sure to include the correct artist and attribution - and make sure it's been listed as FREE or Creative Commons. Am I harping on this too much? Librarian.
7 Easy Steps to Search for Coloring pages on Google:
Google any Topic - Example: Jane Austen
Click over to Images
Click Size (choose Medium or Large - over 1000px best!)
Choose LINE DRAWING
Refine by Usage Rights
Plus, always make sure to list the artist and give credit where credit is due - mind the copyright! I don't think I've mentioned that, have I?
Save the image of your choice, open up a Word Doc or Google Doc, insert image, list the artist or originator of the line drawing in the footer, then go to SAVE AS & save it as PDF. This way any fancy font you may have used is preserved and anyone can download & print it! Print and Enjoy!
Enchantress of Numbers! Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine
Ever since I was a Steampunk Pirate Air Ship Captain and lived in New Babbage in Second Life I've had a girl crush on Ada, Countess of Lovelace! Just such a fascinating story!
Do you ever get stuck clicking around Amazon buying random stuff you may not really need but suddenly desire? Do you have a mountain of Amazon boxes in your kitchen waiting for each recycle day? Yeah, me neither! [cough]
Like today, among other things, I got a Misto Brushed Aluminum Olive Oil Sprayer for my roasted cauliflower & Brussels sprouts addiction and a set of 4 Le Creuset Silicone French Coasters for the Coastal Cottage. You never know what you might find!
But sometimes I stumble across something that sparks my creativity and I'm like - SO COOL!....Now what can I do with it?
Any I idea I ever share here on this blog is Creative Commons. Meaning, feel free to Take, Use, & Share!
Giving me the credit for the idea would be nice - attribution is the backbone of the CC license lifestyle, but if you don't [shrugs] what am I gonna do? Hunt you down? Pout in your general direction? Nahh... just maybe cry hot tears on a cool pillow. Or not!
Srsly, at the very bottom of this post are graphics you can download & use! I'd love to see though if you come up with another slogan or design!
I Love Old & Fancy Keys! About 10 years ago I got a custom sterling & sapphire G key on Etsy and then the extra large Tiffany key -- because, Tiffany. But I thought these cute antique style keys could be used both for a Reading Promotion Program as well as maybe a Teacher Librarian PD gift with the saying "Librarians are the Key to Information Mastery!" (See graphic above) Now, usually I share stuff AFTER I've done it - but we've been testing for SO long (since we came back from Winter Break) and for this project, I'm kinda halfway there and rather than waiting, I thought I'd share it with you now so you could get started if you wanted to!
But First, As Always - the KIDS! I needed a tie-in for the keys, a saying, or a motto! Reading is the Key to a Rich & Interesting Future! or....Reading is the Key to a Rich & Interesting Life! How to get this message onto the brown card tags? A custom stamp, that's how! So, I went to Etsy and searched and found Sugar Plum Stamps (with FREE Shipping!) to make a custom stamp with my saying. And, OK...here's where I live by "there's no shame in my game" I ordered the wrong size first. Yup. Paid $31 bucks of my own $ and when I got the stamp delivered a week or so later and tried it on the tag, it was too big! GAH! So, I contacted the stamp creator gave her the exact size of the tag and a link to the item (so she could double check me!) and ordered a second one. Whew! But the second one was....... perfect! It's OK, I'll find some other use for the larger one -- maybe on a bulletin board advertising the program! (Confession: I HATE making bulletin board displays!)
I challenged my wonderful Library Media Assistant, Kathi Bell to find a Circulation Report that would generate a list of the kids who had read the most books and how many. I have one amazing kid, Miss Caroline who leads the pack and has read 46 books already this year! Then I would give out the keys to all the kids on that list who have read at least X amount of books. I'm choosing 15 books because I think all of my kids can achieve that. The kids who read more are in the 20+, 30+, 40+ 50+ club and I'll put their names on that bulletin board for recognition.
Maybe even Instagram pics of the kids with their keys. Here's my friend Mr. Ben who is one of my "frequent fliers" and avid readers. I consulted with these two as I was coming up with the idea, and I'm grateful for their input & ideas.
So far, I have, I guess about 50 kids who've read more than 25 books to get started and I'm hoping to use these keys to encourage kids to read more!
I'll let you know how it goes and I'll update this blog post with more pictures. So far, my investment is about $60
bucks...($40 bucks of my own and some of that because I can't measure properly, doh!) not that much if it makes kids read more! I also hope this will help foster a love of reading, belonging, like they are part of a VIP reading club in our Library Media Center!
And when I buy more keys, it will only be $21 dollars more and I'll already have the stamp and the string.
Passport to Reading - Another Idea I've also done a reading promotion with a passport where kiddos would get a stamp on a "Reading Passport" (laminated on one side only) for each TYPE of book they read. Fiction (or I've also done genres), Non-Fiction, Graphic Novel, Poetry, Science, Maker or Art book. Kids liked that a lot, but it was a bit of work.
Your Turn! What do you think? Like the idea? What have you done to promote reading? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter! Thank you for reading, dear friends! Hope you have a great week. I'm excited that we're now finished MAP Winter testing!
This was the final version of my stamp, minus my branding name - which is all good. I was just trying to be fancy - if I had to sacrifice something for the readability of the stamp, that was the first thing to go! FEEL FREE TO STEAL....err USE THIS!! (Download Many Sizes)