Blog / Posted by Sandra Savella
I attended a 6 hour workshop from Code.org, taught by an instructor/teacher experienced and qualified to teach Code.org in schools. The workshop was offered by my school district to the elementary Library Media Specialists, as a result of the new state mandate that all students in Rhode Island schools be introduced to computer science. Learning how to code with Code.org is simple and fun for elementary school students. The workshop consisted of an introduction on using Google...
Blog / Posted by Sarah Hunicke
In an effort to begin to shift the culture of the Portsmouth High School library to a more collaborative, innovative space, we hosted three Listening Lunches this winter. I solicited student musicians to perform during all three lunches, advertised the events, encouraged students to attend with a bag lunch, placed large garbage cans around the library, and held my breath. The results were better than I could have hoped for the first event, just before the December vacation. Students were...
Blog / Posted by Donna Ouellette
I was curious about the Film Festival when we received the free all access pass. I looked into the various options at the Festival and was surprised at the value of the pass. I decided that I should put it to good use and attend as many screenings as I could. My first screening was at the Gilder Center for the Arts on February 20th and was of various short films from different countries (NYICFF Party Mix). I didn’t know what to expect and I was surprised to see so many young children coming to...
Blog / Posted by Cynthia Alexandre
One of the things I have enjoyed the most about the Media Smart Libraries program is that it has pushed me out of my comfort zone in terms of what I am used to teaching and sharing with my students. Throughout my participation in this cohort I have broadened the scope of my library program, shifting from a strict focus on research and literacy to a more open focus on finding information with a wider array of tools (both traditional and digital) and hands-on learning. One of the things furthest...
News / Posted by Cynthia Alexandre
In Pawtucket this year we have spent a lot of time planning and implementing STEAM units and activities. As educators we have all been challenged to think outside of the box and embrace ideas where science, technology and the arts can meet. With this goal in mind, I was very excited to learn that Media Smart Libraries was hosting a Sonic Pi workshop. Sonic Pi is an open-source program that allows users to create music by writing code. This program is easy to use, offers many options for...