Harry Potter Ebooks Available Through Pottermore


Today’s the day! Harry Potter ebooks are officially available through the Pottermore shop. I’m ecstatic, been waiting a long time for these!

http://shop.pottermore.com/en_US

 

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Love Your Library! with Animoto


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At the High School of Economics and Finance where I am student teaching this semester, ninth graders are writing research papers on a historical figure to improve their writing and research skills in preparation for college.  In an effort to support the curriculum and help students relate to their historical figures, the librarian and I have assigned a video creation project on an aspect of the time period students have been studying.  Possible topics to focus on are technology, fashion, customs, politics, food, etc.–any aspect of their historical figure’s culture.  Students may choose to use either Photo Story 3 or Animoto video creation softwares. Here’s a sample Animoto video I created for the lesson, titled “Love Your Library!” :

http://static.animoto.com/swf/w.swf?w=swf/vp1&e=1332876708&f=8zacWdmhd2IlxYRg92fVaw&d=74&m=a&r=360p&volume=100&start_res=360p&i=m&options=

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My Instructional Technologies class is exploring technology in school libraries. We are assessing the usefulness of technology in library instruction and learning to determine the best mediums for content, differentiation and special needs. For our first project, my groupmates and I crafted a mock unit in which the school librarian collaborates with eighth grade teachers of English and History, using Persepolis as the touchstone text, to explore the Iranian Revolution. The final product of this mini-project is a one-page political cartoon on an issue in Persepolis. In an effort to meet students’ research needs and instruct on the principles of research, we created a Weebly site outlining a basic, general research process and valid resources. The process was adapted from Jen Hubert Swan’s McCarthyism libguides at Little Red School House in NYC. Check out the final product and let me know what you think!

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