Saturday, March 18, 2017

Civil War Adventures in the Library


Being a school librarian provides countless opportunities to support the curriculum in our buildings. We had been discussing how we might incorporate a collaborative program to introduce the Civil War to 8th grade social studies classes this spring. Coach April Lawson and Mr. Brooks Lee were on board for such an event. What happened next was actually two wonderful programs that provided their students with a variety of experiences to introduce the period. We also realized that these programs could easily be expanded in the future to further enhance the experiences!

Skype With The Virginia Historical Society

In a previous blog article, I discussed how we use Skype in the Classroom to connect with other places for virtual field trips, Skype lessons, and guest speakers. While searching for ideas to complement the social studies classes, I ran upon a Skype program through the Virginia Historical Society called "The Civil War: An American Turning Point." We were able to connect with a wonderful intern named Ben. He talked about the economic and industrial differences between the North and South. He also showed us artifacts that soldiers might have carried. Our students enjoyed the 50-minute program and went back to class telling the teachers about their experience!

Ben showed our students various items carried by soldiers

Library Collaboration

We decided to put together a library collaboration to further introduce students to the Civil War period. We chose to have 5 learning stations that included a medical tent, music, and art. Coach Lawson asked if we might possibly have a BreakoutEDU component. After working together for a few days, we came up with several puzzles to embed in the experience. Below are brief descriptions of each learning station.

1. Bill of Rights Display

We were provided a wonderful Bill of Rights display by the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Archives and Records Administration. We decided to incorporate it into one of our rotations. Students were asked to analyze the Bill of Rights to determine which amendments were added after the Civil War and what this meant for former slaves.

2. Appomattox Courthouse Surrender Video

Students watched a video on the library laptop computers about General Lee's surrender at Appomattox. They were asked to answer questions based on the video.

3. Civil War Era Music

At this station students listened to the popular Civil War era song called "John Brown's Body". They were provided the lyrics to the song at the station. They were asked to respond to questions about the song after a period of listening was provided.

4. Medical Tent

Mrs. Peggy Schaeffer, one of our assistants, created a medical tent station in the library by using an old food service tent. She put white bulletin board paper all around the tent to give it an appearance from the era. She also posted various photos in the tent. Students were told a wounded soldier had dropped an important clue in the tent. They discovered a locked pencil box and envelope containing directions. The envelope clue led groups to another room where they had to read an article to discover the three digit number to unlock the box. Inside the box was a map, ruler, and additional clue. They had to use map reading skills to find how many miles soldiers had to travel to Fredericksburg. This knowledge would help them solve one of the final puzzles after all rotations were completed.

Students enjoyed searching for the clues in the lockbox at this station

5. Thomas Nast Art Selection

Mrs. Schaeffer found "Emancipation" by Thomas Nast. We decided to use this piece for an art station during the rotations. Students had to look at the artwork and write down four significant points that stood out to them.

6. BreakoutEDU Challenge

After all of the rotations were complete, we brought out BreakoutEDU boxes for each of the 5 groups. Students had to solve two puzzles to successfully break out. Teachers wanted to make this a final challenge to see which groups could win by finishing first. All students were very engaged during this last "mission".

Student Reflections

"This Civil War activity in the library for Mr. Lee's class was a lot of fun and a great experience. The most fun I had was the lock boxes. This is something I (would like) to do again."  - Amberly G.

"Yesterday my class did a breakout session during our social studies period. I really enjoyed being able to get out of our classroom and being able to interact with another class. It definitely was a challenge to breakout (of) the clues in the locked box. It was really fun in Station 4 when we had to find the classroom that had the clues in it. One way you could improve this breakout session is giving us more time. I don't think 7 minutes was enough to find our clues. Overall, this was a really great experience." - Jordan S.

Teacher Reflections

Coach Lawson's Reflection

We began brainstorming this type of activity several months ago on ways to bring the Civil War to life. With the help of all of our Library Staff ( Mr. Evans, Mr. Borel, Mrs. Kaitlyn Price, and Mrs. Peggy Schaffer along with Mr. Brooks Lee, and myself) we reached the idea of using our breakout edu resources. The process all starts with creating puzzles and activities that the student are given an essential question or a set of instructions to follow and they must work together to solve the data.

We developed 5 different stations ranging from a medical tent, search and find map coordinates (having to use cardinal directions), to music and video representations of that era. The students were provided their orders and set loose to work and learn together. These stations may have used primary sources via hands on or technical components to aide the students in solving their clues or puzzles.

To finish the process the student groups completed their orders and came back to main camp to receive their breakout trunk to solve and see which troops would be successful opening the trunk to be declared the troop that broke out and won the activity. This is our BreakoutEDU resources and the kids love them.

I believe the students and the instructors enjoyed watching and participating in the activity. Many students walked away a leader and feeling the success of leading their brigade to a successful mission. I believe there were key informational details on the topic learned by all students as well as some other staff that came by to see the progress.

Using this type of activity allows students to take on the role of learning in a much more active and fun manner. It’s a chance to bring history alive into the present day for them to better understand the connections of what the past has done or is doing within the present. I also believe students that are active in their learning are able to retain and understand the content as well as the skills and procedures that will help them be successful in their future educational journeys. I love being a project based instructor allowing my students to take on the role to guide their own educational experience and the unity of working together to collaborate and solve the issues. These skills will empower students to become stronger minded, more open and free willed adults and leaders of tomorrow.

We as educators involved in this activity have already started the brainstorming process to take this activity to the next level and really design a learning center that is alive and active as well as informational and fun for our future students. We have a GREAT team of educators working for the futures of our prospective eager and successful students.

Next Steps

As Coach Lawson indicated in her reflection, we are already brainstorming potential additional material for next year. We have talked to our school nurse and a community volunteer to add them to the medical tent station. The school nurse has even offered to dress in a Civil War era costume. We have all discussed the possibility of creating a "camp" scene outside the library and bringing in food selections from the period. All of us involved want to wear Civil War costumes and uniforms! If you can think of ways we might improve this program in the future, please, add your suggestions to the comments below or email me!

In addition, I plan to share many of the resources we found for this program in my April 2017 newsletter (be sure to subscribe below to receive these!)

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Students Take The Mic At TLChat

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During a planning meeting in January for the TLChat webinar series, I offered to lead a session for the month of March. Rather than me serving as the main presenter, we thought it would be great to allow our student leaders to speak. We have had a very motivated group of student speakers at school this year. They have had the opportunity to share their library makerspace innovations with teachers, students, and businesses many times during 2016-2017.

We wanted these learners to lead the hour-long webinar and share their voices. This was a great change to show how students can take the lead doing virtually anything in the school library. Our hope was to inspire teacher librarians (or teachers and administrators) to empower student leadership! Mrs. Kaitlyn Price (also a teacher librarian at Lakeside High School) and I wanted to serve as facilitators for the event. We selected 5 of our student leaders to take the role of presenters. I emailed their parents to let them know about the event. To help students prepare for the session, we asked them to create up to 10 slides that covered the following information:

  • What they presented this year (3D printing, BreakoutEDU, Robotics, etc)
  • Who they presented to (Other schools, Follett company, Microsoft, etc)
  • How having a voice impacted them personally
  • Next steps: what they plan or hope to do next

We asked all students to keep their presentations to about 8 minutes. It didn't take long for them to start sending me their slides for the webinar. Kaitlyn and I heard all the presenters go through their outlines and presentations prior to the event. We let them practice using the Blackboard Collaborate interface (the platform used to deliver the TLChat webinars). Look at the bottom of this page for a link to the Blackboard recording of the webinar!

On the evening of the event the following students presented:

Jordan (8th grade) Minecraft 

Jordan shared his passion for Minecraft during his session. He explained the basics of the tool, ideas for how it can be used in the classroom, and suggestions for empowering students to lead the way. We discussed how teachers and librarians should not feel they have to know everything about Minecraft since it is so popular with students. Jordan pointed out that there are "student experts" everywhere since thousands of kids are playing Minecraft. He also shared how being a presenter impacted him. Earlier this year, Jordan and other students helped me create a blog article about Minecraft. He was gracious enough to create a screenshot video walk through of a project he created using the software.

Gavin and Drew (10th grade) 3D Scanning & Printing

Gavin and Drew shared how they have presented their EAST 3D Scanning & Printing Project in the library this year. They discussed the specifics of the project and each piece of equipment they use to scan and create models in EAST. They shared how being presenters has changed their thinking this year. The two also talked about how they enjoy inspiring students and teachers to create!

Nathan (11th grade) BreakoutEDU

Nathan talked about how he has been given leadership opportunities in the library since his 9th grade year. This student has led numerous book clubs and has even presented at a state library conference with me! He shared about how he became interested in BreakoutEDU last summer after visiting a local escape room. We gave Nathan the opportunity to present BreakoutEDU to our history department at Lakeside during their summer professional development meeting. Nathan discussed the process he went through creating the BreakoutEDU puzzles and he reflected on the entire experience. This session allowed me (and webinar participants) to hear the impact leadership roles can have on students.

Krystyna (10th grade) Robotics

Krystyna has been presenting robotics and technology in the library since her 9th-grade year. For her part of the session, she talked about why she likes to present and how the library has been an important place for her to discover her love of sharing with others. She also reflected on the impact of how speaking with Microsoft leadership during the Skype-a-thon during the fall of 2016 allowed her to see that anything was possible for her future. We have seen Krystyna present to students and teachers numerous times this year. I'm so glad that we were able to empower her with opportunities to speak and connect!

My Reflections

I was so proud of all our student presenters during and after the webinar. We speak about student voice frequently as educators. Kaitlyn and I couldn't think of a better way to show the impact of student voice than to hand students the mic! Judging from the comments in the Blackboard chat window and Twitter, the students inspired many teacher librarians around the country. I want to thank my friends in TLChat leadership (Colette Cassinelli, Renee Cunningham, and Jill Sonnenberg) for giving us the green light to proceed with this session. I also want to thank Joyce Valenza, Tiffany Whitehead, and Nikki D. Robertson for giving me the opportunity to serve on the TLChat team. 

On the night of the event, a few parents showed up to watch their students present. One parent even entered the webinar from home to listen to the event. Think for a moment how this presentation may have changed how they view the high school library media center. I asked parents to reflect on what they experienced. The paragraph below is one that was submitted to me.

Parent Reflection

"As the Mom of a student who loves technology more than sports, I have to say that Stony Evans has tapped into something that I feel educators have been missing for years. Technology is these students' sport. So many times technology students go overlooked and do not get the recognition that other students on sports teams get.  This is not the case at Lakeside High School. There is a cohesion between technology students and they love being recognized for their efforts in changing the world around them. Mr. Evans has found a way for them to build self-esteem by presenting their ideas to other people across the world. The media specialists in the library make a point to make these students feel just as important as any other student at the school. My son has presented his ideas to educators, Microsoft, people in Scotland and Africa, and others across the world. I tell him he is famous! Thank you Mr. Evans and the other media specialists and educators at Lakeside High School for addressing the needs of our "hidden" students."- Jordan's mom.

Link To Blackboard Recording/ TLChat Archive

If you would like to experience the webinar (or any others in the TLChat archives), be sure to visit this link for all the archives. If you want to view the student webinar, visit this link. This is a link to their slideshow presentation. Be sure to download Blackboard Collaborate first to view the recorded webinar. I hope our learners will inspire you to start empowering students to lead in the school library!

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

8th Grade Intro To Research Using Chromebooks

For many years, I have taught research skills to high school students. I have always wanted to make it a more interactive experience for learners when teachers bring classes to the library. This year, Mrs. Mari Simmons requested to bring her 8th grade ELA class to the library to begin their World War II research project. She asked if we could teach them about some of our many resources in the library. Mrs. Simmons had recently received a Chromebook cart for her class to use. This was an added bonus since I had been anxious to incorporate devices into such a lesson. In this article, I want to share how we designed a research lesson around the Chromebooks and Google Classroom.

HyperDoc in Google Classroom

I brainstormed during the weekend prior to the lesson. I kept thinking back to the HyperDoc session I attended at the Google Summit during summer 2016. It seemed an interactive document like this might be a nice way to keep Mrs. Simmons' learners engaged all through our research project lessons. I decided to use a HyperDoc that contained links and brief information to the resources the students would be using. Mrs. Simmons also allowed Kaitlyn Price (partner teacher librarian) and myself to join her Google Classroom. I thought this was a great opportunity to become "embedded librarians" so students could message us at any time if they had questions. This is a link to the HyperDoc we used. It seemed very helpful for the learners to see an outline of what we covered in their classes on this document. In addition, if they required explanations, we could insert brief definitions. The document was posted in Google Classroom, so at any point during the project the document was accessible. We also used as an added method for students to ask questions.

These students found the books they needed!
OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog)

I shared the basics of searching in our OPAC. I showed students how to find the call number and also how to tell the difference between fiction/ non-fiction materials. We looked at a few examples of the contents of books while using the OPAC. By having the link to the catalog on the HyperDoc, students were much more engaged than in years past!

Britannica School

I showed them how to login to Britannica School and how to search by using different keywords for their topics. Students seemed to like that Britannica School's cite tool creates a nice MLA citation automatically for them. We also looked at the "Web's Best Sites" tool for websites that have been approved by Britannica editors.

Mrs. Price and Mrs. Simmons introduce citations

On the fourth day of research, Mrs. Price showed students how to access EasyBib. She also showed them how to create their works cited page using the tool. They were highly engaged for this activity since they had already found several sources by this point in the week.

Google Advanced Search

Many students did not know how to utilize Google Advanced Search. I showed them how to access it and also how to specify .edu or .gov domains for more credible sources. One of the things I always like to do is compare the number of sites found between a normal Google search and a Google Advanced search by filtering out the .com and .org. This presents results that showing only the .edu (or .gov) domain links. This always turns up significantly fewer results for students to choose from.

This class took advantage of Padlet for asking questions!

Since the students had Chromebooks, we decided to create a Padlet ( for each class period. We encouraged students to ask questions on the Padlet. We found that this empowered many students since some may not want to ask a question in front of the entire class. One period filled up the screen with relevant questions. It was a wonderful addition to the lesson!

Student Feedback

We created a short survey using Google Forms to get feedback on the research lessons and tools that were presented all week. Below are some of the student responses:

"Really enjoyed EasyBib, makes citing a whole lot easier."

"It was great! I liked the new question website (Padlet) so you don't have to wait on a teacher."

"This really helped me and made it a lot easier to do my project."

"One of my favorite websites for research is the Britannica School website. BY FAR!!"

"Everything was really good but next time maybe you could do an example of taking notes on a notecard."

"I thought that it helped us find trusted sites to use."

Click on the video above to hear our reflections after the first lessons.

Teacher Reflection (Mrs. Mari Simmons)

This week in the Lakeside High School Media Center, my six 8th English classes have been learning the process of writing a research paper.  The topics are based on people and events during World War II.  Students chose topics in class before meeting in the library.  Mr. Evans snd Mrs. Price introduced the lesson by joining Google Classrooms and posting links to OPAC and Encyclopedia Britannica for finding sources. Mr. Evans and Mrs. Price modeled the information on the big screen for students.  There was also a Padlet posted on Google Classroom which allowed students to ask questions about the lesson or sources.  The questions were answered in a timely fashion, and sometimes addressed to the whole group.  Mrs. Price explained for students to create the Works Cited page.  Once students found sources, she demonstrated how to create citations for books, encyclopedia articles, and websites.  Students then submitted the Google Document to their individual Google Classrooms for me to grade online.  One of the improvements this year was students followed instruction by using an individual Chromebook, which I brought from my room.  Students learned quickly, as it was a hands-on experience instead of a listen and learn lecture.  The expertise of Mr. Evans and Mrs. Price with research greatly added to the student learning experience.  It was an extremely successful week, and a great introduction for writing a research paper!

Next Steps

Now that we have had a successful integration of these interactive tools in the research lessons, we want to do more. We are already brainstorming what this might look like in upper grades and also other subjects. We hope that students will take advantage of our "embedded librarian" status in their Google Classroom by messaging us if they have research questions. Perhaps we can try embedding ourselves in other teacher's Google Classrooms in a similar way during research projects. This provides excellent evidence to our stakeholders of the value of the library program. We cannot simply wait for students (and teachers) to come to us, we must find them and serve them where they are (even if that means asking to join Google Classrooms)! I can't wait to see Mrs. Simmons' finished student research products!

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Krystyna's Connection Reflection

Krystyna visits with Robyn Hrivnatz via Skype
The 2016-2017 school year has been the most powerful for connections using Skype in the library. Several classes have utilized our services to Mystery Skype or just to connect and collaborate. I have noticed a change in our learning community since these connections have become more frequent. First of all, students always seem to want more. They frequently ask, "When will we Skype again?" In addition, teachers are beginning to think beyond our state to connect their classes to far away states or countries.

Presentations and Skype-a-Thon

Earlier this year, I wrote about student makerspace presentations in the library for two education cooperatives that had visited us. Our learners did such a wonderful job, we started arranging for them to share their presentations with schools in other states via Skype. These students even had opportunities to present their innovations to the Follett Corporation and Microsoft. During the Skype-a-Thon, students had the chance to present to Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft. On a separate Skype connection, students visited with Robyn Hrivnatz, Marketing and Educator Programs Manager, US Education at Microsoft. During that session, Krystyna, one of our high school students, asked several questions about the potential career paths to work for a major technology company. I remember she was clearly empowered by these connections during the Skype-a-Thon. She talked about the experiences for weeks following the events.I was curious to hear more about these experiences through the lens of a high school student. I decided to ask Krystyna to write a reflection so I could share it on this blog. She finally completed it this week. It was wonderful to learn about the impact of connecting through her voice. Her narrative follows in the space below:

How Meeting with Microsoft Changed My Life
Krystyna presents her robots to visiting teachers
A few months ago I had a life-changing moment along with other students from Lakeside. The library joined a Skype-a-Thon with Microsoft. I got to present my robots to Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft. He virtually traveled more than 9 million miles around the world to answer questions that students like myself had. I would like to thank everyone that put the Skype-a-Thon together on the other end and my educators who help me find opportunities to expand my experience and share knowledge with others. I was completely amazed by the effort of the whole Microsoft community and I’m excited to see what comes next.
The 2016 Skype-a-Thon with Microsoft blew my mind. I was able to talk to a big time company that has done many amazing things for people. I never thought that I, a 15 year old girl, would be able to present my robot friends to Mr. Salcito. It made me feel significant and made me realize that distance is no reason not to connect. The Skype-a-Thon event really expressed the idea that connecting schools is important because it lets kids see outside of their own school. There are so many creative events that Microsoft comes up. These events make them a community of inspiring people who are willing to teach kids from around the world. Microsoft is a huge education sponsor that goes way past products. They make programs like Onenote, hold Skype-a-Thons, and sponsor school events for students to be able to be educated. The people at Microsoft come up with amazing ways to show how beautiful the minds of students are.
I love the idea of spreading the message across the world that connection and education is important. They dream big at Microsoft and I love the ideas they have to spread technology and knowledge. A few days after the Skype-a-Thon I Skyped with Robin Hrivnatz who also works at Microsoft. I asked her what the standards are to get a job at Microsoft. Mrs. Hrivnatz told me that there are so many branches in Microsoft that I would be able to get a job there even if I didn't go to college, though I am still going to college. It gave me a huge confidence boost to know that there are many more dreamers like me in the world and that I could connect with them. I knew for a long time that I wanted to work with innovative technology and program robots to help others, but now I have an idea who I want to work with and where I want to do it.

I hope that I get more amazing opportunities to share my voice. Thanks to amazing educators and opportunities like this, kids have a chance to have a powerful voice in this world, and I hope that never goes away. They really did change the lives of many students and showed them what they are capable of including myself. I, along with many other students, got a confidence boost from talking to such encouraging people who show us the possibilities of working hard and following our passions.Thanks to this event I learned that I love presenting to people about technology and the advantages of innovation. I am so glad that I could share my passion with Microsoft, and I am very thankful that they took time to listen to kids around the world and encouraged kids to continue sharing their works with others.

Next Steps
I have shared many times how connecting with other educators has enriched my practices and changed me professionally. Krystyna's account gives us all a glimpse into the potential power that awaits our libraries and classrooms. I want to give more learners the opportunity to present and connect to new distant school friends. Perhaps, one of the most important things we can do is invite students to share about the impact of
Krystyna with the library team
their experiences. How many other students might be willing to write a reflection I could publish here?

Libraries are wonderful places to connect people with information and technology. A new goal for me will be to seek out students that have connected with resources that interest them in the library (technology, books, and more). I want to give students a voice when they connect in the school library. There are so many valuable stories waiting to be told. I can't wait to share them here.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Connect Your Library With Skype

Last week, I received a message from Iro Stefopoulou (@iro_st) asking if I could connect with her via Skype. Iro is a Skype Master Teacher and she lives in the United Kingdom. After a few quick exchanges via email and Skype messaging, we finally met using our webcams. What happened next totally opened up a number of possibilities for us to connect our school using programs that Skype and Microsoft are providing to educators! I want to share some of the highlights that you might want to check out.

Microsoft Educator Community

The links and resources that Iro shared with me are located on the Microsoft Educator Community website. If you haven't visited this site before, you are missing out on some great opportunities. I'm so glad Iro reminded me of this resource in our Skype session. I get so busy in my job that I forget to check it for the latest offerings. For this article, I will focus on activities that feature Skype in the Classroom. It has been so powerful to help teachers connect their students to classrooms all over the nation and world!

Skype in the Classroom

From the Microsoft Educator Community page, you will notice that there are many resources listed on the left side of the screen. If you select Skype in the Classroom, you will be taken to their community page. Here you will find links to Virtual Field Trips, Skype Lessons, Skype Collaborations, Mystery Skype, and Guest Speakers. In our connection, Iro shared that February would be their Literacy Month and I immediately wanted to know more!

Virtual Valentines 2017

One of the current Skype Collaborations Iro told me about is called Virtual Valentines 2017: Melting the Miles between Classrooms. This seasonal event allows students to learn about geography while sharing Virtual Valentines or even connecting via Skype with a partner school! You can find this collaboration and many more in the Skype Collaboration portion of the site.

Read Across America

Iro also showed me a link in the Skype Collaboration area that focused on the upcoming Read Across America event on March 2, 2017. This is a great opportunity to connect classrooms all over the United States to celebrate literacy. In 2016,  one of our seniors read a Dr. Seuss book to students in another state for this event!  That student still talks about her experience, and she has been an alumnus for nearly a year!

Skype Lessons

A few of the most interesting Skype possibilities that Iro shared with me were Skype Lessons. The first was called Beyond the Blocks: Minecraft Literacy with The Elementia Chronicles. This lesson is a Skype connection with author, Sean Fay-Wolfe. Educators can simply select the "Register for this Skype Lesson" link at the bottom of the page and then view the presenter's available times for a connection.

Another interesting Skype lesson was called Writing Books For Minecrafters. The author is Danica Davidson, and she discusses the steps that she takes while writing her novels. There are also links to purchase her Minecraft books on this site. I showed both of these lesson advertisements to students that visit the library during lunch, and they already want me to connect to both Minecraft authors!

Webinars and Courses

Did you know that there are webinars and courses on the Microsoft  Educator community site? Iro shared a few Skype webinars with me on the page so I could show our teachers. A great beginning Skype course you might consider showing educators is Introduction to Skype in the Classroom. I also was interested in the webinar called Getting Started With Mystery Skype.


I'm so glad that Iro reached out to me to share these great resources for our learning community. Connecting students is so important as we work to help them prepare for the future. Using these tools will help you and your teachers connect with other schools and places. One of the questions I always get from teacher librarians is "how do you find schools to do Mystery Skype?" Up until now, I have relied on my Twitter PLN. This site makes it easier by having one place to find classes to connect.

Thank you, Iro!

I hope you will consider using Skype to connect your library (or classroom) and students to the world. If you don't feel comfortable with Mystery Skype, try a virtual field trip or guest speaker. If you try just one, your students and teachers will want more!

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