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Check It Out: May 9, 2018

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

27 Things Your Teacher Librarian Does

Some things to consider as you put together your annual reports.  And a reminder that the Annual Report Guidelines for 2017-2018 are located in a tab in this very libguide!

Who Ya Gonna Call...or Email?

The fastest way to get your questions answered is to contact the right person!

  • Laura Pietsch (531) 299-9615: Policy, personnel and evaluation, Sherwood grants and building projects
  • Stacy Lickteig (531) 299-9614: Technology, cataloging, copyright, budget and ordering
  • Courtney Pentland (531) 299-9609:  Inquiry, professional library, newsletter Items; Secondary Review Committee; secondary author visits, skype visits
  • McKenzie White (531) 299-9362 Instructional technology , ITL Program

  • Gwen Jackson  Elementary author visits

Technology Training/Support

  • Debra Bordenkecher  531-299-9841: Handles training needs of classified staff (including paraprofessionals)
  • Hardware issues should be handled by your building assigned technologist. If this person is not in the building, call or email the Help Desk 531-299-0300

OverDrive Summer Read

OverDrive Summer Read is an annual program designed to encourage your students to keep reading all year long. The titles selected can supplement other summer reading programs, and will offer free, simultaneous access to students from June 6th– July 18th. The collection of titles will be prominently displayed on your OverDrive-powered website in eBook format.  There is a juvenile and a young adult collection.

SeeSaw Ideas

Your Lame Duck and Sponge Activity Ideas

*  Practice typing skills (Angela Ralph)

*  Storygami, Smarty Pins on ipads, creative writing prompts, quick letters to tech buddies (1st graders and 6th graders), maker spaces, quick reads and exit ticket responses. (Judy Bauer)

*  Show book trailers from YouTube (Cari Poston)

*  I really like a good game of Eye Spy.  This is a terrific question skill builder.  Learning how to ask questions that limit the possible choices helps students think about how they frame their inquiry! (Deb Nichols)

*  Book talk a few lonely titles and see if they can get a check out!  Or, makerspace or games are great!  I'm always surprised how many choose a board game even when computer games are an option. (Lisa Raszler)

*  Read aloud for fun or makerspace activities (Donna Garcia)

*  Informal review of previous materials or makerspace (Robert Schull)

*  Makersites (online makerspace activities)   (Robin Walker)

*  Read aloud, sing library songs, stand up hand up pair up discussions (Michele Tilson)

*  10 min:  Logic Puzzles (Perplexors or Bella's Mystery Deck are good options), Calm or mindfulness activities on GoNoodle  Whole Period:  Prodigy, code.org, Minecraft EDU, Fake it to Make it, Scratch, Storybird, etc. (Graham Engdahl)

*  Use leftover activities from last year's summer school (i.e. launch rockets with straws from Summer 2017).  Read to a partner--anywhere in the library, but you must be reading.  Ask students to for book suggestions to help you get an order list ready for next year.  (Kim Beebee)

CSM--27 Diversity, Ecquity, and Inclusivity Resources for Classrooms

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Resources for Classrooms

Difference -- however we might define that -- is good. It makes us who we are and makes the world wonderful. Student must understand that, and strive for a more inclusive world that extinguishes oppressive forces like racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, and beyond. These picks -- which highlight our world's vast diversity and promote equity -- will open students' minds, get them to reflect on their own privileges, and help them better understand other people, perspectives, and cultures. Some of these picks will also cultivate students' empathy and integrity, putting students on the path to social change and activism.

A is for Astronaut by Clayton Anderson

Retired astronaut Clayton Anderson takes readers on an A to Z flight through the alphabet from astronaut and blastoff to spacewalk and Zulu Time. Topics cover the history of NASA, science, and practical aspects of being an astronaut using fun poems for each letter paired with longer expository text in the sidebars. Perfect for science buffs, budding astronauts, and astronomy lovers of all ages.

Watch Astronauts Read Popular Books from Space!

“What you cannot imagine, you cannot do”

Now imagine Astronauts on the Space Station reading stories to and conducting science experiments for the children of Earth as the world rotates below.
Imagine no more…it’s Story Time from Space!

Story Time from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education foundation.

We have sent our first set of children’s books to the International Space Station! This first set of 5 books are written by author Jeffrey Bennett.

While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading these books the children of Earth. These videos are being edited and placed on this Story Time From Space website- look under the heading of ” Video Library”.

Astronauts on the ISS will also conduct and videotape 9 educational demonstrations designed by Veteran Canadian Astronaut, Bjarni Tryggvason, to complement the science concepts found in the Story Time From Space books.

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).

Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).