QR codes for the Teen Bookworms

Today was particularly challenging for me. I noticed that many of the participants in class were busy at their laptops applying and trying out many of the new technologies we have been introduced to. Now is the time to go from those small steps to the moon, I thought. But wait, who said I signed up to be an astronaut? I don’t really even like flying on a plane never mind a rocket ship! So Rachel suggested QR codes and I’m going with that. I’d like to ultimately pick an essay or poem and digitize it with some educational interactive graphics and links, which I am determined to do and share with these experts, but for now QR codes. Here is a list of the ones I have made so far. I hope those of you with QR apps will click on the codes and learn a little more about NHLA Flume initiatives as well as my library, Josiah Carpenter Library, in the cozy little town of Pittsfield, N.H.

 

The Library

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Flume List

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“The Testing” trailer

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A busy classroom is a learning hub

In today’s class we did a lot of exploration as Rachel encouraged each of us to explore new tools, apps and websites that would best serve us individually in our personal learning environments for ourselves or for our students. We started with a visit to the Global Read Aloud and then enjoyed the wonderful book by Peter H. Reynolds, “The Dot”  animated on You Tube. How wonderful that Emily Arrow wrote a song and played music to this book. This is something that I will definitely need to share with my children’s librarian.

After the fun introduction we attended a Ted Talk and all made comments on “Today’s Meet.” The Ted talk was about “Happy Maps” and made me think about literally “taking the road less traveled.” It was interesting how the speaker was able to apply math and science to a sociological principal about what makes people happy. It is not always the easiest, shortest routes that bring us the most enjoyment. It also made me connect thinking out of the box with becoming more tolerant of the diversity in our culture.

After the break we broke out into three different mini EdCamps to see how they worked. It was amazing that so many topics were offered. Something for everybody at least three times. These short intense breakouts were bursting with collaboration and learning. In one session I was able to establish the tools needed for making QR codes for my library! Thank you!

Aside from the nice lunch, punctuated with leisurely and internationally flavored discussions with classmate Beth Powers, ( @HavercampPowers ) the discussion about our book, PowerUpEd and the exploration of its corresponding  web resource was the most enlightening. It was a privilege to be a part of these hard working and dedicated teachers’ conversations about their challenges and their passions. I was reminded of how rewarding it can be to be an educator and help others so selflessly.

 

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Georgia Heard, guest speaker, facilitator

I am loving just about all the aspects to taking this course that there could possibly be. The weather, which has been just as I remembered it during the summer when I took courses at UNH many years ago, the quiet walks behind the library and the view of T-hall. Today I was pleasantly surprised by at least two other things. First, the work in progress at the back of my favorite building, Hamilton Smith. When I stopped and fumbled with getting my phone out of my purse to take a picture (see below) , a student stopped to ask if I needed help. I was juggling, along with my purse; a laptop, two Georgia Heard books and my water bottle.  Nothing surprising about that, students at UNH have always been polite, with each other and to their teachers, peers, and other UNH workers. The UNH spirit was prevailing today like the fine summer weather, even better, like the flags flying at full mast, which they haven’t been for such a very long time.

The other surprising detail about today was the confidence I felt during the writing prompt led by Georgia Heard, which was more of a brainstorming technique focusing on the writer within. So much more than that though because she tied it to our “hearts” which brought out so many of the reasons I love to read and write and help others to discover books that work for them. However, it was no surprise that Georgia was from West Palm Beach, as I attributed some of the feeling of comfort I was feeling to her southern style and professional ease of presentation. I was like surprised- but not, it made sense somehow. I immediately was drawn to her book “Awaking the Heart; Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School.” I felt it was perfect for helping me with the small group of writers I work with in Pittsfield. For three years now we have hosted a Poetry Night where writers in the community can come for an “open mic” and read either their favorite poem or ones they have written themselves.

I have always enjoyed reading and attempting to write poetry. Maybe this will help me just as much as the writers. Thank you again for another great class, Rachel!

 

 

 

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Launching back into Literacy through Technology

Today was the first session of my “Best Practices in Literacy Education with Technology” class taught by librarian leader and teacher, Rachel V. Small. We have a nice group of teachers, media specialists and librarians who started by posting to Padlet our “Hopes and Dreams.” Then signing on to Twitter and learning how to use TweetDeck. There was a lot to learn about using Twitter including how to best write a tweet using a minimal amount of characters and using Twitter etiquette when quoting a speaker by using quotation marks when quoting ideas from someone else that we want to share with our followers. After lunch we opened up our Google plus accounts and created a community with our class members. Finally we explored Google blogger and learned how blogging in the classroom can help students not only share their writing with each other and the teacher but also to showcase it for the school community to illustrate how technology is being used to teach expression and writing in a paperless environment. Way to go! A lot was covered and I am still absorbing a lot of it.

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About Beverly

An Introduction Despite the fact with the help and support of the Friends of the Martin County Public Library I had success obtaining my library degree from the University of South Florida in 1995,…

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April Fools 2016

April Fools 2016

Today;

Reminiscent of orange-grey dystopian futures,

But it’s not the year 2,200.

Fortunately, I can breathe the freshly oxygenated air

Recently liberated from the evergreens.

Eerily still and deathly silent is the forest; today.

Though various native and winter over birds have been visiting

Our sunny feeder for months; not today.

Even the ballooned up fatty squirrels are nowhere.

The dogs don’t want to pee.

Eerie. Still.

The great mother sky is so grey that it is white.

So white that it is a kin to its opposite;

Almost blinding in its cold, frigid darkness,

Blanketing a spell on us.

It just moved in, after a winter of spring days,

Paralyzing us in a state of defense, leaving us in wonder,

feeling lied to.

What kind of stuff will ambush us?

@Beverly Pietlicki 4/2/2016

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NH YALS conference featured speaker. . .

Aside from sharing many great ideas about young adult programming, the NH YALS conference featured a guest author, Sarah Smith.

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Dovekeepers/Alice Hoffman

DOVEKEEPERS by Alice Hoffman, Scribner, 2011, 504 pgs, $27.99 #ISBN#978-1-45161747-4

I love the way Alice Hoffman writes. Turtle Moon was one of the first self-selected books by a contemporary woman author that I enjoyed. What has drawn me to her, besides giving me a sense that she was in tune with feminine intuition, is the ability to weave a story that is intimately suggestive of various elements of the supernatural, which had made the books I have read by her more than just an average fiction book. There was always a little added bonus for the potential of fantasy.

Dovekeepers, a definitely a good read, is not just for the female gender point of view reader and is not borderline fantasy.  It is clear Ms. Hoffman did extensive research for this novel and it should be read by a wide audience. Although it produced a restless night sleep, figuring out how to process some of the violent details exceedingly intense at the book’s culmination; those details fit appropriately and accurately to the theme of the story.  Contemporary writers may feel compelled to capture their audience’s attention through “shocking” content these days, but that is hasn’t been Hoffman’s style in previous books I have read by her.  Rather miraculous however, which is Hoffman’s style; was the lasting impression of endowing one of her main characters with a sharp attribute, allowing for a witty twist and a justifiable explanation of what truly could have been.

Dovekeepers is the signature story by a writer who has succeeded in portraying compelling characters who have made an historic event come vividly back to life for us.

Beverly Pietlicki@ June 28, 2012

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Walk Across the Sun/Corban Addison

A WALK ACROSS THE SUN By Corban Addison SilverOak, 2012 371 pages, $24.95 ISBN# 978-1-4027-9280-9

Corban Addison’s debut novel, A Walk Across the Sun, a fast paced action thriller about the human trafficking of two young innocent and intelligent girls, is well written, keeps your spine straight and your heart at attention. What makes it different than “Taken,” the breath-taking 2008 film with a similarly structured kidnapping plot of a man’s daughter brought to the edge of the sex trafficking trade in the heart of Paris? Addison has a law degree and has been writing since he was fifteen; he is presumptive and adept at portraying a likely reality.

The main character Thomas Clarke has all the makings of young, charismatic attorney, paralleling those to Mitch McDeere of John Grisham’s The Firm, but he also faces complex personal challenges. He aspires to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a chief district judge but from the start doesn’t appear to possess judgeship promise. He’s been demoted by his firm’s managing partner and placed in a compromising situation that combats his moral fiber. In addition, having lost his first and only child to SIDS, his marriage to a college educated woman from a socio-economically affluent Indian family is also struggling to survive under their cultural differences.

What makes A Walk Across the Sun not only a good read, but also a frame for exposure to the contemporary human trafficking crisis, is that Thomas excels to achieve a personal resolution and in doing so enlists himself to the aid of others. Intermittently inspired by the poetry of Sarojini Naidu, the Indian poetess who fought for the liberation of suppressed women in the early 1900’s and companion to the causes of Mahatma Gandhi, he explores the idea of reuniting with his wife. Although she leaves him pondering core values essential to his success, he realizes his potential for leveraging legal expertise and ventures to undergo both stressful and time sensitive junctures including traveling to Bombay to work for a pro bono cause.

Compelling circumstances in India lead him to investigate the missing sister of two girls who became instant orphans when a Tsunami killing thousands of people hits the Coromandel Coast. Thomas’s integrity is fully realized when he naively follows expertly trained CASE (Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation) workers into the heart of Kamathipura where selling and bargaining young girls for sex and cheap labor is as commonplace for some as gambling on spectator sports. In addition, witnessing child abduction just miles from his home in Virginia places the subject of human trafficking in a duel and subsequent global setting.

Through logical connections with federal agencies, Thomas is afforded choices that could save the lives of others and accomplish what perhaps is only accomplishable in a work of fiction. The outcome however, is a high call to action for readers to examine their own inner values and how those decisions can shape and influence our own humanity and how we treat others. A Walk Across the Sun exemplifies the core struggle of man against man, and ultimately the hope of one man to win and overcome, in at least this one instance, the most horrific crime of our day.

@-Beverly Pietlicki, 2012

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