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Upcoming Library Assignments and Tests

Posted by Webmaster on April 21, 2014 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We are getting closer and closer to the end of the year and that means final tests and projects.  In the library and computer lab we will have two final assignments that affect almost all students.  The first is an autobiography project we are working on.  This project will allow all students to practice advanced word processing skills while creating a valuable product.  This one page will be included in a published book (with parent permission) that will be added to the library's collection next year.  If you need an extra page for you student please find the assignment on our Edline page.   3rd -6th graders will also have their final typing tests at the end of May.  Rubrics for these tests may also be found on Edline.

Welcome Our New Student Teacher

Posted by Webmaster on March 21, 2014 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We are proud to welcome a new student teacher to the School Library Media Center at Dassa McKinney.  Please take a minute to read her letter below.


Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Hello!  My name is Alyssa Bowser and I am a Library Science K-12 major at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  This week, I began my second student teaching placement at Dassa McKinney Elementary under the supervision of Ms. Susan Hefley.  I am ecstatic to be practicing in such a focused school district and I can only imagine all the wonderful memories I will take from the this experience.

 

My first two weeks I will be observing the classroom to prepare myself for when I begin teaching.  By week three I will be taking over the computer lab classroom, under Ms. Hefley’s supervision and guidance.  All my lessons and ideas will be aligned and approved ahead of time.  My main focus will be teaching students how to present their ideas on the computer using programs like PowerPoint and StoryJumper.

 

I have witnessed so many wonderful teaching moments and I cannot wait to begin instructing Dassa McKinney’s wonderful student body.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at [email protected]

 

Thank you!

 

Sincerely,

 

Alyssa Bowser

Library Science Student Teacher

 


Prepare for Celebration of Learning

Posted by Webmaster on March 7, 2014 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Open House is coming are you ready?! On March 13th when you come to the school make sure you stop in thelibrary for the Book Fair and the computer lab to see some great student projects, but this is a technology class so I will ask that you come prepared......that means bringyour technology: a smart phone, iPad or something with a camera and a couple ofa pps pre-loaded. Consider adding these apps:

Scholastic Book Fairs: The NEW Book Fairs app is absolutely FREE and is available for the iPad®, iPhone® andAndroid™ mobile devices. With any scan of a book cover or barcode these detailsare displayed:  AR level, book summary, price, awards, and more.  Parents are also able to search thousands of titles to find recommendations on similar books, create wish lists, and even make purchases for books available online. Purchases that are made through your Online Fair and add to your total Book Fair sales.

Aurasma: Aurasma is an augmented reality app that’s changing the way millions of people see and interact with the world.  It is available for the iPad®, iPhone® and Android™ mobile devices.  What is Augmented Reality?  Student’s master pieces, and other labeled images, will be hung in the school at Open House and when the Aurasma app (on any smart phone or tablet) scans this “trigger image” their video will then appear. Still curious?  Try it out.  On your smart phone or tablet, download theAurasma app and then scan an ordinary $1 bill. Watch what happens.  It also worksfor the $20 bill.  Next seach for Dassa and begin following our channel (you cannot see our videos unless you complete this step).  Try it out!  Check out the picture on Dassa McKinney’s Website (www.dassamckinney.webs.com) ,  run your camera over the trigger image of the library and see what appears.

ColAR Mix: See 1st grade drawings in beautifully hand-animated 3Dworlds!  After reading the book “The Dot”by Peter H. Reynolds students took their art and writing skills and broughtthem to life.  To see for yourself,download the ColAR Mix app, availablefor the iPad®, iPhone® and Android™ mobile devices (note: This Appd oesn't work on ipod and iphone3, 3S*). 

 

 

Joy in Learning

Posted by Webmaster on February 11, 2014 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

How do you find joy in learning?  What are you learning about right now?

As I sit at a (WONDERFUL) conference this morning the presenter asked these questions and told his 'students' that if we could not answer with something that did NOT have to do with our students and classes we should think again.  Then he went on to ask how many of us are sharing this journey of learning with our students?  Sure kids are constantly learning, but aren't adults also constantly learning?  Learning does not stop at 3:45.  It does not stop when you leave the walls of the school.  It does not stop when you graduate.  Learning never stops and I hope that my students learn that, but just to take it a step further I thought I would share what I am learning right now with students in hopes that it might inspire a few to do just what I am doing:  Never stop learning, and find joy in what you are learning.


So what do I find joy in learning?  What am I learning about right now?

Right now I am learning all about training a puppy.  However, I need to learn more than just your basics because Biscuit is not your average dog.  To learn more and to track my learning and Biscuit's progress check out my new blog here:  http://susanhefley.blogspot.com/p/introduction_11.html

Forbes

Posted by Webmaster on October 23, 2013 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Have you seen the newest copy of Forbes?  If not, you need to check it out!  There is a great article about school libraries.  Check it out:  http://www.forbes.com/2010/03/22/moran-librarian-skills-intelligent-investing-google.html?goback=.gde_2811_member_5794480712404975616#!

Typing Practice

Posted by Webmaster on September 13, 2013 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

 Students are strongly encouraged to practice their typing skills not just when in the computer lab, but when they have extra time in the library AND at home. If you do not have a working computer, even just a keyboard can be used to memorize the keys, practice hand position and pretend to type words and paragraphs. If you do not have a keyboard, use the one on the back of this paper. Students who have access to word processing software (Notepad, Word, Google Docs, Works, etc.) are encouraged to practice their typing skills by typing their spelling words, their name and anything else they like. However, the best practice can be found online. If students have access to the Internet they are encouraged to visit these sites at least 2-3 times per week:

 

http://www.typing-lessons.org/

http://www.typingweb.com/tutor/ (each student already has their own user name and password)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/

Or by searching https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%22typing+games%22" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">“Typing Games” on your favorite search engine

 

The week before Winter Break AND during the final weeks of school there will be a ‘typing test’ or assessment. During this test, students are asked to sit up straight, use two hands on the keyboard and meet certain benchmarks. To view the typing rubric for your child’s grade please click on their grade below and scroll down past the links on that page:

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

 

 

Pigeon Videos 2013

Posted by Webmaster on May 16, 2013 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Looking for the WONDERFUL Pigeon stories written by our fabulous first graders? Check them out on the first grade page. Love these? Check out other books by Mo Willems or other great authors and illustrators and try to make your own stories based on YOUR OWN favorites.

If you do not see your video yet, please be patient.  It is coming.  Keep checking back and reloading the page.

Summer 2013 Book Return

Posted by Webmaster on April 29, 2013 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Can you believe it? Summer is approaching already and that means that we need to start collecting library books for the end of the year. We will be collecting all library books on your child's library day between May 16-22. All books must be returned or paid for by May 22, 2013. This will help the librarian to complete end of the year inventory of all books and materials.

Overdue notices will be sent home to students who have books out for longer than one week. If your child receives a notice please help them locate their book. If the book cannot be found at home please ask your child to do a thorough search of the classroom, if the book is still missing it is the parent/guardian and child’s responsibility to pay for replacement cost of the book.

These efforts help us keep the library collection complete and help provide a strong and varied selection of books to teachers and students throughout the school year.

Holiday Break Book Return

Posted by Webmaster on November 27, 2012 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

We will be collecting all library books before winter break during the week of December 17th and all books must be returned or paid for by December 21st 2012. 

Overdue notices will be sent home to students who have books out for longer than one week.  If your child receives a notice please help them locate their book.  If the book cannot be found at home please ask your child to do a thorough search of the classroom, if the book is still missing it is the parent/guardian and child’s responsibility to pay for replacement cost of the book.

These efforts help us keep the library collection complete and help provide a strong and varied selection of books to teachers and students throughout the school year.

 

Pigeon Videos

Posted by Webmaster on May 22, 2012 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (2)

Looking for the WONDERFUL Pigeon stories written by our fabulous first graders?  Check them out on the first grade page.  Love these?  Check out other books by Mo Willems or other great authors and illustrators and try to make your own stories based on YOUR OWN favorites.


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