Friday, February 24, 2017

Look At The Library Buncee Inspiration These Future Ready Librarians Created!

Today I went to Texas to talk with over 100 teacher librarians about Future Ready Librarians and digital tools we can use to connect, create and collaborate, connecting to the FRL framework itself. 
It was an amazing day of sharing, connecting, learning and lots of creating.  

One digital tool they used was Buncee....and WOW, did a lot of creating take place!  

With the new Library Category in Buncee filled with stickers, backgrounds and messages, there were amazing choices, ideas and inspiration for all of them.  You can read more about this at Create Your Library Branding, Signage, Promotions and More With Buncee

Everyone couldn't resist creating amazing Buncee's for their libraries and work.  

Take a look at a few of these beautiful Buncee's....
 I love this one as we get ready for Read Across America and Dr. Seuss next week.

If you are like me and want to take a closer look at these, I also taught them how to share and we brought them together in a creative way to showcase too.
One of my favorite ways to use Padlet is in collecting digital student work.  I showed everyone today how to do this by having them add their Buncee (by copying the link) to the special Padlet we created, Lets Share Our Buncee's.  

You can see the work of all the amazing teacher librarians in Texas today.  I love the inspiration these bring and ideas for our libraries, reading, celebrations and other special things.  

Create Your Library Branding, Signage, Promotions & More With Buncee!

Earlier in the week this sweet little poster caught my eye when it was shared on Facebook and Twitter.  
Slate shared it in this post Adorable Midcentury Posters Teaching Kids How To Use The Library, which featured 8 of these posters from a 32-poster book Using Your Library: 32 Posters For Classroom and Library by Mary Joan Egan and Cynthia Amrice published in 1965.  
These were created to help children with topics such as research, finding a book using the card catalog and even borrowing books from the library.  

My daughter Brianna and I were so in love with these posters we started a new Pinterest for Cool Old Library and Reading Posters that you can find here.

Then we thought...

Wouldn't it be neat to create our very own posters that looked like these using Buncee?

So I wrote to my Buncee team and asked if we could brainstorm to create some ways create posters like this.  Meagan, who is one of the amazing designers at Buncee, Sean, Marie and I got on a Slack to hear my ideas.

As we were talking about creating stained colored filters, library artifacts and sweet little posters, I started to think how Buncee could also be used to support our need in libraries for signage, cataloging and so many other needs for promoting and support reading, librarians and of course....our children.

We knew that we needed a special new Library category in Buncee that we would fill with wonderful stickers, backgrounds, messages and more.
I quickly started a Google Doc for our brainstorming and everyone got busy.

It was my job to share the needs of libraries and teacher librarians.  I added different things to the Google Doc like Library Names, Traditional Library Categories, Genrification Signage, Reading Sayings, Reading Celebrations, State Awards and more.
The Library category in Buncee was created.
 Marie worked on creating backgrounds and I was so excited when she shared...
 a Buncee filled with libraries....
 that would soon become the Backgrounds found under Library. 
One of my favorite parts of this project was working with Meagan as she created the beautiful library stickers and messages.
It was so fun going back and forth with her as we thought about all ages of children and how they use the library.  We also thought about how librarians would use the different stickers and messages for creating signage within their library and online too.
As Meagan got the genre stickers created she would send them to Marie in our Slack and then onto me in texts, as I was traveling.
I loved seeing them come to life and was so excited when Marie announced...
the new Library category of backgrounds, stickers and messages to the world!
And this morning when I woke up, I was thrilled to see what our dear friend Elaine Deja had created.
This could be shared with students asking them to respond to the question, the different genre posters could connect to your library automation system like Follett's Destiny Discover, and you could even print this off to post in the library.

The possibilities are endless.
Today as I work with 110 teacher librarians in the Region One area of Texas, I am going to teach them about Buncee as we talk about Digital Tools for the Future Ready Librarian.
I can't wait to show them the new library stickers, backgrounds and messages we created this week.
I can't wait to see what you create and how you use these in your libraries too!  

And I can't wait to share the cool little library posters we are creating to look like the old ones too. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

HEY YOU...Did You Know That You Matter? Bring This To Your School Too!

I love the You Matter movement.  It is a beautiful way to have students involved in the social and emotional side of school, friends and life.

My sister Heather (@heatherjfox) shared the neatest flyer for You Matter a few days ago.  She printed them off from the Technology Rocks. Seriously. blog and hung them around her Amana Elementary where Heather is the teacher librarian.  

When Heather was visiting us in Denver, she even had one of the teachers send her that picture to say....I really needed that today.  Thank you, Heather. 
You can find this too on Shannon Long's blog here.  Shannon is a technology teacher, blogger and all around awesome idea and resource creator.

Thank you Shannon for sharing your idea with all of us.  You Matter, my friend.