Wow has it been a crazy week! I’ve been working with another class on the Destiny Quest Book Review Project (a Destiny Quest review, an MLA Style paper (review) that includes the students’ written reviews and citations for books and pictures, and finally either a book poster or a book video trailer.) This class is wrapping up theirs and the next one is just beginning. One of these classes first had to select from a personalized set of books that were especially matched to a profile they gave. Here’s a picture of my crazy notes I made as I scoured for titles that matched student interests from their profile cards. If you click on it, it will open to a humongous picture with almost legible scrawl. I was tired when I scratched it out.
Along with the Book Review Project…
I’ve also been working with another class charged with creating as a group a presentation, and they’ve been challenged to use something other than PowerPoint and to model after TED style presentations. I’m excited to return Monday and maybe see some of the final products for that class. My vehicle for introducing them to different presentation tools was BlendSpace, and I blogged about it some last week here and here. BlendSpace is growing on me as a tool to present with in itself.
It’s Conference Week for SCASL
And to top it all off, it is officially SCASL Conference week, where I have several responsibilities and two sessions I’m facilitating (the Regional Network Meeting Thursday morning and then my crowd-sourced session for sharing favorite tools, apps, and ideas for a thriving library program, affectionately titled “Don’t Worry, Be ‘Appy” planned for Friday midday. Helping with two more sessions, and hopefully I’ll learn something too.
March Madness – It really is!!
Top it all off with our Library Book Tournament pitting our top sixteen titles against each other using tournament brackets and seeds, and yes, it does make for a lot going on. But I’m not done yet. Monday, March 17, I’m leading an after school professional development on the topic of Outlook, our district email of all things, and then March 25, we embark on a skyped author visit that we are treating somewhat like an in-school field trip, so we have to plan for student make up work, lunches, disseminating and reading the book (the visit is with Paul Volponi, author of SCYABA nominee The Final Four) and still manage to teach classes, work with students, and all our normal day to day activities. I almost cant wait for HSAP week in April, which will give me a little breathing room (horrors, did I just say I look forward to testing?)
And my BlendSpaces for another class
Hoping this week does not wear me out too!! I think I can, I think I can, I think I can….