If you've never used Animoto as a promotional tool for your library program, you are missing out. I now have my cellphone pretty much permanently glued to my side when I am doing activities with kids so that I can photograph and video and gather examples of what we're doing, because as I learned last night, people don't know. When I get the chance to start talking about what we're doing in the library, the teachers whose students I see weekly go "wait, wow, you do that in the library?" And then their minds are blown (in a good way).
I'd made a video for the first six weeks in library, but it was very touchy-feel-good and not very impressive on the 21st century skills front. So, this time around, I stepped up my game. And then I sent it to the entire elementary school faculty, my principal, and my superintendent. And boy, does it feel good to redefine perspectives and shift understandings of what happens in the library :)
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My name is Ms. Bery. I am a PK-8 library media specialist in the Boston area. In addition to being a certified school librarian, I am also certified in instructional technology, and have a strong interest in exploring and integrating technology in new and exciting ways in the classroom.
I am also a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Local Digital Innovator, and a 2015 recipient of the Massachusetts School Library Association's President's Award.
Check out the Sandbox for apps and websites I've found useful in supporting student learning and creativity. I also (very occasionally) review children's and young adult literature on my book reviews page.
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