Friday, May 17, 2013

Organize your classroom library!

Organize your classroom library!

I am excited to share my latest discovery.  I have been searching for an app that would allow me to keep track of my books.  The Classroom Organizer is better than anything I could have ever imagined.  Here are some of the reasons I like it...

  • It is FREE!
  • Scan the ISBN on your book and Classroom Organizer quickly logs title, author, ISBN, and a picture of the book.
  • There are other fields that can be filled in such as reading level and points etc.
  • Set up students so they can check out and return books on their own.
  • Students can leave a review of the book for others to read before they check it out.
  • Students can mark the condition of the book upon check out and return so they no longer have to bother you about a book with a loose cover or missing pages etc.  They can just mark it and put the book in the "book hospital."
  • Teachers can set the maximum number of books for students to check out as well as the number of days they can keep the books. 
  • Reports:  Book Checkout History, Current Books Checked Out, and other reports
  • Access via app for iPhone and Droid as well as the desktop computer.  As far as I can tell there is no access via iPad.
Many of you may be thinking that you would like to utilize this in your classroom, however, you don't have the time to scan (blank) number of books.  Neither do I, but it would be a great project for a wonderful volunteer. 

Leave me a post if you have used this or intend to.  I am always curious to know the ups and downs of technology in other classrooms.  Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day from my classroom to yours! :)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Do your students have the writing blues?

Many students dislike writing.  However, blogs motivate students to write!  Is it any wonder since the generation we teach wasn't raised on pencil and paper but rather technology and social media?  Blogs are a great education tool to teach writing.  Somehow knowing you will get to type your writing on a blog for everyone to see and respond to makes planning and writing it on a piece a paper a little bit easier to take.  The exciting part, to me anyway, is that they get to respond to each other's writing.  It's almost like shared writing journals, but more fun.  So maybe the next question you're asking is which blog is safest for my students?  I am excited to share a site one of my 4th grade friends shared with me.  It is called Kid Blog.  She was out on maternity leave and was able to write to her students and tell them about the new baby, and they were able to respond.  Exciting!