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The fifth graders at Kalona Elementary are working on their Iowa History unit.  Part of their unit involves making connections with other schools in Iowa.The tools we are using to connect are Skype and Google Hangout, which is a tool similar to Skype.

The fifth graders at Kalona Elementary are working on their Iowa History unit. Part of their unit involves making connections with other schools in Iowa.The tools we are using to connect are Skype and Google Hangout, which is a tool similar to Skype.

One classroom in particular went beyond our school to celebrate WRAD.  Mrs. Bell's class at Kalona Elementary was interested in making a connection with another class to celebrate WRAD using Skype.  We were able to connect with a Grade 2 class at Banff Elementary in Alberta, Canada!  Mrs. Feist, the grade 2 teacher at Banff Elementary, and her class were excited to meet Mrs. Bell's class.  Mrs. Bell's class was equally excited for the opportunity.

One classroom in particular went beyond our school to celebrate WRAD. Mrs. Bell's class at Kalona Elementary was interested in making a connection with another class to celebrate WRAD using Skype. We were able to connect with a Grade 2 class at Banff Elementary in Alberta, Canada! Mrs. Feist, the grade 2 teacher at Banff Elementary, and her class were excited to meet Mrs. Bell's class. Mrs. Bell's class was equally excited for the opportunity.

A visual list of Iowa School Library Websites.  Great reference or resource for your own school library website.

A visual list of Iowa School Library Websites. Great reference or resource for your own school library website.

Chelsea Sims, a teacher-librarian who helped with the Genius Hour pilot program, said students must contact professionals in the community and face potential failures while developing their projects, experiences that promote problem-solving.  She said the activity also encourages shy students to work in groups and helps students realize they can contribute to the community.  "I'd really like for kids to see that they can make a difference," Sims said.

Chelsea Sims, a teacher-librarian who helped with the Genius Hour pilot program, said students must contact professionals in the community and face potential failures while developing their projects, experiences that promote problem-solving. She said the activity also encourages shy students to work in groups and helps students realize they can contribute to the community. "I'd really like for kids to see that they can make a difference," Sims said.

SLJ1401 FT VanMeter opener The Heart of the School: Iowas Van Meter District Plans Library Expansion

SLJ1401 FT VanMeter opener The Heart of the School: Iowas Van Meter District Plans Library Expansion

Coding + School Librarians = Why it makes perfect sense.  Article from Iowa Association of School Libraries.http://www.iasl-ia.org/2014/12/coding-librarians-why-it-makes-perfect.html

Coding + School Librarians = Why it makes perfect sense. Article from Iowa Association of School Libraries.http://www.iasl-ia.org/2014/12/coding-librarians-why-it-makes-perfect.html

2 Dark 2 Read Blog post about Thing Link - a site to make visual bookmarks for information online.

2 Dark 2 Read Blog post about Thing Link - a site to make visual bookmarks for information online.

A Vision for Iowa School Libraries

A Vision for Iowa School Libraries

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