Category Archives: Pre-Career Gradschool

Got 5? Text Complexity

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Subscription Databases – Common Core Ready

Text Complexity Reader and Task Considerations

Text Complexity Tool Informational

Text Complexity Tool Literary

Quantitative Measures of Text Complexity


We Video is my new favorite tool. A cloud based video editor, you can collaboratively prepare videos, without a ton of free disk space & hours for rendering. There are loads of audio tracks (or you can record your own), many transitions, effects, text bubbles, and so much more. It’s free to export up to 15 minutes a month. Making it perfect for the classroom lesson and the classroom project.

Here is my quick attempt at a book trailer using my new read: Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. I’ve also created a screencast to show you just how quickly you can get started!

Library Blogs

Here I find myself blogging about blogs, looking first at blogs of school librarians…

The Busy Librarian is Matthew Winner’s blog. He’s an elementary school local librarian in Howard County, and was a presenter at the MASL conference this year. Matthew’s one of the most energetic people I have ever met and passionately loves to go to work. His blog is about what he does, and is always a good read. Lessons he’s tried, books he’s read, conferences he’s attending, and gaming as a motivational library tie-in. His intended audience is fellow librarians, as opposed to his students and school community. My favorite recent post on Michael’s site is a metaphorical  look at Tumblr.

The Adventures of Library Girl is the blog of Jennifer LaGarde. Jennifer is a middle school librarian (and holds a host of other district and state responsibilities in North Carolina). In her “about me,” she says, “Unofficially, I’m just a teacher whose classroom happens to have lot more books in it than most.  The Adventures of Library Girl is the spot where I ponder, share and rub my thoughts about libraries and student learning together until they catch fire or fizzle out.” This blog is also intended for fellow librarians, and has a lot of inspirational entries about technology in teaching, her professional learning network, conferences and lessons. She also collaborates online with Matthew Winner (from the previous paragraph) on the Epic Win gaming lessons. Warning! My favorite post is very distracting, time-consuming, and oh-so-worth watching: It’s 5 (more) TED talks that all school librarians should watch  (+1).

The True Adventures of a High School LibrarianHaving reviewed an elementary and middle school blog, for this review I simply googled, “High School Library Blog” and found the True Adventures of A High School Librarian. Alabama librarian, Nikki D. Robertson, is the author. Nikki seems just as enthusiastic (and busy) as both Matthew and Jennifer. I’m starting to feel a little intimidated, but excited to embark on this new career. I need to post two links for you here, because they are technology that I find valuable enough to use in my classroom this week. First, “QWRTY meets Sexy” about the web program, Typing Karaoke. And second, screen shot directions for enrolling students in Moodle.

I already follow Matthew’s blog, as well as his Twitter feed. I’m going to continue to now follow Jennifer & Nikki. Collaboration and sharing of so much means that no one needs to be an expert in everything, and creating a professional learning network is one way to keep swimming with the tide in this career that is changing so quickly with technology and becoming such a vital part of the school with Common Core.

Throughout my program at McDaniel, I’ve shared, encouraged, and annoyed my colleagues at school with great new ideas, strategies, lessons, and technologies that I’ve picked up. Maybe a blog is just the place to share…

Tech from Ms. T

Learning Technologies Explored

The Busy Librarian

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