3rd grade spent their 1st visit back in the library this year on a scavenger hunt. In partners, they browsed around the library looking for cards with items we can find in our library. For example, "B is for Barcode" or "C is for Cookbooks, 641.5". This year, they used a Google Form on our NOOK eReaders to fill in their answers. At the end, we could all come back together, each pair hit "submit" and with my device connected to the TV monitor, we could review our results all together. I liked how we could see collective results. Successful partners saw their successes up on the screen; partners who missed something were not called out, but saw the answers that others found. Not transformative, but it was a motivating and engaging way to get familiar with the library for the new year. I liked that it encouraged the students to be actively engaged in their own learning.
I enjoyed my day at the Campus Innovation Coach (CIC) summer training today. As part of the process to ready ourselves for the new school year, we were asked to think about what our DREAM is for technology innovation on our campus this coming year. I know that we have many teachers at Galindo who are already using technology in some ways, but it is time for us to stretch into new territory. I believe it is time to start get so comfortable with technology that it is as normal as getting out a glue stick--technology is a useful tool that will allow our students to access information, their ideas, their creativity and creative power. Let's see what we can do!