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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
You know what that means?
Students will be more likely to scan QR codes using their favorite social media site than having to download a site that are favorited by educators. And off I went down this path of resistance to blow it wide open.
I confess, I was one of those people who wasn't going to Snapchat....at all. Why? Because it was for "another generation" beyond me, I didn't want to learn something else, I was fine with what I already have. But then Sarah's butterfly kicked my butt! That is NOT the right attitude to have! If social media is going beyond the standard, then I should hold myself up to that standard too!
So....ideas just started FLYING! I'm going to write them down really quick so I won't forget them either!
1. Of course, QR codes....
2. learning from my followers!!! Ideas come from all over!!
3. Highlight the great things happening in the library with a story so people can see the importance of school libraries.
4. doing quick booktalks
5. sharing book covers from a certain genre or collection
6. A quick reminder to students about what's happening
7. before and after pics or videos
8. Using those silly filters on books with faces (a librarian shared hardcopy of these...I want to try digital now!)
9. monthly library "story" update
10. Snapchat school events I attend (to show librarians DO things other than "librarian-ish" things)
11. Quick preview of new library resources
12. testimonials on the importance of libraries from teachers, admin, students
13. take a pic of a tweet you're going to send to "smash" two social media apps together instead of typing it all over again
14. do a library mystery theater or "escape room" type of program
15. answering the age-old question, "What do librarians do all day??"
This was a QUICK overview of my enthusiasm spilling over today but I hope you can use these ideas as well as SHARE great ideas via comments with everyone. And if you want to follow me, I'm at nhstexlibrary
Have fun, and start Snapchatting!
See you on the filtered side!!
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Turn on any television network, and you'll find programming about murder, mystery, and a savvy team of solvers. It seems there is an interest in forensic science, but it's also a science that is very broad. And that's where this amazing YA book comes in. It captures the history, as well as the interest found today in our modern society.
Not only is this a book about forensic science, but it's also about the history of forensic science. How long has this practice been instituted (far longer than the FBI and CSI)? How has forensic science changed over the centuries? These are just a few questions this book will answer. It also includes some interesting facts including:
The word "coroner" derived from the English word "crowner," (SUPER interesting how this came about!)
The very first FBI group, which happened in Europe, not the States
The trend of murder in the 1800s - early 1900's (not, it's not guns either)
How forensic science investigation has changed from the macabre to the technological.
The best part of this is that there are numerous different cases Bridget Heos inserts that gives the readers as sense of where this science was during that particular time. Readers will have insight into the science AND the judicial side as well and how that has morphed into what it is today.
This isn't a book filled with scientific vocabulary. From testimony to "expert" witnesses, admissible information to complete accidental findings, Heos takes the reader on a scientific journey that will pique curiosity, perhaps make you cringe a little, and explains this exacting science in a narrative format that young adults will be drawn to. Heos inserts cases into the narrative, but also historic and current images that solidifies what forensic science looks like.
Highly recommended for upper JH to HS and beyond.