Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Library Virtual Tour

One of the toughest parts of having an awesome PLN is the (often) unfulfilled desire to visit the libraries and classrooms of the folks I follow and learn so much from every day.  Luckily, however, the reason why my PLN is so awesome is because it's filled with some super smart folks who brilliantly thought of the perfect remedy for this particular professional malady: a virtual tour.  

Naturally, I'm a little slow to get this done.  Tamara was first, followed by Cathy Jo and then Tiffany.  All of their tours are fantastic - and might just make me want to visit their libraries more!  Mine is not nearly as long (read: thorough) as those that have preceded me, but it's almost 100% student created, so I'm very pleased with the final product.  Truly, once I pitched the idea to a couple of kids, it was very interesting to see what items NEEDED to be included in the tour.  Left to my own devices,  I'm pretty sure I'd have left several things off this list.  As it is, I feel good about the final product and love knowing what my students think are the most important aspects of the library.

In the end, it took 28 kids, 2 days and countless takes to get this right, but it was well worth it. Not only is it now featured on our library webpage, but I also plan to use it as part of my library orientation next year. Enjoy!

10 comments:

  1. Ok I officially hate you!! That was FANTASTIC!! I knew you would raise the bar! Now I gotta rethink mine. Love ya!

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    1. Ha. You are too funny! Your video totally inspired me! I love learning and sharing with you!

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  2. OMG it is adorable. Your students did such a great job! I love it!!

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    1. Tamara, I steal so many ideas from you! Seriously, there's hardly anything in my library that isn't credited to you in some way and this is no exception! Thanks for being the wind beneath my wings, girl! ;-)

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  3. This is great! I have a question, what is the Wordle of the Day? This sounds like an idea I would like to use.
    Beth

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    1. Hi Beth,

      It's actually Wordle of the Week - I post a wordle each week that is related to a book in our library. Kids use the opac to search for the terms and guess the book. One winner is drawn each week and they win a small prize. It's fun!

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  4. Wow, AMAZING! Now I'm jealous and want to re-do mine!!

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    1. WHATEVER. Everything you do is solid gold, girl!

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  5. Jennifer - this is awesome! Looks like your students had a lot of fun creating this. Even though we don't really SEE the mess the kids referred to, it made me feel better - cause our office/work area is horrendous.

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    1. Hi Fran,

      We all have messy back rooms! My students said there was no way we could leave it out of the video, so we embraced our mess! :)

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