Thursday, July 23, 2009

ideas for wikis in the classroom

In last weeks post I said that I would post ways to use wikis at school. I have a friend that teaches 9th Language Arts and she had a class wikispace last year. She had a lot of success using it for class discussions of literary reads. She felt like students felt "safer" posting their thoughts on the wiki than verbalizing them in class.
I have a link to a site that offers a plethora of ideas for wiki use in classroom. It is broken down by subject area. Click on this link, then click on basic:

Happy reading


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

wiki vs. blog

"How does a wiki compare to a blog? What are their different uses?
A blog is a time-based, sequential publication usually authored by one person, whereas information on a wiki is assembled and structured by a group of people. A blog is very much an online journal, and a wiki is similar to a whiteboard, except that it records everything that’s written on it, and lets you see the history of revisions.
In education, I see a blog being used to deliver news and updates to a class, and a wiki being used to work on projects, assignments, and notes."

retrieved from July 20, 2009.

Friday, July 17, 2009

wikispace for educators

We have had some discussion in class about the difference between a wiki and a blog. I mentioned that I have a classroom wikispace. (I do have access to my wiki through my school's server.) Since we are expert bloggers (*wink*) you might want to set up a wiki for your classroom or library.

I sat mine up in September 2008. I didn't use it as much as I intend and hope to do more with it this coming school year. I will post some ideas for usage in a future post.

For my wiki I utilize They offer free wikis for K-12 teachers. They allow teachers to choose a wikispace that is private and can only be accessed by members of your wiki. It is very easy to set up your wiki account and offers tutorials to assist you with all aspects of personalizing and using your wiki.

Here is the link to the website if you are interested in learning more about wikis:

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


After all the "discussion" about Facebook in class today, I was reminded of the UCA LIBM FaceBook Group that Dr. Rickman maintains. If you are a FaceBooker and interested in joining the group, try this link:
This is a closed group which means it is not available for the general public to join--membership is approved by Dr. Rickman.

Happy Reading!


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Booktalker's Guide

I don't know about your students', but mine love it when I do booktalks for them! And, I love doing booktalks! It is a great way to motivate them to read books they otherwise may have never picked up. So, I have set up a website with links to my favorite booktalking sites. I hope you will find them as useful as I do---they are great for getting ideas, motivation, or "borrowing" (giving credit, of course) when you don't have time to write your own booktalk.

Happy Reading!


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Did you ever play with paperdolls?

I came across this website and thought it was a nice little stress reliever...

Happy Reading,


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Comic Strip

Hello Bloggers!

Check this link to a recent edition of Shelf Check-- a comic strip that is set in a library. I thought it was humorous!

Shelf Check

Happpy Reading!


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Monday, June 29, 2009

Teen Reads

Hi all!
If you are a librarian or language arts teacher for grades 7 – 12 you will want to check out the website It is a great blog associated with The Book Report Network. On, you can will find information and features about favorite teen authors, books, series and characters. It is defiantly worth checking out!

Above I mentioned The Book Report Network. If you are unfamiliar with TBRN, it is a group of websites founded in 1996 that share book reviews, compelling features, author profiles and interviews, excerpts of the hottest new releases, literary games and contests, and more with readers every week. You will find it at

Happy Reading!


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Preparing to take Praxis II LMS test

The following post was retrieved from June 24, 2009

Post: Praxis II Library Media Specialist Test Posted by: Nia on 6/14/09

Definitely read the 4th edition (or 3rd edition) of "TheSchool Library Media Manager" by Blanche Woolls and also the book Information Power: Building Partnership for Learning(1998). Chicago: American Library Association. ISBN:0-8389-3470-6 (paperback).

Go to the following website and look under the topic PraxisExam:

Know these authors and their genres: Blume, Mildred Taylor, Asimov, Lionni, and CS Lewis!

Also read Information Power several times. I cannot stress this enough. I went through and read, then highlighted, and then created notes to study from what I had highlighted.

Know the difference between the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read. Those questions were a little confusing.

Know what Information Literacy is and how it is applied in a school media center.

Know the mission goals of the school library media program.

Read everything about Collaboration in Information Power several times.

Know that the primary goal of any school is student learning.

Know collection development. Lots of questions concerning that topic.

Know how to apply Bloom's taxonomy. I studied the parts and they did not want that.They wanted examples of students using the different parts.

Know what Boolean operators are and when to use them.

Know the court case Ashcroft V. ACLU and the Island case and other court cases and acronnyms ex CIPA etc.

Know about flexible scheduling and why it is so important.

Know Keith Curry Lance(Colorado Study) and also the two men who created the Big 6 Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz. Know who sponsored the book Information Power.

Know what MARC records are and all the parts.

Know what goes into planning a new facilty.

Know what the Newbery, Caldecott, and Pritz awards are for. They were all on there.

Know the Dewey Decimal system and which areas must be updated most often.

Know what a Tellable Tale is.

Know what a booktalk is, multiple intelligences, learning styles, etc.

Review a Children's literature Text.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Remembering Reference Books

Sometimes students have a hard time remembering the purpose of each type of reference book.
A "trick" that might be helpful to them is this:

Thesaraus---The same
Atlas---Where it's At
Almanac---All the facts

Unfortunately, I don't remember where or from whom I got this so that I can give credit where it's due. : (

Happy Reading,