Nursery Rhymes: Happenings With the Children!

Get Ready to Recite at http://youtu.be/leLbW85JM4k

Get Ready to Recite at http://youtu.be/leLbW85JM4k

Click the link within the caption to see me at YouTube reciting the rhyme with the children. (No you do not see them actually: drat those photo release permission rules!) But you can still feel their energy! ENJOY!

Nursery Rhymes Series — Oh Yes! WEEK 2

The children were on task today! (Thank you daycare workers!) First, we rehearsed what is a nursery rhyme. Next, we practiced Hickory Dickory Dock, This Little Piggy, and fell back into Green Eggs and Ham.

At the day’s end many of the children could couple “house with mouse” and “boat with goat” and “fox with box”.

There were plenty of smiles and a few giggles to boot. What a delight!

Library Programming: Journaling and iPad Use

Hey all:
I was just considering a library programming idea.
I’d like to try having children, ages 8-12 use iPads while practicing their writing in a 3 or 4 week series. First, we could talk about basic writing skills such as knowing what makes a sentence a sentence. Then, the idea of paragraph construction could be discussed and practiced. Finally, we could use iPads to construct our letters/entries and share them on ???? (Hmmmm… not sure about what site to use for sharing all the happenings. WordPress maybe?)
Let me know if you have tried this and what would work better or best!

Directing the Digital Natives

What’s a digital native?* — a digital native is a person born after digital technology was introduced into society. Since this group has been around and often immersed in digital technology they are very comfortable using the computer and the Internet?( How many times have we heard or said, “I’ll get my grandson or my kids to show me how to use the Internet or open my email. “You know young people know technology!”)
This generation expects technology to be a part of their everyday work and recreational activity. The challenge for we digital immigrants*, those born before digital technology was introduced into society, is to keep up with them while still ensuring that they learn the 3R’s and information literacy skills to boot**!
Share your thoughts!

* These terms were first coined by Marc Prensky, American educator.”

** See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aya43MnWTxQ