LIGHT UP THE LIBRARY: CIRCUITS

INTERACTIVE SESSIONS TO LEARN ABOUT CIRCUITS
Q: – What is an electric circuit?

INTRODUCTION: “Acting Out an Electric Circuit”

VIEW: Explaining an Electrical Circuit

SELF DISCOVERY

A) Small groups with materials to create an electric circuit.

B) Using the Brainbox and Snap Circuits to create circuits

C) Interactive games (see the Blendspace below)

* Other

Create your own circuit using aluminum foil, battery and light.


BLENDSPACE: TESTING AND CREATING ELECTRIC CIRCUITS

 

https://www.blendspace.com/lessons/iUfzYsiuCVjdxA/light-up-the-library-electrical-circuits?feature=embed

The term so far…. LIGHT UP THE LIBRARY

New activities this week ….
Green Screening and Animation using Apps

Students explored animation using the app PLASTIC.
It simplifies the animation process and makes 2D images into movies and GIFs.

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See more here.

Read a review for the PLASTIC animation app here.

In addition to this, students have begun to explore the simplicity of the DoInk Green Screen app. We have the green screen (purchased with P & F Funding) , iPad and tripod set up for anyone who wishes to learn.

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It will be available for the rest of the term. I am hoping that some inspired readers will create some BOOK HOOKS.

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LIGHT UP THE LIBRARY: Makerspace Cardboard Construction

This term is always about Book Week and the promotion of reading. This year we are focusing on the pairing with a Makerspace concept.

At the start of term, students nominated their interest in a cardboard construction activity.

Over the course of two lunchtimes, students planned the lighthouse, presented their ideas, assessed the best plan and then came together a week later to actually construct the lighthouse. The process was loosely based on a DESIGN THINKING process.

At the top of the lighthouse there is an LED light that can be turned on (battery powered). This was a design element that the students need to consider when planning and building the lighthouse.
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In the coming weeks we will add our shortlisted reviews to the Lighthouse Construction.

 

SO FAR in the JS Library this term…

Other activities that the students have been doing related to the Book Week are

  • creating BOOK LANTERNS using book dust covers
  • collating (PAPER CRAFT) of the L-I-G-H-T letters  for display

STAY TUNED FOR MORE LUNCHTIME ACTIVITIES TO ‘LIGHT UP THE LIBRARY’ in the weeks to come.

  • Animation using apps
  • Green screening – LIGHTS – CAMERA – ACTION
  • Circuits – soft circuits, paper circuits and more

SHARE A STORY – MARCH

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SHARE A STORY

In the JS Library this year we are planning to engage with the Share a Story Project and have a focus on exploring literature through the monthly topics in the beautiful Share a Story CALENDAR  with the desire to celebrate literacy and learning at SALC.

 

The Share a Story Project is the idea of the prolific and well respected author Jackie French  (who has currently published 103 books!). She is Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014 and 2015 and Senior Australian of the Year 2015.

 

Share a Story Project

Learn more about this and find some suggested activities here.

 

MARCH – NAVIGATE A STORY

So many ideas. Here are just a few.

So Let’s Navigate a Story.

 

  • HOW TO  navigate a book – fiction and non-fiction.

 

  • HOW TO navigate the library

How to use the JS Library blog post.

  • USING DEWEY

Locate ‘navigation’ through subjects such as sailing, explorers, devices such as the compass, maps and mapping or read adventure stories, biographies, Choose Your Own Adventure stories or mysteries.

 

Have a go at creating your own version of a ‘Choose Your Own ..’ style of story. This tool allows you to create it online.

Mapping and Geography ideas see My place in the World project .

 

OR EVEN NAVIGATE THE MAKER SPACE & CREATE YOUR OWN BOOK

Bookbinding

Making Books

Homemade Books

Storywriting and Digital Storytelling

Literacy storywriting apps

Storymaking Steps


Follow the tweets at #shareastorycalendar

Maker Spaces, Design Thinking & STE(A)M

Ideas in the making…. Just some thoughts

Creating a Maker Space is just one way that we can connect what happens in the library to the real world.
There are many versions of Maker Spaces. In reality it depends on many variables such as money, space and time.
The Horizon Report 2014 (preview)  has identified  some topics that are clearly relevant and met by the use of Maker Spaces, Design Thinking and STE(A)M approaches to Innovative Teaching and Learning.
  • Significant Challenges Impeding K-12 Ed Tech Adoption 
  • Difficult Challenges: Those that we understand but for which solutions are elusive
  • Complex Thinking and Communication 
  • Integrating Personalized Learning 
  • Solvable Challenges: Those that we understand and know how to solve
  • Creating Authentic Learning Opportunities 
See the MAKER SPACE@THE LIBRARY PINTEREST for some curated resources on this topic.
Makerspace@TheLibrary
DIIGO LINKS – MAKERSPACES
Like most things, being creative and open minded can allow you achieve success and value add for our students.
I am looking at ways we might do this as SALC. The Australian Curriculum – Technologies allows us to do this authentically and to fulfill the requirements of the curriculum (win win!).
In the past students have participated in exploratory sessions with programming, designing apps, game making and digital story telling. I would like to further scaffold this with a design thinking approach, where the students design their own inquiry, rather than it being a structured teacher led experience.
Some ideas:

MINI DESIGNERS

KIDSTHINKDESIGN

CODE.ORG

K-8 CS course

GET UNBORED

PS: This week I visited PIMPAMA STATE SECONDARY COLLEGE and saw their design thinking in action. Looking forward to seeing the next stage of their journey.

Design Minds EXPLAIN from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.