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Friday, October 28, 2016

Power Up @ Your Library by Guest Blogger Donna Kearley

Governor Greg Abbott proclaimed September 15, 2016 as Power Up @ Your Library Day in Texas. Denton ISD Libraries were proud to be a part of this effort.

Librarians showcased some of the ways they use technology in the school library each year including Augmented Reality, Coding, Robotics, Digital Citizenship, Game Based Learning, STEM Activities (Makerspace), Electronics, QR Codes and 3D Printing.

One activity at elementary allowed students to search the library for Pokemon imitating the popular game Pokemon Go.  When students found their Pokemon, it led them to a QR code for a video which presented the curriculum material to be covered in the lesson.  Students found this very engaging.

Other popular activities included Kindergarteners learning how to program their Bee Bots, students at two different schools learning to “break” the code to find the information locked in a secret box.

We encourage you to stop by the Denton ISD Libraries to see the great things that are going on to build digital and information literacy in our students.

Guest Blogger:  Donna Kearley

A teacher, librarian, and avid reader, Donna Kearley taught Kindergarten, First and Third Grades before completing her Master of Library Science.  She has been a librarian serving Elementary, Middle, and High Schools before being named Library Coordinator for Denton ISD.  In addition, she was the 2013-2014 President of the Texas Association of School Library Administrators and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Texas State Library Standards Revision Steering Committee.  She tweets @dentonisdlib and @librarygal.

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