Welcome to my Web of videos, each about information and
technology literacy skills, the standards Wisconsin has developed
for school library media centers.
Multi-media is a powerful way to connect with today's youth,
digital natives. Using the digital formats youths are
interested in is an effective strategy to introduce, teach, and
reinforce a wide-array of media skills that relate to traditional
print media, books, digital search tools, and computer
Students respect this because when we create and share
multi-media, we are modeling their world and the skills that they
aspire to master. The "digital divide" in schools is not
really about who has access to computers and modern software, it
is about access to adults that take interest in emerging
technology and model the life-long learning skills that are
necessary to continue to learn new technologies.
When teachers take the initiative to create and share
multi-media, we are preparing students to apply these valuable
skills to demonstrate their learning. To more-fully support
our students with technology, educators need to:
- Model expectations for quality and enriched content.
- Demonstrate a workflow process that efficiently enables
projects to be successfully completed.
- Share these skills across diverse learners by organizing
projects in collaboration with students.
As a library media specialist that is also involved with
professional network TV production, I can share how the "pros"
organize the three steps of production:
- Planning (pre-production)
- Capturing (production)
- Editing & finalizing (post-production)
But my purpose here is to make available for my students, their
families, other teachers & media specialists, and school
stakeholders some of the videos that I have created and shared
with students this year.
Each is a short presentation, less than 10 minutes. All
are effective and provide an important resources that I integrate
into lessons. I have used these videos here with
upper-elementary students, middle school students, and even high
school students. The key is to include enriched content in a
short, attention-grabbing way. You will find that the
formats and styles I use work with very wide and diverse age
"Take 5" Research Process. Have a research project?
Maybe for school, work, or your personal life? Let’s review how we
can find the information we need, spending no more time than
necessary, and get the best information available.
Evaluating Information. Using digital search tools and
the Internet to find information is fun and easy. Access to
different resources is valuable. However, easy access means
evaluating what we find is important. Let's look at how to help
choose the best information available.
Keyword & Subject Heading Heading Searches. Professional
researchers know that the fastest way to find information is to
understand how people have organized it. Finding good resources is
easy when we understand the difference between SUBJECT HEADINGS
and KEYWORD searches.
Badger, Badger, BadgerLink. Here's a short video to
demonstrate BadgerLink, a wonderful collection of online resources
that provides access to quality online information for Wisconsin
residents, schools, and libraries.
Meet Melvil Dewey & Dewey Decimal Catagories. Sit back
and enjoy ScooterStories' Dewey Decimal Rap and then we will
review the 10 basic number categories that Melvil Dewey created to
organize information in libraries.
Doin' Dewey: Nonfiction. Join Bogey Bear and Fuzby as
they talk about getting started with Dewey Decimal Numbers -
Melvil Dewey's system for organizing nonfiction books in the
library. Dewey Decimal numbers are used in libraries all around
Reference Team. Need to find some information? Want to
find it quickly? Then you will want to get to know the "team" at
the library. The reference team - they can help you find
Almanacs: General Index. The World Almanac is organized
with tabs, a table of content, a general index, and a quick
reference index. Students are surprised to see we find information
quicker in an almanac than an Internet search. Let's let some
young readers explain.
Earth, Globes, and Maps. If you we out in space
looking at Earth, you would see an amazing, beautiful sight, a
spinning globe. You can see the large masses of land. To see the
details of how earth, you might want to look at a model of it
(globe) or a diagram of what you are seeing (map).
Maps: Latitude & Longitude. So do you ever ask
"Where am I?" Sounds like an easy question, and it is unless you
mean “Where am I located on the earth?” Several hundred years ago,
a system, lines of latitude and longitude was developed.
Plagiarism & Citing Sources. Giving others credit for
their ideas and words is important. It's the right thing to do.
Let's review how to avoid plagiarism and look at a simple way to
cite sources - a format based on APA that is used in with primary
students at the Herman School District.
Fiction Genres. Reading books is fun. Reading is
fun because there are different kinds of books – different books
for different kinds of fun. We call different types of stories,
genres. Let's look at the 6 basic types of fiction genres.
Newbery Medal Winners & Honors Books. Looking for a
fun book to read – try an award-winning book. Try a Newbery book.
These books have entertained millions of people, folks all around
the world. You’ll probably enjoy them too.
Folk Tales & Fairy Tales. Learning about genres is the
key to connecting young readers with fun books - there are many
different types of stories and books, different genres. Let's get
started by comparing and contrasting folk tales with fairy tales.
Finding Fiction Books. Mr. Breitsprecher always likes it
when students and other friends stop by the library. Join Bogey
Bear, Fuzby, and Mr. Breitsprecher as they review the alphabet and
how fiction books are shelved in the library - they are in ABC
order by the author's last name.
Your Library: Finding Fiction and Nonfiction Books. Mr.
Breitsprecher and his friends review an old video about libraries,
call letters for fiction, and Dewey numbers for nonfiction. This
project shows how older videos can have good information if you
look for useful clips that are still valid.
I Remember Dr. Marting Luther King. I created this
video to help introduce biographies to upper elementary students
during the week the nation honors Dr. King. There are many great
books about him for kids of all ages. My favorite is David
Adler's "A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr."
Amazing Grace: A Legend of Hope, Change, and Freedom.
This lesson celebrates African American Heritage by reviewing
slavery in America, the inspiring story of the song Amazing Grace,
and what that song has meant to different people over the years.
I Love It When You Read To Me. I wrote this song a couple
of years ago when I accepted a library media position in a lower
elementary school, K through second-grade. What a happy and joyous
place! Here I play it with some 4-year-old Kindergarten students.
This is just too cute and I am so grateful to have an opportunity
to share with these children.
Caldecott Awards. Children love to sing - they love songs
about books. I wrote this to share a love of books with the young
students I read to. The kids love it and they love the books we
Wisconsin's Golden Archer Award 2007/2008. Each year,
Wisconsin students nominate books and a popular vote determines
the "winner" as determined by the state's young readers. It's a
lot of fun and promotes a love a reading. Learn more with this
Author Study: Jeanne Willis. A popular author from
England who has written more than 80 books for children, Ms.
Willis' book Tadpoles Promise is one of the 2007/2008 Golden
Archer Award nominees. This video also features a presentation I
made of her book, Mayfly Day.
Alphabetical Order. Some things we learn to do by
DOING. I always carefully practice procedures like alphabetical
order with students, but find having different ways to explain it
and multimedia really helps. This video outlines the process so
that we can practice.
Dictionaries: Guide Words. We use guide words,
two words on the top of each page. The first guide word is the
first word on that page. The second guide word is the last word on
that page. We just use alphabetical order and find the 2 guide
words that the word we are looking up falls between.
Encyclopedia: Guide Words. Encyclopedias have
guide words - one set of the top of each 2 pages. The first guide
word is the first item on the first page. The second guide word is
the last item on the second page. Use alphabetical order to find
the guide words that our word would be between.
Using Dictionaries. Here are the basics that we
need to know to look up words in dictionaries. I created this for
my 3rd graders. Please note how I have simplified the process of
making multimedia by using a PowerPoint-style, narrated
Using Encyclopedias. This is another video I was able to
quickly create using a PowerPoint format with transitions and
animations. We review the basic thing
A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. Every person's
life is a story. Every person's life touches others. Dr. Martin
Luther King's life was productive and compassionate. Featuring a
title from David Adler's award-winning biography series, I have
also included a short video about Dr. King's life.
A Picture Book of Rosa Parks. David Adler biography
series of picture books are great for young children. They are
good books for older readers. This book, about "the mother of the
civil rights movement" tells us about the life and times of Rosa
Bear Snores On Karma Wilson is a popular children's book
author that is increasingly getting the attention and affection of
young readers. She has a wonderful, whimsical style that uses
rhyme and repetition to delight children.
Corduroy. Children love their teddy bears! Many adults
love bears too. Written by Don Freeman, the book Corduroy is one
of the most popular picture books in school and public libraries.
entertained generations of kids and helped get them ready to read.
The Blues of Flats Brown The blues are an old style of
music, born in hard times. But blues music takes a sad situation
and makes it joyful. Let's listen to Albert Collins & BB King,
look at what blues music is, and then share a wonderful picture
book by Walter Dean Myers.
Parody: Goldilocks and the Three Bears Some stories are
fun because we have heard another story first. Sometimes authors
take our favorite stories and create new ones with new meaning and
characters. These new stories keep some of the original story,
which making it fun.
Paddington Bear One of the most popular bears in the
world, one of the most popular series of chapter books in the
world, is Paddington. He is a bear that came to London as a
stole-away from Peru. This "book-talk" video presents the main
titles in the Paddington series.
Tadpole's Promise Written by Jeanne Willis and
illustrated by Tony Ross, Tadpole's Promise is a delightful book
and was nominated for a Golden Archer Award in 2007/2008. This
video also reviews the lifecycle of butterflies and frogs.
Where's My Teddy? Having a routine, a set of things we do
at bedtime, can help us get a good night's sleep. For many
children, going to bed means huddling and cuddling their own teddy
bear. Here's a fun story about a boy, a bear, and the teddy bears
that they love.
Spotlight Today Author Talk: Cynthia Rylant.
Cynthia Rylant grew up in rural West Virginia and loved comic
books, cats and dogs, pajama parties, and the Beatles. Like most
kids, she played with dolls, rode bikes, and had fun outside.
Today, she believes that all the playing she did as a child is
what helped her become a great writer. Ms. Rylant is an author
that kids can enjoy reading for many, many years.
Oz Series Book Talk. This video looks at each of the
original Frank Baum Oz books, summarizing the books and flipping
through the original print editions so that students can get a
feel for how artwork adds to the author's presentation. This
is an effective video - there are timeless classics that often sit
on library shelves because today's youth do not even see them.
After showing this video to my classes - ALL of the Oz books get
checked out and another generation of kids learn to enjoy the work
of one of America's greatest writers.
Spotlight Today Book Talks. This is a pilot for a
series of book talks for this fall's youth TV show on TVW, Club
TNT. Let's look at four popular books for middle age/middle school
students: The Heart of a Chief, by Joseph Bruchac; Blue
Jasmine, by Kashmira Sheth; The Circuit: Stories from the Life of
a Migrant Child, by Francisco Jimenez; and I'll Pass for Your
Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War, by Anita Silvey
I Love It When You Read To Me: Book Talks by
BreitLinks. While I have been making videos to promote great books with my
students for a few years now, these are public service
announcements I am making for a Madison-area youth radio show,
Listen Hear! and a youth TV show,
Club TNT. Each starts as a voice-over done to professional radio
standards and then I use a video template I created to quickly
turn that narration into a simple, 1-minute TV spot.
||Young Adult Lit
Corduroy, by Don Freeman
Do Not Open This Book, by Michaela Muntean
I Stink, by Kate McMullan
Let's Go Froggy, by Jonathan London
Mama Cat Has 3 Kittens, by Denise Fleming
Roasted Peanuts, by Tim Egan
Spunky Monkeys On Parade, by Stuart J.
Wild About Books, by Judy Sierra
Adventures of Minnie, by Melodye Benson
Southern Tales of the Supernatural, by Patricia McKissack
Frog and Toad
Are Friends, by Arnold Lobel
Stilton Series, by Geronimo Stilton (Edizioni Piemme)
R. L. Stine
Island of the
Blue Dolphin, by by Scott O'Dell
The Jazz Kid, by
James Lincoln Collier
The Talking Earth,
by Elva Trevino Hart
by Robert Lipsyte
Trial, by Chris Crowe
Walter Dean Myers
Now Is Your
Time, by Walter Dean Myers
Secrets of the
Tsil Cafe, by Thomas Fox Averill
Sugar in the
Raw, by Rebecca Carroll