Richard Snyder

Richard Snyder

Richard Snyder is a teacher-librarian for Kirkland Middle School in Kirkland, Washington (USA): "I am inspired by innovative uses of technology (both familiar and new), teaming with classroom teachers, professional connections, and creativity. My library makerspace challenges me to think of ways to keep students engaged while challenging themselves to guide their own learning and discovery. My goals are to continue to make the library the central part of a school where teachers and students become effective users and producers of ideas and information."

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Week 7: Making Connections

It was a pretty awesome week to be a middle school librarian. It was a good week to utilize social media for learning. It was an amazing week to get to talk about student voice.

WP_20151013_004Mondays are turning into “catch up on all the stuff I didn’t get done last week” days. So I updated some club information and got ready for my book club to meet on Tuesday. Kids jumped into a rather heated discussion about Chris Wooding’s Silver.… Visit the author's original post

Week 7: Making Connections

It was a pretty awesome week to be a middle school librarian. It was a good week to utilize social media for learning. It was an amazing week to get to talk about student voice.

WP_20151013_004Mondays are turning into “catch up on all the stuff I didn’t get done last week” days. So I updated some club information and got ready for my book club to meet on Tuesday. Kids jumped into a rather heated discussion about Chris Wooding’s Silver.… Visit the author's original post

Week 6: Seahawks, Shortcuts, and EdCamp.

So I’m watching the Seahawks play Cincinnati while I’m trying this. Forgive any distractions or cheers.

The week afforded me a lot of time to prepare for some other projects. For Friday, the 7th grade team planned on bringing all of their students to check out books and begin their year-long genre project. The idea is that they want their students to read a wide variety of literature, and they could do this with genres. It also supports my new genre-fied collection, so it made sense that we team up together on this.… Visit the author's original post

Week 6: Seahawks, Shortcuts, and EdCamp.

So I’m watching the Seahawks play Cincinnati while I’m trying this. Forgive any distractions or cheers.

The week afforded me a lot of time to prepare for some other projects. For Friday, the 7th grade team planned on bringing all of their students to check out books and begin their year-long genre project. The idea is that they want their students to read a wide variety of literature, and they could do this with genres. It also supports my new genre-fied collection, so it made sense that we team up together on this.… Visit the author's original post

Week 3 Reflection: Sway to the OneNote

Another rockin’ week in the life of this KiMS librarian. It’s so much fun to be in classrooms, planning with colleagues, creating curriculum, and seeing kids have fun. #lovemyjob

WP_20150916_09_20_34_ProClass OneNote notebooks are in full effect. As of Monday (tomorrow), all 8th grade students will be using this OneNote feature in English classes, and most in science classes, Teachers have planned content in a variety of areas. Right now kids are keeping track of reading logs (some on their phone) and reading reflection.… Visit the author's original post

Week 3 Reflection: Sway to the OneNote

Another rockin’ week in the life of this KiMS librarian. It’s so much fun to be in classrooms, planning with colleagues, creating curriculum, and seeing kids have fun. #lovemyjob

WP_20150916_09_20_34_ProClass OneNote notebooks are in full effect. As of Monday (tomorrow), all 8th grade students will be using this OneNote feature in English classes, and most in science classes. Teachers have planned content in a variety of areas. Right now kids are keeping track of reading logs (some on their phone) and reading reflection.… Visit the author's original post

Week 2: Full Speed Ahead

I spent the week mostly in classes, working with my 7th grade teachers on infographics. In the past, we created our designs using PowerPoint – which was a good option for kids.

So on Tuesday we did an introduction of infographics and how they work. Teachers helped kids design and think about their project on Wednesday. Thursday was spent teaching kids how to use Piktochart, and they worked on Friday. Projects should come back this week – and I’m eager to see their creations.… Visit the author's original post

Week 2: Full Speed Ahead

I spent the week mostly in classes, working with my 7th grade teachers on infographics. In the past, we created our designs using PowerPoint – which was a good option for kids.

So on Tuesday we did an introduction of infographics and how they work. Teachers helped kids design and think about their project on Wednesday. Thursday was spent teaching kids how to use Piktochart, and they worked on Friday. Projects should come back this week – and I’m eager to see their creations.… Visit the author's original post

ISTE – Day 2

Today gave me the chance to network, network, network. I was able to work the MS booth for a few hours. I didn’t know exactly what that would look like at first, but what happened was so much fun. Basically – I talked to people. About the library. About Sway. About OneNote. About  bees. Random and yet connected topics because the underlying thread was connecting about needs. It was great.

I also gave two (SRO) presentations – always a good boost to one’s morale.… Visit the author's original post

ISTE – Day 2

Today gave me the chance to network, network, network. I was able to work the MS booth for a few hours. I didn’t know exactly what that would look like at first, but what happened was so much fun. Basically – I talked to people. About the library. About Sway. About OneNote. About  bees. Random and yet connected topics because the underlying thread was connecting about needs. It was great.

I also gave two (SRO) presentations – always a good boost to one’s morale.… Visit the author's original post

MIE Weekend

Starting my ISTE2015 experience with my MIE Expert cohort. The day should be busy, engaging, challenging, and fun. More later.

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Great words this morning from Shannon Miller. She stressed the importance of helping kids connect globally – and the power of doing that as a librarian! I had to go meet her after her presentation; she was one of my first followers on Twitter.

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Okay – the Hunt was one of the most fun things I’ve done at a conference.… Visit the author's original post

Mystery Skype!

One of my favorite sessions at E2 in Redmond (which, yes, I haven’t even debriefed yet…) was around the Skype in the Classroom program. This is a great resource that connects classrooms around the world with professionals: writers, scientists, politician, and anyone else who signs on to the service. Of course it’s all free and only requires a Skype account to join. I was eager to dive into trying out this program, and my first attempt was at a Mystery Skype.… Visit the author's original post

Mystery Skype!

One of my favorite sessions at E2 in Redmond (which, yes, I haven’t even debriefed yet…) was around the Skype in the Classroom program. This is a great resource that connects classrooms around the world with professionals: writers, scientists, politician, and anyone else who signs on to the service. Of course it’s all free and only requires a Skype account to join. I was eager to dive into trying out this program, and my first attempt was at a Mystery Skype.… Visit the author's original post

IFTT – Wow!

IFTT RecipesAfter some positive encourage from The Tech Savvy cohort at NCCE I decided to give IFTT a try. My initial thoughts were: “why didn’t I do this earlier?!”

IFTT is a way for you create recipes for data mining. Basically, you write a script that does something every time something else happens. I know – that’s not very descriptive. Let me try to explain it this way.

Say you follow someone on Twitter who doesn’t post every single day. You read your feed but somehow miss this person’s posts.… Visit the author's original post

IFTTT – Wow!

IFTT RecipesAfter some positive encouragement from The Tech Savvy cohort at NCCE I decided to give IFTTT a try. My initial thoughts were: “why didn’t I do this earlier?!”

IFTTT is a way for you create recipes for data mining. Basically, you write a script that does something every time something else happens. I know – that’s not very descriptive. Let me try to explain it this way.

Say you follow someone on Twitter who doesn’t post every single day. You read your feed but somehow miss this person’s posts.… Visit the author's original post

Infographics + OneNote = Great student project

I started a project with 7th grade social studies to have students research the legacy of early American presidents. As a team, we collaborated on the outcomes of our unit: to have students understand how our founding fathers made lasting impacts on the nation. Students will be in teams and research a President to determine how his legacy is still here (in 2015).

Rather than write a report, students will make Infographics. I introduced the concept to them on Monday and they will spend4 days researching (using databases and finding quality websites).… Visit the author's original post

Infographics + OneNote = Great student project

I started a project with 7th grade social studies to have students research the legacy of early American presidents. As a team, we collaborated on the outcomes of our unit: to have students understand how our founding fathers made lasting impacts on the nation. Students will be in teams and research a President to determine how his legacy is still here (in 2015).

Rather than write a report, students will make Infographics. I introduced the concept to them on Monday and they will spend4 days researching (using databases and finding quality websites).… Visit the author's original post

Student Bloggers

I teamed up with a journalism class this morning to help start 22 new middle school bloggers. It was so fun to see them excited and curious about this format and already imagine the possibilities of what they could write.

We chose Edublogs as our resource, as it allows for secure class blogs and monitored posting. We sent out parent letters for permissions, and set up parents with a password so they could monitor what their students were writing.

I did the leg work to set up student accounts, linking them to school email. … Visit the author's original post

Student Bloggers

I teamed up with a journalism class this morning to help start 22 new middle school bloggers. It was so fun to see them excited and curious about this format and already imagine the possibilities of what they could write.

We chose Edublogs as our resource, as it allows for secure class blogs and monitored posting. We sent out parent letters for permissions, and set up parents with a password so they could monitor what their students were writing.

I did the leg work to set up student accounts, linking them to school email. … Visit the author's original post

Battle of the Books – First Year Reflections

So this year my middle school colleagues and I ran “Battle of the Books” for the first time. While I know there is a well-established national program out there, we wanted to do our own version.

We met last April and May to pick our list of books and assign tasks. We chose the titles form the Evergreen Book Award nominees and added 5 more titles to round out reading level, genre, and format. The final list of books was:

  • Wonder by R.J.
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OneNote + Bing in the Classroom

The Bing in the Classroom program started a new partnership this week. In addition to providing daily lessons that work with the Bing image of the day, safe searching, and a points system that will let schools get free Surfaces, students can now learn OneNote and 21st skills – all for free.

Bing has been providing teachers with daily lessons on the Microsoft Educator network site. Teachers can download a lessons geared toward K-4, 5-8, or 9-12 classrooms. The lessons are intended to last around 10 minutes and provide a nice start-of-class activity or can be extended to let students dive deeper into the topic.… Visit the author's original post

Bing Alive!

It’s posted and I can talk about it! We are creating lessons to go with the Bing lesson of the day. The lessons go with the PowerPoint and are available in OneNote format.

My team are great educators and we have learned so much by doing this project. We are providing (at this point) two weeks worth of lessons.

The first lesson is posted here: http://www.educatornetwork.com/Resources/LearningActivities/Details/1fd8380e-01d0-4a3e-868e-906c085ac910


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Sway Your Audience with Office Sway

Tried of the same old presentation styles and format? Head over the Microsoft Office Sway and get creative. Sway takes away the bells and whistles (and all those special effects that kids just love) and creates an environment that makes content the star of the show.

The simple format starts the creator off with a blank canvas to add images, video, text, and ideas. Build a presentation to show as you speak (think Ted Talk format) or a stand-alone message that your audience can browse on their own.… Visit the author's original post

Embedding YouTube videos into PowerPoint – Thank you TubeChop!

I always loved the PowerPoint feature that let me embed YouTube videos into a presentation. That way I wouldn’t have to leave an IE window open during my presentation, fumble with ALT-TAB keystrokes, and then get back to my presentation. Too much! But I noticed a few years ago that the embedding got harder and harder, to the point that it just didn’t work.

So I’m super excited that I tested out TubeChop - and it worked! TubeChop is better known for taking YouTube videos and only streaming the clip you want to show.… Visit the author's original post

Making Surveys in Excel

There are many “free” sites out there for creating a survey for your class, but I struggle with these sites controlling how much I can access the data that students create. So when I met with a colleague to plan a vocabulary activity for her science class, I wanted to provide her with a site that will let her create a survey that she controls. As usual, I turn to OneDrive.

Among the many features I love in OneDrive, the Excel survey tool is my favorite and most often used.… Visit the author's original post