I’m keeping my promise to do a blog post every day, even though this Friday has been filled with tasks like filling the color printer with waste toner cartridges that can’t be found, ordering toner, and revamping a perfectly great activity because the I Pad app was erased – the app is no longer available in the store. Such is the life of the busy librarian – putting out copier fires, and also planning new activities. Fortunately, the activity planned is to teach students about manifest destiny and Westward Expansion. Being a pioneer or a Native American wasn’t easy, and so, it has reminded me that I have to keep my promises, work hard and just do.
I resolved to solve the puzzle of how to recreate the activity we lost. In doing so, I discovered many excellent documents, streaming digital video clips, as well as photographs that can retell the story of the movement of those adventurous Americans who decided to expand to the West, as well as the hardships of the Native Americans they displaced. I have decided that we will upload the clips, documents and photographs to our Schoology platform. I found these clips on our SNAP Smart Media digital catalog, provided by our BOCES School Library System. I would also like to use Socrative or a Google Doc as our assessment tool for questioning, but we will see what the teacher wants to do to make the assessment of knowledge more interactive.
For now, I am happy that I have successfully found some interesting resources to engage our students. Fingers crossed that I do not run out of any toner in the copy machine. Happy Friday, everyone!