Friday, August 29, 2014


A visit to Barnes and Noble + morning traffic = parking lot booktalks

And sharing of this wonderful new book. 


Instructions for using the SMS shared calendars, shared with parent via email. I will write it up for posting to the web site.

The web site works best on regular computer, but there is an alternative if you want to use your mobile device. I check my Google calendar all the time using my iPhone.

You will need a Google account. 

Sign in using your favorite browser and then open another window and go to the calendars you want to track.

At the bottom of each calendar, there is a Google button.

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When you click on that you will be prompted to add this calendar to your own.

Once you have done this, you can access that calendar from your mobile device using Google drive. Just go to and sign in on your device.

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Click on More.

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Click on Calendar.

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You can now choose between the day and month.
And go to the description if it is available.

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Want to add just the calendar to your home screen so you don't have to bother with Google Drive? Click on Add to Home Screen.

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It will look like this:

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Just click on it and you are ready to go.

I'm going to add these instructions to the web site if they are helpful. Tell me if I've missed a step or if I need clarification anywhere.

Glad to know that the calendar is useful!


We are going to have a great reading club this year!

Iowa Children's Choice Award books in the SMS Media Center.

EVERY SINGLE one of the ICCA books at Lakeview are checked out!

Monday, August 25, 2014


This year we are simplifying our message to 9th and 10th graders. 
Want to know the "rules" of the media center? Think RESPECT.
That's it.

Ran into this message when trying to loop the ALS ice-bucket playlist.

Changed browsers and here it is!

Saturday, August 23, 2014


4th graders will be tracking their Iowa Children's Choice Award reading with Google form.

Books for Rock & Read volunteers, ready to be delivered to kindergarten commons.


Friday afternoon at SHS.


Studying in the cozy nook.



All freshmen attended our annual Club Rush in the Media Center to learn about the many extracurricular activities available to them at SHS. My colleague, Karen Clingerman, initiated this several years ago and now it is tradition.

SMS genre chart.

Going old-school with ITA tracking this year. Notating bookmarks rather than using Google forms.

New book display at SHS.

Love this poster from Ikea. 
Do we ever really Shhh? 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Used Google Hangouts On Air this morning for a test run. A few glitches, but a great effort by all participants. Lots of potential to share info in a fun way. Our anchorman was awesome. SNL bound.