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Using @pinterest & #QRcodes to digitize @iampemberton’s class library & share reading prompts. #kinderchat #ptchat

I just had such a great and productive conversation with Kindergarten teacher, Lauren Pemberton (@iampemberton)! Lauren came into the tech office asking about whether she should affix QR codes to class library books or use some other technology like augmented reality. I asked what she’d like to have happen, and she said she wants parents to be able to scan a code and see questions pop-up during read-alouds with their children that would be good prompts and conversation starters about the story.

I agreed that QR codes would work really well, since the QR code acts as a link to additional information by using any device. Each QR code is paired to a unique webpage that can be bookmarked or emailed or just left in the form of an open page on the device’s web browser. In contrast, augmented reality apps like Layar and Aurasma allow the book cover (or any image) to be used as a dynamic trigger that launches an overlay of information on the device’s screen. This is awesome, but that overlay would disappear as soon as the device is no longer hovering over the trigger (in this case, scanning the book via the app could launch an image containing a list of questions but only when the device is “seeing” the book cover).

I backtracked and suggested that Lauren and her co-teacher, @Jenn_Dare,  first build a Pinterest board full of books available in their classroom’s library. I totally got this idea from my friend, @KimBeeman, who is the amazing Head of the Library at The Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok, Thailand. Kim curates a wonderfully useful Shrewbury Library Blog and many Pinterest boards of the library’s collection organized by genre, grade, project, date aquired, and more.

So, Lauren and Jenn are going to curate a Pinterest board that is a digital representation of their Kindergarten library. Each book pinned to the board will have a unique URL (web address) and space in the description for Lauren and Jenn to post questions and conversation starters about that book. These pins also allow for comments from other users, so parents and teachers can add their own questions and prompts and share/network with each other. Yay for social networking about literacy!

Many sites allow you to make a QR code (like QR Stuff or QR Code Generator), so each book pinned on Lauren and Jenn’s Pinterest board will have a distinct QR code that gets printed and taped to the physical book in their class’s library. This enables students/parents/teachers to borrow a book, scan the QR code taped to it by using a QR reader (like QR Reader for iPhone or QR Code Reader) and launch a webpage for that book’s pin on the Pinterest board to access questions specific to the story.

Finally, I suggested that Lauren keep a GoogleDoc that consists of an ever-expanding table that includes the following information:

  1. Book title
  2. URL to that book’s pin on the class library Pinterest board
  3. QR code that links to that pin’s URL

This will be tedious but worthwhile. After all of their classroom’s current  books are inventoried, pinned to the Pinterest board, and linked to a QR code, it’s just a matter of adding new rows to the table as any additional books are brought in to supplement their growing and evolving library.

 

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Photos from the amazing Library@Orchard in Singapore! #SG #libchat

Yet another reason to be thankful to Katie Day! She took us to visit the amazing Library @ Orchard in Singapore this afternoon! There are lovely design elements, well-laid out flexible and collaborative spaces, interesting resources displayed in innovative ways, and NO children’s section. This is intentional since the library is in a mall, and I guess they don’t want parents dropping off kids and shopping while treating the library like an IKEA day care station. 

Check out their opening hours below. They’re open for long hours basically all year…





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Photos from @UWCSEA_East’s libraries with @KimBeeman. Thanks @librarianedge & @barb_philip! #libchat

 

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Photos from @TaglinTrust’s libraries tour with @KimBeeman today! #Singapore #libchat #GlobalEd

I’m in Singapore for the weekend! I visited schools and libraries with Kim Beeman, Head of Libraries at Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok. Many thanks to Katie Day, Head of Library at UWCSEA East in Singapore for helping to coordinate our visits and hosting us!

After visiting Dulwich College Singapore and Singapore American School earlier in the day, our third school visit was at Tanglin Trust School. Suzanne Parfitt of the Upper School Library kindly toured us around her newly renovated and expanded space plus the Junior and Infant Libraries. In addition, Suzanne showed us the Staff Library (!) which is a lovely collaborative faculty room with tons of learning resources, a kitchen area, and windows. So important!

Tanglin is celebrating its 90th birthfay, and the library hose 90 books (one from each year of its existance) to highlight. Something I noticed and loved was that EVERY library we visited had a reading theater space which doubles as classroom performance space. Hard to achieve in a city school without oodles of available spaces spread about sprawling campuses but soooo valuable…

Check out Tanglin’s Infant Library’s story sacks! And the screen saver that the 6th grader sees when she logs onto the computer reminding her of the school’s Responsible Use Policy! Also, notice the beautiful new space offering flexible collaborative learning opportunities — it is furnished with Steelcase furniture, writeable surfaces, and maker materials — all in an area which was formally an open patio!

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