First blog post

Welcome to my blog!!

This is my blog ! Creating this blog has caused me to exercise persistence during its creation.  I started my first blog in Blogger and had numerous technical challenges.  After several attempts I stopped and created the blog in Word Press.  Once I created the name of the blog, I viewed several themes. I tried two different themes and found them to be to busy( lots of pictures and places to put information). I had decided that I wanted my blog to have a basic defined theme. After reading Chapter 1 in the textbook I realized that I was focusing on the simplicity of the design with the anticipation that the design would be clear, balanced and have a natural flow for the reader. The next step was to decide on the font that is used in the blog.  I believe that the font is very important in order for the reader to be willing to view the material. It should be easy on the eye and encourage interaction with the reader. Several points for Chapter 2 came to mind, that the letters must be clear, large enough for the reader to see and to be sure that the blog has no visual clutter.

Featured post

Staying Current I selected this website to follow because Jennifer LaGarde seems to share all aspects of being a librarian.  She shares actual ideas and points to remember when completing task like the annual report she shared on  May 2017. I also enjoyed re- reading the post on items that should be on  school  library websites .

The AASL Best Websites for 2017

The  AASL Best Websites for 2017 are fantastic and their free! It was hard to choose three websites. I selected , Formative,and Listenwise .


Pixabay is a website that allows you to search for copyright restriction free pictures, vectors, and videos( even though correct siting will be taught) These pictures are easy to download. One additional features that is helpful when working with students is to select  “ Safe Search” which will help to filter any inappropriate images. Pixabay will used in the classroom or library to assist students to find free quality materials ( pictures, vectors, and  videos)when working on class assignments, reports and presentations.


Formative is a website that allows teachers and libraries to create assignments that  can be sent to students , graded and then returned to the students for a quick response. It provides visual feedback and a record of work.

This would be used to give students a way to receive assignment quizzes ,etc.on line. Students would complete the work, return it to me , and be given an immediate response to students efforts without paper being passed back and forth.



Listenwise in an on –line platform that has a free version that allows students to listen to  news stories from approved sources.  This website would be used to enhance topics being studied, to encourage interest in an area presented, and  to assist with writing assignments.


Reflection and Action Plan

The Summer LIBS Institute for 2016-2017 allowed students to learn about current practices in the field. This time was also used to meet instructors, classmates, and to get a feel for the ODU campus.  I learned about the importance of collaborating and communicating. Two major take a ways from the Institute are: T-pak from Dr. Crompton, developing open spaces and open minds from Dr.Dickerson,


One idea that I plan to follow up on is promoting inquiry in the classroom and encouraging research. I plan to do this by having project based learning  utilizing new technologies and having places in the classroom to create .

After the Technology Session-Points learned

Google Expedition

  1. How does the Google Expedition allow a teacher to take 20 or more students on expedition.

           Teacher selects the role as guide. This allows the teacher to lead and choose

           points of interest.


  1. What happens when your internet connection at school drops.

Only needed to install Expedition and  app. You will need to work with school


  1. How hard is it to get devices to work with a large group of student and the teacher to lead the group as it goes along.. Not hard as long as you have enough virtual viewers you can make or purchase


  1. How does the orzobot know the types of paths to create? Orzobots have sensors
  2. What happens when a pattern is changed, how does the orzobot know how to respond.  The senors pick this up
  3. How easy is it to work with a class of 20 or more students on an activity? Will need 3 or 4 orzobots


  1. How does it know what direction to roll ? It has a devise inside that lets it connect with a cellphone or tablet.
  2. How hard is it to get the Sphero to change colors and roll for a game with two-three people? It has a built in feature to change colors
  3. What happens when the Sphero is used to track your movement , is it like a fit bit?  Did not find a clear answer to this.
  4. How is this used to interest students in wanting to create code. Seeing the device move makes one interested in how it works

Summer Institute- 140 Character Report

Summer Institute 2017

Dr.Helen Crompton-take away is the T-Pack.This is made up of the Technical Knowledge (TK),Content Knowledge CK), and Pedagogical Knowledge (PK).  ODU LIBS Summer Inst._KHarvey_ Day1 _speaker3276




Gail Dickinson – take away is “Never Assume the obvious, Know your Audience, Inspire Confidence, and Know your worth. Turn the lights On !!” –

Our Library Radiating Out to Our Community of Learners-Promote Collaboration, attend planning meetings, make yourself available, & ask teachers.


Leveraging Library Resources and Beyond: Affordable and Open Resources for Your Teaching Research- Take away- Use database.

Technology Exploration Includes many options from origami in which I created a paper emoji, tried Little bits, MakeyMakey great value, tried it, intrigued by Aurasma.


School Librarians with a Future Forward Mindset- Traits: curious, flexible ,intentional patron-focused, growth oriented, willing to risk failure.

LIBS Summer Instit._Day 2 _session _HarveyK

Genrefication: Making Students More Efficient &Independent in Your School Library-Take away-organizing books by

World Café-Take away-Build coalitions, overcome obstacles, “Hit the ground standing still” Communicate with Admin, teachers, students, & community

Technology Exploration

  1. Little Bits can be used to show that creating things that work is possible . Little Bits encouraging creators and inventors. It provides a building block of a circuit that can be connected with other pieces that are color-coded and snap together when this is done lights come on or pushing a button to ring a bell is possible. I would use this to promote inventions and possibilities.


  1. Google Expedition is a wonderful way to immerse a student in an environment that we only are able to talk about in class. The device with the internet connection would allow class trips to other parts of the world during while staying at school.


  1. Paper circuits

Using paper circuits allow students to learn about creating connections needed to have a light come on . Students will learn about series and parallel circuits   Possibilities are endless. Students could create public service announcements and design a poster board with using paper circuits to highlight the message.

4. Shero robots- provides an opportunity for students and teacher to see computer code “rolling in action.”

5. Makey Makey – this could be used in class to assist students who may think they are unable to create that it is possible to take a common object and connect it to the Makey Makey board and invent something different.

6 Ozobot – can be used in the classroom to interest students in wanting to learn how to make the small robot complete task.

7.Green Screen – It can be used to increase student desire to research through using the green screen to be used to edit the  background  for movie or photographs.

8. Aurasma – is a free app that can be used in the classroom to make displays become 3 dimensional. It reminds me of a more advanced QR code.

9. Memes – in the classroom memes would be used to provide information on a topic studied by capturing a picture , using filters and writing a comment to emphasize what was learned.

Three Tools that I would like to more about!

Google Expedition

  1. How does the Google Expedition allow a teacher to take 20 or more students on expedition.
  2. What happens when your internet connection at school drops/
  3. How hard is it to get devices to work with a large group of student and the teacher to lead the group as it goes along.


  1. How does the orzobot know the types of paths to create?
  2. What happens when a pattern is changed, how does the orzobot know how to respond/
  3. How easy is it to work with a class of 20 or more students on an activity?


  1. How does it know what direction to roll?
  2. How hard is it to get the sphero to change colors and roll for a game with two-three people?
  3. What happens when the sphero is used to track your movement , is it like a fit bit? Or
  4. How is this used to interest students in wanting to create code?


QR Code

LIBS602_QR code img

Learning about QR has been fun and practical.  Before listening to the video, reading the articles and creating a QR code I was unsure of the benefits of QR codes. I can think of many ways to “ really, really” use the QR codes.  In the classroom I will use QR codes to provide reminders of special events, to return important papers, notify of service opportunities at school, and to link to articles to read for homework.  During back to school night or new  student interest night  I would use QR codes to link to Brief welcome to parents , students, and community members; personal data sheets, and a map of the school.  In the library QR codes could be used to link to surveys to the administration, staff, and students to inquire about favorite books, resources, and other materials to be used in the library. Another way the QR code can used is to link the code to video trailers for books, to promote sign up for book clubs, and for students to access a form to volunteer in maker spaces and at the internet café.

Coding provides opportunities to complete an Hour of Code and to explore many other programming options.  Learning to program allows each one of  us to become creators. shows a variety of ages and ethnicities solving problems. This site uses video instructions to explain programming. It also explains the vocabulary, shows the actual code that is written, and it invites you to try the steps, I found it very helpful that the Hour of Code provides verbal explanations with a visual that shows how characters are moving on the screen.  Once I accomplished a task I liked the feedback. Embedded in the Hour of Code are many training videos on the new techniques that you would apply in order for the character from the practice session to continue to complete more intricate task.

July 9, 2017

Three D Printing, Coding, Paper Circuitry and Computational Thinking

Three D printing, Coding, and Paper Circuitry utilize Computational Thinking.  So what is computational thinking?  Computational thinking consists of four components: Algorithmic thinking, Decomposition, Abstraction, and Pattern Recognition. These four parts assist in developing or in enhancing the ability to problem solve in the 21st Century.   To make this a little clearer, computational thinking is based on developing a step by step method to solve a problem, next to dissect the steps to obtain the most basic parts, develop a possible solution, and to use data that has been researched in this process to see the possible ways to complete the task and reach the goal of solving the problem.

Three D printing, coding, and paper circuitry come in to play with investigating a challenging question and utilizing one, two, or all of these to tools to create a solution.  Three D printing provides the ability to create a prototype of a design. Coding can be utilize to write a program to have the computer to complete a task that solves a problem , and the paper circuity is a way utilize electricity to solve a problem


Three D printing, Coding, and Paper Circuitry can be used in school and school libraries. The three tools and be used in classroom to solve problems that impact the school community.   After several classes have read Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate, students may decide to create a device that helps homeless people in the community.  School libraries can utilize these tools to have students to create a product that solves a challenge for a character in a book.  Also school librarians can work with different subject area to provide a Maker Space for students to develop solutions for assigned class projects.

July 9, 2017


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