Saturday, July 20, 2013

50 States of Middle Grade Lit

You may remember the spectacular map created by Epic Reads showing the United States of YA. Inspired by their map I asked my middle grade lit readers to recommend titles for each state that would be appropriate for middle school. Here is the original post.

Several people gave suggestions and every state was quickly represented.

The fabulous Monique German has put the map together and it is so beautiful. Please go to her blog and check it out.
I know that I'll be printing this in poster size and hanging it up in my library. Will you?

Thanks to all of those that contributed titles and a special shout out to Monique for her hard work creating the map. I love it.

And I love the first two lines of her blog post:)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Upstate Technology Conference 2013

This week I presented at one of my favorite conferences, the Upstate Technology Conference, organized by Greenville County School District.
With such a young baby at home I could not commit to being there all day both days but I did present two sessions each day.
The first day I was excited to present with my favorite special education teacher, Candace. She teaches the profoundly mentally disabled students in our district. We work together very well and collaborate often. After a conversation about how few technology sessions there are for special ed I convinced her to present some of our projects. She is a genius at adapting lessons and tech tools for her students. We had a fun time presenting together and had lots to talk about with the teachers that came to our sessions.

The second day I shared ways that I've utilized infographics with our students. The sessions were well attended and I was able to chat with a few of the book boot camp participants. We even had a mini Twitter lesson between sessions. Thanks Keri, Carmen and Kathy for introducing yourselves and talking with me.

I missed being able to talk to my friends at lunch and missing out on sessions, but I was happy that I was able to still participate this year. Even if it was for a shorter time.

Now I'm looking forward to the first ever Edcamp SC and the Edtech conference this fall.