Friday, March 22, 2013

Awesome GIF Finding with Bryce and the Superhero

Note: this is a two-part series regarding GIFs. The second can be found at Anna's blog by clicking this link. Please be advised that it may not be a series if only two parts, but here we are. 

The picture to the left uses Comic Sans; but I'm sure you agree, dear reader, that our likenesses are serious business.

About a week ago I woke up to a cryptic message:

Cool! Anna at Future Librarian Superhero and I are in the midst of collaborating on a presentation with Anne at So Tomorrow, but these ladies are awesome and I'd like to do more. I'm not sure what super-professional career embarkation I was expecting, but as I opened up Drive, it sure wasn't this:

I immediately was like this, then like this, then like this. Then, I was like this. And finally, in the Five Stages of GIF, I was like this.

And so, I present to you--
Bryce Don't Play and Future Librarian Superhero on: Finding GIFs.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Awesome Easy Elementary Outreach

I'm sometimes asked how I have time to blog about my programming. The way I see it, though, is different:
I have to blog about my programming.

1. I'm a blogger by my very nature. From ages 11 to 23, I wrote in a physical journal every single day. They travel with me as I move because as much as I wouldn't want anyone to feel anything about stuff that happened in the past (I even hate reading them), I just can't bear to throw them out. As soon as I (unceremoniously) stopped, I started writing at a Live Journal address. Looking back, I actually talked about work on it a lot. (But don't you look, reader, because I'm sure it's embarrassing or something. I just posted the link so you believed me).

2. I'm self-reflective about my programming anyway, and it just makes sense to write it down. Without writing it down, my reflection just goes in circles in my head until it spirals. "What could I do better next time?" quickly becomes "Why was I so dumb to think that would work?"; "I need to find something more cognitively appropriate for those kids." quickly becomes "I just can't work with that age group!" I mean, it gets negative and self-defeating, even if I talk about it. There's something in the flow from brain to keyboard that lets me not worry anymore. Maybe it's the act of knowing my thoughts are saved for later. It actually might be that forgoing blogging as a time saver in the past few months added to my stress level. That would make sense.

3. Blogging, in fact, saves time. I've talked before about my belief in writing scripts and how it's worked for me (here, here, and here). Take yesterday, for example: I found myself heading out to do outreach at an elementary school, and all I did was print out pictures!

...Okay, not exactly. But it was WAY easier than it might have been otherwise.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wild Record Wednesdays: sneaky STEM

On Wednesdays in February, I held a series of programs based on Guinness Book of World Records and... well, any record I could find, really, that seemed pretty cool. I started off with some basic ones the first week (and also overtly STEM rather than sneaky STEM), which I probably wouldn't do again because I lost half my audience before I got to the good stuff!

Each week I found about several world records, preferably with accompanying Youtube clips. I would introduce each record, talk about the record holder, and then show the clip. We would turn this into a discussion about sizes or speed to put numbers into context (math) This took about 20 minutes. During this time, we would also add a pin to a 11x17 map to show where our records were. The remaining 25 minutes were spent with the kids engaged in activities based on the records, and looking through our books from our 030 section for other records to share.

What we did each week:

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

I'm on a Trading Card

Make yours here.
You know you want to.
So as many of you have seen, I'm a 2013 Emerging Leader. I was sponsored by ASCLA, and so far this has been a great opportunity. I'll talk more about applying and stuff later (when I was applying, all the info I could find was "should I apply?" posts. I was going to anyway, and the resources I read presupposed that, if one were to apply, one would be accepted. Zero help in reality).

Because I have little time for upkeep on this blog right now and this will be mostly cut/paste, this post will focus on the burning question, "what was up with your trading card answers?" Here's what happened: They sent us all a bunch of questions, saying, "try to keep it short." What is short? Well, I had originally assumed a few words, but, well, I'm not sure any of my answers would get printed at all, or people who would read them would think I was somehow undeserving. So I'd add "real answers".Then they picked four answers from each of us to put on the backs of our cards. Let me state here plainly that I don't fault anyone but myself for how my card turned out, but I do want to share with you, my blog readers, what I really said; because I know for a fact that many of you were expecting something else, either more (debatably) humorous or more... anything, really! My candor is the cross I bear.