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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Twitterville Talk #114

Many people on Twitter have been back to school for several weeks or at least one.  The getting-ready-for-school tweets have been replaced with first week reflections.  For those starting after Labor Day much conversation centers on books being read as soon as school starts.  What will fire students up for reading the best, based on the grade they teach?  There is the welcome banter between authors and illustrators which makes readers feel more connected to them as people.  I hope everyone had a good week.  Relax this weekend.  Take time for reading.  Look for the giveaways. (There are still some left from last week too.)

Let's begin the post this week with a poster illustrating three very important components, A Must Have Poster On Digital Literacy

Thanks to Debbie Alvarez, teacher librarian working in Hong Kong and blogger at The Styling Librarian for this tweet.

Then for a little laughter this video of two guys chatting, ...said no teacher ever.

Said No Teacher Ever from First Baptist Church Loganville on Vimeo.

Thanks to Katherine Sokolowski, teacher and blogger at Read, Write, Reflect for this tweet.

With International Dot Day coming up make sure you take the time to visit Celebri-Dots to see the new dots posted this week by Steve Shaskan, Susan Verde, Sharon Creech, Kelly Light, and Lynn Plourde.

Thanks to Terry Shay, teacher, college adjunct, FableVision Learning Ambassador, and blogger at TJ On a Journey for these tweets.

More laughter for those of us who can't get enough books or time for reading, 17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

Here's the first full trailer for the film version of The Book Thief.

Thanks to Book Riot for these tweets.

Attention teacher librarians!  If you are looking for a solution to the problem of keeping track of book requests, this post is for you, D. I. LI(BRARY): Build Your Own Magical Book Request Machine

Look at this Neil Gaiman fans, A Look At Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book With P Craig Russell And Friends
To the first person who can tell me one of the other artists working on the graphic novel for The Graveyard Book, I will send a copy of Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More!: Poems For Two Voices by Carole Gerber with illustrations by Eugene Yelchin.  Please leave your answer in the comments below or send me a DM on Twitter.(This has been won.)

Thanks to Travis Jonker, teacher librarian, 2014 Caldecott Medal Committee member and blogger at 100 Scope Notes for this post and these tweets.

Are there new book trailers this week?  Of course there are!

First head over to Mr. Schu's blog to listen to Herve Tullet read Help! We Need A Title! Then come back here to watch all of these below.

Guess what?  Flocabulary Launches "We Heart Librarians" Contest

Clear your calendars for the 2014 ALA Youth Media Awards!

Here's another neat video to go with the new Magic Tree House book, Hurry Up, Houdini!

Only from the parents of Matilda...The "Matilda" Guide to Back-To-School: Tips from the Wormwoods

 Many thanks to John Schumacher, teacher librarian, co-host of the #SharpSchu Book Club, 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers, 2014 Newbery Medal Committee member and blogger at Watch. Connect. Read. for all these tweets.

Last week the #virtualbookclub met and discussed The Wig In The Window by Kristen Kittscher.  The archives of that chat are linked here.

Thanks to Niki Ohs Barnes, teacher and blogger at Daydream Reader for this tweet.

This is your big chance to ask multiple award winning author, Christopher Paul Curtis, a question for an upcoming Nerdy Book Club post.  Follow this link to complete the form.

Thanks to educator, co-host of the monthly #titletalk, co-host of the monthly #SharpSchu Book Club, co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club and blogger at sharpread, Colby Sharp for these tweets.

During a session of opening day PD this video was used in Donalyn Miller's district to encourage educators and their students to take risks.  Xena thinks this is pretty good advice.

One of the speakers during this session was Jamie Vollmer.  This is a very interesting poster he has designed on all the responsibilities added to educators since the 1900s.
To the first person who can tell me the number of responsibilities which were added in the 1980s I will send a copy of Aaron Becker's Journey.  Please send me your answer via DM on Twitter or leave it in the comments below. (This has been won.)

Set your alarms for 8PM EST Sunday for this month's #titletalk on Twitter.  It's a Back-To-School Potluck.  Bring one question and a book to share.

Many thanks to educator, co-host of the monthly #titletalk and author of The Book Whisperer:  Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child and Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits, Donalyn Miller.

This week an exciting new facet to Google Maps was highlighted, Visit Zoos and Animal Parks Through Google Street View.  It includes ideas for using this in the classroom.

Also check out this comprehensive, A Complete Guide to Using Blogger In School-81 Page Free PDF

Many thanks to educator, presenter and blogger at Free Technology for Teachers, Richard Byrne for these tweets and posts.

Over the years throughout the world children's literature has been the focus of postage stamps.  Mail Call:  Kid Lit Stamps From Around the World

Thanks to Macmillan Kids for this tweet.

We can never remind or talk to our sons and daughters and students enough about digital citizenship.   These Digital Citizenship Flashcards would be great to begin a dialogue.

Thanks to teacher librarian and blogger at NeverEnding Search, Joyce Valenza for this tweet.

Please take the time to read this thoughtful post at the Nerdy Book Club, Reluctant or Resisting?  It's a wonderful commentary on readers in our classrooms by Ryan M. Hanna.

Thanks to the Nerdy Book Club for this tweet.

Be sure you visit this International Dot Day Connections 2013 for opportunities to connect with others.

Thanks to Matthew C. Winner, elementary library media specialist, co-founder of #levelupbc, Library Journal 2013 Tech Leader Mover & Shaker and blogger at The Busy Librarian for this tweet.

Please enjoy my collection of quotes, favorite comments and tweets from this past week.


  1. There were 18 additional responsibilities added in the 1980's to schools.

    1. Becky you are absolutely right but someone gave a correct answer this morning. Thank you for stopping by the blog.

  2. I LOVE the Be More Dog video! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful contributions to Twitter!

    1. So do I, Holly! Students are going to love it too! And you are welcome. Hope you are having a great weekend. Enjoy next week.