The New Applewild Library Website!

If you haven’t already checked out the new library website, please take a moment to look around. After months of frustration with our old site (dead links, outdated lists of databases, inability to add new content), I finally decided to throw a new site together using Weebly.

Weebly is a free website tool that our students use for History Day, and it could not be any easier. You can literally drag and drop elements (headlines, paragraphs, pictures, forms, documents, you name it!) into a clean design template. What began as a slap-dash temporary website quickly became an elegant, user-friendly home for Applewild Libraries online.

Some features I’m particularly proud of:

– Newly categorized database lists, complete with descriptions. Most of the links are static, meaning that even if you’re off campus, you can access these databases without logging in!
Book lists! Now the library website has a little bit of readers’ advisory built in, with cool-looking bookshelves thanks to the amazing Shelfari widget.

– An “Ask Ms. Herring” form that sends questions directly to my inbox
– A book recommendation form
– An entire section on Noodletools, how to get registered, and how to find tutorials online to learn how to use this great citation generator
– Tons and tons of online project guides for major class projects. If you have a class project coming up, and would like your project guide available on the library website, let me know. I’m also happy to help you find more resources.

So take a look around, and send me some feedback. I’d love to hear any suggestions to make it better!


The EduBlog Awards

If you are curious about the latest and greatest in education blogs, look no further than the recently-announced winners in the EduBlog Awards. This is a comprehensive list of the best of the best, in categories like Best Teacher Blog, Best Free Web Tool, Best Open PD/Webinar Series, and Best Educational Wiki. It’s a great place to find resources and inspiration!

Math Pickle

As a school, we put a lot of focus on problem-based learning, especially in the math and sciences. Well, Math Pickle takes this concept and runs with it! Created for kindergarten and up, Math Pickle presents elegant, interesting math problems that require developmentally-appropriate math skills to solve. Each problem is presented in video form, with actual students working on them. Along with showing the problem videos, teachers can download excellent worksheets for practice.

Students will view each problem as more of a puzzle to solve, and will become actively engaged with the material. I gave this one a try, and found myself wanting more: