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ISTE Library-Tech Session

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Worlds Converge: 

Fusing Library and Technology in the Classroom


Jenni Swanson Voorhees and Angela Smith

Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC


The Prezi can be found here.


A Literary Approach to Digital Citizenship:


Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr 


Overview discussion – 3rd Grade Book Group

Created by Jenni Swanson Voorhees and Angela Smith


Main Characters

Location - Look at possible locations on Google Earth



Nim and her Dad

Nim and her pets

Nim and the tourists

Nim and Alex


Nim and Alex

Why was Alex so important to Nim?

Who did Nim assume Alex was?

Who (and where) did Alex assume Nim was?

Re-read page 28: What did Nim ignore in Alex's email?

What was it about each character that wanted the other person to be who they each assumed they were?


Proper Email Behavior

What do you know about appropriate use of email?

What are some issues with what Nim is doing with her dad's email?

In this story it is convenient to have Alex and Nim really be who they are, but in real life, would that necessarily be true?

Why or why not?


Overall Story Structure

Could this story have happened without the email piece?

What has the author chosen to make us believe in order for the email part to be possible?


In Real Life...

In real life, would you make the same choices as Nim?


A Literary Approach to Digital Citizenship:

Fourth Grade Brainstorming of themes of

Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French 

I.       Friendship

A.     Danny's Letter

1.    The Remembering

a.    Friends will help you no matter what and you should never forget them

II.      Loss

A.     Loss of Bob's trust

1.    Lost Dad and Missing his mom and grandparents

a.    Lost being treated as a family member

(1)    When you lose something , you find things to fill it up.

III.     Standing Up for Your Beliefs

A.     Standing up to Ivan

1.    The fake press release

a.    If you think its worth fighting for, fight for it.

IV.     The Environment

A.     Robin's letter to Sibley

V.      Technology

A.     Bad Uses

1.    Sibley leaving computer open

a.    Robin and Julian told each other personal information without knowing who they were talking to.

(1)    Fake press release could have gotten them in trouble.

(a)    press release wasn't good, but it was meant well

i)     Hacked Sibley's computer - guessed password

(1)    Cellphone call to camp to say Julian wasn't coming

B.     Good uses

1.    planning with Robin

a.    Danny's warning

C.     Story couldn't have happened without email


VI.     Privilege

A.     Julian has less access than Danny

1.    Julian doesn't have access to his parents

a.    Robin gets to live in the Redwoods

(1)    Robin gets to be home schooled

(a)    Free in a clean environment



A THEME is a BIG idea about life or human nature that a reader can take away from a book.The theme of a fable is its moral. The theme of a parable is its teaching. The theme of a piece of fiction is its view about life and how people behave.  The theme is the big "SO WHAT?"


In fiction, the theme usually not presented directly at all. You extract it from the characters, action, and setting that make up the story.  For the most part, you must figure out the theme yourself.

 Homework for wrap-up:


1)      Tell a parent about the book they are reading and ask that adult about their own digital citizenship.   What sorts of issues concern them personally?  Does their work have any policies they have to follow? What are their concerns about their children using the internet/email/cellphones?


2)      Present a series of scenarios for them to respond to, for example:  

  • You are at Margo’s house and  Margo offers to teach you how to set up a Facebook page.  You have never talked about having one with your parents, but you have seen older kids logging on and checking status updates on their phones.  As you go on the website you notice it says you must be 13 and older.  When you ask your friend about this they say, “Oh that is just a suggestion, and anyway, how can they tell?”    What do you do?
  • You walk into the classroom when the teacher is out, and see her computer open, with an email from your mom. The subject line implies that there is some concern about your work at school. Do you open it and read it? Would you reply to it in your teacher's voice, or not? Why or why not? 


Projects for Operation Redwood


Digital Citizenship Homework Assignment



Worlds Converge: Fusing Library and Technology

Model Lesson for ISTE 2010


Here is a copy of the powerpoint we used in our presentation at ISTE 2010

Worlds Converge (PowerPoint version)

Worlds Converge (PDF version)


Here are five projects we have worked on together in Library and Technology. There is too much to talk about in one hour, so take a look and let us know where you would like to focus the discussion!


1. Research Process:

a. Did Fleming rescue Churchill? : a research puzzle, by James Cross Giblin ; illustrated by Erik Brooks. ISBN: 9780805081831

b. Research in Eight Steps – see attached document

c. Evaluation of Websites:

     i. Bogus site: http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/

     ii. Sites about characters in story:

          1. Winston Churchill site: http://www.winstonchurchill.org/

          2. Alexander Fleming site: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/databank/entries/bmflem.html

d. Evaluation of print materials:

     i. Author

     ii. Copyright

     iii. Reading level

     iv. Table of Contents/Index

e. Key Word searches – Note-taking techniques

     i. Brainstorm key words for topics – use for print and online research

     ii. Learn to take brief notes in phrases, no complete sentences

     iii. Practice with “pre-search” in online and print encyclopedia articles

f. Citations – Bibliography

     i. Simple form: Take notes under heading of book/article/website

     ii. Next year we will introduce Noodlebib at this stage.

     Note-taking reminders

g. Publishing

     i. Articles posted on class wiki

     ii. Students illustrated articles on Tablet PCs

     iii. 4th Grade Research

iv. Comment on the work of your friends


2. Winnie the Pooh for the whole school:

a. Asked who had read it – who knows the Pooh references (Pooh sticks)

b. Showed Wikipedia article on A.A. Milne, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._A._Milne

c. Shared photos from NYC Public Library of stuffed animal originals: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_original_Winnie_the_Pooh_toys...

d. Examined history of stories, people, and place: http://www.just-pooh.com/milne.html - used this to teach reading and learning from a webpage.

e. Visited Hundred Acre Wood through Google Earth Journey: http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=9... (Download the Brian-the-Pooh.kmz at bottom of page)

f. iTunes: "You Can’t Always Get What You Want": Brian Jones connection – Rolling Stones

g. Read three of the stories aloud to create reference points in preparation for class play.


3. Kate diCamillo Podcast (and other author websites)


a. Learn to research authors from their choices and styles of websites.

b. www.katedicamillo.com

c. www.mowillems.com

d. www.rickriordan.com


4. Picture Book Reviews on Voicethread

A. Book Reviews on newest books

B. Explore online examples of the project: http://classroombooktalk.wikispaces.com/Fairy+Tales

C. Storyboard planning for Online (Multimedia) review

     1. Cover of book: title, author, main idea summary

     2. How the story made you feel

     3. Book to self

     4. Character analysis

     5. What you would change about story

     6. Recommendations – Audience

D. Create original artwork or photo for each page (no downloading)

E. Upload art and record in Voicethread

F. Comment on the work of your friends.


5. The Bridget project – The Dog Who Came to School

a. Read fiction about dogs in Library

b. Students imagine a fictional situation for Bridget at school

c. Draw a scene on the Tablet PC depicting Bridget at school

d. Write a paragraph to tell the story of the scene

e. Upload pictures and stories to self-publishing site and create books.


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