Will This Library Media Specialist Be An Extra in the Hunger Games Movie?

So, I went to the extras casting call in Fort Mill for the Hunger Games movie which will be filmed in North Carolina this summer.  They are looking for 1,000 adults and some children.   I took my daughter with me.  She may be too young to be called; I submitted for June and July.  The line was LONG but moved quickly.  They casting agent I spoke with asked if I was available to work anytime.  I said I was starting in June.  She wrote some info on the info sheet which I put in a bin for my age group.

I’ll keep you all updated if I am chosen.

Here is a  link from a Local News Channel that did a segment about the casting call.  At 1:34 you can see me in the background standing in line with my daughter.  I’m in a pink dress.

News Channel TV Link Video

Google Analytics

I’m running Google Analytics on this blog and discovered 2 vistis from France and 1 from the Netherlands.  The Picasa Web Album I use for the school web album is getting more interesting data – 1 visit from Pakistan.  Not only does it tell you from which country, but also which city.

2010-2011: A New Year!

A new year seemed to have  happened so quick.  Third week of school, and we’ve gotten through scheduling woes with PowerSchool, Open House, and a an overtime victory at our first home football game.  I also start the year as the 2010 Teacher of the Year.  Loving the front row parking spot I must admit!

Thursday I taught a lesson to the Teacher Cadets class on picture books.  This was a lesson I was very excited to do!  I felt it went really well, and I hope to work more with this class this year since I was  a Teacher Cadet in high school.

Coming up this week is phase two of PowerSchool-the gradebook-and STAR Reading diagnostic testing.

Labor Holiday anyone?

Gale PowerSearch Widgit

For all the South Carolina library media specialists!

Creating the PowerSearch widgit for your library’s webpage tricks students into searching the databases on DISCUS.  No moans and groans when I used this with a class who just wanted to use Google or Wikipedia.  

To create your widgit, go to http://access.gale.com/widgets.  You will need the location ID for DISCUS.

At first, I had a hard time finding which code to use (gives several choices).  The one that worked for our webpage is iFrame.  I copied and pasted the code into the HTML source for the page.

The PowerSearch box that is on my library’s Research and Resources page is here.

Children’s International Day

Children\’s International Day on SchoolTube

A.C. Flora hosts a Children’s International Day where elementary school children come to activities and events that are planned by our high school students since many Flora students are a variety of nationalities.  This event is a tradition for the high school.  Here is a four minute video I took with a Flip (Ultra) video camera showcasing the day.

Digital Storytelling: Poetry


Digital Poetry

I’ve been collaborating with a 9th grade English teacher on a digital poetry project for the past two weeks.  Students are creating found poems from To Kill a Mockingbird then coverting their poems into a video using PhotoStory.  The videos will be uploaded to Schooltube where students at Mauldin High School (teacher has set up an exchange) will view the poems, along with the rest of the world.