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Activity: Escape Room

Escape Room in the School Library

I’ve always wanted to run an escape room activity in my school library and this week I finally had that opportunity. This year, my amazing Head of Library and I launched our new Reading From The Heart program. It was a mix of special reading events and library sessions with our middle schoolers. For our second special Reading From The Heart event, we wanted something that would appeal to a wide audience and be easy for us to put together in a busy term 4. When my Head of Library suggested an Escape Room, I was super excited to get started.

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Activity: Weapon (book) launch party

Activity – Weapon (book) launch party

With the release of a new book by Lynette Noni, my high school book clubers just couldn’t wait to get their hands on Weapon, sequel to Whisper. We couldn’t make the trip to the offical launch parties being held around Australia, so we decided to hold our own. It was a fun way to celebrate (any excuse for food in book club is popular) and helped promote our book club to readers who usually didn’t attend. Their were a few members who were not fans but cheerfully went along with things, content with the party supplies.

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Activity: Literary Photo Booth

Activity – Literary Photo Booth

Our students love photo booths. They love taking photos with our library iPad, creating mini scenes and using book-themed props, especially when they are dressed up for Book Week or another special event. Previously I have used just a plain backdrop – either a roll of paper or a plastic tablecloth – but for Book Week 2019, I wanted to make a photo booth out of a fridge box, all with a literary theme.

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Technology: 5 Quick Ideas for Integrating Robots with Books

5 Quick Ideas for Integrating Robots with Books

Currently, our library makerspace has two robots – The Ozobot and Cubelets. Click on the links for reviews of each. One day a week, our library makerspace goes technical and these robots delight and challenge our students. This year, our focus has been to integrate the library makerspace activities with literature. So here are 5 quick ideas for integrating robots with literature.

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Technology: Ozobot Neighbourhood Activity

Ozobot Neighbourhood Activity

A year ago, we introduced the Ozobot Bit to the library makerspace. Since then we have used this cute little  robot to introduce coding to our students through a range of activities.

The latest activity has been building Ozobot a neighbourhood. This activity incorporates the standard coding using white paper and black, blue, green and red markers to create simple codes, as well as net construction and art. It truly combines both the T and A in STEAM.

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Technology: Ozobot Activities

Ozobot Activity Ideas

Since introducing our Ozobot Bit to the library I have been trying to come up with fresh ideas for interacting with the little robot during our lunchtime sessions. Here are a few ideas I have tried so far. I would love to hear about your own ideas, so please leave them in the comment section below.

Races – this requires multiple Ozobots or a stop watch to record time trials. Students design their own course. To make it harder, set code limits or requirements, e.g. must use at least three different speed codes.

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Book Week 2017: Competition Ideas

Book Week 2017 – Competition Ideas

Book Week is the perfect time to encourage readers to engage with libraries. I have found that running competitions is a great way to connect with students. Here are a few competitions ideas that can also be used to tie in with this year’s theme, Escape To Everywhere.

CBCA Shortlist Winner Guessing Competition

Who will win Book of the Year? The CBCA Shortlist can be found on their website. Every year during Book Week, our library displays the Short-listed books and encourages students to guess which book will win in each category. I simply added a picture of each cover into a Word document to create an entry form. Students circle the book they think will win. Alternatively, you could create a point-counting systems with stickers or counters.

Bookmark Design Competition

Students are encouraged to design a bookmark that ties into the Book Week theme. The winning designs are then reproduced and shared with other readers.

Library Hunt

A literary scavenger hunt. Ten clues are compiled that relate to the Book Week theme, book quote posters and current library displays. Students then hunt around the library to find the answers. Examples of questions for this year include…

  • Complete the quote by J.K Rowling. ““I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very______ can happen when you read a good book.”
  • Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund escape to Narnia through what? ____________________

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