Quick Tip for Open House: How to loop your photos on the iPad

You probably already know how to do this, but just in case. If you want to create a looping slideshow of your students’ amazing work, it is as simple as:

1. Go to settings–>Photos & Camera–>Make sure the Repeat option under Slideshow is green:

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2. Then go to your Photos app. You can create a special album by going to your camera roll and tapping on select in the upper right hand corner:

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3. Select your photos and tap the “Add to” option on the upper tool bar:

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4. Choose New album and name it:

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4. Go to albums, then tap on the album you want to show and select slideshow! It should loop for as long as you want.

NOTE: I would also make sure that you make sure that your iPad is not set to go to sleep after a couple of minutes. Go to settings–> General–>Auto-lock and set to Never:

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9 Powerful (And FREE) Tools To Boost Summer Learning

The closing ceremonies were yesterday and there is only one week left of work before we head off on our summer adventures. Why notkill two birds with one stone and blend your travels with learning some new iPad tricks?

Check out the great ideas on how you can take your vacation photos and make some interesting multimedia presentations!

Rapidly approaching the dog days of summer (give or take a few days or weeks), I felt a need to share a power packed suitcase of tools that could be used to archive your summer highlights and memories. Many educators never really go on vacation. While they may appear to be leisurely sipping daiquiris on …

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Conference notes, Part I: MELS Symposium

The month of March was a busy one for me in terms of professional development, which is saying something seen asMarch break took up half the month.

On Tuesday, March 19th, I attended the annual Symposium for  Secondary librarians working in English (now that I think about it, that is kind of a miracle in itself, given the political climate in our pretty province. However, I digress.)

Screen Shot 2014-04-03 at 9.03.55 AMNow, confession time. The last couple of times I have attended this particular event I have not left it with anything new, besides the benefit I get from talking to my peers (we school librarians are lonely little islands unto ourselves). I am pleased to say that this year was the opposite. It shook me out of my own complacency and made me eat some humble pie (it is so easy to get arrogant about our own knowledge – it is good to have one’s mind blown from time to time.) Ok, so maybe mind blown might be an overstatement, but I definitely left with new ideas, and a lot of things I want to try out.

The learning was not only in the content but in the platform they used to deliver us the material for the symposium. They used an app called guidebook:

photoIt was an excellent way to organize a meeting, now that I think about it. Above you see the schedule for the day. If you tap on a session, you will get all the info attached to it:


I also appreciate having all the info in one place as I am writing this two weeks after the symposium and, well, let’s just say there’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza….

Guidebook is something we might want to try for any large staff meeting or PD events. Wait for it!

The morning sessions were very interactive- I really enjoyed seeing how a whole conference could work on a same google doc. It was a good reminder that the simplest uses of the iPad- using a google doc- is also one of the most effective. I wonder how many teachers use this for collective note-taking?

Poster session

Even the poster session contained something interesting ( I know, I know. I sound so jaded, don’t I?) If you come to the library, you will see I put up some posters about the inquiry process. There is a new website, put out by MELS and in English and French. It provides resources to help teach information literacy specially adapted to the Quebec curriculum. Here is a screenshot of the website:

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I highly recommend you check it out. This will be very useful as I develop my Digital Citizenship tool kit for the staff! (what is that you ask? Well, that, my friends, is a whole post on its own. So wait for it. be patient. I know you can…)

Afternoon sessions

The last couple of hours were by far the most interesting. Here are a couple of things that struck me.

First was the online book club started by Lester B. Pearson Librarians:

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They had an interesting model- each month the librarians would choose three books. The students interested in the club would vote on the one they wanted to read most. The winner would be the book discussed in next month’s meeting.They used the built-in poll  widget available through wordpress.

Then there were two very excellent presentations:

The first on building your own personal learning network. Now, I thought I was pretty good at keeping up with my profession – I follow blogs, I use Facebook and twitter for professional purposes, I RSS stuff, I scoop.it… But still, Raphaella managed to introduce me to some tools I was not aware of. I also got a firsthand experience of how tweeting can work in a professional setting:

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Here are Raphaella’s slides:

Then the presentation that really set my mind a buzz- Gaming Strategies to Improve the Library Experience by Sandra Bebbington. Gaming strategies include using badges when students reach a certain level, giving points for achievements and leaderboards (though the last one wouldn’t work so well in a classroom setting…) Sandra added so many different links that provides interesting game strategy that my head is still spinning. Though most have a library focus, some have some cross-curricular interest.

The one that was especially interesting to me was the GAP project (Gaming against Plagiarism) from the University of Florida. Alas, they are in Flash so they don’t work on the iPad.

Seriously, check out her presentation- it is chock full of good stuff and ideas!

Apparently there is a game that overlays on your library catalogue- students get points every time they check out a different aspect of the OPAC. I am going to try and see if I can get it going- it would be a great way for the students to learn how to search for a book!

All in all, a very worthwhile day.


5 Tips for Powerful Professional Development with Haiku Deck

Once again, TechChef4U dishes up some useful information. Though I downloaded Haiku Deck a long time ago, I have been skirting around using it. One of the reasons is that I wanted to convey more information on it than the extremely visual format would allow (of course, putting too much information on your powerpoint or keynote is what has given them such a bad rep  in the first place.)

But Lisa Johnson points out the “added notes” section available which is the perfect solution-when you view the deck on the Haiku Deck site, you see the visual and beside it the notes that accompany the slide.

Also- she mentions how she flips her PD. Which , really, is what Ms. Science teacher did with her presentation on Explain Everything and Notability a couple of weeks ago and which I think we should do more of. I mean, isn’t it time we put our money where our mouth is? Or at least the flipped in our own teacher’s classroom?

Check out her Haiku decks and her tips for a great presentation- extremely useful!

(Oh- and I want to check out Nearpod now…)

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Using the Ipad for Marketing the Library

 I used my ipad to create a slideshow of different services, events, etc. the library offers for new parent orientation and for open house. Though I am not sure how many people actually looked at it, especially at new parent orientation – I’m not exactly the main act, or even the off broadway act at this event. But still. It was there and it looked cool.

I began by creating slides on my desktop. I used powerpoint for my slides, as it offers different themes and you can add different media.

1. Create your slides.
2. Save them as jpegs.

3. Open iphoto.
4. Create a new album:

5. Add your slides to your album.
6. Sync your ipad, but be careful to select only the album- if not you might sync all the photos on your computer (trust me, unless you have hours to wait for it to download, you don’t want that).

7. After ejecting your ipad from your computer, click on the photos icon on your ipad.
8. Choose your album.

9. Select the slideshow option in the top left hand corner.

10. Press play!

If you want to customize the settings you need to go into settings, then into photos:

I have uploaded my files to slideshare.net so that you can see it for yourself: