Common Sense Media is quite a comprehensive parent resource! A recent post they share was a quick tutorial on how to restrict mature content on your child's mobile device. Be sure to check it out!
Summer vacation is just around the corner, and you may already be thinking about ways to keep your little ones engaged over the summer. I have a few app suggestions just for that!
Ashley at JustReed shared her top 10 summer reading apps and I have turned them into live link. Just click the icon below and you will be brought to the site or app store. Your child uses EPIC in the Library Media Commons and in their classrooms; check with your child's teacher for a class code.
I have also include a few of my favorite apps that keep kiddos creating. Many of our students enjoy making their images talk with ChatterPix Kids. They also enjoy making games and interactive stories with Scratch Jr. One of my favorite apps to use with my own son is I Like Stories; an app that reads books to them and let's them make their own. Have fun!
We are fortunate to be hosting two authors this April - William Joyce and Lois Wendus! In addition to sharing their love of books, they will sign the book(s) you purchase!
William Joyce is the author of children's favorites such as Dinosaur Bob, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, Rolie Polie Ollie, The Guardians series, and more! To guarantee William Joyce's visit, please return all order forms for his books by Monday, April 17th.
Lauryn and Lois Wendus are a mother daughter team writing and illustrating their Oliver Poons books. To guarantee Lois's visit, please return all order forms by Friday, April 7th. Thank you for supporting our efforts to bring these talented children's authors to IMS!
Students in Grades K-2 participated in this webquest to decide if we should celebrate presidents. Some students shared thoughts with a partner and others shared them in a padlet.
Do you have an interest and the time to help children read, build, and create? If so, the IMS Library Media Commons is just the place for you to volunteer!
If you would like to help organize the library, support students while they tinker in the makerspace or use digital tools complete the form below. If you can volunteer once a week or once in a while, complete the form below. I would love to have you in the Commons!
If you're like me, there may be times when the amount of your child's digital use can be concerning. There is a way to help your child regulate time on mobile devices. Our Pact.
A fellow library media specialist shared this app with me last spring. This app lets you set timers for your child on the device s/he is using, schedule times when they can play, and give you the option to turn it off right from your device. These options can be great if your child is struggling to follow through with turning the device off, is on a game or site that you don't want them to be on, or if they lose track of time while playing and exploring.
You can can visit their site here to learn more and it can be downloaded in the Apple Store or Google Play.
I love infographics! They are an appealing visual way to share information. This infographic, "The Ultimate Parent's Guide to Internet Safety" arrived in my inbox this morning. It has a lot of information that you may find interesting and helpful. Even I didn't know about some ways to monitor my child's internet use.
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It is time to roll out the red carpet. For books, that is! It is officially award season in the IMS Library Media Commons (LMC). There are three categories that IMS students can read and vote for by clicking the "Book Awards" tab above.
music.ly is a social networking app that allows users to sing karaoke style and share the videos with their friends. Common Sense Media has information about music.ly that you may find important, interesting, and helpful while supporting your child's development of a positive digital footprint.