Learning Village Library featured in School Library Journal

Over on School Library Journal today, STAB Computer Science Coordinator Kim Wilkens and I are talking about Foiling Fake News, a unit we developed for fourth graders to help them to put their digital literacy and computer science skills to the test. We had a blast while helping our fourth graders to sharpen their critical thinking […]

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Coming Soon: 6th Grade Cardboard Makerspace Book Club

WHO: 6th grade graphic novel lovers, makers, creatives, and students looking to try something new! WHAT: A graphic novel book club… with a twist. When I read Cardboard by Doug TenNapel, I was so inspired that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some cardboard. What magic could I make out of cardboard? What was […]

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Coming Soon: Spring Robotics SKOLA Sessions

In case you missed it, I’m offering two Robotics SKOLAs this spring! Learn the basics of computer science in a fun, supportive environment with hands-on activities. Groups are limited to ten and there are only a few spots left, so make sure to register soon! You can find registration forms in the Learning Village Office. See […]

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Coming Soon: Girls Geek Day

Girls Geek Day is coming – and you’re invited! It is more important than ever that we take the lead in educating, encouraging, and empowering young girls. According to Tech-Girls.org, less than 20% of computer science graduates are women. Shocked? I was, too. But the more I looked into it, the more I read that women […]

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Pop-Up MakerSpace: Holiday Hour of Code

It’s Computer Science Education Week! December 5-11 educators, coders, and computer science lovers all over the world come together to code, build, tinker, engineer, make, and discover. Here’s a map from csedweek.org to give you a hint of just how big Computer Science Education Week is this year – Pretty impressive, right? Computer Science Education […]

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Pop-Up Makerspace Next Tuesday, 12/6!

Exciting news, St. Anne’s-Belfield middle school families! Next Tuesday morning, middle school students can celebrate the holidays AND Computer Science Education Week with a holiday-themed Hour of Code Pop-Up Makerspace in the LV library. Code is hard work, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun, too! We will be opening the library early for students […]

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Solving Library Problems with Graphic Design

Running a K-8 library is hard. It’s not the curriculum that’s difficult, or even the task of purchasing relevant and exciting texts for such a wide range of ages. Switching gears from 5th grade to kindergarten on a dime isn’t easy, but that’s not what I’m talking about. No, I’m talking organization. That’s the hard […]

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Pop-Up MakerSpace: Honoring Mae Jemison

In honor of Dr. Mae Jemison’s September 20 visit to the University of Virginia, Ms. Wilkens and Ms. FitzHenry hosted a Pop-Up Maker Space in the Legner Learning Village Library with a number of space-themed options. Dr. Jemison, the first African American female astronaut to travel in space, was the subject of one station devoted […]

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Pop-Up MakerSpace Tomorrow, 9/15!

St. Anne’s-Belfield families, don’t forget! Tomorrow morning, Ms. Wilkens and I are offering students a chance to visit outer space in the Learning Village Library. To honor Mae Jemison and her visit to the University of Virginia next week, we will be opening the library early for students to participate in space-themed robotics, engineering, and […]

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The Summer I Became a Maker

I’ve heard the word pushed in my meetings and educational conferences in a million different ways. Making. MakerSpace. Maker project. Maker initiative. Make, make, make. It can be frustrating, as an educator, to have new teaching trends and discoveries constantly sent your way. And admittedly, from the outside, the idea of making in education looks like […]

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