Friday, January 25, 2008

New season, new format

Last season, LIVEbrary used Skype exclusively as the communication platform. Why Skype? We liked the fact that it was easy to download, and provided the option of speaking to authors either through an audio feed or by online chat. In working with Skype, however, we discovered that there was a fairly high ratio of dropped calls, not to mention the fact that a number of interested teachers and librarians needed special permission to download Skype onto their school computers.

That's why, for the second season of LIVEbrary, we're going to let teachers and librarians decide which software they want to use. Annick authors will now be able to visit students using whatever technology works best for their classroom.
Stay tuned for more information about the next phase of this exciting program: LIVEbrary on Demand.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

LIVEbrary Lesson Plans Revised

LIVEbrarians, I have important news regrading the LIVEbrary Lesson Plans available through this site and through the Annick Press web site. We have embedded answers to the quizzes inside the lesson plans.

This means students will have access to quiz answers on this site. We have ganged-up the answers on the last page of the lesson plan so that you may easily delete them before printing or distributing the quiz to students.

So if you are wondering, "Where are the quiz answers," take another look at the LIVEbrary Lesson Plans offered here in either PDF or Word format.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Blogs 'R' Us

Plans are well underway for season two of LIVEbrary, and its new incarnation, LIVEbrary on Demand. In preparation, the LIVEbrary team got together via Skype yesterday and had a terrific hands-on training session on blogs. Yes, even though LIVEbrary represents a cutting-edge program in the use of technology in the classroom, some of us working behind the scenes are not as completely techno-literate as we should be, but that's changing quickly. Check the LIVEbrary Blog for the latest developments in our upcoming program, and as always, we would love to hear your comments and suggestions for making LIVEbrary an important part of your classroom.