“Mom, Dennis Daily has this cool website where you can buy Sir Meows A lot! Can I get one?!”
This was just the conversation I had with my son about his favorite Youtuber…he’s six and has a favorite Youtuber?! Yes. My son is obsessed with watching Youtube. Want to know what he likes watching on there??? He likes watching guys who are gamers play their game and give play by play as they do so…sounds pretty dumb to me. I mean, I ask him all the time why he just doesn’t play the game versus watch someone else play and he just gets upset and tells me, “just because, Mom.” (with an eyeroll of course).
This just shows me how powerful Youtube can be for ALL ages. There is so much junk out there on Youtube, but there are also lots of helpful, educational videos and channels and honestly anyone can create one! (I mean, have you seen the little kids who do toy reviews?!)
Below are some videos from library channels that are both helpful, educational and enjoyable for students to watch. Check them out below!
These two videos are from theunquietlibrary on Youtube. The first is the video I think (and views show) students would enjoy the most. The second is the one that I found to be most helpful.
These two are from pikesvillehslibrary on Youtube. The first is the most enjoyable whereas the second is the most helpful.
The following two videos are from the Youtube channel of TheNHSlibrary. The first is the more beneficial for students, the second being most popular.
These are pretty awesome from bbsmedia! Both are super likable by students because they 1)they involve students 2)they involve their librarian 3)they are also helpful. I find the first one more enjoyable and the second more of a resource.
And for kicks, check this video parody out for overdue books! hehe
On another note…let’s talk a little about Animoto. Used it before? I have and I kind of remember after using it again recently why I don’t ever use it…Don’t get me wrong, it really is great and pretty user friendly for anyone looking to make a simple video such as book trailers, how to videos, project presentations, and more, BUT one thing I really think is a bummer is the fact that you have to hit the save button constantly as you add new images, textboxes and changes or you’ll lose everything you’ve worked on (this may have happened to me 🙈). I am use to web tools saving my projects as I work (Canva, WordPress and Google docs to name a few), but this doesn’t do that and I can see students possibly having the same issue. Overall though, I do think it’s pretty handy. Scan the QR code below to check out my attempt at a book trailer over the book Serafina and the Black Cloak.
I know it seems that everyone in the world knows what QR codes at this point (they’ve been around for some time now), but in case you aren’t familiar, let me explain. QR codes are like special barcodes that when scanned by your phone or tablet (a QR scanner app has to be downloaded first) takes you to a website, image, video, or really anything! Pretty awesome if you ask me! When I taught I would use QR codes all the time. Usually I used them for students to scan to check their answers after playing scoot or a math station. My sister who is a high school English teachers uses them for students to scan in order to be taken to Padlet for a specific reason or lesson. I think I would love to use them in the library in different sections, where students could scan them to play book trailers or maybe use them in a library scavenger hunt of some sort.
Some popular QR scanners/generators are:
- QR Reader for iPhone (I have had this one for years)
- QR Code Reader (over 105,000 reviews with 5 stars)
- QR Droid
- QR Code Generator
Also, unbeknownst to me at the time, I have had a link to Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything on my phone for QR readers! WOW! How crazy is that since I felt like I just realized how amazing she is! Click here for the link!
These are all such fantastic resources to use in the library (as you can see!) Let me know what other thoughts you have on how to use them! I can’t wait to make some fun videos with my kiddos next year for overdue books! 😉