Wednesday, October 30, 2013

ISLI

Hi Everyone,
It's Meridan here! Just letting you know about a cool conference I attended. It was called ISLI and was organized and run by students. ISLI stand for: Iowa Student Learning Institute.


The main organizers were Ian Coon & Jack Hostager. Here is a picture of them presenting:



It was held at a high school and people from all over came. This picture shows the auditorium and Zak Malamed. He spoke about students having a voice. He is the founder of www.stuvoice.org (While I liked his message I still feel he needs more voices from non-teenagers like me!:)

 
I liked what another speaker Brett Neese had too say too. He talked about following your curiosity and trying new things. Another presenter, Scott McLeod, showed what kids all over the world are accomplishing using electronic media. He talked about not being prefect at the start. The main thing is to start!



They had other great speakers and breakout sessions. One session I attended was completely about using games like Mindcraft in the classroom. Here is a picture of me brainstorming with some other students. It was really neat! I made friend named Jacque. She likes Mindcraft too.









A big take away from the conference was: "Need to prepare them for their future not our past."





Thursday, October 3, 2013

Destiny Quest

Hi! - It's Meridan.  

Sorry I haven posted anything lately, but this is truly something great!

It's called Destiny Quest.  Here's the link to their site if you want to check it out:

http://www.follettsoftware.com/destiny-quest    (Not all school libraries have this. We just got ours this year.)

Destiny Quest is a site where you can see what's available in your school library online.  You can go there to look for the books you like.  You can also post a review about them or leave a comment for other people to see.  You can also see if a book is "out" or "in".  --  If it's not in, the cool thing is, you can place a "hold" on it, so you can get it next.

You can also check for a book's lexile ranking.  Lextile rankings are very important.  My teacher gave us our lextile number at the beginning of the school year.  (You may need to check with your teacher to find out yours, if you don't already know it) Your lextile ranks tells you what level you should be reading at and helps you to match up to a book that is a good fit for you.

So, like I was saying, I highly recommend Destiny as an app are on your computer or phone



Until next time...signing out...

Meridan