Lest you think that the Super Bowl is the only event today, Wiarton Willie will pop to see his shadow before sitting down in front of the tube. Here’s a “Post from the Past” about Groundhog Day resources. Will the day lose its excitement for children because it happens on the weekend or will the activities be rolled into February 3?
In case you missed it the first time around and are looking for Groundhog Day ideas….
It’s pretty hard to keep a secret on the internet when you’re transparent. That came to bite me this morning. I’ve been working on something and had a couple of people uncover what I was doing. One actually tweeted about it.
So, I guess I’ll have to come clean with it.
One of the big events in primary classrooms is Groundhog Day. All kinds of activities happen in classrooms and crafts, drawings, songs, science, etc. all make the day for the big event. I’ve always maintained a list of resources for this day that I update. This year, I thought that I would migrate the otherwise boring website to one of the online sites that I’ve been using to curate things. But, which one?
I was just monkeying around when Tim happened to stumble on it. He must have been looking at my Scoopit account and noticed that I had this work in progress. It’s a collection of my resources for Groundhog Day – scooped. But, I don’t think he’s seen the others! I’ve also started to curate the same resources at Pinterest and LiveBinders. I was looking for the best possible scenario.
This was one of the sites. I have the Scoopit bookmarklet stuck in my bookmarks bar and adding resources was just as easy as going to the page and bookmarking it. Scoopit identifies images on the page as well as a short descriptor. To use it, just click the title and you’re at the target site. For this purpose, Scoopit did a nice job although one of the sites wouldn’t allow the bookmarklet to work.
Pinterest similarly has a bookmarklet for finding and bookmarking resources. You get to choose up front which of the images will be the face of the pin. Rather than the two column format of Scoopit, Pinterest takes a pin to wall approach so that none of the sites are lined up. It’s an engaging approach. Sadly, Pinterest absolutely requires an image on the page in order for the pin to work. So, not all of the sites ended up getting pinned. But, find a story that looks good, click it, and you’re there.
LiveBinders takes a different approach. Instead of giving you one of the catchy images on the target website, you get the entire website embedded in the binder. The URL is presented at the top and a click leaves the LiveBinder and takes you to the actual website. Since the actual website is embedded each time, everything that I wanted to include appears in the binder.
In all three cases, there are more resources than would fit on an entire computer screen. Well, unless you had a big honking screen, I suppose. Scoopit and Pinterest scroll up and down to see all of the resources. LiveBinders requires that you click the navigation arrows to move left and right unless you organize the tabs by categories. I suppose I could have all the Wiarton Willie’s in one tab, the Punxsutawney Phil’s in another, science in another, arts and crafts in another, and so on.
LiveBinders also has the advantage of the presentation mode so that you can visit the sites and not lose the curation page. That’s handy if you are browsing your way through everything.
Anyway, all three did a nice job of bringing them together into one spot. Feel free now to use or share with anyone who might take advantage of the resource this Thursday.