We get a lot of great magazines here in the library and I discovered a fascinating story in one of them recently. Flicking through the pages of Muse I was struck by photos of a dog among penguins. I read the article and found out that a type of dog called a Maremma is being used by an Australian town to protect its native population of Fairy Penguins. You can find out more about this in the video below, and be sure to check out our magazines for more great stories!
We have a lot of great books both fiction and nonfiction about dogs that help out and have a job to do. These are some of my favorites:
Nonfiction: Stubby the War Dog by Ann Bausum is a true story about a dog who fought in WWI. The Great Serum Race by Debbie S. Miller is about the dogs who fought terrible conditions to get a much-needed medicine to Nome, Alaska and inspired the Idatrod race. Dogs on Duty by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent goes through the history of dogs in wars to how they serve in the modern day.
Stay by Michaela Muntean explores the true story of ten dogs who were saved from the pound and now work in a circus. Tuesday Tucks Me In by Luis Carlos Montalvan and Bret Witter describes the special bond between a former US Army Captain and his service dog Tuesday. Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz explores the life of the working farm dog. Prison Puppies by Meish Goldish, part of the Dog Heros series, describes a program that teaches prisoners how to train service dogs. Sniffer Dogs by Nancy F. Castaldo talks about how dogs use their amazing noses to rescue people, detect explosives, assist biologists, and more!
Picture Books Owney the Mail Pouch Pooch by Mona Kerby is based on the true story of a dog who guarded the mail and traveled all over the United States. Chester the Out-of-Work Dog by Marilyn Singer is a sheep herding dog who has trouble adjusting to city life. Hardworking Puppies by Lynn Reiser uses simple text to count down ten puppies and describe the jobs they have when they grow up. The King's Taster by Kenneth Oppel is a fun book about the royal chef's dog Max who tastes all the King's food. When a picky new young king takes the throne and refuses to eat his meals, Max investigates to find out why. Togo by Robert J. Blake tells the story of one of the dogs in the famous Nome Serum run. Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond explores the life of a hardworking dog on a ranch. Charlie has his own early reader series as well.
Cracker! by Cynthia Kadohata tells the story of a trained sniffer dog in the Vietnam War. Wilderness by Roddy Doyle describes a family dog sledding trip that goes horribly wrong when their mother is lost in the frozen wilderness. Angus and Sadie by Cynthia Voigt tells the story of two Border Collie pups growing up on a farm in Maine. Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson is a survival story about a 14 year old dog sledder who goes out on a routine run that becomes disastrous. Sheep by Valerie Hobbs is about a sheep dog that must find a new home when his farm burns down. He goes through a series of names and owners on his quest. Barry by Kate Klimo details the life of a heroic St. Bernard living in the alps who rescues lost travelers. Part of the Dog Diaries early chapter book series.
What does a dancing baby have to do with copyright? You might be surprised! It all started when a mother posted a brief video of her baby dancing to the Prince song "Let's Go Crazy" to share with family and friends. She received a takedown notice from the rights holder (Universal Music corp.) and her video was promptly removed from YouTube. But then she decided to fight back. A San Francisco Appeals Court just ruled that rights holders must think about whether or not a video is fair use before sending a take down notice.
The votes are tallied for the fifth annual picture book character vote! We read our kindergarten through third grade classes books with Charlie & Lola, Frances, Knuffle Bunny, Skippyjonc Jones, and Dorrie the witch. The winner is...
Skippyjon Jones! His fabulous prize is the chance to spend time with members of the MCDS community. He is eager to explore the world and the Bay Area. Whether you are traveling or staying at home, Skippyjon Jones would love to go on an adventure with you. Take a picture of you reading to Skippyjon Jones, dressing up, or hanging out with your friends and family. It's easy: just print out the picture of Skippyjon Jones below & snap a picture. Or you can download the png and drag and drop him into pictures you take. If you need any help, just let me know. E-mail any pictures you'd like to share to email@example.com and I'll put them on display in the dragon room in the fall.
This article by Greg McKeown from the Harvard Business Review gives some examples of how technology companies are giving back and guides readers through looking at their career to determine what makes them happy and what they really want to do to make the world awesome.
A great article on AltSchool from Wired. This Bay Area independent school uses technology to individualize education. They build their own apps and content to teach students and evaluate their progress in a project based learning environment.
Google custom search engines are an excellent way to give students the experience of a Google search without leaving them open to all of the questionable content that can be found online. Think of it as searching with training wheels for those not ready to perform their own critical analysis of websites. You can find credible sites, then create a google search box that will only search within those sites. Check out the tutorial over at Free Technology for Teachers for more information and let us know if you'd like help setting one up.