Ok, ya’ll, tonight I’m going to share with you one of the coolest things that I have learned about in my Internet for Librarians class, SO FAR! You know those weird little QR code things that you can scan with your phone and it goes to a website? A lot of restaurants and businesses use them for coupons and promotions. Well, did you know that you can make your own!?
Mind blown, I know! :O
SO COOL! So I made one, that is a link to a super cool book trailer that I made using Animoto, which is a website that you can use to make quick movies with pictures and videos and your own trailers. I haven’t played with it too much, but I have seen many people use it for book trailers and such.
Scan it, scan it! And let me know what you think about my book trailer for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass.
By the way, if you haven’t already read Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, get on it. It’s a great, quick read about bullying and the effects of it on teenagers.
“Winner of the 2014 Pura Belpré Author Award! In Meg Medina’s compelling new novel, a Latina teen is targeted by a bully at her new school — and must discover resources she never knew she had. One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she’s done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn’t Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn’t kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first Piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she’s never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away? In an all-too-realistic novel, Meg Medina portrays a sympathetic heroine who is forced to decide who she really is.” (Took that from Amazon.)
So since you can also make your own qr codes, here, you could probably use them for almost anything. I just read an article where QR codes are used for students reflections. I think this would be an awesome idea to use in a library because students could scan QR codes on their phones (which they are always on anyway) to learn more about books if the book had a QR code on it. Maybe the code could take them to a book trailer, or a synopsis website. Maybe it could be used as a check-out system. The possibilities are endless! I would definitely use it in my library.
Another thing that I learned about recently, is the use of videos in the library. Isn’t technology cool?! Seriously, I am so excited abuot all this stuff and how it is being used to get kids more in touch with books and reading! I watched this video from BBS Media that students made using Reader’s Theater to promote getting books back on time that was kind of like a parody to the Hunger Games!
I also watched one that was to Frozen’s Let it Go to bring books back; so cool! There are so many library channels to watch that involve students making videos. Some of the videos are really helpful too, like The Unquiet Library’s video, How to Cite an MP# using Easy Bib, but I think that students would definitely like the Frozen and Hunger Games videos about bringing back books.
Wouldn’t it be neat to use these in your own libraries? I will definitely think of having some sort of library club where students can make videos like these!