Saturday, June 30, 2012

Organizing My Classroom Library Part 1

No time, no blog.  It has been a very busy week and a half.  This whole cleaning the house thing and taking my son to school {ESY} has kept me away, but I am now back and ready to rejoin the blogging world.

If you read my Summer Bucket List, you may remember that one thing that I planned on doing this summer was organizing my classroom library.  On my teacher work day, I gathered all most of my books up and put them in my car and brought them home.  My husband was not happy so excited to see all of my books come home.  haha

Well, my last day of work was June 8th.  I just took out half of my books yesterday.  Oops.  The others were taken out by my husband about a week ago.

Still in my car three weeks after I put them in. lol

The ones my husband took out.
So I grabbed a bucket {the green one in the second picture as a matter of fact.}, and brought it inside.  I opened up my Classroom Organizer page and got to work.  

I will show you how to add books online today.  Tomorrow I will show you how to add books using the Classroom Organizer app on my smartphone. 


It's very easy to set up your own account.  Click on Create Your Account and then follow the directions given.  


Once you have signed in, you will need to go to your Teacher Page to add books.   


To type in the ISBN number, first find the number on your book.  Then type it in to the Quick Add box and click Add.  


This will then pop up on your screen.  If you do not like the You can modify what columns you want by going to Edit Columns button above your book list.  


This is what your options will look like.  Be warned though, I found out that some of the choices are not that great.  The bucket that I was working on was my AR books with levels between 2.5-2.9 and by clicking on the AR choice, only a few books came up as AR.  The biggest reason I wanted to use this program was to make a master list, so I don't mind that some of the information does not come up.  Others may be a tad disappointed in that.  You can always add grade levels, AR levels, etc. by clicking on the edit button in the first column of your list. 


Once you have added your books into the computer, you can then export them into an Excel document. This is what my list looked like after I added a few books in.  


I know that I will enjoy having this list for several reasons. First of all, I will know if I have already purchased a certain book before.  Secondly, I will be able to keep this list at home and school so that I can plan better.  Finally, I just like seeing what books I have.  I love children's literature and it gives me joy to have so many great titles for my students to use.  

I hope you have enjoyed Part 1 of using Classroom Organizer from Booksource.  

On a personal note, I wanted to share what my family did today.  Each month, AMC Movie Theaters has a sensory friendly showing of a kid friendly movie so that children with Autism and their families can enjoy a movie.  They turn the sound down and the lights are up a little bit.  Children are able to talk to their parents or walk around.  Today they showed the new Pixar movie Brave.  Colton has a really tough time with movies. {Seriously, it's in his IEP that he's allowed a different activity if he has a hard time with a movie in class.}  We prepped him by showing him the preview at home for several days in a row.  It was such a great experience!  We got to go to the movies as a family and Colton loved the show!  If you would like more information about sensory friendly movies, please click here.  Thanks!

3 comments:

  1. I LOVE the classroom organizer!! I can't wait to try this next school year! I think what your movie theater does is great. I'm glad you had a great family day!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  2. Lisa,

    I love it too! I highly recommend using it! Thanks for the comment about the movies. It's nice when we're able to do "normal" family things. :)

    Amy

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  3. Can we donate a free copy of our book retreiver app and some other goodies?

    Thanks,
    Ben@classroomlibrarycompany.com

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