Many of the students in my school celebrate Lunar New Year or Tet. This year is the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese Lunar calendar. I found the decorations in my local variety store for just a few dollars each including the Lanterns which came in packs of 2 for $5.
Lunar New Year Lanterns
I bought the gorgeous red satin fabric at a local fabric store for $5 per metre. The best thing about the satin is that it allows us to make a quick transition from Lunar New Year to Library Lovers Day on February 14.
Red satin Banners with decorations in front
I have also used a machine called Craft Robo to design circles of rabbits using an image I found at : http://nearnessofdistance.blogspot.com/2011/02/chinese-new-year-rabbit.html
I put the image into Adobe Illustrator and used the craft robo machine to cut them out in red and gold cardboard. I put all the circles on the windows at the front and back of the library.’
Red Rabbit cutout
Gold Rabbit Cutout
Here are some of the other decorations:
3 Tier Lanterns
Prosperity Knot decoration on Banner- detail
Today I learned how to access the Library at Charles Sturt University as I spotted a reading in my course outline that sounded relevant to my first assignment and that it was an ebook format so I could have it straight away through download.
I started reading and I wanted to highlight information. All the commenting tools were disabled and I noticed a padlock symbol above the normal bookmark symbol. Clicking on it, I discovered the security features you can put on PDF documents. This got me thinking about the e-resources I have in the school collection that I want students to access and use if I can make sure that they don’t make illegal copies. Here is what the security settings look like:
These are the security settings for an ebook from uni. Note commenting is turned off but copying is turned on.
I want to do more research on these settings- I am really interested in being able to get our e-resources out to students.
In order to have all my Teacher Librarianship documents in one place so that I can flick between them, I have made a Acrobat PDF Portfolio.
This is how I am organising my learning materials
As the course progresses I can keep adding files and folders and I can also record webpages and insert them into the folders using the Acrobat PDF tools.
This is inside one of the folders and you can see the highlighting and commenting I have already started
In the last few days, my Teacher Librarian Course has started to come online. I have downloaded my course outlines and I am using Adobe Acrobat Pro 9 to highlight and comment things I need to do or things that I have already done including creating this blog!
The blue star is a collapsed comment and I have used highlighting
What are my thoughts on going back to uni- at the moment I am a bit panicked as I don’t know how I am going to fit all this into my schedule at school. I have so many whole school programs I have to organise as well as teach History to Yr 8 and 10 not to mention training a new school assistant.