Thursday, August 15, 2019

Safe Viewing Options

If you've ever shown a YouTube video in your library, chances are you've had an experience or two with advertisements or "up next" videos that might not be appropriate for your viewing audience. To prevent that from occurring, you can use a website that takes out advertisements and other extras from YouTube.

Here are some of my favorite safe viewing website options.

ViewPure is free to use.  You can sign up for an account, but it is not necessary to use the site.

SafeShare allows you to create 20 safeshare links to YouTube videos.  You can get unlimited SafeShare links with a subscription.  For more info, click HERE.

SafeYouTube is completely free, but does have some limitations.  For more information, click HERE.

All three of these options allow you to copy the original YouTube link and paste it into the safe viewing website, which will then give you a safe viewing link that takes out all the unwanted stuff like ads and "up next" videos.

What are some of your favorite safe viewing video options?

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Power Up Your Reading Game

I am getting powered up for another school year and thought I'd share some of our new decor.

Here is a picture of the entrance of the Media Center.

This is the book return desk...

and the circulation desk...

...and bookmarks and shelf markers.

Many of the decorations are in my Gaming Themed LMC pack.

You can check out the pack HERE in my TpT store.

The clipart came from Pretygrafik on TpT. You can check out their store HERE.

There is one large bulletin board in the Media Center.  I broke it up into two sections this year.

The first section I used for our Media Center stats.

You can find the signs I used for this bulletin board in my Gaming Themed Stats mini bulletin board set. Click HERE to see it now.

The second section I used for our Stick Together poster from Demco.  The posters range in price from $29.99 to $59.99 and also come in sets for $99.99.  Check them out HERE.

For a video tour of our media center, checkout the highlight videos on my Instagram profile.

I also made some of the decorations using pixel art from Shutterstock.  You can download the pixel heart I used HERE.

I used our poster printer to print off large pixel hearts and then covered boxes in black paper to make the "3D" hearts.

For the "snowflakes" I printed the pixel hearts on cardstock, laminted them, and cut them out.

Next, I cut black paper into squares, then rolled the paper into cone shapes and taped the ends. Then I used hot glue to stick the cone shapes together in a circle.  Next, I glued the laminated pixel hearts to the front and back of the "snowflakes."  I used fishing line to hang them from the ceiling.  I love the finished look!

So how are you powering up your students this year?