Human Libraries

I just watched a video about Human Libraries on my cousin’s post on Facebook. This is a great idea and I think that it could be a very inspiring thing to do in a school.

The idea is that you have a few people who are “books”. They are in a space and the visitors come and “read” them. The books tell their stories and then answer questions about themselves afterwards.

I think in a middle/high school environment this could be an amazingly powerful way to introduce students to loads of different types of people. You could have one of these that focused on mental illness, drug & alcohol abuse, sexuality, religion, etc.

In a lower school you could have similar but with more lower school friendly stories. For example our grade four students just finished a unit on beliefs. They had several guest speakers come into their classrooms. Instead of guest speakers they could have done a morning of “human library” where they had more of a small group interaction with people from different religions/belief systems and people who practice the same religion/belief system but in different ways. They could rotate around the room to read the books that they were interested in reading. They could ask the questions that they might not be comfortable asking in a whole grade level setting.

Our grade two’s are currently working on a unit about communication and they have had speakers come in that have taught them about sign language and braille. But how powerful a human library could be in that unit as well. Having people who communicate in different methods from verbal to nonverbal methods.

This idea has many possibilities and I think that I will add it to my collection of ideas for provoking students to see the world in all of its unique wonder.

Slam Session – Google Maps


Students can now make their own maps in My Maps with Google. These maps are saved into their Drive accounts directly. I am building maps with Grade 3 this unit and it is proving very easy and fun to use. The students in grade three are studying migration and they have collected the city and countries that they and their parents have lived in. They are working on maping these in three different layers and colours so that it can be printed out to show all of the places that their families have migrated in their lives.

If you need a longer discription watch this video. 




Friendship Books by: PK

The PK students had been studying how to be good friends and learning the language associated with friendship. Towards the end of their unit they created a book using the pictures that they had taken showing friendships. 

In previous lessons to remind them of how to take good pictures, they learned about what makes a good picture and how to hold the iPad. Then they were asked in small groups, to take a picture to show friendship happening in different parts of their room. 

This book is a result of follow up lessons to that where they learned to insert an imagine into their book. They they sat with me in their small group and recorded sentences about how the picture showed friendship. They created several pages and recordings each to show different ways that friendship is shown in their room. 

Then we exported our books as movies so that we could share them with our parents.


What is Winter by PK

Last week PK finished up their work on Winter. For IT we created short ChatterPix Kids videos on what winter meant for them. Then they downloaded their videos from Drive, inserted them into Book Creator and added their names. 

I then combined their books into one and exported it as a movie. Here is their final piece!