It amazes me just how many books I have accumulated in my short time teaching. I take pride in my books and all year I wondered just how many books I was losing. Whether a student accidentally took a book outside the classroom or home and how was I to know if it would ever be returned?
Classroom Booksource is a free website that allows you to scan all of your books into an online database. Students can check in/out books in your classroom just like they do in the school library.
There is an iPhone app that I STRONGLY recommend using to scan the books, since you just scan the barcode using their apps scanner. It saves time rather than typing it in from the computer.
Check out the features:
Once you sign up the page will look like this:
When you or your kids log in, they will have the two options. Obviously your kids will pick the Student Page.
When a student logs in, they will have the option to either check out or return their book.
Students search their name to get to their account.
Once students are in their account they enter the ISBN number or keyword. There is an option to search the book list, but sometimes the books don’t pop up. We had a talk about ISBN numbers, and for the most part, they were able to figure it out. I allowed my *librarian* be in charge of helping the students 😉
Here is an example: I typed Nancy Drew into the search bar and these came up. See the little button on the left? They just click that and voila!
Instead of having kids type in the ISBN you can buy the CueCat Scanner. It looks weird but its cheap and effective! It is $15 and compatible with MAC and PC. I haven’t invested in it yet, but wanted to let y’all know its out there 🙂
There is an option for having students rate the book over how well they liked it AND what condition the book was in when it was returned.
My favorite is that they leave a short summary of the book and it will e-mail it to you weekly! We use the somebody, wanted, but, so, and then method. It is an easy indicator if whether they understand summary! 🙂
You can also set customizable classroom rules. I allow five books because they have book boxes. I also allow them to keep the books longer than five days, they just have to check the book in and re check it out.
All of the books that you have scan into the database are able to be exported to an EXCEL file:
What I didn’t get to at the end of the year because I was moving districts, but will do the beginning of this year is have some helpful students highlight the books that are on this list. This way I can delete any books that went missing from the year before.
You can also generate reports over books in your library that are popular and never checked out. This has helped me in the decision process of weeding out older books….sort of 😉
Sorry for the long post, I’m a visual learner hence all the pictures.
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