Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Amazing Library App!

So how many of you struggle with keeping track of all the books in your classroom library? If you're like me, you've tried all kinds of systems to manage and keep track of your books. There's the little book cards like we used in old school libraries, there's a sign-out sheet, there's a student helper to manage it....none of it works. You always end up losing track of your best titles, and usually it's because your kids love these titles as much as you do.

Well, the days of books walking out of your classroom are over!

Meet Book Retriever:

When my coteacher texted me telling me about this, I was immediately excited. (And Bray, even though we are both in different positions next year, you'll forever affectionately be called my coteacher...) : )

She's awesome in pics with kids, too! ; )

But I digress....back to it.

You buy this app for 99 cents. I have an iPhone, but I'm sure you can get it on android as well, or a classroom iPad if you have one.

Download the app. Then, the camera on your phone works as a scanner and you scan all your books into Book Retriever. You add kids into the app, and then you can check books in and out to kids with this app.

Here's a pic of the inside screen of the app:

Now, I haven't used it very much yet, but I did scan a book. When you scan it you can just get book info - it will tell you the F & P level and the Lexile level. See what I mean? So rad!!

I don't think you really need tons of technology to make this work. If you have a personal Smart Phone, you're in business. And less than $'s a steal!

So, get out there and check it out! I'd love to hear back about how it goes in your classroom!

And thanks again Bray for sharing with me....and now everyone out in blogging land!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much Michelle for the info about this app. I'm definitely going to check it out when working on setting up my classroom library this school year.


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