Design Your Learning Space

The Library is the space where students discover innovative learning activities along with relaxing with a self-selected book. How will this space encourage curious minds to develop innovative thinking? I look forward to hearing more ideas from students in library class using Flipgrid .



September 2018

  • First glimpse of the new floor – we LOVE it!
  • Books and shelving moved back to the library
  • Unfortunately a few thousand books were lost due to high humidity conditions in the school, but we still have a great selection for students to sign out books (at Baugher & Montandon libraries)
  • We are ready to welcome students to a revitalized learning environment.



August 2018

  • New tile floor
  • Design ideas and quote received from Opening the Book (Williamsport)
  • Flipgrid videos – students share suggestions for how they would design their favorite learning space

June 2018

  • Mrs. Killian & Mrs. Spangler moved all books out of JFB Library
  • Summer Custodial staff graciously removed the book shelves (some units made a trip to the dumpster)
  • Mr. Slater approves Mrs. Killian’s request to research new furniture/shelving for the library
  • Let’s re-design this space!
  • Jolie and Megan from Opening the Book, North America (Williamsport office – local) measured the space
  • Mrs. Killian loaded boxes of unwanted books and delivered them to the local Hand Up recycling center


Globally Literate Citizens

Scholars at Baugher, Montandon, and White Deer Elementary schools have been talking with students, teachers, and experts from around the globe using Skype in the classroom. There’s something magical that happens when students get to talk to others from different parts of the country/world and they find similarities and differences in the way we live.  Many classes have participated in Skype sessions during library class times or in collaborative activities with Mrs. Killian and their teacher.  The goal is to provide every student the opportunity to experience proper etiquette as we ask questions, find solutions, and research to find the most accurate answers for questions that pop up during the call. Expect to hear more familiar Skype rings in the libraries during the last few weeks of school.

In preparing 4th graders for the Science PSSA tests, I search for lessons where they can connect with a professional who can help students make real world connections with something they learn in science class.   On the Microsoft Educator Community, a new Skype lesson appeared that I thought would appeal to students, “Learn About the Amazon Rain Forest with Celine Cousteau’s Tribes on the Edge Team.  On April 12th one of the team members connected with Mr. Shaffer’s 4th grade class for 40 minutes in the White Deer Elementary Library.  Michael Carl is a professional photographer from Santa Fe, New Mexico who supports the mission of Celine Cousteau’s Tribes on the Edge team.  He had amazing photos to share with students about their time in the Amazon Rain Forest with indigenous tribes.  During the call students respectfully asked questions and intensely listened to his stories. At the end of class when the students were asked who learned something new, every hand went up and they were eager to share what parts of the presentation had the biggest impact on them. The students were grateful for the time that Michael committed to them in order to share his stories and answer their questions.

Skype lessons are always exciting, because you know you’re going to learn something new but you never know which direction the students will take it as they lead the learning process.

I took pictures with an iPhone, added them on the Sway app, and quickly created a brief presentation of their experience. Click on the image or Sway presentation to discover the adventures that 4th graders were able to take during their Skype call.

Piranha, it’s what’s for dinner.


Global Skype-a-Thon 2016






Students in the Milton Area School District traveled over 38,000 miles visiting classrooms, experts, and even penguins during the Global Skype-a-Thon sponsored by Microsoft.


We have the honor of meeting Anthony Salcitothe Vice President of Worldwide Education for Microsoft. He shared with some of our 1st graders at Baugher about learning adventures taking place in classrooms around the world. Our little scholars asked him questions and sang, It’s a Grand Old Flag.



4th & 5th graders at Montandon had an exciting call as gaming expert, Stephen Reid traveled from Scotland to share unique ways that he sees gaming, including Minecraft, changing the way students learn in the classroom.



At Baugher two classes met a professional Rugby player along with Mr. Westermark’s class across the ocean in Wales, United Kingdom. Both groups compared similarities and differences between Rugby and American Football. The students had great questions and answers for each other. They even got to pass the football in the library!



Students in Mrs. Waltman’s 2nd grade at Baugher enjoyed their call to Maseru, Africa. Teacher, Thejane Malakane, met his students in the village and used his device to connect with us. Teams of students gathered around and excitedly answered our questions.  This amazing connection will leave a lasting impression on all the young scholars that participated. Our students went back to their classroom to write notes for their new friends. We look forward to partnering with Julie Hembree and the Books to Africa program for these students.

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The farthest distance traveled was to Antarctica with Ms. Badman’s 3rd graders at Baugher, 8,735 miles! We are thankful for Rob Inglis for documenting this call in the Daily Item Newspaper! Click on the blue link to read the full article.

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Global Skype-A-Thon 2016  38,064 miles in 2 days!

Montandon Elementary – Nov. 29th  9,985 miles total

3rd Grade – Mrs. Blough –  Seattle, WA 2,656 miles

2nd Grade – Mrs. Spring-Winters – Port Talbot, Wales 3,411 miles 

4th & 5th Grades– Mr. Manotti & Mr. Marshall – Minecraft Expert Stephen Reid – Edinburgh, Scotland 3,352 miles

1st Grade – Mr. Balliet- Digital Citizenship Institute  Glastonbury, CT 283 miles 

Kindergarten – Ms. Martin  Digital Citizenship Institute  Glastonbury, CT 283 miles 

Baugher Elementary – Nov. 30th  28,079 miles total

4th & 2nd  – Ms. Ferguson & Mrs. Waltman – Compare Rugby & American Football with Mr. Westermark’s students and professional Rugby players Wales 3,411 miles 

2nd Grade – Mrs. Waltman – Maseru, Africa 8,229 miles

1st Grade – Mrs. Wertz  – Birmingham, England  3,473 miles

1st Grade – Mrs. Trudnak  – Redmond, Washington 2,687 miles with Anthony Salcito Vice President of Worldwide Education for Microsoft

3rd Grade – Ms. Badman – Antarctica 8,735 miles

2nd Grade – Mrs. Pawling – Montgomery, Texas 1,544 miles




Practical Ways to Integrate STREAM Ideas in Classrooms

On July 19th I enter a new world in my professional development.  I’ll be presenting my first webinar on STREAM Activities in the Classroom.  I’m a little nervous, but more excited to share ideas with other enthusiastic educators.  I know the audience (almost 600 pre-registered) will provide me with more ideas that I’ll bring back to the Milton school community.  I love to learn and I love to share what I learn!


How to Connect Science, Technology, Engineering, Robotics, Arts, and Math in the Classroom

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT 


Presented by Karey Killian, Library Media Specialist
Sponsored by | Co-hosted by Big Deal Media



If you miss the live session, a link to view the recording will be available on this page. Certificates and recordings will be available within 24 hours after the live event. Learn more about edWeb CE certificates.

STREAM teaching isn’t about a checklist for ticking off items that are covered in class. Rather, it’s a unique approach to teaching that uses science, technology, robotics, engineering, arts, and math to connect the dots for authentic, deep learning.

When young scholars see themselves as inventors, creators, designers, problem-solvers, and collaborators, their ability to discover their true potential increases. As educators, it is our job to provide them with opportunities to experience a variety of activities that allow them to make mistakes, fix problems, try again, and brainstorm something new.

In this webinar, Library Media Specialist Karey Killian will lead us in an exploration of how STREAM teaching can create meaningful learning for our students. Karey will address:

  •  Approaching STREAM as a way of thinking through learning, not as a subject or a class
  • How to provide ALL students with opportunities to discover unique ways of making learning connections—despite individual economic backgrounds—with science, technology, robotics, engineering, arts, and mathematics
  • How to connect students’ experiences with those of other students, while sharing their learning adventures
  • How to help students showcase their discoveries with others
  • How to include STREAM thinking activities in the classroom
  • How to create unique learning adventures by using #Skypeclassroom

Join Karey for a live, interactive session to learn more about STREAM teaching. She will field questions from attendees after her presentation. This event is for K–12 teachers and
librarians/media specialists.

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Mrs.KillianKarey Killian is a certified Library Media Specialist for elementary schools in the Milton Area School District in Pennsylvania. She is a twenty-first century librarian who seeks ways for every student to achieve more by discovering their interests and talents. Those life moments usually occur during time in Makerspaces and Skype lessons. Karey was selected to engage in the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert community in November 2015. Being among colleagues and an organization that strive to “empower every student on the planet to achieve more” continues to motivate her to find powerful learning opportunities. Follow Karey on Twitter @CoLIBRAtoRY.


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Catching Up

2015-2016 was an amazing year for this Library Media Specialist!

I started the year early with Skype adventures with my students. They always amaze me with their ideas, questions, and reflections. In November I found out that I was accepted into a prestigious group of educators, Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEE).  What an honor to be part of this global group of talented educators! It’s been a thrill to share the amazing things that my school community here at Milton Area School District has done to support me through this journey.


Opportunity of a Lifetime – 1 of 9 educators selected to represent the United States at a global conference in Budapest, Hungary. I’ve had the privilege to share this Sway presentation with

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E2: Team USA

students, staff, school board members, administrators, and local newspaper reporters. Click here to take a trip to Budapest and then to a 1st grade classroom in Gothenburg, Sweden.  E2 Sway







Global Poetry Project


Our students in Kindergarten through 5th grade had the opportunity to be published on Julie Hembree’s (fellow MIEE librarian in Washington) Global Poetry Project website. Once again, I tried using my newly discovered presentation tool to share student work.  I created a Sway that easily allowed me to add new poems while keeping the current link to the project in tact. Click here to see some amazing Proud Panther Poets displaying their Acrostic Poems.



I shared how students at Milton Elementary Schools are making global connections in library classes at a state conference, PSLA. I co-presented with LJ Martin who joined our session using Skype from Germany! Our session focused on the reaching beyond the classroom walls to share global learning experiences with students. She shared what life is like as a Global Librarian who has experienced her role in several different countries. We played a Mystery Skip Dewey and Skype Around the WorldSkype game and shared resources for reaching out to use Skype as a tool to connect with other classrooms, experts, authors, and project ideas. #SkipDewey was where several participants took notes on Twitter. Click on “Skip Dewey and Skype Around the World” to see the Sway we created for it.


My learning adventure continues as I head to Denver, Colorado in June for the MIE Expert National Forum. Fellow MIE Experts will be sharing innovative ways that students are achieving more in their classrooms.

From there I’ll participate in my first ever ISTE conference. I’ll return in time to gather my thoughts before I get to share some Professional Development opportunities for K-12 teachers about some of the amazing learning opportunities that I’ve discovered through my powerful professional learning network!



Never Stop Learning!

Opportunity of a Lifetime







Since being selected as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert in November, the students have continued to discover new opportunities that I’ve discovered through this exchange of talented educators.  Given the opportunity to attend the event in Budapest, Hungary will provide many more opportunities to make global connections for our school community.  This is such an honor being selected for this award.  Thank you to students, staff, administrators, and school board members who have encouraged me to expect more and become the best educator that I can be. Here’s a copy of the letter that took my breath away.

Dear Karey,

Congratulations! As a 2015-2016 Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert, it is my pleasure to invite you to participate and represent the United States as one of 15 U.S. teachers in the Global Educator Exchange (E2) in Budapest, Hungary on March 7-10th. This exclusive event will bring together 300 of the most innovative educators and students from around the world for the opportunity to collaborate, create, and share their experiences on how to integrate technology and pedagogy to advance learning, achieve student outcomes, and transform education. E2 is an annual global education event recognizing and celebrating the achievements of educators who combined content, pedagogy, and technology in exemplary ways to prepare students for success.

All the best,

Robyn Hrivnatz

Senior Manager, U.S. Education

Microsoft Corporation

Hour of Code

Students at Baugher, Montandon, and White Deer Elementary Schools will have the opportunity to try an hour of coding during the month of December.  Between Technology Class with Mrs. VanKirk and Library Class with Mrs. Killian, every student attending these classes (K-5) will participate in this global event!

Library Classes will try the following apps on iPads:


Tynker (1 min 19 sec. tutorial)


Lightbot Lightbot (28 sec. video tutorial)



Kodable Kodable (1  min. video introduction) Students grades K-2 have username and password



  Scratch Jr.  Scratch Jr.(1 min 19 sec. video – Avril shows the story she created using Scratch Jr.)



Hopscotch  Hopscotch(1 min. video introduction) Make your own games!



Daisy the Dinosaur Daisy (3 min. video tutorial) Great start for early learners.



Take a look at this video to see students around the world taking part in this event.

Students all around the world are learning the language of coding.
Students all around the world are learning the language of coding.





5th grade Coding Club members understand the value of “Looping” in this unplugged coding activity.

Not sure what to buy for your little scholar…

I’ve been approached by parents, staff, and students about what to get for Christmas, birthdays, and other events.  Here’s a list of books, technology, and makerspace items that are a hit in the libraries this year.


Amulet series – by Kazu Kibuishi – Graphic Novel – hottest item in the libraries  (Grades 2-5)

Minecraft – Loved by girls and boys! the one in the link is new… not in libraries yet (Grades 2-5)

Lego Chima – Lego chapter books (Grades 2-5)

One and Only Ivan – by Katherine Applegate – based on a true story about a gorilla (Grades 3-7)

I Survived series – by Lauren Tarshis (Grades 2-5)

Wings of Fire – by Tui T. Sutherland – dragons – popular with 4th and 5th graders

Creepy Carrots – by Aaron Reynolds (Grades 1-5 like this one)

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow – by Lucille Colandro (any in the series)

Howard Wigglebottom books – by Howard Binkow – character building (Grades K-3) Website

What Pet Should I Get? – by Dr. Seuss – Newly discovered and published July 2015! (Grades K-3)

Elephant and Piggie – by Mo Willems – excellent read aloud books, humor, kids love them! (Grades K-4)


Ollie – by Sphero (Bed Bath & Beyond – Black Friday purchase $45! – $59.99 online) – app controlled

Ozobot Bit 2.0 – by Ozobot (introduced in Technology classes with Mrs. VanKirk)

Snap Circuits Jr. – by Elenco (Electronics Discovery Kit) – under $20


9-piece Square Puzzle – by Scramble Squares – VERY popular! (Grades K-Adult) some under $10

Strawbees – by Strawbees (company from Sweden – order on Amazon for Dec. delivery)

K’Nex Building Sets – by K’Nex (Roller Coaster $16.94 – not in libraries but would be a hit)

Craft Sticks – by Darice – colored ones 120ct for under $5

Zoob Kits – by Zoob – libraries have Zoob S.T.E.M. Challenge this Zoob Inventor’s Kit is under $20






Library Becomes Test Lab

LibraryTestLab_DailyItemThis was the headline on the front page of the Daily Item newspaper on Monday, October 26.  I love how the reporter successfully tagged the activities that students are doing in makerspaces as a “test lab”!  I’m thrilled to have the support of the school community as students at Baugher, Montandon, and White Deer Elementary Schools work hard to make discoveries, inventions, and explore creativity.

**All three libraries are accepting donations of Legos, K’Nex, Snap Circuits, building blocks, and other discovery toys.

Here is the PDF document,  WD5thgradeDailyItem , that can be downloaded for easy reading.  By clicking on the picture or article, the text will appear larger and be easier to read.