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Apr 23

What’ll it be? Vote now! Poll closes on April 27th and the torture happens on Wednesday, April 29th!

 

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Apr 21

How’d you like to try out some new apps that were just added to the iPads & get to use our new collaboration tables?

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Tickets are available in the Media Center on a first come, first served basis. If demand is higher than the number of tickets available, a waitlist will be started.

We hope to see you on Tuesday!

 

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Apr 14

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but unlike school libraries of the past, our media center is a busy, collaborative place where students come to work not only independently, but also on group projects. Our students are very creative and involved! They are always creating something amazing, whether digitally (movies and blog posts) or more traditionally (research papers and creative writing).

Because of this increasing collaboration and use of bring your own device (BYOD) technology, we’ve worked hard to turn our former reference room from wasted space into a collaborative space for students to work on projects and assignments. With the help of my colleagues, we’ve built 4 collaborative tables that students can use to work on projects together by connecting their devices to large monitors.

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These tables have already been utilized by several classes and professional development for our staff with great success, but…we have a very small number of HDMI connector cords for our patrons to use and none that support Android devices at this time. Now we need your help to reach the potential awesomeness that these tables hold! By helping supply the requested HDMI cords, you will allow our students to work collaboratively on technology related assignments and projects. They will be able to connect their BYOD technology to a large screen monitor so that group members can literally see the ‘big picture’.

We’d also like to install a projection screen from the ceiling and need the mounts to make it happen. We already have the screen, we just need a way to attach it so the students can use it when they need it and put it away when it’s not in use. The projection screen mounts will allow us to do this.

If you’d like to help make this room even more amazing and useful, we’ve set up a DonorsChoose.org project to fund the purchase of additional HDMI cables as well as a projection screen mount. We’re less than $250 from our goal.

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Mar 27

Book

 Did you know that the Book Fair raises money for our school’s Media Center program? It helps fund all of our contests and events, as well as provides us with books for giveaways. Book Fair proceeds also help us buy new furniture and student supplies.

Check out this website to shop online or preview some titles that we’ll be carrying.

Hours of Operation:

Thursday, March 26-PREVIEW ONLY-8:20-4:00

Friday, March 27-PREVIEW ONLY-8:20-4:00

Monday, March 30-SALE-8:20-4:00

Tuesday, March 31-SALE-8:20-4:00

Wednesday, April 1-SALE-8:20-6:00

Thursday, April 2-SALE-8:20-6:00

Friday, April 3-SALE-8:20-10:00am

Special Promotions:

As Mrs. Harpin discussed on the morning announcements, we are attempting a 3-pronged incentive approach.

1, CANDY

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Donate $0.50 for a Chance to WIN!

If your sucker is marked with any of these colors, you win a prize!

RED-Mystery Prize & sucker

GREEN-$5.00 book fair gift certificate & sucker

BLUE-$1.00 book fair gift certificate & sucker

ORANGE-$0.50 book fair gift certificate & sucker

BLANK-a free sucker!

 

2. FREE STUFF

For every $5.00 that you spend at the book fair, you’ll receive a ticket to enter into our Prize Pack Drawing.

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3. TORTURE & HUMILIATION

Mrs. Harpin is willing to do something embarrassing if you guys meet the goal of at least $3000.00 spent at the book fair. She is open to most suggestions. Check her blog for a poll to vote on which embarrassing thing you want her to do.

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Mar 26
  1. Picture2Find a Creative Commons licensed picture to use for this project.
  2. Click the box that says that the picture will be licensed for you to modify but NOT the one about commercial use.
    1. Be CAREFUL about your search terms.
      1. Ex) Selma is also a girl’s name…be more specific like Selma, Alabama
    2. Pay attention to the size of picture you are looking at. You need a larger picture so it doesn’t go all wonky when you stretch it out to fit a whole page.
  3. Save your picture to your student ID #.
    1. Make sure you are saving the actual picture, not the preview!
    2. Pay attention to where the picture is actually saving! It might be going to your ‘download’s’ folder.
  4. Open Microsoft WORD.
  5. Save your project to your student ID #.
    1. Name it Black & White Poem
  6. Insert your picture & begin editing it.
    1. Use the Wrap Text button to send your picture Behind Text.
    2. Drag the CORNERS of your picture to make it fill up most of the page.
    3. If your picture isn’t already Black & White:
      1. Under Picture Tools, select Recolor.
      2. Choose Greyscale or Black & White.
      3. If you really want to get creative, use the Artistic Effects, but remember that your words need to be read.
  7. Start typing. You can make your font larger and bolder. You can turn it white or grey or black in places where you need to change it so that it can be seen.
    1. You might want to play around with the Text Effects (it kind of looks like a fuzzy A under where you can change the size of your fonts)
  8. Save your project.
  9. Print your final copy to the 644 B&W printer.

**10 bonus points if you include an EasyBib citation for your picture** (Pending Mrs. Coulombe’s approval)

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Mar 24

Bet some of you were wondering why the Media Center was undergoing an aquatic transformation over the last two weeks! Well, wonder no more…the BOOK FAIR IS COMING! This spring’s theme is Book Fair Under the Sea.

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Hours of Operation:

Thursday, March 26-PREVIEW ONLY-8:20-4:00

Friday, March 27-PREVIEW ONLY-8:20-4:00

Monday, March 30-SALE-8:20-4:00

Tuesday, March 31-SALE-8:20-4:00

Wednesday, April 1-SALE-8:20-6:00

Thursday, April 2-SALE-8:20-6:00

Friday, April 3-SALE-8:20-10:00am

Check out this website to shop online or preview some titles that we’ll be carrying.

Did you know that the Book Fair raises money for our school’s Media Center program? It helps fund all of our contests and events, as well as provides us with books for giveaways. Book Fair proceeds also help us buy new furniture and student supplies.

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Mar 16

*I have seriously had this David Bowie song in my head for weeks every time I think about the changes taking place in our media center! Make it stop!

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The Reference Room is no more. It has undergone quite a make-over in the last couple of months and it is now ready (mostly) for use. We are very excited about this transformation!

Here’s what we did:

  1. We moved most of our ‘reference‘ materials into the regular nonfiction collection and weeded out the ones that were out of date or not useful for our students.
  2. We donated our extra bookshelves to Milford Elementary School. They were very excited to get them!
  3. Coach Boone, Mr. Arnold, & Mr. Hugg sawed our 2 gigantic conference tables from the nonfiction section into 4 smaller tables.
  4. Mrs. Harpin & Media Advisory Committee members Elora & Georgi painted the former reference room to give it a fresh and inviting look.
  5. Mr. Arnold and Mr. Hugg installed our new frosted glass dry-erase boards and put together & installed our new tables.
  6. Mrs. Harpin set up the large monitors and HDMI switches.
  7. Mrs. Chambless made the large numbers for the walls.

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Here’s what’s happening now:

  1. We’re trying to decide on a new name for the room. We’re tossing around “The Think Tank” and “Collaborative Room” but aren’t totally sold on those names just yet. So, if you have any ideas, let Mrs. Harpin know. :)
  2. Currently, the room has the following capabilities:
    1. 4 Collaborative tables that seat 4-6 students at each table.
    2. 3 Round tables that seat up to 4 students at each table.
    3. A projector and speaker on a cart, as well as a projection screen.
    4. 4 dry erase boards WITH markers & erasers (please don’t lose them!)
    5. We currently have the following HDMI connections available:
      1. 3 Apple ‘lightning’ connectors (current generation iPads & iPhones)-with plans to purchase several more
      2. 3 Apple ’30 pin’ connectors (older iPads & iPhones),-with plans to purchase several more
      3. 8 mini HDMI cables (Android tablets).
      4. Unfortunately, the VGA cables we bought will not seem to work with the laptop cart netbooks. :(
      5. We’re in the process of setting up a Donor’s Choose campaign for more HDMI cables to hook up compatible laptops as well as some adapters for Android devices that use MHL instead of mini HDMI. (All this cord stuff is hard you guys! Why can’t they all just use the same thing???)
  3. Teachers can now sign up for their classes or PLCs to use the new room through Mrs. Harpin/Mrs. Chambless. Check the calendar first. 
  4. Students may sign up in advance to use a table in the room during study hall by visiting the media center the day before a table will be needed. (Keep in mind that connectors are very limited at this point and will be checked out on a first come-first served basis, one per table.)
  5. So far, we’ve had one STEM class meeting and one 7th grade ELA class in the new room. We can’t wait for it to be used even more!

If you’re curious, stop by for a guided tour/demonstration!

Special thanks to our awesome administrators that have fully supported this transformation!

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Mar 16

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Mar 16

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  1. Download & open this Word Doc: civil_war_scavenger_hunt_hausdorf
  2. Save it to any of the following: your Student ID, your flash drive, (you can even upload it to your Google Drive account if you have one and know how)…we don’t really care where you save it, but it needs to be saved somewhere!
  3. Make sure you put your name on your paper.
  4. Answer the questions by clicking on the links that we’ve provided. In Word documents, your press the “Crtl” button and click on the link with your mouse at the same time top open the link.
  5. You don’t have to write in complete sentences unless you are answering the paragraph-ish questions.
  6. If you want to use your Printer Cents, feel free to print the scavenger hunt at the end of class. Otherwise, you may print at home.
    1. 644 = Black & White Printer = 1 cent per page. :)
    2. 728 = Color Printer = 5 cents per page. :(
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Mar 06

Unparalleled Sophistication

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