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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.

Book

 

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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  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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Mar 04

FullSizeRenderOur Media Advisory Committee put together a book order a while back and the books are finally here and ready for you guys to check out! YAY!!! They’re located on the “New Books” display on the right as you enter the media center. I’m telling you, these ladies picked out some great books for you guys! 

If you’re saying “Hey! I want to help pick out the books we have in our media center!” right now, why don’t you join us on the Media Advisory Committee? It’s totally awesome. No lie.

The second new display is “Dear Diary” and is filled with both fictional and nonfictional diaries.

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Feb 19

EasyBib

Username: [email protected] (your ‘real’ name, not nickname, no spaces, not a real email address!)

Password: your student ID # (lunch #)

In Review:

  1. Yesterday, we practiced citing websites, copy/pasting citations from Cobb Digital Library sources, and how to cite digital images.

On Your Own:

Using the examples we completed together in class, cite the following sources in your “Practice” project in EasyBib.

  1.  http://www.worldbookonline.com/student/article?id=ar753961&st=chocolate
  2. http://abcnews.go.com/Business/times-drank-coke-product/story?id=28685730
  3. Search for and find a picture of Doctor John Pemberton (inventor of Coca~Cola). Create a citation for him in your “Practice” project.
  4. Search for and find a picture of Ruth Graves Wakefield (inventor of chocolate chip cookies). Create a citation for her in your “Practice” project.

 

Show What You Know!

We need to print out your practice bibliography so I can check to make sure you guys are on track for success!

  1. Open your “Practice” bibliography
  2. Make sure you have 7 citations and that none are duplicates! Proof read your citations before you move on to step 3!
  3. Click the orange “Export” button.
  4. Select “Print as a Word Document”
  5. Click on the orange “Download for MS Word” button. Your download will begin immediately in the bottom, left corner of your screen.
  6. When your document has downloaded, open it.
  7. Type your name next to where it says “Works Cited”
  8. Print your works cited to the 644 (black & white) printer.
  9. Leave it on the printer. Your teacher will pick it up.
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Username: [email protected] (your ‘real’ name, not nickname, no spaces, not a real email address!)

Password: your student ID # (lunch #)

All Together Now:

Let’s practice this citing sources thing!

  1. Use Website to cite this http://www.timeforkids.com/news/danger-dessert/99091 
    1. Fill in the blanks in EasyBib to cite this webpage.
    2. Double check the “auto-cite” <–this is often incorrect!
  2. Use All 59 Options, Write/Paste Citation to cite this http://www.worldbookonline.com/student/article
  3. Use All 59 Options, Digital Image to cite this picture  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5e/Cadbury-Dairy-Milk-Caramel-Bar.jpg 
    1. Fill in what you can.
    2. You HAVE to give your picture a description, a website title, and the date you accessed it!
    3. Google/Bing are NOT sources!!! Make sure you are citing the image!

If you get stuck, try this!

Easybib instructions-I am in the process of updating these directions, but they’re basically still very similar. A couple of options have changed. You can view this presentation fullscreen by clicking on the expand icon in the lower right corner of the presentation.