About durhammediacenter

Durham Middle School Media Specialist Mrs. Erin Baker has worked as the MS at Durham for seven years. She previously taught English at McEachern High School followed by Harrison High School both also in the Cobb County School District.

8th Grade

Welcome Back to the Media Center!

Eighth grade classes are visiting the media center along with their ELA classes for a review of the media center behavior expectations, policies, and procedures.  In designated groups, students will visit stations to complete specific objectives. Media specialist Mrs. Baker, Media paraprofessional Tracey Webb, along with Durham ELA teachers, will guide students along the way. Also during their visit, students will have the opportunity to check out materials. Yay for reading more books this year!

For all the details, check out the Media Center 8th Grade Orientation Guide.

LOOK HERE!

At STATION 8, be sure to view NSTeens’ video 6 Degrees of Information and complete the corresponding questions.

Welcome Back 7th Graders!

Welcome Back to the Media Center!

Seventh grade classes are visiting the media center along with their ELA classes for a review of the behavior expectations, policies, and procedures. Students will also have the opportunity to verify their computer and Office 365 passwords and connect to the WIFI if they are BYOD approved. In collaborative groups, students will visit stations to complete specific learning targets. Media specialist Mrs. Baker and Media paraprofessional Mrs. Webb, along with the help of Durham ELA teachers, will help guide students during their visit.

 

7th Grade Media Center Orientation

At STATION 8, be sure to check out the Introduction to the Dewey Decimal System video:

 

Works Cited: “Introduction to the Dewey Decimal System.” YouTube, YouTube, 21 Sept. 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?     v=9bV_sI8XQdI&index=2&list=PL8VBzOAcGweK1Kv7x8HWyUbCVAuQVAT92. Accessed 9 Aug. 2017.

 

Mrs. Baker will be leading students through Station 10. If you miss it, be sure to get your answers here:

8th MC Orientation Station 10

6th Grade Media Center Orientation

Sixth grade students are visiting the media center for the first time this week with their ELA teachers. Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker and Media Paraprofessional, Mrs. Webb will introduce 6th graders to the Durham Media Center where students will search the library collection utilizing the online catalog, Destiny and will then locate and check out books of interest to them.  Any students from Mrs. Stahler’s, Mrs. Hall’s, Mrs. Dean’s, and Mrs. Slade’s ELA classes who missed this exciting event should view the Media Center Orientation and complete the accompanying Media Center Orientation Guide.

Summer Reading

Log your Summer Reading minutes in Biblionasium.

All the details, and abundant resources including access to thousands of FREE digital books, can be found at Cobb Summer Reading. Check it out!!

Don’t forget! Durham Media Center’s catalog, Destiny, and Cobb Digital Library are available 24/7 during the summer too! Check out all the ebooks and audiobooks that are part of the Durham Media Center collection through Destiny, and be sure to search Ebsco eBook and Tumble Book Cloud for lots of AWESOME digital books.

Ebsco eBooks in Cobb Digital Library

Tumble Book Cloud in Cobb Digital Library

 

Cell Adaptations: Art/Tech Mash-Up

Google vs. Cobb Digital Library

Using your device, go to the following link to share your perspective. You’ll need to get the password from Mrs. Baker in order to access it.

4th Period’s Padlet

5th Period’s Padlet

STUDENTS: Use the Anchor Chart: Asking Questions as you research the disease of your choosing.

Be sure to use Britannica School Middle in Cobb Digital Library to gather your notes.

Found in the Cobb Digital Library

 

 

SUBMIT YOUR SWAY HERE:

When your Sway is perfected and has been approved by Mrs. Gaut or Mrs. Baker, do the following:

  1. Open your Sway.
  2. Go to Share (upper right-hand corner)
  3. Make your Settings match what’s below: Share your Sway with ANYONE WITH A LINK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Copy the link.

5. Open the Sway Submission Form for your class, and follow the example to post your Sway.

SWAY SUBMISSION FORM 4TH PERIOD

SWAY SUBMISSION FORM 5TH PERIOD

Researching Math Careers

Shout out to Mrs. Forester’s 6th Grade Math Kiddos!

How awesome that you get to research in math class! I’m here with some resources to help you get started. There is math in pretty much every job. As a middle school media specialist, I use math every day. (Swing by if you’d like to know some of the ways I use math in my job.) Until then, here’s a brief video sharing a couple of databases within Cobb Digital Library that will help you find credible and relevant resources to support your research.

Also, I’ve pulled together a collection of books from the media center that may get you thinking about jobs you haven’t considered before. Mrs. Forester will have these books checked out for awhile, but if you would like to see the digital file of books, go to Destiny, click in the upper left-hand side of the screen, select Collections and then Math Careers. I’m super excited to see what all you learn! Be sure to swing by the media center if you need more help.

The DMC Celebrates National School Library Month

April is National School Library Month

making it the perfect time to visit the Durham Media Center where there’s always something new and exciting happening. Did you know that Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb add new books to the collection every single month? This month’s new additions include 45 graphic novels selected specifically with students’ interests, inquires, and reading histories in mind. Be sure to swing by soon to check out something new in DMC. Until then, here’s a preview of the latest additions to 741.5.

 

 

Learn more about National School Library Month at the American Association of School Librarians

Book Fair Success

The Scholastic cases have been packed and sent back to the warehouse, the online sales have closed, and the numbers have been crunched. Our annual Scholastic Book Fair was a success! Sales totaled $4,701.91 earning $2,582.50 in Scholastic resources. Through Scholastic dollars earned from previous fairs, the Durham Media Center has added a variety of new books, device charging stations and a multimedia table. The media center has even refreshed its furniture with modern, mobile tables and chairs with the help of funds garnered through book fair. Throughout the school year, seasonal displays and signage, and special events like trivia giveaways and goody bags for Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge participants and October’s Spooky Books Trivia are made possible because of these funds. More importantly, though, the Scholastic Book Fair incites excitement about reading , and there is no other skill that has the power to impact people more than learning to successfully read. Special thanks to the parents and students who assisted in managing this event as well as to Durham teachers and PTA who advertised, shopped at, and helped with the fair. Already on display are many of the titles offered at this year’ book fair, so be sure to check out the “New Book” display in the media center soon. Thanks again Wildcats!