January Library Media Committee Meeting

 

The Library Meeting Committee will meet Thursday, January 25th at 8:15 a.m. in the Media Center. On the agenda are upcoming schedules and promotions including our annual, and extremely popular Blind Date with a Book and Scholastic Book Fair. Be sure to be present for all the details.

Hey Committee Members: A Class Notebook has been shared with you in Office 365 which features all the details for Blind Date with a Book. Here’s the direct link to the Notebook: Blind Date with a Book. Once the file opens, you will be prompted to enter your Office 365 account using your username and password. Mrs. Baker will guide you through using it. 

Art/Tech Merge

Hey 7th grade Art Students! Mrs. Baker is here to help you use technology to share your art with others. YAHOO! How exciting! This project will even offer the opportunity for you to showcase your art at an off campus art Show in January.

We are using Cobb Digital Library to research diseases and to locate images of healthy versus diseased cells. We will also use Microsoft Office 365 to create informational presentations of diseases as well as images of our watercolor cell representations. Are you excited yet? Well, if not, you will be soon.

Cobb Digital Library

iPad Best Practices and Presentation Checklist

Microsoft Office 365

The presentations of our art work will be showcased via Microsoft Sway Office 365. (We will be utilizing the video linked below to guide us.)

How to Sway by TTIS, Whitney Prather

There are lots and lots of Sway How-to Videos on YouTube. Although they are unavailable via student logins while on campus, they will serve as helpful tools when you are on your own. With parent permission, you may choose to utilize them to help you Sway. That’s what Mrs. Baker does when she needs help.

LESSON CONCLUSION

How to Submit a Sway by TTIS, Whitney Prather

Now that all of your hard work is complete, it’s time to submit your work for review. Open the link below. Type your name and class period into the provided spaces, and then copy and paste your Sway link into the space following your name and class period. Mrs. Baker will be guiding you through the steps on Wednesday, 12/20.

SUBMIT YOUR SWAY LINK HERE!

Tales of Great Books: Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

In honor of “The Master of Horror,” Edgar Allan Poe, the media center is collaborating with Reading and Language Arts teachers to help students better understand the impact Poe’s body of work (Do you know his writing spans a variety of genres?) has had on American Literature. Use Mrs. Baker’s Edgar Allan Poe Video Guide while viewing Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Great Books: Tales of Edgar Allan Poe , with an introduction by Mrs. Baker, to assist in your understanding of the major points within the video segment.

Teachers may also wish to utilize Great Books Tales of Edgar Allan Poe Teacher’s Guide provided by Georgia Public Broadcasting to help lead students through their individualized, grade level appropriate standards.

Also, be sure to take advantage of the myriad print and digital resources on Poe that are available in Durham’s Media Center. Many are currently featured on the “Spooky Books” display, but be sure to search Poe in Destiny to see all the super cool items available for check out.

 

Great Books: Tales of Edgar Allan Poe Discovery Education, 2003 . Full Video.
Discovery Education. Web. 27 October 2014. <http://www.discoveryeducation.com/>.

Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 23 Oct 2014.
http://quest.eb.com/#/search/134_1738103/1/134_1738103/cite

WANT MORE POE? Check out Thinkport for an abundance of awesome Poe resources including lesson plans, engaging activities, poetry readings, online field trips and so much more! Under “Interactive Media” click on “Knowing Poe,” or simply search “Poe” in the search box. Be sure to have plenty of time set aside to peruse this resource. You will get sucked in!

MLA Citations with Mrs. Baker

 Back 7th Grade Reading Students!

Mrs. Baker is here with some guidance as you begin your analysis of Ben Mikaelsen’s novel Touching Spirit Bear.  We will be using the resources linked here to guide our learning. Careful note-taking using the Guide to Accompany Mrs. Baker’s Powerpoint is especially important because there are helpful tips and relevant examples that will serve you as you write journal entries throughout the novel study.  Here’s the presentation with all the information you need: Citing Textual Evidence Using MLA Format . REMEMBER! Mrs. Baker is a resource to guide you through your learning as well, so swing by the media center in the mornings if you find yourself needing additional support.

NOW LET’S REVIEW!

Mrs. Baker will share the class code!

Discovering Our Destiny!

Hey Kiddos! Welcome back for your second classroom visit to the DMC this school year! This time we are learning about our slightly new, and very much improved, online catalog–Destiny Discover! Today’s lesson will serve to highlight some of the awesome features available to you. Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb will be guiding you through accessing and logging into Destiny Discover so that you can personalize your profile. You will then access the main menu to verify your checkouts, place holds on materials, add resources to favorites lists and even create collections. Lastly, you will have the opportunity to renew and/or checkout materials. Here’s the brief student video, Using Destiny Discover-Students, we will be utilizing to guide our learning. Off we go . . .

7th Grade Media Center Orientation

Welcome Back to the Media Center!

Seventh grade classes are visiting the media center along with their Reading classes for a review of the behavior expectations, policies, and procedures. In collaborative groups, students will visit stations to complete specific learning targets. Media specialist Mrs. Baker, along with the help of Durham reading teachers, will help guide students during their visit.

7th Grade Media Center Orientation

At STATION 7, 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.

 

Breakout EDU Mania at Durham

Since the fall of the 2016 school year, the Durham Media Center has been abuzz with Breakouts! Collaboration requests have come from far and wide. All grade levels and a variety of content areas including social studies, science, Spanish, reading and language arts have experienced Breakout EDU through collaborative efforts with the media center. One of the greatest challenges of being an educator is getting students to “buy into” the learning. So often it’s the teachers, rather than the students, who are excited about the topics or subjects of study. That’s not the case with Breakout EDU. This learning concept “tricks” kids into learning. Without even realizing it, students are evaluating puzzles and riddles through thinking critically, calling upon prior knowledge, looking through a variety of different lenses, working with peers, and guiding their learning in a setting where the teacher serves on the periphery rather than as the lead. Students must also persevere through frustration and change what they are doing until they figure out the “problem.” Breakout EDU has been an amazing experience at Durham this school year. Here’s a culmination of the awesomely innovative learning experiences Durham Middle students and staff have had through Breakout EDU.

Students across grade levels and subject areas learned through Breakout EDU.

Students reflect upon their Breakout learning experience.

Extended Resources for Fever 1793 and Terrible Typhoid Mary

Hey 7th graders! I’ve created an awesome list of extended print resources for you to check out while you are studying either Anderson’s Fever 1793 or Bartoletti’s Terrible Typhoid Mary. Hopefully these novels have piqued your interests and have you wanting to learn more. Your media center is always here to help!

Extended Print Resources

Stahler’s World Domination Breakout

So . . . 7th grade Reading teacher Mrs. Stahler is trying to take over the world and send all the kids to boarding school. Will her students be able to stop her? Media staff, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb worked with Mrs. Stahler to ready the media center for this unique Breakout experience. The students worked through a variety of puzzles to unlock boxes that ultimately open the suitcase Mrs. Stahler had been dragging behind her for over a week. What do you think was inside? Here are some snapshots of the learning fun.

Mrs. Stahler’s World Domination Breakout