Cultural Perspectives Research in Spanish

Hey 8th Grade Spanish Students!

Here’s some research guidance for you as you entice tourists to visit your country. Be sure to brainstorm and consider all the things that appeal to you when you travel. It is especially important that our information be from reliable and relevant sources, so we will be using the databases to which we subscribe through the Cobb Digital Library. Let’s get started!

Getting Started on Day 1

We will begin by researching in Cobb Digital Library‘s CultureGrams with Cultural Trivia Research

Additional resources in Cobb Digital Library recommended for this assignment are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember: You access Cobb Digital Library at home by using your Office 365 username and password ([email protected]) and your school computer password.

Presentation: Microsoft Sway

Introduction: What is Sway? (This video will be shared via direct instruction in class.)

How to Sway by TTIS, Whitney Prather (Here is a step-by-step how to if you need additional guidance while off campus. Direct Sway instruction will be provided in class by Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker. THIS VIDEO LIKES MICROSOFT EDGE!)

 

Helpful Hint: If you face obstacles or have questions while creating your Sway, be sure to utilize the Help feature within Sway.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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

 

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. 

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!

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 . . .

8th Grade Media Center Orientation

Welcome Back to the Media Center!

Eighth grade classes are visiting the media center along with their Reading or Origins 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, along with Durham Reading and Origins 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 7, be sure to check out the NSTeens Quiz and respond to the the questions.

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

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.

Spanish Breakout

Media Specialist Mrs. Baker, Media Paraprofessional Tracey Webb, and Spanish teacher Mrs. Fugate collaborated to bring the concept of Breakout EDU to Senora Fugate’s 8th grade Spanish students. These 8th graders are first year Spanish students who were also new to the Breakout experience. In groups, they were taxed with working collaboratively to read Spanish passages and maps and to solve puzzles that opened a variety of locks. This Breakout was adapted from “Un Escape con Abuela” via Martina Bex’s website The Comprehensible Classroom and is also accessible via Teachers Pay Teachers. The students were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Despite frustrations, almost all the groups overcame the challenges and broke into their boxes! Here’s some evidence of how these kiddos surmounted the obstacles.

Spanish Students Breakout