It’s almost time for Durham Media Center’s annual Scholastic Book Fair! The book fair is the only fundraiser the media center hosts, and the earnings support 100% of the media center’s trivia prizes throughout the year including paperback books and posters awarded to this year’s Scholastic Summer Reading students who logged reading minutes over the summer and prizes for October’s “Spooky Books Trivia” winners. School supplies like pencils and fun, complimentary bookmarks offered throughout the year are also purchased with Scholastic credits as are much of the library’s displays, décor and signage. Device charging stations, the multimedia table, comfy student seating, and interlocking tables were all purchased with monies earned through the Scholastic Book Fair. Every penny of the proceeds benefits Durham students, so please consider shopping the Scholastic Book Fair March 4th through March 8th.
The Durham Media Center, in conjunction with the Cobb County Public Library System, challenges you to read at least 20 minutes each day of the mid-winter break for a total of 160 minutes. Log your minutes in Biblionasium* or with this Reading Log created by the Cobb County Public Library System.
If you need something good to read, be sure to visit the public library. Use your Library Pass to download ebooks or magazines from the Cobb County Public Library website. Durham Media Center’s online catalog Destiny is also available 24/7 and provides access to ebooks and audiobooks. It doesn’t stop there, Cobb Digital Library‘s databases eBooks on EBSCOhost, Teen Book Cloud, and TumblePremium also provide digital resources. Check them out, and start reading now!
*Your Biblionasium login is the same login as your school computer.
Okay, kids. Here’s the chance for your voices to be heard. Have an opinion? Let’s find out how to convince others to see issues just as we do by using research to support our perspectives. You have chosen argumentative essay topic from the provided list. Here’s what you will need to do before starting the research.
Look at the essay topic you have chosen.
Break down the question. Identify the key words you will use to begin the research.
Determine what information you will need in order to convince your audience to see the issue as you do.
Use the ACADEMIC databases in the Cobb Digital Library (CDL) to support your claim.
And off we go . . .
The BEST CDL databases for this assignment are:
Here are the steps to search within these databases:
Step 1: Adding to Favorites
Step 2: Basic Searches
Step 3: Highlighting and Notetaking
Step 4: Using the Citation Tool
- Cite every source from which you take notes.
- Use the Citation Tool to generate the citation in MLA format
- Copy and paste each citation into a Word document in Office 365. This information will be necessary for creating the Works Cited.
Continue locating relevant articles and taking notes within them until you have sufficient evidence to support your claim.
Hi 7th grade Scientists! Let’s use Cobb Digital Library to locate the BEST, most timely and relevant information on how organ systems interact to carry out life functions. Humans–and other complex multicellular organisms–have systems of organs that work together carrying out processes that keep us alive. Here’s how to get started using Cobb Digital Library to learn all about human body systems.
Science Databases are arranged in a group for quick access and include:
*All of the above resources feature content on Human Body Systems.
Cite Your Sources!
Use the Citation Tool features in Kid InfoBits and Research in Context.
In NetTrekker use the Copy for Citation feature.
DK Findout and BrainPOP resources should be cited using www.citationmachine.net. Choose MLA format and follow the prompts.
Cobb Digital Library (CDL) Access: On-campus computers, offer a shortcut on the desktop. From home, the link to CDL is available via both the Cobb County and Durham websites as well as through the Durham Media Center blog. Students will be prompted to use their Office 365 username which follows this pattern: email@example.com. They will then use their individualized school computer password.
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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.
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.
SUBMIT YOUR SWAY HERE:
When your Sway is perfected and has been approved by Mrs. Gaut or Mrs. Baker, do the following:
- Open your Sway.
- Go to Share (upper right-hand corner)
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sixth grade Social Studies students in Mrs. Bitler’s, Mrs. Wishon’s, and Mrs. Clements’ classes participated in a Propaganda Museum Walk led by Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker in the Digital Aged Classroom. Students began with an introduction to propaganda where five popular propaganda techniques were highlighted. Then student groups had the opportunity to visit four different stations featuring selections of propaganda arranged by type. Within each station students analyzed pieces of propaganda using Mrs. Baker’s Propaganda Museum Walk Guide. They utilized fellow group members to help them evaluate and analyze the posters. This was a day of deep critical thinking for these sixth graders, and they rose to the challenge.
STATION 1: “DONALD DUCK IN NUTZILAND”
Watch the video segment independently and complete the writing prompts on your guide. After each student has responded to the prompts on his/her own, discuss responses as a group and add additional insights to your notes.