Neat Sites, March ’10

FotoBabble: Upload photos and you can narrate information about each picture.

ChemSpider: “ service providing a structure centric community for chemists. Providing access to millions of chemical structures and integration to a multitude of other online services, ChemSpider is the richest single source of structure-based chemistry information.”

100 Video Sites Every Educator Should Bookmark

KALEIDOCYCLE: Make your own

WallWisher: Build a wall of post-it notes for communication

Google Alerts: Set up to be alerted on most recent news etc.

WebList: Create your own web list of sites to share.

Teacher Spotlight – February 2010

The spotlight this month shines on Bill Durick, Tony Scardino, and Nate Winslow.  Students in Western World classes learned about factory life during the Industrial Revolution by reading articles from first-hand accounts and other history resources from our databases.  We taught students how to correctly paraphrase information and create effective notecards.  This activity provides students with the tools necessary to prevent plagiarism and how to organize information for research papers and projects.

The spotlight this month shines on Bill Durick, Tony Scardino, and Nate Winslow.

Students in Western World classes learned about factory life during the Industrial Revolution by reading articles from first-hand accounts and other history resources from our databases.

After noticing the amount of students copying information online, changing a word or two, and claiming the information as their own, we contacted the Western World teachers for assistance.  We taught students how to correctly paraphrase information and create effective notecards.  This activity provides students with the tools necessary to prevent plagiarism and how to organize information for research papers and projects.

Will Lion Photostream

Will Lion Photostream

Teacher Spotlight, January 10

Marilyn Brewer’s AP & Regular CA IV, and Debbie Glenn’s CA IV classes worked with us to complete their Senior Research Papers.  Students learned important College Readiness skills such as searching, organizing, and synthesizing information.  The research paper provides an opportunity for students to think critically about a topic that is meaningful and relevant to them.  Students are guided through the process to learn how to develop a thesis, use note-taking effectively, and crediting their sources within the paper and as a Works Cited page.  It involves many important aspects that will guide students to the next stage in their academic life.  We look forward to this project with Seniors every year as it is a culminating activity of collaborative work we have done with them throughout their high school careers!

Marilyn Brewer’s AP & Regular CA IV, and Debbie Glenn’s CA IV classes worked with us to complete their Senior Research Papers.

Students learned important College Readiness skills such as searching, organizing, and synthesizing information.  The research paper provides an opportunity for students to think critically about a topic that is meaningful and relevant to them.

Students are guided through the process to learn how to develop a thesis, use note-taking effectively, and crediting their sources within the paper and as a Works Cited page.  It involves many important aspects that will guide students to the next stage in their academic life.

We look forward to this project with Seniors every year as it is a culminating activity of collaborative work we have done with them throughout their high school careers!

K12 Online Conference

K12 Online Conference begins this week.  However, being an online conference—it never ends.  Stop by the site sometime & take a few minutes to grab some new ideas and inspiration.  It’s all free!

It begins November 30 and new presentations will be posted through December 18.   You can participate live or wait for the handouts, video, and other resources to be posted later.

Teacher Spotlight, December 09

Aaron Anderson
Ryan Copp
Josh Koerkenmeier

U.S. History teachers worked with the librarians to create a research paper assignment connected to the History Day prompt.  Students created essential research questions to avoid the ‘third grade Abraham Lincoln’ type report.

Examples:

  • Why was the Roaring Twenties such an era for advancements in art, technology, and science?
  • How did Jackie Robinson break the color barrier in baseball?
  • How did the transportation of soldiers impact the war?

Then students used online note cards to record their facts from credible sources like ABC-Clio and Gale Ebooks provided on the library web page.

After outlining and citing their sources, students completed at least a four page paper.

All resource can be found on the U.S. History Pathfinder.

Thank you U.S. History teachers!!

Library 2 U

No time to come to the Library – let us come to you!

You do not have to sign up with us to use and benefit from the library resources.  Students use and love Google and Wikipedia, but there is so much more out there!  It is important for students understand the importance of using more than one source and to learn how to use credible and complete sources such as our databases.

Students struggle with:

  • Effective search strategies/techniques
  • Creating interesting/logical/effective powerpoints
  • Correctly paraphrasing
  • Creating works cited pages

Students LOVE our new LibGuides! These allow us to create a webpage to organize all the resources you need for topics and/or projects you are covering in your classroom.  We can post your handouts, videos, widgets (search box), and links for students to easily access from school or home!  We then send you the link to post on your website and we can post on the library webpage.

We can:

  • Come to your classroom to talk to students – we accommodate your schedule and timeframe
  • Provide a link to a libguide.  You tell us what information to include and we’ll post all the resources your students will need.

Contact us if you are interested in finding out more.

Teacher Spotlight, November 09

Terry Lindberg and Carolyn Zeligman used the library for a collaborative project for the first time!  After attending the district-wide staff development day, Terry and Carolyn learned about Global Issues, a new database that provides a ton of up-to-date information.  Carolyn was able to determine how to locate actual articles in Spanish from foreign newspapers.

Working with Amanda Davis, they took an existing lesson and integrated Global Issues.  Amanda created a libguide for the students including handouts, note-taking guides, and links to the databases.

“Describe an ecological problem, propose solutions (education to promote a solution), write a slogan, make a poster, and name the organization.”

At the end of the project, Carolyn replied to Amanda that these final projects are the best she has seen with this project yet.

See more examples here…

iGoogle with Students

iGoogle:  personalized home page with immediate access to your favorite resources

Ninth grade students in all social studies classes have set up iGoogle pages.  They can add:

Þ Teacher calendars (if RSS feed available)

Þ Resource widgets (search boxes to credible sources)

Þ Current Events

Þ Personalized themes and other gadgets

Þ Calendar

Þ Task/To-Do Widget

iGoogle is a great tool to organize and locate important information.  No longer are students interested in visiting a bunch of different websites to find one piece of information.  Students prefer technology customized to fit their needs.  iGoogle allows students to customize their needs and integrate teacher calendars, library resources, and other organizational tools.

To see a list of available widgets so far, click here for the libguide page.

Want to know how students can add your teacher calendar?

See Stacey’s Video:  How to set up your calendar so students can add to their iGoogle pages

How can students add the calendar?