Monday, April 27, 2015

Argumentative Writing

For years here at Mepham, we have been assigning an argumentative writing/research paper as a requirement for graduation. Your school library is the first place you should visit when tasked with this type of paper/assignment. We have access to tons of opposing viewpoints books and databases.

Below you will find videos that show you how to access two separate databases, ABC-CLIO Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society and Opposing Viewpoints in Context, for this type of assignment. Any questions? Please visit Ms. Stack in the library.     

ABC-CLIO Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Videos are narrated by Intern. Lauren Calamia.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Author Rachel Swaby to Visit Mepham High School

Rachel Swaby
Rachel Swaby is this year's National English Honor Society keynote speaker. All are welcome to come hear her speak on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 2:15 pm in the school's auditorium. Her first book, Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science—And the World, was released on April 7, 2015.

Swaby is a Brooklyn-based journalist whose work can be found in Runner’s World magazine, Wired, Men’s Health, O, The Oprah Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Food and Wine, Gizmodo, and others.

"Pop-quiz: Who discovered Earth’s inner core? Who mapped the bottom of the ocean? Who was the first American to spot a comet? Headstrong delivers 52 surprising and entertaining profiles of extraordinary scientists who’ve shaped our understanding of the world.
In 2013, the New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. It began: “She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job, and took eight years off from work to raise three children.” It wasn’t until the second paragraph that readers discovered why the Times had devoted several hundred words to her life: Brill was a brilliant rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to keep communications satellites in orbit, and had recently been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Among the questions the obituary—and consequent outcry—prompted were, Who are the role models for today’s female scientists, and where can we find the stories that cast them in their true light?
Headstrong delivers a powerful, global, and engaging response. Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby’s vibrant profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one’s ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they’re best known. This fascinating tour reveals these 52 women at their best—while encouraging and inspiring a new generation of girls to put on their lab coats."

Monday, April 13, 2015

Crash Course

Crash Course is the place to go to learn the basics about everything. These are 5-15 minute videos hosted by John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, and Hank Green.

These fun awesome videos are organized into 12 playlists:
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • US History
  • US Government & Politics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Astronomy, Psychology
  • Ecology
  • Literature
  • World History
  • World History 2
  • Big History
So if you need some extra help or want to learn for the sake learning, check out Crash Course!

Written by guest blogger and Mepham High School Library Intern, Lauren Calamia. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Library App with AppShed
According to the AppShed website, "AppShed allows people to become creators of technology, not just consumers. AppShed is a FREE online app-creation tool where users design, create and publish mobile apps. Everyone gains a huge sense of achievement, having been able to produce something tangible they can share with others. The app-building environment is intuitive and adaptable to your needs. Apps can be tested in real-time either on a mobile device or in a browser."

The main reason why I love this service is that teachers can create a folder (or shed) with all the apps that they use in their classrooms in one convenient package - and they do not need to know how to code. In fact, no technical knowledge is required to use AppShed.

I recently created an AppShed with some library-related material, including shortcuts to our library website, this blog, Noodletools (for creating citations), and the school's Twitter feed. I am still deciding which apps to include in this package. I am taking your suggestions and it will soon be available for the masses to download. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Open Mic Night

Come join us for A Picnic Under the Stars at this year's Open Mic Night, which has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 pm in the West Cafeteria. Come read a poem or sing a song. Everyone is welcome to attend. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from a Fragments member or at the door.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Block Posters

With Block Posters you can create massive wall posters from your own images for FREE! It is really simple. First, you upload the image you want to use. Next, you can customize your poster up to 5 pages wide for free (6-10 pages wide require an upgrade to Premium membership). You can change the orientation form portrait to landscape (or vice versa), select paper format (A4 or letter), and give each paper a boarder or keep it boarderless. Note: There is a small watermark for the free version. A premium block poster will cost you $5. Then, you download your poster and you are ready to print!
Mepham's Special Education Department

Monday, March 16, 2015

Mepham's MakerSpace

What is a makerspace? MakerSpaces (also known as tech shops, hackerspaces or fab labs) are DIY creation places for students to gather, to build, to invent and to learn. They often have software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools. Makers build physical “stuff” such as robots, digital music, movies, games, jewelry, buttons, clothes, and so much more.

Test run: We started with one base kit of 10 bit modules from littleBits, a few Legos(R), some craft and household supplies.
littleBits Basic Kit 
Look for the officially grand opening of Mepham's Makerspace in September 2015.