The Wellington C. Mepham High School English Department created a new website with all things English-related. This is the place to go for news & updates, writing contests, English faculty websites, and information on the English electives. It showcases some of the fun stuff that the English department has done this past year. For example, "Mr. Achtziger introduced children's author Carin Levis to eager elementary school students through Senior Experience's Book Buddies program. Ms. Cooney's Broadcasting I students attended a taping of "The Chew" last fall. The trip is one of many "field" experiences for BMB students." This website is your one-stop shopping for Mepham English activities. To access the website, click here.
Have you seen the latest Mepham Library bulletin board? These "records" have partial covers of popular books. Can you guess all 18 titles correctly? Give it a try and you will be entered to win a Barnes & Noble gift card. Good luck!
RESCHEDULED! 2/6/17 Did you know that origami is based on geometry? I am not great at math. Therefore, I have enlisted Ms. Weiler, math teacher extraordinaire, to help us with our next MakerSpace event. We will be hosting an origami workshop on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 2:15 in the school library. All materials will be provided courtesy of the alumni association. All students are welcome to attend. This an ELITE event. You can sign up here.
UPDATE: We had a GREAT turn out for this MakerSpace event. Did you miss it? No worries. We have restocked our supplies and have left them out on the MakerSpace tables. Stop by and make a dog, cat, star, or crane!
This year, as a librarian, I have been wondering, "Are we giving our students the skills to distinguish between fake news and real news in the world of social media? Do we have those skills ourselves?" You may remember that I recently posted about The CRAAP Test, which is a framework to help students decipher which information is reliable on the Internet. Is this enough in a post-truth world?
I have been collecting resources on this very topic for lesson plans across the curriculum, when I came across this TED-Ed video (You all know how much I love TED-Ed). "With the advent of the Internet and social media, news is distributed at an incredible rate by an unprecedented number of different media outlets. How do we choose which news to consume? Damon Brown gives the inside scoop on how the opinions and facts (and sometimes non-facts) make their way into the news and how the smart reader can tell them apart."
TED-Ed Original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. This lesson by Damon Brown, animation by Augenblick Studios.
When deciding which databases to purchase in June for the following school year, we always seek input from teachers are students alike. This past year we had a specific request for BrainPOP.
"In classrooms, on mobile devices, and at home, BrainPOP engages students through animated movies, learning games, interactive quizzes, primary source activities, concept mapping, and more. They cover topics within Science, Math, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Music, Health, Reading, and Writing. The content is carefully mapped to the Common Core, aligned to academic standards." This database (like all our databases) does require a username and password. Come get the handout or speak to a librarian.
Just like our Website and Twitter, this is a place to showcase information about upcoming events, resources, authors, research, and the Internet. As always, I look forward to seeing you in the library and sharing your ideas.