Monday, April 14, 2014

Lunch & Learn

The Mepham Tech Mentors (Mr. Leacock, Ms. Stack and Ms. Tschan) recently started offering classes to our faculty on all things tech-related, such as SMART Boards, SMART Notebook, Google Drive, etc. The basic concept of the Lunch & Learn is to offer training to teachers during their lunch periods. We are all so pressed for time, with after school activities, extra-help, clubs, sports, ELITE and many other events. This is a way to bring professional development to the masses in a short period of time (40 minutes), crash-course style, during the school day. The plan is to offer one class a month, usually in Room 303, the Learning Center, or the library.
Image Source: Brittannica ImageQuest
But what about our students? Don't they want to be trained on technology too? You tell us. Take this poll and tell us what type of training you would like during the school day.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor!

In honor of National Poetry Month, Mepham High School and the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District will be hosting its first annual Poetry Games.  Inspired by the novel, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Poetry Games is an event meant to encourage students to appreciate their love of the spoken word and to prove their district’s poetic prowess to the Capitol.   

The Poetry Games will take place in two stages:

Stage one:  School-wide Poetry Games. This competition will determine the male and female tributes who will represent Mepham High School in Bellmore-Merrick’s district-wide Poetry Games. The Pirates Poetry Games will be held after school on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from approximately 2:30-3:30 pm in the auditorium.

 Opening Ceremony:
  •  Parading of tributes
  • A brief interview will take place to introduce the tributes partaking in the event – includes discussion of literary attire/influences
  • Judges will score the opening ceremony on a 0 – 5 point scale based on originality, content, and presentation
1st Round of the Games: Expression of Knowledge Competition
  • Students will take their mark on stage behind desks, tables, or podiums
  • Students will respond via a tech tool to five (5) questions that test their prowess with poetry (ex. application, style, definition, poets, etc.)
2nd Round of the Games: Prepared Poetry Battle
  • Students will read an original poem to the audience
  • In preparation for this round, students will randomly select an envelope which contains 15 words and a “weapon” of choice, or a poetic technique, to apply in their poem
  •   Judges will score the poems on a 0 – 5 point scale based on originality, content, and presentation
3rd Round of the Games: Book Wars
  •  The district which collects the largest number of books to donate to First Book or World Book Night will be awarded points
  •  Sponsors:  the audience will act as “sponsors” who will vote via Twitter to give their favorite tributes points toward the final score
  • Closing Ceremony: the victors of The Pirates Poetry Games will be announced and awards will be granted
Stage Two:  District-wide Poetry Games will be held on Friday, May 2nd.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Have you seen one of these yet?

Introduction to Brightbox from Brightbox on Vimeo.

Don't you think we need this for the library? I mean, the power strip in the library that we have now is cool, but this is so much cooler. Brightbox offers security. You can walk away and leave your phone charging. Stop by on your way to class, drop it off, and pick it up after class ends.  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


A conversation recently took place in the library about who or what is tracking our moves on the Internet. It is worth taking a look at Ghostery. It is a FREE download that allows users to see which companies are tracking you, block over 1,900 trackers, and learn how they track. The video below offers a more in-depth look at how it works.  

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"Un"confidential: Author Kara Taylor Visits Mepham

Author Kara Taylor (center) with five lucky students who won our raffle,
an autographed copy of her debut novel, Prep School Confidential .
Kara Taylor – the self-proclaimed, not-even-kind-of-almost-famous-author visited Mepham High School on Tuesday, March 11th at 2:15 p.m. in the school library to a crowd of over 80 students and faculty. She read the second chapter of her debut novel,  Prep School Confidential. Next was an enthusiastic Q&A period with our students, most of whom will be inducted into our chapter of the National English Honor Society in April. We then raffled off five autographed paperback copies of Prep School Confidential. We have one additional copy in the school library that can be checked out today! Kara also brought along bookmarks and fun skull and cross bone tattoos for all attendees. She even stayed for this photo op. Kara's next book in the trilogy, Wicked Little Secrets is available now from St. Martin’s Griffin!

Thanks so much for a great afternoon, Kara!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bloom's Literature

This is an online tutorial for Bloom's Literature (formally Bloom's Literary Reference Online) for Mepham High School students and teachers. This screencast was made using the FREE online program Screencast-O-Matic.

Monday, March 10, 2014

DIY @ your library

Teen Tech Week is March 9 -15, 2014. Here are some ways to celebrate:
  1. Download an ebook from our library right here.
  2. Use our mobile app for your phone or tablet, download and give it a try!
  3. Visit your library's webpage right here
  4. Try out a book-focused site like GoodReads, LibraryThing or Shelfari.
  5. Create a soundtrack or book trailer for your favorite book.
  6. Ask your librarian to recommend a nonfiction book on an area of technology that interests you.
  7. Join the Computer Club. We meet on Mondays after school in room 303. Ms. Stack, your librarian is the club advisor.
  8. Follow @MephamHS on Twitter. 
Add your suggestions for Teen Tech Week in the comments section.