Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Socrative Apps

If you have used Kahoot before and liked it, but wished that it also provide you with a way to add short-answer questions, than look no further. Socrative is here!

"Socrative lets teachers engage and assess their students with educational activities on tablets, laptops and smartphones. Through the use of real time questioning, instant result aggregation and visualization, teachers can gauge the whole class’ current level of understanding. Socrative saves teachers time so the class can further collaborate, discuss, extend and grow as a community of learners."
With Socrative you get:

  • Instant feedback
  • Personalized content
  • Reports (downloadable by class and student)
  • Compatibility (any device or browser) 

Creating a Socrative account is easy and FREE for teachers and students. They also have separate apps for teachers and students on iOS and android devices.

Need help getting started? Stop by the library and Ms. Stack will assist you!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Just Because You Put It In Your Own Words...

Check out this excellent video produced by a local college on plagiarism.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How do I pick a good book?

Electronic database available at your public library.
Our local public libraries subscribe to NoveList, a database that answers the question, "What should I read next?" NoveList provides recommended reading lists based on audiance, subjects and genres. Users can perform a Quick Search for keyword, author, title, or series. User can then refine a search by audience, additional limiters (forthcoming, reviews available, and award winners), publication date, genre, story line, pace, tone, writing style, subject and/or location. Advanced search allows a user to search multiple options including: Title, Author, ISBN, Publisher, Series, Other Title, Contents, Subject, Genre, Appeal Factors, Publication Year, Dewey Number, and Review. You can also narrow down your search further by Lexile score or range, audience, grade level, number of pages, author’s gender, author's nationality, author's cultural identity, awards, Dewey range, and available reviews.

NoveList provides links to reviews via Goodreads and displays library holdings for the titles via ALISCAT (a catalog of public libraries in Nassau County). Did you know that through interlibrary loan (ILL) you can have almost any book from any library in Nassau County sent to your home library? The process to request a book is simple (any library clerk or librarian can help you) and it usually only takes a few days before you have the book in your hands. You can then return that book to your home library. This is just one of the many great services available at your public library.

To use NoveList and ILL you do need a valid library card.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Writing Contest: Opulence

Fragment's Last Writing Contest of 2014-2015
Fragments has a new contest! Submit your original poetry, short stories, essays, artwork, or photography on the topic of Opulence to win a prize and the chance to be published!  Due date is February 9th. Submit to: or to Ms. Maresca’s mailbox in the main office.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lunch & Learn: Kahoot!

Flyer made with Smore
TEACHERS: Join your technology integration mentors, Ms. Schuliaz, Ms. Stack, and Ms. Tschan, in the school library (Room 300) on Thursday, December 18th during periods 1-9. By the end of your session, you will have at least one quiz created for your classroom.  Bring your breakfast, lunch and snacks. These 40-minute lunch and learns are held throughout the day to accommodate all teacher schedules. We hope to see you there!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Literary Circle: City of Bones

Literary Circle - Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy, City of Bones, takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end. If you want to find out what happens, join us for a book discussion. 

Book One: City of Bones
Date: Wednesday, December 17th 
Time: 2:15 p.m. 
Location: Room 236

About City of Bones
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

Literary Circle is part of Mepham’s ELITE Program (Enriching Learners in Tomorrow's Education). ELITE is a promise to the future to enrich and inspire students by providing after school enrichment opportunities designed to educate the whole student.