Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Alternative to Apple TV?

“Have you ever wanted to see your iPhone or iPad on a larger screen? Play games, watch movies, demo apps or present to your computer from your iPhone or iPad?” During a recent training, the instructor wanted to mirror her iPad to the SMART Board and while the room we were in had wifi, we did not have Apple TV. She had an excellent alternative – Reflector. A relatively cheap app at just $12.99, Reflector “wirelessly receives and displays any device(s) that connect and mirror to it. Under the hood, Reflector works much like an Apple TV, so there's nothing to setup.” AirPlay mirroring is built in to the device, so there is nothing extra that you need to buy. A list of compatible devices can be found here. I've seen it in use and it works seamlessly in our classroom environment.  

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Infographics to Display Knowledge

I'm looking for the creator of this infographic to give proper citation.
If you know who created it, please reply in the comment section below. 
I just got back from the 2013 Long Island Technology Summit. This year’s theme, “Digital Citizenship,” focused on creating a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity; and that develops a personal responsibility for life-long learning. I came back with a few great resources for integrating EdTech tools across disciplines for 21st century literacy. The first one was Piktochart, which is a FREE website for creating infographics (these are super popular right now!). We love them because they are an easy way to consume information for the visual learner. They are also a fun way for students to show what they know. Infographics can be created in three simple phases:
Step 1: Research - Find the information that you want to use, then organize it.
Step 2: Design - Choose a theme of create one from scratch.
Step 3: Pizzazz, Sizzle, Pretty - Lastly select colors, fonts, etc. to make your infographic unique. Have fun and show off what you know! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

New Website

New Library Website
The library Website recently had a makeover. Don't worry, your beloved resources have made safe passage onto our new Site. The layout has changed, so instead of finding links on the left-hand side, they now appear in the top toolbar. Make sure to click on the last one titled "more" for video tutorials, public library information, student, parent, and teacher resources. This site was created using Weebly, which was named one of TIME's 50 Best Websites in 2007. Stay tuned for a new district and school Website as well powered by

Friday, October 11, 2013

Monday, October 7, 2013

Find it!

We now have single logins for our school to access our databases (online resources)! It's called find it! from Nassau BOCES School Librray System. This will enable easier access for all our students and faculty. You can use multiple databases and only have to log in ONCE! Here is the link. What's the username and password you ask? Come to the library to find out.  

Here is a list of all the databases Mepham High School will subscribe to for the 2013-2014 school year:

Academic OneFile – NOVELny – Peer-reviewed, full-text journals and reference sources.

Amazing Animals of the World – NOVELny – Interactive information on over 1,200 animals.

America the Beautiful –   NOVELny – Our Presidents, cities, and natural wonders of the United States.

American Government – Connects contemporary issues with the foundations of government and compares the political and economic systems of the U.S. with those of other countries. 

American History – From the earliest explorers of the Americas to today's headlines, American History investigates the people, events, and themes of our nation's evolution.

Biography In Context – Over 600,000+ biographical entries — on more than 528,000 individuals.

Bitstrips For Schools – Comics! Empowers any student to create amazing comics, and provides an exciting new way to teach your curriculum. Teachers please see Ms. Stack to create a class account.

Bloom's Literary Reference Online – Source for literary criticism from Harold Bloom with essays and criticism on thousands of great writers and their works.

Britannica Image Quest – More than 1 million royalty free images.

Business Insights: Essentials – NOVELny –   Research and compare companies and industries.

Daily Life Through History – A resource that provides content from a vast number of reference works, monographs, and primary documents for topics such as food, celebrations, clothes, work, religion, language, etc.
Gale Virtual Reference Library – Non-fiction eBooks.
General OneFile –  NOVELny –  Periodical and news information on a diverse set of topics.

Global Issues in Context – Offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events.  Analyzes social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues.
Grolier Encyclopedia Americana –  NOVELny –  Comprehensive encyclopedia coverage.

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia –  NOVELny –  Quick access to reference articles and media resources.

Grolier The New Book of Knowledge – NOVELny –   Fun and easy-to-use leveled text.

Grolier The New Book of Popular Science – NOVELny –   Covers science, technology, and medicine.

Health Reference Center Academic – NOVELny –   Up-to-date information on a range of health care topics.

Historical NY Times – Every issue from 1851-2001 is reproduced in cover-to-cover full-page image.  
InfoTrac Newsstand – NOVELny –   Full-text newspapers.

Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society – Get an in-depth understanding of how society is shaped with authoritative historical context, expert perspectives, and carefully selected primary and secondary sources.

La Nueva Enciclopedia CUMBRE – NOVELny –   Spanish-language encyclopedia.

Lands and Peoples – NOVELny –   Extensive articles, almanacs, Web links, and graphics and charts.

National Newspaper Index – NOVELny –   Provides indexing (1977-present) of America's top five newspapers.

New York State Newspapers – NOVELny –   Full-text newspapers from around New York State.

Literary Reference Center Plus – Includes full text plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, articles/essays of literary criticism, biographies, interviews,  journals, poems, short stories, classic texts, etc.

Noodle Tools – Create online citations.  You must register and create an account.              

Opposing Viewpoints In Context – Source for information on social issues, including viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.

Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas – An authoritative, yet fun, research source for all areas of U.S./World Pop Culture.

ProQuest – Newsstand – NOVELny –   Access to 85 full-text newspapers from around the world.

Proquest Central K12 – The largest journal collection delivering millions of articles from more than 4,600 full-text scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers. Includes ProQuest AP Science.

Proquest Learning: Literature – Offers a comprehensive literary resource for original, full-text works, 3,000 author biographies, and contemporary criticisms in one integrated source covering 600 years of literature.

Science In Context – From earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics and science history and biography, this curriculum-oriented online experience is designed to boost achievement for students.

Soundzabound Music Library – Downloadable royalty free audio files including: Volumes 1-7, Animal, Background, Century Beats, Media Music Madness, People, Production, Sports and Scary sounds.
Student Resources In Context – Provides full-text periodicals, newspapers, curriculum based reference content, primary source documents, radio/television transcripts, maps, essays, critical analysis, biographies, timelines, etc.

Teaching Books – A portal to online resources for children's and young adult books and their authors. U: Your email address; P: NBSLS

Turnitin – Online plagiarism prevention.  New users, register and create an account.  Returning users, log on with your e-mail address and password. See your teacher.

US History In Context – Complete overview of U.S. history that covers the most-studied events, issues and current information, it combines documents from Primary Source Microfilm’s™ digital archives. 

World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society – Helps students and researchers develop a deeper, critical appreciation of both America’s history and total human involvement and costs of war.

World Geography: Understanding a Changing World – Develops students' global literacy, focusing on the geographic, political, social, economic, and cultural forces that influence our world.

World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras – Covers human history, from prehistoric times to the beginnings of the Renaissance, from the dawn of prehistory through the great ancient empires to the Renaissance.

World History In Context – Offers students and researchers unparalleled access to a broad collection of scholarly analysis and award-winning full-text periodicals, reference works and primary documents.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Pinterest for Educators

EduClipper was created by Adam Bellow, a former teacher and son of a high-school librarian (Mepham's own Amy Bellow!) who now works as a K–12 technology consultant. EduClipper is a free online tool, launched this spring designed to be the best place to explore, share and contribute educational content for teaching and learning, according to their Website.
If you are familiar with online curation tools like Pinterest, you'll see a similiar interface with EduClipper.

According to a recent article in School Library Journal, " EduClipper is tailor-made for K–12. EduClipper launched to the public in May and is now used in more than 450 classrooms."

Users can comment on sources in a description area provided within eduClipper.

School Library Journal, states that "while you can discover other eduClips and reClip them (this is similar to retweeting on Twitter or repinning on Pinterest), the site also offers collaborative clipboards where groups can add items to a shared space." This feature would be great for collaborative teachers, departments and subject area teachers.