Tuesday, February 28, 2017

MakerSpace: Doodling

Have you checked out the 3Doodler pen we have in the MakerSpace? "The 3Doodler is the latest generation of the world’s first and best-selling 3D printing pen. Compact & easy to use, the 3Doodler extrudes heated plastic that cools almost instantly into a solid, stable structure." We have two types of plastics to work with in multiple colors: ABS (higher temps) and PLA filaments (lower temps).


Friday, February 17, 2017

MakerSpace: Bookmark Station

Have you been by the MakerSpace recently? We just put out some new supplies. We now have a "Make Your Own Bookmark Station." Please help yourself to any of the materials on these tables.
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Bookmark Station
Bookmark template courtesy of Dawn Nicole Designs

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NEW Website: Mepham English Department

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.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Love Day!

Mepham Library Bulletin Board

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Rock Out to Reading!

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! 

Update: Our winner is Mepham High School senior, Melissa Ponton! Congratulations! 

Monday, February 6, 2017

MakerSpace: Origami

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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!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Fake News v. Real News

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 you are finished watching the video above, take a look at this one on How False News Can Spread.