Central Library Media Center - January 2014

January @your lmc

MacBook Air Carts

MacBook Air Carts - I am so impressed with the way that these devices have been in such high demand since the very first day that they arrived! Please help me better serve you by remembering to check them out using our online calendar. Also, it is a much more desirable situation if teachers come by to pick up and drop off the carts vs. allowing students to do this. These carts are worth thousands of dollars and we want to make sure that they stay in optimal condition. Please return the carts at the end of your scheduled time so that those waiting to use them will have them readily available for pickup. I appreciate your cooperation with this matter. Thank you very much!

Procedures for Damaged iPads

If one of the 1:X iPads is damaged please follow the following steps to have it repaired:

1st - Submit a work ticket in Eduphoria and then print a copy of it out.

2nd - Remove the case from the iPad and tape the work ticket to the iPad.

3rd – If there has been a passcode – please remove it.

4th – Make sure there is a little bit of battery life still left.

5th - Bring the iPad to the workroom in the library. There is a wooden bin on the counter with a label "DFW Repair". Please place the iPad in the bin. There should be a 3-5 day turn around on it. (Or at least that is what I am told). *Please sign your name on the yellow legal pad in the bin so that we can keep track of your materials for you.

If you have a shared iPad (one bought with our school funds) and something has happened to it, send me or our wonderful tech "superman", Frank, an email and we will help you with that.

*Please let me know if you have any more questions.

*Did you know?

The Lewisville Rotary Club purchases books and its members sign them and donate a few of them every month or so - all year long to the library for our students. We are so lucky that the Rotary Club encourages literacy in our students through this generous endeavor. Thank you Lewisville Rotary Club!

Free Images and Clip Art

I have had several teachers ask me about copyright free images, etc. to use in student presentations and media projects. I highly recommend the following sources for just this purpose.

Discovery Education - http://www.discoveryeducation.com/ - with this powerful database students can look up images, clip art, audio, etc. to use in their work. This database also offers lesson plan ideas and activities for teachers on a myriad of topics. You can even type in ocean, for example, and click on sound effect for media type and put those waves on a loop for some calming background noise in your classroom. The possibilities with this site are endless! Reminder - Username: lisdpta Password: ptalisd

Pics 4 Learning - http://pics.tech4learning.com/ - This is also one of my very favorite sites for free and "copyright friendly" images.

Free Digital Photos - http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/ - This photo collection contains a plethora of images that are free for educational use. The winter photo below is from this website.

*Copyright Tip

You are free to use any work in the public domain. That means anything created before 1923 and materials produced before 1977 without a copyright notice.

Another Resource for Audio Clips

I also want to mention another great resource (besides Discovery Education, as mentioned above) for audio/video clips. You can find some of the most famous and historical speeches ever made right on Youtube including the incredible, late Nelson Mandela's speech upon his release in 1990. Also, the highly inspiring I Have a Dream Speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. I'll never forget hearing this for the first time in its entirety in college. So hopeful and enlightening! Or the recent heartfelt and powerful speech made by Malala Yousafzai to the United Nations. Here is Malala's speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtprX8i2k-Q - might be a great listening station for 5th graders to use for a main idea, etc. activity.

Literacy, Culture, Technology and Local Events..........Oh My

If you love a good book, then you will want to check out The Linen Queen by Patricia Falvey.

Author Presentation & Book Signing with Patricia Falvey on January 25th:


Are you into Pop, Latin, Folk and/or Country music? Then you should head on over to the MCL Grand Theater (just a few blocks over) and see Tish Hinojosa on January 18th and enjoy her show. http://www.mclgrand.com/events/texas-tunes-concert-with-tish-hinojosa/

If you enjoy attending art shows then this one is an unusually interesting one. It is called Let Me Be Your Favorite Nightmare. Artist Donjuan's work relates to the idea of illegal aliens: he interprets these childhood memories in paintings, creating masked figures, hybrid animal people, pyramids and blob creatures. His show continues through January 18th: http://glasstire.com/venues/kirk-hopper-fine-art/

This exhibit at the Dallas Holocaust Museum runs through February 28th and the story totally fascinates me. It is about an underground railroad that saved 10,000 Jewish children and was called Kindertransport. http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20140101-dallas-holocaust-museum-kindertransport-exhibit-to-open.ece

Finally, I have to share one of my favorite new websites for kids. It is called Youngzine. It is an online magazine for children that is chock full of current events. There are articles about the arctic winter affecting the US right now, Malala, Olivia Wise (the 16 year old who just passed away in November from a brain tumor after becoming a hit on Youtube and inspiring so many with her cover of Katy Perry's Roar), to a touching article about Nelson Mandela's life. http://www.youngzine.org/

*MacBook Pro Tip - Are you missing the days of Home and End keys that you had available to you with the PC's? I know I was. The solution for Mac users is to press the FN key and the arrow keys. FN and arrow right = End and FN and arrow left = Home. Now I feel so much better knowing this information. Ms. Chaisson shared using the Command key and the arrow keys as home/end keys and that worked on my MacBook Air at home!

Got a Mac Tip? Be sure and let me know!