Terry Middle School

Library News

Vol.1 Issue 5: May 8, 2020

Tips, tricks, and resources you may want to use or share with your classes. All newsletters, along with other fabulous resources, will be housed on the Library website's Teacher Zone (feel free to bookmark it) ;)

Welcome to the Virtual Library Desk. We are OPEN!

I have an open Meets/Hangout from 9 am - 2 pm weekdays for teachers or students who need to stop by for help, just like they would during a "normal" day. The camera and microphone are muted unless someone comes in, but I'll be listening for the ding to come meet you. Just like the real library, sometimes I may have "stepped out" for a minute, but even if I'm in a meeting, I can pop over to let you know what time I'll be finished or mute the other meeting and help you really quickly (but honestly, most of my meetings are 2 pm or later anyway).


PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH YOUR STUDENTS. They can use this link and the meets nickname is tmslibrarydesk. If they get a notice it doesn't exist or is unavailable, make sure they know they should be going through their MISD portal to meet me.

Student Creations: Timelines- they aren't just for history anymore.

I attended a webinar this week about creating timelines to demonstrate understanding. This can be a great tool to see what your kids have understood. It gets kids analyzing what the important points to be included are and allows them to be creative within a certain structure. It also allows for collaboration with groups in the Timeline JS and Padlet models.

Just some ideas

History: Create a timeline of an event, an era, or a biography of someone's life.

ELAR: Use a timeline to create a plot diagram or chose a character to map their major moments,

Math: Create a timeline to demonstrate the steps to solving an equation or how to solve/create a word problem.

Science: Create a diagram of using the scientific method. Use a timeline to show your process if working through a science experiment.

Fine Arts: Biographies of a composer, actor, or artist, timelines of a musical era or artistic movement, charting the development of how technologies have changed the development in music, art, and drama

PE/Health: Chart the development/growth of heath goals as they are occurring.


All of these tools are free accounts although Canva, at least, will have some paid content included. However there are plenty of options available to create these timelines completely free. See this example and the videos below for a quick overview of each.

How to Create a Timeline on Canva
Creating Timelines using Timeline JS and Google Sheets
New Padlet Themes - Map & Timeline

Technology Resources for Teachers

If you've missed some of the great staff development sessions the Instructional Technology Team has been putting together, they are recording and posting many of their "how to" sessions for everyone who couldn't make it.


I highly recommend addressing ELAR components during distance learning (Secondary) and Making PBL a Reality.


Check out this weeks schedule here

Check out their page here

The FULL calendar can be found here

Missed a session? Recording of previous sessions can be found here.

Resources for Parents and Students.

If you have parents or students needing help with connecting online from home, Instructional Technology and the Help Desk have put together videos and links for help. Students and Parents can contact the stuhelpdesk@mesquiteisd.org or fill out the Distance Learning Assistance Request form


They can visit this page to access all of the videos and resources.

Two Factor Authentication is BACK!

If students are locked out, they need to email stuhelpdesk@mesquiteisd.org with their first/last name and Student ID Number to reset.

Guess Who???