Media Matters

October 28, 2014

Event Updates - Please note Changes

November 4th - Staff Development Day

Elementary - Sign up for Workshops from Tara's Brochure

Middle - Morning be at your school. Afternoon Blended Learning training C12013 and C12014 please attend both sessions

High School - Morning - attend conference style sessions at Mt. Pleasant High School. Please register in CARE! Afternoon - at your school.

November 18th - Media Coordinator meeting, 8:30 @ Central Cabarrus High School

December - No Media meeting

January 6th - Media meeting, 8:30 Technology Center (Breakfast will be served!)

100 Counties in 100 Days - Discovery Education Opportunity - Great for Social Studies

100 Counties in 100 Days

A Discovery Education Board Builder Challenge

The 100 Counties in 100 Days Board Builder Challenge is designed to assist teachers in North Carolina with transforming teaching and learning in classrooms, schools, and/or districts by offering an innovative opportunity to increase student engagement, while learning and sharing about the historical, geographical, and cultural highlights of our local communities. This exciting tool allows learners to merge their own research, writing, and content with existing Discovery Education resources to create boards about an unlimited number of topics, including North Carolina’s 100 counties!

Learn more about the challenge and find more resources at

You will be able to track the uploads to this challenge here at the DEN Blog and on the Discovery Student Network Blog, too. Keep an eye out for featured Boards, or search Discovery Education for NC100. Join the fun and learning, and post a Board about your favorite North Carolina county by Friday, February 6, 2015!

Young Adult Book Award

The North Carolina School Library Media Association Young Adult book award committee is seeking your assistance in distributing literature and links about the 2014-2015 NCYA Book Award selection.

This year there are 10 books on the middle school list and 11 books on the high school list. Students and teachers are encouraged to read the books from their respective grade level list before casting their votes for their favorite book.

Start reading now because all votes are due by March 2015.

The link below shares all of the details for the nomination process along with promotional materials.

Free Workshop Opportunity from NCDPI

Effective Digital Strategies for Teaching and Learning in the K-12 Classroom: A PD MOOClet - NCDPI’s Educator Effectiveness Division is offering an additional session of Effective Digital Strategies for Teaching and Learning in the K-12 Classroom: A PD MOOClet beginning Nov. 10.

This course focuses on using digital tools and strategies to support teaching and learning and enriching individuals’ knowledge through developing communities of practice across the state. In this course, we will look at the 4Cs - Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration; keystones for the 21st century classroom.

To register:

· Log in to the NCEES system using your usual PowerSchool log in or the alternate login

· Click on the Professional Development tab

· Search for “Effective Digital Strategies for Teaching and Learning in the K-12 Classroom: A PD MOOClet”

· Click the register button

Directions also are available at Contact Beth Williams at if you have any questions regarding registration.


If you attended NCSLMA please turn in your reimbursement forms ASAP.

New and Improved Libraries

9/26/2014 By: Laura Fleming

Take-Apart Technology station in the New Milford High School Makerspace.

“You don’t build it for yourself. You know what the people want and you build it for them.”
—Walt Disney

Early in my career as a classroom teacher, I remember building a reading tree house and an outdoor classroom with large rocks as seats. Now in this digital age, I believe that the whole world can be our platform. We should seek to leverage the power of multiple platforms, across the physical and virtual spheres to reach and engage all learners. This kind of thinking has carried through to my position as library media specialist at New Milford High School (NMHS) in New Milford, NJ. When I was faced with the task of making an outdated, drab, and unused library relevant, I had to get creative. My long-term goal was to help the school improve student performance by working to create an exciting and engaging learning environment for all.

Inspired by the work of Pixar Animation Studios, my goal was to turn my library into what they have dubbed, a “constant learning organization.” I was further inspired by the t-shirt company, ‘Threadless,’ who “puts everyone in charge” and defines company as community. Much like Threadless’ customers, the students and staff at NMHS are interested and passionate about what they do, and are bursting with ideas, skills, and knowledge. I also discovered that they were keen to become part of the solution for our new library. I wanted the learning space in our library to reflect the reality of our learners by allowing them to contribute to creating a dynamic community. My goal was for them to feel empowered and learn with and from each other.

To read the entire article by Andrea Tejedor go to the link below.

Andrea Tejedor, Ed.D., Director of Innovation & Instructional Technology, and Sheri McNair, Library Media Specialist, work at the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery School District in New York. -