News and Notes

~ Hand Middle School Media Center ~

New Apps on the iPads

We've added the following new apps to the ipads:


Adobe Voice helps you create stunning animated videos in minutes. No filming — just talk to tell your story, one line at a time. Adobe Voice will make you sound amazing. Ask the 7th graders about their experience with Adobe Voice!


Nearpod allows teachers to construct presentations using the Nearpod website and deliver instruction to students by pushing content out to multiple devices at once. The teacher controls the presentation from a master iOS device, while students follow along on a class set of iPods or iPads. Mrs. Shealy's intern recently used this app with her classes.


TouchCast creates an interactive presentation that mixes video with web content. The app lets you record a video and overlay elements such as web pages, maps, photos, Twitter streams, polls, quizzes and more. Users watching the video can click on these multimedia elements and interact with them while the video continues to play. Senor Bernal has used this app with his students.


Thinglink is an interactive image tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into a multimedia launcher. Users can create multiple "hot spots" on specific parts of an image and turn the image into a multimedia launcher. Embed video, record audio with the click of a button and a free SoundCloud account, or link to any website.


Make Beliefs Comix is a free multilingual comic strip creation tool. The app allows students to create two, three, and four panel comic strips on virtually any topic. One of the best feature of the app is that it supports the creation of comics in seven languages; English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Latin.

We are book pushers!

We are all about reading in the Media Center!

We love to match students with just the right book to spark their love of reading. One of the ways we gets our students interested is with special displays. Check out these pictures of our current displays!

Book Fair is headed our way!

Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the media center from Tuesday, April 7 through Friday April 10. ELA classes will visit throughout the week. We are open on Thursday evening during the Spring Celebration. This link will take you to the list of featured titles in our book fair. Book fair is a great time to stock up on new books for your classroom library.


We will also have an online book fair, so you can shop from the comfort of your house in your PJs! http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/handmiddleschool1

Like the actual book fair, all proceeds from the online book fair are used right here in our school!

Book Fair

Tuesday, April 7th, 9am to Friday, April 10th, 3:30pm

2600 Wheat St

Columbia, SC

Support the media center and get some really great books!

Media Center Staff

Carolyn Masek, Media Specialist


Patricia Kassel, Instructional Assistant