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Friday, February 19th, 2016

Mike Mullin Author Visit

Mike Mullin, author of the Ashfall science fiction series will be visiting our school next Tuesday and Wednesday. ALL students will get to see his presentation "How Taekwondo is Like Writing" during their reading class time. The series tells the story of Alex and Darla who are caught in the post-apocalyptic events occurring after the super volcano in Yellowstone National Park erupts. If you get a chance, feel free to drop by the auditorium to hear Mr. Mullin's presentation!

C-SPAN Free Electoral College Poster and Lesson Plans

C-SPAN Classroom has ideas for lessons on current events related to U.S. government and politics. Membership in C-SPAN Classroom is FREE and provides members with lots of resources. Currently they are offering a free poster about the electoral college at:

Those of you adding information about the election to your lesson plans over the next several months should check it out!

From Library Services - A Reminder About OPS Video Guidelines

The use of video from outside sources (i.e., DVDs, videotapes, streaming video, YouTube, etc.) can effectively promote student learning in the classroom when used to enhance instruction. Brain research shows that students in grades K-7 can generally attend to instruction for 5-12 minutes while older adolescents can attend for approximately 12-15 minutes before their attention lags (Jensen, 1998). When using video, researchers have suggested that students’ focus wanes after 10 minutes of passive viewing (Adams and Hamm, 2001). While videos can enrich educational experiences, educators must be conscious of time constraints on a student’s ability to attend and process visual media (Schulz, 2006).

When using of these types of media all of the following conditions must be met:

a. Copyright laws must always be followed.

b. Video may not be used during instructional time for the purpose of entertainment, incentives, or reward. This is a copyright violation.

c. The video must be previewed by the instructor prior to classroom use.

d. Video that is used in a lesson should be documented in the lesson plan.

e. Excerpts should be generally used along with activities requiring active student involvement such as discussion or analysis of the media.

f. Complete videos that last more than one instructional period should be used only if they are approved as part of an established curriculum. These resources should be written into curriculum guides and/or maintained by the content area supervisor.

A public performance license is required when showing video for entertainment purposes and is permitted only during non-instructional time (i.e. after school, during recess, movie nights, etc.) Movie Licensing USA provides public performance license for schools.

Adams, D. and M. Hamm, Literacy in a Multimedia Age. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon Publishers, Inc., 2001

Jensen, E. Teaching with the Brain in Mind. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1998.

Schulz, Cynthia D. “Timing Is Everything: Using Videos and DVDs with Students.” Library Media Connection 24.4(2006): 14-17. Education Research Complete. Web 19 Mar, 2015.