Media Matters & Tech Tidbits
December 1st: Rosa Parks's Birthday. Check out Scholastics online exhibit "Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights" .
December 6th - 14th: Hanukkah. Browse NCWiseOwl's Hanukkah resources, such as eBooks. (Password is wiseowl15).
December 14th: George Washington died on this day in 1799. Browse George Washington's papers on the Library of Congress website.
December 15th: Bill of Rights Day. Take a look at "Ben's Guide to the Government" from the US Government Publishing Office Website.
December 17th: Wright Brothers Day. Explore the lives of Wilbur and Orville on the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum Website.
December 25th: Christmas. "Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe." - Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express
December 26th - January 1st: Kwanzaa. Visit the Official Kwanzaa Website.
Write to a Friend Month: Use the ReadWriteThink "Letter Generator" to teach students about the five key parts of a letter.
Read a New Book Month: Use the SJHS Library Catalog & links on the MC Homepage to find a new eBook to read.
Reader's Anonymous & Writer's Block Clubs
Student Clubs Busy Reading and Writing
Writer's Block is our student writing club that meets each Tuesday during POWER B. Students participate in group and individual writing activities with opportunities to share work. Our goal is to publish an online literary arts journal featuring student writing and art. Please let students know that it is not too late to join. We have been having fun with the Writing Exercises website!
Media Center Reminder
BEST Websites & Apps for Teaching and Learning 2015
DIY.org - One of the best websites of the year!
Check out DIY.org
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Incredible Numbers - One of the best apps of the year!
See what Incredible Numbers is all about!
Digital Learning Team to Visit SJHS
Hour of Code in December
The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science, as it helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-Century career path.
Students will start with a 30-minute Angry Birds tutorial and continue building skills if they are interested. This year's newest themes include Minecraft and Star Wars, and will be appreciated by students who want to advance! Teachers can preview Hour of Code activities and tutorials all week long on Code.org's website.
SJHS will use the 2nd and 3rd weeks of December to introduce students to coding. For students who do not have access to the Internet or devices at home, they will have the opportunity to visit Code.org's Hour of Code practice during POWER A and B in the Media Center during the two-week period. Fourth Block teachers will also have the opportunity to sign their class up in the Media Center for one of the following dates: 12/7, 12/8, 12/9, 12/10, 12/1, 12/14,12/17, and 12/18. Just let us know and we will book your class for coding time!
Great Videos from Code.org
Have You Tried Google Classroom?
Great read! If you would like to get started with Google Classroom, below is a great tutorial.
Speech Recognition in Google Docs
Equipment Care Reminders for the Holidays (and Beyond)
Teachers Make Students Accountable for Equipment
Please Log Off and Power Off Equipment at End of Day.
Holiday Break - Equipment Checklist
- Make sure your equipment is accounted for
-Cover (if necessary)