Robi Repository

Resources & updates from the Hudson High School media center

September 10, 2018

how can i help you?

Now that the dust is starting to settle and I am becoming familiar with my new digs, I am very interested in collaborating with teachers and working with students. I love working with all departments. I look forward to venturing into classrooms to help enrich learning opportunities. My roots are in instructional technology. Let me help you discover amazing electronic resources and create projects that energize our future-ready learners.

Please shoot me an email or call me in the media center to share your ideas and plan some great projects.

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Anatomy students use the zSpace VR system in the media center's Digital Den to manipulate and analyze a virtual human heart.

Chrome apps, extensions, and add-ons

During my tenure at Jackson Local Schools, I created a document that showcased a collection of Chrome apps, extensions, and add-ons. I hand-picked these resources because of their immediate benefit to students and teachers.

The document is still used for PD at Jackson Local Schools, but I wanted to share it with my colleagues in Hudson as well. Take a moment to check out these treasures.

Please let me know if you need help with any of these resources. I am happy to assist.

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Reserving facilities in the media center

The media center contains specialized learning spaces that can be reserved for a variety of functions. The spaces include:

  • Instructional Space - a full classroom of 40+ tables and chairs. A VPU is being installed soon.
  • Digital Den - a computer lab for smaller groups. Contains 14 iMac computers and 7 zSpace 3D VR computers.
  • Collaboration Station - contains two tables for small groups to plug their Chromebooks into televisions to collaborate on presentations. (Can be reserved by students.)
  • Conference Room - contains tables and chairs for small groups (under 12) to work in a quiet environment.

Staff members can reserve the Instructional Space and the Digital Den by adding the rooms to a Google Calendar event. To do this, you can create a new event in Google Calendar. To the right of the screen, click on ROOMS and browse the available rooms in HS. If the Instructional Space or the Digital Den are available, you can select it. (See image below.) Once these resources are reserved by someone, they disappear from the available rooms in Google Calendar.

If you wish to reserve the Conference Room, the Collaboration Station or the entire media center main floor, please give us a call on extension 1412. We'll be happy to help you.

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Students plug a Chromebook into a TV in the Collaboration Station in the media center. The Collaboration Station allows students to prepare group presentations and work on projects in a small-group setting.


Featured resource: control alt achieve

During my tenure at Jackson Local Schools, I had the opportunity on numerous occasions to attend workshops with Eric Curts, a Google guru in Stark County. Eric is the technology integration specialist at the Stark / Portage Area Computer Consortium. He is known all over the United States for providing innovative classroom technology resources. Eric operates the website, which is a veritable treasure chest full of tech integration ideas for everyday teachers. His resources are organized neatly into subject areas and Google Apps. I highly recommend subscribing to Eric's newsletter. Every few weeks, Eric delivers awesome teaching resources to your inbox. Everything is always free. Subscribe to the ControlAltAchieve newsletter here:

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if you can dream it, makerspace can build it

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The HHS MakerSpace Club is off to a busy start as students set up new equipment and train new members. These highly-talented students are building custom projects using 3D printers, laser engravers, CNC milling machines, and textiles. The MakerSpace club is here to serve our school district and the greater Hudson community. Students especially enjoy creating projects that fulfill a specific need. Students are already creating projects for HHS teachers, extracurricular clubs, and businesses in Hudson. If you have a project in mind, please reach out to Mr. Robitaille with your ideas. The MakerSpace club meets every Wednesday morning at 8:00. You are encouraged to come check us out. We love visitors!