News and Notes

~ Hand Middle School Media Center ~

DISCUS Updates

DISCUS, South Carolina’s Virtual Library, provides all South Carolinians with access to an electronic library of essential information resources, through school, college, and public libraries. DISCUS is funded by the South Carolina General Assembly, with supplemental funding by the federal Library Services and Technology Act. DISCUS is administered by the South Carolina State Library and is available at

Users do not need a password in the school building, but to access the resources at home, login is necessary. The new DISCUS username and password cannot be shared online - we will distribute the new credentials via teacher mailboxes today. Please post in your classrooms and encourage your students to start with DISCUS!

Visual Literacy Festival

nterested in project based learning that integrates technology tools and fosters creativity? Richland One Instructional Technology Services sponsors five contests throughout the year to promote visual literacy. Each contest features several categories that allow you to enter as an individual educator, or support your students with individual or group entries. Although each contest has a set entry date, you may work on your entries throughout the year. For further information and examples of previous entries please visit the ITS Visual Literacy Homepage

October 14, 2015 Photography

November 18, 2015 Editorial Cartoons

January 20, 2016 Puppetry

February 24, 2016 Computer Technology/ Video Production

March 23, 2016 Book Production

Ebooks @ Hand Middle School

We have lots of new ebooks to start the school year, both fiction and nonfiction titles. Look for the DESTINY shortcut on the desktop of your computer. You can browse the catalog without logging in, but logging in provides the ability to check out the ebooks as well as search the catalog by standards. Username: firstname.lastname, pw: your sub center #. Students can also check out ebooks with their new DLE laptops. A video demonstrating the ebook check out process will be ready early next week.

As always, call the library if you need assistance.

Media Center Staff

Carolyn Masek, Media Specialist

Patricia Kassel, Instructional Assistant