Media Minute

A newsletter of the Avon High School Libraries

May 2014

Library Survey is Open

Each year, the AHS and ALC Library staff request your help in taking a brief survey to provide us with information to guide next year's library program. We would love to have your response to the survey. Thanks for your time!

Please click here to take the survey.

Staff may access the Public Library ebook resources as well. Just stop by the public library and pick up a card (everyone who is a staff member may get one). This provides you with access to ebooks all summer long!

Student Materials Due May 21, 2014

All student materials checked out of either library should be returned by Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Thanks for your help in handing out overdue notices to help us get the school's materials returned.

Staff Materials Due Before You Leave for the Summer

Staff Materials that are checked out from either library are due before you leave for the summer. You will receive a printout of what you have checked out. Thanks for your help in getting these returned.

Tools to Know About

  • Twenty Collaborative Google Apps is an article that contains great ways to use Google Apps in the classroom. It provides ideas from shared presentations to hangouts - with explanations of all.
  • Buncee is a unique presentation tool that allows for more versatility than a traditional PowerPoint and allows students to be interactive.
  • Indiana Humanities has class sets of books that they will share with schools around the state. Click on the link and see what they have available. If you are interested, I'm happy to help you get these delivered to the school.
  • Google EdCamp will be held on July 10 in Wayne Township. Registration is online and free.

EdCamp Indy

EdCamp Indy will be on Friday, June 13th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MSD Pike High School/Freshman Center.

EdCamp Indy is a FREE learning opportunity for educators of all types. Though it is sponsored by the Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE), the concept is created by attendees and will include education and technology. You come to EdCamp with questions--and you get answers--by fellow educators. Professional Growth Points are available for four sessions--and there is a fun Smackdown at the end which is rapid-fire tips, tricks, and tools for educators. EdCamp is unique as the presenters are the attendees. Bring and share your knowledge and take away from others. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.; the event releases for lunch at 11; and the day is over by 3 p.m. Bring your own caffeine, snacks and a device if you have one. There will be computer access on site as well as presentation equipment.

April 15 - May 12 Statistics

  • 169 classes attended out of 1120 class periods = 141% scheduled (multiple classes per period)
  • 3,061 students from study hall and sent from classes or lunch
  • 5,070 students in scheduled classes
  • 8,810 total students for April 15-May 12
  • Number of students coming to the library each day: 352 students on average

Crash Course by John and Hank Green

Crash Course is a phenomenal educational resource that truly highlights how educational material can organically emerge online. Started by John Green, New York Times Bestselling Author of books like The Fault in Our Stars and Looking For Alaska, and his brother Hank Green, an entrepreneurial musician and ‘vlogger,’ Crash Course is a YouTube channel with tons of instructional videos on subjects as varied as biology, world history, US history, chemistry, English literature, and ecology.

John and Hank Green have a knack for explaining complex ideas in simple, comprehensible terms. With over 1 million subscribers and over 45 million views across the channel, Crash Course has developed an avid following largely because of John and Hank’s lively approach to subject material, which keeps viewers interested and engaged. If you want to understand why Crash Course has developed such a huge following online, you need look no further than the videos themselves; here are a few of our favorites:

*from the Digital Learning Day website
Images from Google, Wikimedia Commons, and

Robyn Young

Robyn Young is a certified School Librarian (grades K-12) who has been the librarian at Avon High School for 13 years. Prior to that, she taught Social Studies and English for 10 years.

She is the National Honor Society co-sponsor, Newspapers in Education Past-President for the state of Indiana, and a past recipient of Media Specialist of the Year for the State of Indiana. She also contributes to the High School Soup Blog for the Alliance for Excellent Education (