August 2014

OES Library Media Update

Welcome Back to OES!!!

It's time to get "back in the saddle" and ride into the new school year. As we get our rooms together and prepare for the new year, I have gathered together a few things that might help you in your preparation. This month's update includes information on our school's participation in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, a spotlight on new selections added to our school library, a "how-to" on saving and sharing YouTube videos, as well as a unique website that will aid you in organizing ALL the websites you visit.

UPDATE: Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

I am proud to report that as of today (August 4th) we are ranked 763 out of 6800 participating schools. Our student participants have read for a total of 31,803 minutes as of today. I am thrilled with the amount of participation and enthusiasm for this program. I look forward to participating in this challenge next year and in years to come.

Teacher Tool Spotlight: Symbaloo

Symbaloo is an awesome web-based program that organizes websites for you. Think of it as a color-coded filing system. You can organize your websites by color to aid in locating specific resources. You can also create multiple pages to help further your organization system. For example, you can create a Symbaloo page for your subject-matter resources and then create a separate Symbaloo page for frequently visited websites.

Click HERE to check out Symbaloo.

How to Show YouTube Videos Safely with SafeShare

SafeShare will import your YouTube videos into a black background and filter out all comments and related videos.

1. Copy your link from YouTube.

2. Paste the link into the space on SafeShare.

3. Scroll to the bottom and click "Customize Video"

4. Choose your options.

5. Click "OK".

6. Click "Take me to the safe view>>".

*Instructions borrowed from "How to Show YouTube Videos Safely with Safeshare" by Carolyn Vibbert, 2013