Media Center News

Indiana School for the Deaf, March 23, 2015

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Deaf History Month - March 13 - April 15

Celebrate our rich heritage by coming in and browsing through the treasures we have on our Deaf shelves. Deaf History Month falls on the anniversaries of three important American historical events:

--March 13, 1988 - Deaf Civil Rights Victory Day

--April 8, 1864 - Founding of Gallaudet University

--April 15, 1817 - Founding of the first permanent school for the Deaf

(source: Alice L. Hagemeyer)


See our article below regarding the relocation of our Deaf collection.

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Chromebooks in the Media Center!

From Stephanie Steiner:

Hello Teachers!

I wanted to be sure that you all know about a new pilot tech program we are trying at ISD. The Media Center now has a set of 6 Chromebooks in addition to the laptops already available. We are testing to see if these Chromebooks might be a good option for replacing the aging laptop carts.

With the new iPad program, we are noticing a big drop in the use of the laptops, but know that sometimes the mobile browsing/computing on an iPad does not meet all of your students' needs. Chromebooks may be a cost-effective solution.

If you don't know what a Chromebook is, I highly suggest you checkout this informational page that I created: https://sites.google.com/a/isd.k12.in.us/isd-technology/courses/what-is-a-chromebook

Basically, a Chromebook looks and feels like a laptop, but it only runs the Internet. Anything you can do online, can be done on a Chromebook. It does not have MS Office Programs, but does run the full versions of the Google Apps (Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides).

Let me know if you have any questions, or if you would like me to come and be available as you use them with your class for the first time.

I encourage you to consider trying the Chromebooks next time you plan to use the PCs. Then please give Donna or myself any positive/negative feedback so we can be sure to take it into consideration as we make plans to upgrade/replace the current laptop situation in the Media Center.

Thank you!


Stephanie Steiner

Educational Technology Specialist

DEAF Collection: New Location and New Titles!

The Deaf collection in the Media Center has been moved to the right end of the row of book shelves. The purpose for the move was to highlight our Deaf collection, and make it more readily accessible. While moving the books, we were reminded of the many gems we have we have in the collection, evidence of our rich history and culture: Deaf Heritage, The Week the World Heard Gallaudet, The Deaf Way, Lessons in Laughter, The Gallaudet Dictionaries, etc.


We are anxiously awaiting the NEW titles we ordered for this collection. They should be coming in very soon. Just a few of the many coming:

--El Deafo, by Cece Bell

--Finding Zoe: A Deaf Woman's Story of Identity, Love, and Adoption, by Brandi Rarus

--The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure, by Carolyn McCaskill

--d/Deaf and d/Dumb: A Portrait of a Deaf Kid as a Young Superhero, by Joseph Michael Valente

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Media Center Staff and Hours

Donna Keller, Media Specialist, dkeller@isd.k12.in.us, 317-493-0613


Mindy Jo Wilson (Mon/Wed/alt. Fri), mwilson@isd.k12.in.us, 317-493-0612


Kristin Stevens (Tue/Th/alt. Fri), kmcfall@isd.k12.in.us, 317-493-0612

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