Media Minute

A newsletter of the Avon High School Libraries

October 2013

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FREE Candy and Popcorn during Teen Read Week: Seek the Unknown @ your library

When: October 7th - October 11th

Bring your students down for any of these events - just email Robyn Young to let her know when you are coming!

Monday - Students and staff can pick up a bingo card. Read from the different genres and earn some pizza!

Tuesday - Design a sci-fi bookmark

Wednesday - Check out or return something to the library and get hot, fresh popcorn!

Thursday - Sci-Fi Scavenger Hunt

Friday - Guessing Games -- earn prizes!

No more overdue notices!

Those of you who have been here in the past will be excited about this: we will no longer send library overdue notices to students in your SRT class!!

With the addition of student email for all students, we were able to set up emailed overdue notices. We have been doing this with seniors for a few years and it has worked great, so we are excited to continue this with all grade levels. A reminder from SRT teachers to have students check email though would be great. Thanks for your help!

Public Library Cards for Teachers & Students

You will receive an application in your mailbox to request an Avon-Washington Township public library card. As a teacher at Avon, it gives you the ability to get books or electronic resources from the public library. They have several great e-resources (Overdrive for e-books, Freegal to download free music, and Zinnio for subscription magazines online) and your library card will provide access to all of these.

Applications must be returned by Friday, October 11th to either library or Robyn Young's mailbox. The public library will then process the applications and give us library cards after Fall Break.

Students will also have the ability to use the e-resources of the public library. Each student will be able to login using the prefix 1207 before their student ID number and have access to Overdrive, Zinnio, Freegal and online databases.

This is a great partnership with the Avon-Washington Township Public Library and a real benefit to our staff and students.

Contact Robyn Young for questions.

Digital Media Exit Card

How can we quickly assess student learning using digital resources?

  • A six-second Vine or Instagram video to capture the most critical six seconds of class
  • A 16-second video to post to MixBit, YouTube's new video sharing tool
  • A tweet that boils down the essence of the class to 140 characters (tweets don't have to be on Twitter, they could be posted on a board in the classroom - similar to this
  • A photo illustrating the key learning moment that can then be posted on a class Instagram account
  • A question posted to a class Edmodo account (or MyBigCampus) inviting a continuation of the learning outside of class
  • From Levinson, Matt. "Hit the Mark with Digital Media Exit Cards | Edutopia." Edutopia | K-12 Education & Learning Innovations with Proven Strategies that Work. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Sept. 2013.
  • Avon TV - Just like your DVR

    Did you know that we can record TV shows here at school just like you do on your DVR at home? Just email with the channel and the date and time of your show and she will get it recorded.

    To access recordings, go to AvonTV and click on Asset Library > High School. You will see the various departments there and can also view what has already been recorded for other teachers.

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    Use the News in Your Classroom - Free Lesson Plan Service

    Newspapers in Education has a great new feature for teachers - weekly lesson plans using newspapers as informational text to support the Common Core State Standards. Lessons can be found at See below for a video clip on how to use this.

    Just a reminder - you and your students have access to the Indianapolis Star. Email for details.

    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, an Eliot Rosewater Committee member and a member of the National Digital Learning Day Educator Work Group. She also contributes to the High School Soup Blog for the Alliance for Excellent Education (