Plainfield High School Media Center Newsletter

PHS Media Minute

December 2013

Media Center Newsletter

The Plainfield High School library newsletter was created using an online site called Smore (www.smore.com). The purpose of this newsletter is to share some of the opportunities and resources that the media center has avialable for Plainfield High School students and teachers.


Harlem Wizards vs Red Pride Renegades @ Plainfield High School

Monday, Dec. 9th 2013 at 7pm

1 Red Pride Drive

Plainfield, IN

WHO: Harlem Wizards vs Red Pride Renegades (Teachers from every Plainfield school)

WHERE: Plainfield High School

WHEN: Monday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m.

COST: $8 advance ticket; $10 tickets at the door

TICKETS ON SALE: www.pcslegacyfoundation.org

HOSTED BY: Plainfield Community Legacy Foundation

2013-14 Season Harlem Wizards Commercial

Mythology / Animoto Collaboration

Stacy Sanford's Mythology class was given the task to create a Mythology piece of art that represented a Mythology character. After the students created the art work, the class had to create a 30 second or less video of their Mythology art work. The students came to the media center for an "Animoto" lesson. Animoto is a thirty second or less online video creator using digital pictures and video. The students had to upload their pictures and videos into Animoto, choose a background option, insert music and finalize their product.


Click on one of the student examples below.


Free Professional E-Books

The Indiana Youth Institute has a variety of professional e-books that can be downloaded to your own e-reading device. Go to http://www.iyi.org/library/digital.aspx for more information.


Newsela - Current Event Articles

Newsela - http://newsela.com/ - is a free service that contains non-fiction literacy and current events in all curricular content areas. The really interesting thing about this tool is that once you click on an article to read, you can change the lexile level (reading level) based upon your students' needs. Sign up for a free trial today --- they will soon be charging for new users.


Once you have students sign up for this, you can also assign articles and quizzes to your classes.


Digital Learning Day - February 5, 2014

Digital Learning Day will be held on February 5, 2014 in conjunction with state events and the national event hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. This powerful grassroots campaign promotes the effective use of technology to improve outcomes and achieve higher college- and career-ready standards for all students in K–12 public schools.

Digital Learning Day promotes the belief that every child deserves the opportunity to learn in a robust digital environment every day with the goal of success in college and a career. Common-sense and effective applications of digital learning should be fully integrated into all of America’s schools, libraries, coffee shops, and homes to promote life-long learning and good citizenship.

It takes less than five minutes to add your voice.

I ask that you add your voice and consider planning classroom-based activities for your students and parents to get involved. Activities and events can be as simple or complicated as you like. Feel free to use Digital Learning Day’s interactive lessons (more coming soon), host a technology fair to showcase student work, check out the teacher toolkits for ideas, or simply try something new that better integrates technology into good instructional practice. Regardless of your level of comfort with instructional technology, Digital Learning Day has something for everyone.

In addition to the national event and its related activities, all fifty states and DC are making similar plans. This is a great opportunity to use the momentum from these national and state-awareness campaigns to highlight your district- and school-level digital learning efforts to media, community leaders, parents, and local policymakers.


Most importantly, we urge you to


Thank you for supporting digital learning!


Common Core: Literary Non-Fiction

Robyn Young, Avon High School Librarian, has compiled a list of Literary Non-Fiction titles by subject area to support the Common Core. It can be found at https://www.smore.com/527a. There are also activities that that can be used at the bottom of the page. Thank you, Robyn Young, for sharing with your colleagues.


New Arrivals

The last order of books for the 2013 calendar year have arrived. Check out the "New Arrivals" display at the front of the media center.


PHS Library Catalog & Research Databases

  • You can search the library catalog and research information from the online databases from any computer as long as you have an internet connection at http://library.plainfield.k12.in.us .
  • You can also search the high school library catalog with a smartphone using the following app, Destiny Quest.
  • You can research the Gale online resources using a smartphone using the app, Access My Library. Once you download the app, you will need to choose Indiana and then Plainfield High School (the 2nd one - it is listed twice). Next type in the password - stafford.




Indianapolis Star Newspaper - ecopy

Students and staff can access the Indianapolis Star Newspaper Monday through Friday using the following link - http://indianapolisstar.in.newsmemory.com/nie.php. The links can also be found on the media center links page.

Password: Dubo081407

Username: Dubo081407


*At this time, our school subscription does not include any of the Indianapolis Star apps.

Homework Hotline

NEED HELP WITH MATH OR SCIENCE HOMEWORK? CALL ROSE-HULMAN’S

HOMEWORK HOTLINE. IT’S A FREE MATH AND SCIENCE TUTORING

SERVICE FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 6 TO 12.


JUST CALL THE HOMEWORK HOTLINE TOLL FREE AT 1-877-ASK-ROSE,

OR 1-877-275-7673, BETWEEN 7 P.M. AND 10 P.M. (EASTERN TIME), SUNDAY

THROUGH THURSDAY. THE TUTORS ARE ROSE-HULMAN COLLEGE

STUDENTS AND THEY HELP YOU WORK THROUGH YOUR MATH AND

SCIENCE HOMEWORK QUESTIONS.


OR, FIND HELP ONLINE AT www.AskRose.org.




Quizlet - online study tool

Quizlet is an online study tool. You can create your own quizlet or search through the vast array of topics and categories. You can search by category, book titles, topics and much more. Quizlet offers flashcards, games and review questions.


Check out www.quizlet.com.


Google+ Hangouts

Something for fun... Google+ Hangouts is an online social network that lets its users have conversations through texting, video chats, sharing pictures and more. Both Android and Apple computers and phones can use this app/software. Try it out today.


http://www.google.com/hangouts/


Media Center November Statistics




  • 131 classes attended out of 133 class periods = 98% scheduled (multiple classes per period)
  • 1478 students from study hall and sent from classes
  • 3495 students in scheduled classes
  • 4973 total students for November
  • Estimated: 262 students per day
  • Estimated: 37 students per class period
  • 704 student book/material checkouts (19 teacher book/material checkouts)





Lael DuBois

Lael DuBois is a certified School Librarian / Library Media Specialist (grades K-12) who has been the media specialist / school librarian at Plainfield High School for 7 years. Prior to that, she was the school librarian at Pike High School and Pike Freshman Center.