@ the library

11.11.2015

Website(s) of the week: Formative Assessment Tools

Looking for new ways to engage your students? Try some of these nifty formative assessment tools to track your students understanding and encourage participation!


  • Pear Deck - make your presentations interactive with live built in polling. Give students the access code so they can view the presentation on their personal devices or laptops and start answering questions.
  • Padlet - an online, collaborative board - digital sticky notes, if you will. Padlet is a great way to brainstorm collectively, curate sources, and ask for exit questions.
  • Plickers - poll your class and save data without the need for devices. Each student gets a printed card or "paper clicker". Scan their cards with your device and get an instant count and chart of responses.
  • Todays Meet - a great option for back channel conversation. Ask students to post questions and comments during lectures, presentations, or videos.
  • Post-It Plus - ask students to respond on Post-Its and stick them to the wall. If you've got an iPhone, you can use the Post-It Plus app to take a picture of the post-its and then rearrange and organize the notes digitally!

It's Wednesday Treat Day!

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Today's treats are brought to you by Nick Sevigny. Stop by the library for eggs, pastries, apple cider, and pumpkin pie!

New Books in the library!

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Wonder Woman, created in 1941, on the brink of World War II, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, she has lasted the longest and commanded the most vast and wildly passionate following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike others, she also has a secret history. In Jill Lepore's riveting work of historical detection, Wonder Woman's story provides the missing link in the history of the struggle for women's rights--a chain of events that begins with the women's suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later. This edition includes a new afterword with fresh revelations based on never before seen letters and photographs from the Marston family's papers.

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On July 8, 1879, Captain George Washington De Long and his team of thirty-two men set sail from San Francisco on the USS Jeanette. Heading deep into uncharted Arctic waters, they carriedthe aspirations of a young country burning to be the first nation to reach the North Pole. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the Jeannette's hull was breached by an impassable stretch of pack ice, forcing the crew to abandon ship amid torrents of rushing of water. Hours later, the ship had sunk below the surface, marooning the men a thousand miles north of Siberia, where they faced a terrifying march with minimal supplies across the endless ice pack. Enduring everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and labyrinths of ice, the crew battled madness and starvation as they struggled desperately to survive. With thrilling twists and turns, In The Kingdom of Ice is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most brutal place on Earth.

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In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the residents of Annawadi are electric with hope. Abdul, an enterprising teenager, sees "a fortune beyond counting" in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Meanwhile Asha, a woman of formidable ambition, has identified a shadier route to the middle class. With a little luck, her beautiful daughter, Annawadi's "most-everything girl," might become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest children, like the young thief Kalu, feel themselves inching closer to their dreams. But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal. With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects people to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on years of uncompromising reporting, carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century's hidden worlds--and into the hearts of families impossible to forget.

Thanks for reading! - Jessica Hinman