National Library Week
How To Celebrate:
We have plenty of good reasons to appreciate the libraries and librarians in our schools and communities every day, National Library Week (April 10–16) is a perfect time to reinforce the value we put on this dear institution and the people who make such a difference in our children's lives.
Here are some ways you can celebrate:
- Encourage students to sign up for a library card if they don't already have one
- Prompt students to reflect on why their library is important to them—and consider posting their responses on the walls
- View streaming videos on various aspects of libraries. Library of Congress, Conan the Librarian, Deskercise: National Library Week (Monday), Franklin's Library Book: Franklin the Turtle, and Library on Wheels—Newsreels are a few suggestions. (links should work as long as you are logged into WebMax)
NEW Learn360 Features for Google Classroom Users
If you are using Google Classroom, you can now incorporate content from platform into Classroom courses with the click of a button.
Content can be shared to Google Classroom using the Share link on the search results page, or from the player page. Click on the Share tab and then the Share To sub-tab as shown below.
Click on the Google Classroom button to add this title. You must have a Google Classroom account to use this service.
If you are not already logged into Classroom, you will be prompted to sign in to that Google account. Once you have successfully signed in, you will be presented with a drop down to choose a class.
After selecting your desired course, you will be presented with another Choose action drop down menu. This menu allows you to select between the following actions that can be taken with the content you are choosing to share:
- Create assignment
- Ask question
- Make an announcement
Once you have made a selection, click the Go button to proceed.
If for example you selected Ask question, you would be presented with the below example. Google classroom automatically pulls in the title of the content you are embedding. This is a text field that can be changed.
You can optionally leave additional instructions and modify the due date.
For all three actions, Google Classroom will present you with the same thumbnail of the login page. This link will still redirect you to the selected title to watch, and does NOT take you the actual login page. Because the platform requires authentication to access, Google is not able to grab a thumbnail from the actual player page.
For MORE Information about this feature, check out this support page.
Distracted Driving Awareness Month!
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Educate your students on the dangers of distracted driving—whether driving while texting, talking on the phone (even hands-free cell phones), eating, or doing anything else that competes for a driver's full attention.
Use streaming videos to empower your students with the facts to make smart driving decisions while learning about the technological solutions being devised, the difficulties enforcing local bans on cell phone use while driving, and more:
- Deadly Driving Distractions: Texting, Cell Phones, and Other Killers
- Distracted: Eyes off the Road
- Texting While Driving: Creating the Perfect Storm of Distraction
- Technology Can Detect Driver Phone Use
Streaming videos are very convenient, but not always the best option for everyone. We also have many DVDs that are applicable to this topic.
Driving Stupid (022678)
DVD, JS, 19 min.
This program dramatizes that most teens overestimate their driving skills and underestimate the risks involved in texting while driving, driving drowsy and driving under the influence. True to life stories accentuate these very real dangers.The film also shows teens participating in a driving skills program that safely exposes them to a variety of hazards and teaches them the importance of developing safe driving skills.
DEFENSIVE DRIVING (020326)
DVD, S, 21 min.
Other drivers are the most important factor to consider when driving. NASCAR celebrity David Reutimann focuses on defensive driving, the cornerstone of safe vehicle operation. Underscoring the danger of making assumptions when behind the wheel, the program stresses preparing for the worst possible events and circumstances, and illustrates three solid principles of defensive driving - give yourself space, anticipate, and know your options.
ADVANCED DRIVING TECHNIQUES (020324)
DVD, S, 21 min.
This program takes driving students into the real world, where road conditions are not always favorable. NASCAR celebrity David Reutimann examines a wide range of environments containing potential driving hazards, including tunnels, bridges, mountain roads, rough or uneven terrain and harsh weather.
DRUGGED DRIVING: THE ROAD TO DISASTER (021158)
DVD, JS, 20 min.
Intoxicated teen drivers are responsible for 18% of motor vehicle deaths each year. Alcohol abuse is a major factor, but teen drivers'abuse of over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs and marijuana is rising at an alarming rate. Teens are driving impaired and putting their lives and the lives of others at grave risk. In this video, ER doctors and police investigators specially trained to recognize drug- impaired driving present a hard, on-the-scene look at how drugs impact driver alertness, reflexes and perception skills.
ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL: DANGERS OF DROWSY DRIVING (020533)
DVD, JSA, 15 min.
Each year drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 car crashes and 1,500 deaths. Over 50% of the drivers involved in these crashes are teenagers and young adults in their early twenties. Real life accident victims reiterate chilling stories of the repercussions of drowsy driving. Raises viewer awareness of warning signs and risk factors of drowsy driving and gives information to insure alertness and responsible, safe driving. Includes teacher resource book and student handouts.
SPEED KILLS: PREVENTING TEEN DRIVING FATALITIES (020808)
DVD, S, 16 min.
To the inexperienced driver, speeding and thoughtlessness are potentially as dangerous as drinking and driving. Every year, thousands of teens die in traffic accidents often as a result of the teenage driver's excessive speed, lack of experience or inattention.