BMS Media Center Monthly

March, 2013

Websites to Help Flip Your Class!


Are you looking for a site that could combine the tutorials of Khan Academy with the social features of Edmodo?

Sophia may be just your answer!

Sophia offers a space for you to create groups for your class to interact, lets you organize a "playlist" of tutorials that help you flip your class, and provides tools that help you create your own tutorials and screencasts for students.

You will also be able to collect data to help you analyze your students performance.

GCF - Learn

I will admit that when I first discovered Goodwill Community Foundation free online classes ( my first thought was "awesome! I can send this link to my parents and maybe I will stop getting so many phone calls about the computer or the iPad" ... but then I started to explore it and found that it has activities across grade levels for reading and math. There are many interactive activities (especially in reading) and videos that you can use in your class!

Database of the Month

Our library databases are subscription sites that provide us with quality information at a variety of levels. Some are geared towards different age levels and some specialize in certain topics such as science, history, or biographies. To access them, you must enter through the links on our database page.

This month tryout Books and Authors. Books and Authors provides author and title information on children's books - adult books. It is a great resource for author studies, or for book recommendations. If you or your students needs help selecting "what to read next" - Books and Authors is a great site to visit!

8th Grade Renaissance Art Presentation

Mrs. Strode and I were hoping to utilize technology and find someone willing to Skype with the 8th grade about Renaissance art - after many online searches of museums and colleges we finally found a doctoral student at BU who was willing to come! The only catch was that she offered to come in person - we didn't get to utilize technology as I hoped, but the students had a great presentation on Renaissance Art!

Web-site of the Month

Are you overwhelmed by all of the new technology tools available to you and your students? Do you think there isn't enough time to try learn how to use them or introduce them to your students?

Learn it In 5 provides how-to videos for you and your students that will help you learn many new tools in 5 minutes or less!

Also, don't forget you are encouraged to schedule classes in the media center and I am happy to help introduce new tools and assist your classes as needed!

Staff Reading Suggestions

Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
“Two star-crossed lovers--Enza and Ciro--meet and separate, until, finally, the power of their love changes both of their lives forever. Set during the years preceding and during World War I.”

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
“Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, preparing the day's breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother's death. When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage's grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that others can't, and they become companions. Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful secret -- one that no one else in town would ever suspect -- and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well. With her own identity suddenly challenged, and the integrity of the closest friend she's ever had clouded, Sage begins to question ....”

Book Annotations from CLAMS:

Bourne Middle School Media Center

Lynn M. Weeks, Library Media Specialist