Media Messages

March/April 2015

Central Middle School Media Center

Mrs. Fee - Media Specialist

Ms. Wyrick - Media Assistant

Central's Online Catalog - http://destiny.bcsc.k12.in.us

Follett Destiny (Online Library Catalog)

Central's Library Catalog - http://destiny.k12.in.us

Most computers have the Destiny icon on the desktop. A link is also provided under favorites in Internet Explorer.
This link will list all of the books in Central's library collection - All students may log in with their Destiny username and school id# allowing them to place holds, check account status remotely, create lists of books and reviews online and also access the Follett Shelf audiobook and ebook collection. Training using Destiny will begin soon with the 7th grade. Please let me know If you want a quick refresher for the 8th grade.

-Staff members also have an account - just email library if interested. Resource lists can be created to match your assignments.

Digital Audiobooks

Bluford Books and Audiobooks
Bluford Books are a collection of young adult books set in contemporary urban America. The books feature male and female main characters. All books are very short (less than 200 pgs.) All titles are available in the media center. Click link below for access to the audiobook collection:
URL: http://bluford.org/audiobooks/


Follett Audiobooks - Updated Information

Follett Audiobooks are a downloadable audiobook collection. Audiobooks can be streamed online or the app can be downloaded onto a mobile device. This was Catalist Digital last school year.

Visit our Follettshelf Audiobook library at https://wbb09413.follettshelf.com/shelf/servlet/presentshelfform.do?site=09413 and log in with your Destiny username & password to read online, or download the free Follett Brytewave K-12 app and fill in URL: wbb09413.follettshelf.com and use your Destiny username & password. There is a direct link to our Follettshelf located on Central's website under the library tab and another link is located on the home tab of the Destiny icon on the desktop.

For more information, please contact the media specialist.

read what the students are reading!

Central's Top Five

1. Trapped by Michael Northrop

2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

4. I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder

5. What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones

Phi Delta Kappan Access - Updated

PDK is an online & print magazine that includes articles about K-12 education.

URL: http://pdk.sagepub.com/

Username: cmschargers

Password: central1

Idea Corner

iFake Text (http://ifaketext.com/) is a simple tool that can allow your students to show what they know in a unique way by emulating a text message conversation on a phone.


Classroom Ideas

*Dialogue between book characters or historical figures

*Practice voice

*Facts about a particular topic

*Discussion of book or event

*Foreign language dialogue

*Poetry

Tech Corner - Websites and Apps - Oh My!

Wonderopolis is an engaging website that asks and answers interesting questions about the world. It is geared toward lower reading level students. The articles can be filtered by grade level and subject. A read aloud feature is available.

http://wonderopolis.org/


ThinkCERCA - free version is a website that provides a huge selection of subject-related articles to read. It aims to help students grades 4-12 develop critical thinking and writing skills by focusing on all texts as arguments. The articles can be filtered by grade level. A read aloud feature available.

http://www.thinkcerca.com/


News-O-Matic is a free app that posts five news stories -- from world political news to celebrity stories -- on its main page each day. It is geared toward lower reading level students. There is a read aloud feature available in both English and Spanish.

Trivia Question

Using our Culturegrams database - email me one Did You Know fact about Sudan. The first person who e-mails me a correct answer wins a prize.