Seneca East Media Center E-News

February 2016

Happy February! It is easy to love technology now that we have access to so much of it. I have featured a few resources that might be helpful to teachers who now have access to Chromebooks for each of their students. I've also highlighted some opportunities for students at the middle school and high school level. As always, if I can help your class find some new resources or help with a project, please feel free to ask!


Seneca East has a free subscription to TumbleBooks until May 31st! TumbleBooks is a collection of animated, talking picture books, graphic novels, ebooks, nonfiction books, chapter books, Spanish & French books, and even National Geographic videos. With our students having access to so much technology this year, this is an excellent time to try TumbleBooks. This free subscription includes unlimited access from school and home for all of our teachers and students! Let me know what you think of this! Happy Tumbling!
Big image

Storia: Ohio's 4th Grade eBook Collection

4th Grade Teachers: Don't forget that your class has access to Storia through INFOhio! This collection of 160 titles was hand selected to support Ohio's Learning Standards for 4th grade. To get started, teachers who work with fourth grade students need to request an access code and add their class as explained in the Storia Getting Started Guide.

Better World Education

Want to give students a more global perspective? Better World Education has a curriculum toolkit to help make real world issues relevant to kids. It has empathy challenges, lesson plans, videos, and case studies that will help students see from another person's perspective and understand some global issues. In a world that is so inter-connected, these types of lessons will help to make students better citizens.
imagine a world of storychangers

Choosito: A Leveled Internet Search Engine

Choosito is a unique search engine because you can search by reading level. For example, you can filter your search by early readers, emerging readers, fluent readers, or advanced readers. You can register for a free version which allows you to search at the exact reading level that your students need.

Black History Month: Civil Rights Resources

PBS Learning Media has compiled a great collection of resources on the Civil Rights Movement. There are videos, audio files, and lessons on the topics of Fighting Segregation, Seeking Justice, Taking Action, Speaking Out, Combating Poverty, and Demanding Voting Rights.

Upcoming Makerspace Programs

  • Friday, February 5th, during 5A & 5B: SketchUp: Do you have students who like to design, who are interested in architecture, engineering, interior design or drawing? MS & HS students can come to the library this Friday to learn the basic tools of SketchUp and to create a simple structure. Hopefully, it will inspire them to continue creating on their own! Students can sign-up in the library.
  • Friday, February 19th, during 5A & 5B: MaKey MaKey: With MaKey Makey students can invent anything! MS & HS students can come to the library media center to create banana bongos, a vegetable piano, a fist bump remote control, play Whack-A-Potato, or create their own new invention. We will have a variety of materials available for them to explore and invent with MaKey MaKey. Again, students can sign-up in the library.
Big image
Big image