Tech Tidbits

March 2014

Teen Tech Week 2014

Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great nonprint resources and services that are available to teens and their families. This year celebrate with the “DIY @ your library” theme during YALSA’s Teen Tech Week March 9-15, 2014.

NCS Cougar Media Center would like to offer teens (grades 6-12) a space to extend learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create and share content. This is difficult with our space limitations and fixed schedule for K-5. If you have space after school for any of these activities please let me know.

The following events are tentatively scheduled for the month of March (students can get a print copy in the Media Center):

Complete a Doodle 4 Google

"Obsolete and Abstract": Students will get information about using old cords, mice, floppy discs, cassette tapes, keyboards, old phones, (no LCD screens), etc. If you have any of these old items, please feel free to drop of in the Media Center. Students will work individually or collaboratively to create a sculpture, collage, or photograph using these items. We will display finished products in the Media Center at the end of the month. Hopefully this will spark discussion about e-


"Hour of Code": Students who haven't tried coding can challenge themselves to learning an hour and beyond. At, students can create games, apps, interactive greeting cards. By 2020, there will be a million more computer science jobs than computer science students. Is this a career choice that sounds interesting to your students? Help spread the word!

"eBooks & magazine databases for research": Students will learn how to access the eBook collections available to NCS students. Hopefully this will spark discussion about the future of print resources and libraries. In need of a classroom to host this session.

"Minecraft Library": Students will begin creating a library in one of their Minecraft worlds, grab a screenshot of it, and send it to Mrs. Haumont by the end of the week. They will be printed and displayed in the Media Center for students and staff.

"Pin Your Dream NCS Library": Students will create a board on Pinterest and start pinning books, designs, furniture, etc that they would love to see in their ideal Cougar Media Center.

"DIY Duct Tape iPod/iPhone/Phone case"

Upcoming Tech Professional Development

Thursday, March 6th: "21st Century Learning: Creativity"

This session will cover:

  • Defining 21st Century Learning
  • Overview of the Framework for 21st Century Learning (which is included in the NCDPI Teacher Evaluation Process guide).
  • Creativity and 21st Century Learning: Web 2.0 Tools

Tuesday, March 18th- "21st Century Learning: Creativity" (again)

Middle/High: Media Center from 3:30pm-4:30pm

K5: Media Center from 4:30pm - 5:30pm

This is a repeat of the Thursday, March 6th session.

Tuesday, March 25th: "21st Century Learning: Critical Thinking"

Middle/High: Media Center from 3:30pm-4:30pm

K5: Media Center from 4:30pm - 5:30pm

This session will cover:

  • Understanding 21st Century Skills
  • Overview of the Framework for 21st Century Learning
  • Critical Thinking and 21st Century Learning

March 3rd is NEA's Read Across America Day! Celebrate Seuss all month!

Students in grades K-12 can enjoy all things Dr. Seuss and the joys of reading! The site includes games, video, Dr. Seuss Bio, and teacher guide.

If you haven't seen Mrs. Wilson's K-5 students' "Neuseville" you should stop by the Media Center. It is AWESOME!

Printing Tips

Having some troubles printing? Tired of having to submit your department code each time you print? Want to search your print jobs by your name? Here is something you can try that should help. Follow the screen shots below for assistance.

Online Professional Development

If you haven't joined EdWeb, give it a try. You can watch live or you can watch archived webinars. You will receive a certificate for CEU's after completing the webinar. -