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Resources & updates from the Hudson High School media center

November 1, 2019

media center welcomes sarah kiener

A new face is greeting visitors to the HHS media center this school year. Sarah Kiener is our new media aide, replacing Renee McCabe, who is now the district media secretary.

Sarah recently moved to Hudson from the Columbus area where she was a media specialist at Riverside Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio. She received her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Sarah grew up in the Pittsburgh area.

Sarah lives in Hudson with her husband Thomas and her two sons Thomas (4) and William (2). She loves living and working in Hudson. Sarah is an excellent resource and is here to help if you need any assistance with any library-related questions.

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Resources for u.s. observances

The HCSD library media department is curating a go-to website of resources for the following observances: Patriot Day (9/11), Constitution Day (9/17), and Veterans Day (11/11). Patriot Day is currently under construction, but the other dates are chock full of resources. On this site, you will find articles, websites, interactive tools, and videos for these major U.S. observances.

Veterans Day is coming soon. I encourage you take advantage of these resources with your students.


New non-fiction collections

This year the media center acquired some updated non-fiction series that address current curriculum standards and pertinent topics. These print books are available for check out in the library by students and staff. They are excellent resources for research projects.

Some of the topics of these books include:

  • Popular Science fact books
  • Peaceful Protestors series (Freedom Riders, Aung San Suu Kyi, MLK, Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, the White Rose Movement)
  • True Teen Stories from around the world (Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan)
  • Tales of Atrocity and Resistance: First-Person Stories of Teens in the Holocaust
  • Black History series (many topics)
  • Coding careers
  • Current controversies (abortion, gun control, death penalty, religious freedom, marijuana)
  • Gender diversity
  • Food supply
  • Types of government
  • Assisted suicide
  • Immigration
  • Cyberbullying
  • Student loan debt
  • Gender pay gap
  • Racism
  • Deep State
  • Civil disobedience
  • Banned books
  • Media bias, fake news
  • Cyberwarfare
  • Drugs (marijuana, heroin, opioids, prescription abuse, diet drugs)

See Andrew or Sarah if you would like to check out these current titles. Of course, we also offer many excellent online resources in these topics, including ebooks and database journal articles.


Immersive technology erupts at HHS

Thanks to a generous Educator Initiative Grant from the GAR Foundation, the media center is now implementing cutting-edge immersive technology projects. The grant is titled Creating transformative learning experiences and social connections through immersive technology.

Mr. Robitaille and Mrs. Dages partnered with New Territory in Akron to offer training in creating virtual and augmented reality software. HHS students took a field trip to New Territory in October to learn the fundamentals of content creation. They are returning in January to learn more advanced applications. The goal of the training exercises is to teach students how to create custom VR and AR experiences, which can be designed to assist with classroom instruction, social-emotional wellness, and collaborations with area businesses and nonprofits.

The HHS media center has purchased four Oculus Quest VR headsets as well as an Oculus Rift VR system. These systems allow users to fully immerse themselves in a virtual environment where they interact and control aspects of the virtual world. Mr. Robitaille has partnered with Mr. Zustin's sociology class to take students on virtual field trips all over the world. Mr. Robitaille has also partnered with the special education department to provide students with mobility issues the opportunity to simulate experiences all over the world and in outer space.

Mr. Robitaille is very interested in teaming up with other departments to enhance learning with immersive technology. We offer VR experiences in art, travel, astronomy, nature exploration, tai chi, meditation, and historical visits. Please contact Mr. Robitaille if you would like to explore immersive technology options for your department.

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Students in Mrs. Quinn's science class explore the International Space Station and take a trip on Apollo 11.


Makerspace shares passion with next generation

The HHS Makerspace opened their doors to Mrs. Rose Smoral's second-grade class on Oct. 7 to give them a hands-on tour of their fabrication lab. Ellsworth Hill media specialist Lorri Kingan, who also advises the Hudson Middle School Makerspace, joined the second graders on the walking field trip.

High School Makerspace students assisted Mr. Robitaille with showing the second graders how to use the machines. Each of the second graders designed a custom button, and they watched HHS Makerspace students press them on the button maker. Students also learned about laser engravers, sublimation printers, 3D printing, and a heat press. Mr. Robitaille gave the class some custom photo magnets and a slate with their class photo.

Second-grade students were wide eyed as they learned about the inventing, creating, and problem solving that happens every day in the Makerspace. There will certainly be some future makers in this bunch!

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Laser engraving with second graders


New collection of teen mental health and wellness ebooks available

The media center recently purchased a collection of ebooks about teen health and wellness. Known as Cameron's Collection, this series of 15 ebooks span diverse topics, including:

  • suicide prevention and mental health
  • panic disorders
  • mindfulness and self-care
  • the psychology of socializing
  • deconstructing stigmas
  • stress and anxiety
  • the influence of race and culture
  • self-confidence

These ebooks can be borrowed discreetly by visiting the Gale ebooks section of the HHS Library website. Titles can be found in the Teen Wellness collection.


Streaming educational videos available

The HCSD library media department offers access to numerous sources for online educational videos. The district's library website contains a section of Streaming Video information and resources. From there you can learn about what types of commercial streaming resources you can use in the classroom.

The site also provides access to multiple sources of streaming educational video repositories, including PBS Learning Media, the INFOhio Digital Video Collection, TeacherTube, and the National Science Foundation Multimedia Gallery.

Additionally, this year Mr. Robitaille subscribed to a new educational video platform called Learn360. Learn360 is the ultimate streaming multimedia resource for the K–12 educational market. Users can access more than 137,000 multimedia resources—including high-quality full-length videos, video clips, interactives, images, audio files, articles, activities, worksheets, and more—from more than 200 top educational producers. New content is added regularly. Learn360 requires authentication to view. The username and password can be found in the database passwords document on the HHS Library homepage.


Health Reference Center now available

After a successful trial, the media center recently subscribed to a new Infobase database Health Reference Center. Health Reference Center includes comprehensive, in-depth coverage of body systems, current health issues, major diseases and conditions, treatments, and procedures, as well as health and nutrition information specific to men, women, children, teens, and seniors. The up-to-date information comes from hundreds of authoritative sources, plus users can find thousands of videos, illustrations, journal articles from PubMed Central, and reference articles from MedlinePlus.

Health Reference Center offers topic browsing and keyword searching. It contains educational videos and illustrations as well as peer-reviewed articles. Teachers can send articles to Google Classroom with the click of a button. Students can send articles to Google Drive as editable Google Documents.

The Health Reference Center can be accessed on the HHS Library website under the Research & Databases section within the Infobase area. Users will need to authenticate with a username and password available on the main page of the HHS library.


therapy dogs visit HHS

This past summer, Mr. Robitaille took his son to a "Paws for Reading" program at his local library. Children took turns reading books to therapy dogs. This gave Mr. Robitaille an idea. He got in touch with a therapy dog association and made arrangements for therapy dogs to visit Hudson High School.

For the past month, therapy dogs have visited students in the media center and in classrooms. The dogs bring smiles and stress breaks to students. Mr. Robitaille intentionally schedules visits during times of high stress, such as ACT/ SAT testing weeks. Trigger the Great Dane is becoming a bit of a celebrity at HHS, and is loved by the teachers just as much as the students.

Fox 8 is scheduled to visit HHS on Nov. 4 to film a feature story for their news program. Look out for Trigger in the hallways!

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