Blending the Lines
Blending books and technology to form our Educational Lines.
Volume 3: January 2014 - March 2014
The Newsletter for Sparkman 9th Grade School Library-Media Center
Written, Edited, and Published by: Alison Madison, S9GS Librarian & Media Specialist
Upcoming Events in the Library
- TAP Conferences, March 3-14, 2014: Students and parents will meet with TAP teachers and counselors to pre-register for the 2014 - 2015 school year.
- The library will be closed during TAP conferences. Fines will not be charged during this time.
- Teen Tech Week: March 10-14, 2014
- S9 YA Readers Book Club Meeting: March 17, 2014
- Spring Break, March 24-28, 2014
S9 YA Readers
March 2014 Book Selections
Join us at our next meeting! March 17, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the library.
We are reading 2 books during the month of March!
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
from Amazon.com: The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
from Amazon.com: The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon "Rippermania" takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him--the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target. In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.
photo from http://www.booksandsensibility.com.
February 2014 Book Selection
February's book took us back to the 1980s - sparking discussion about the era's unforgettable fashion and "new" technology, like the Walkman. The main focus of discussion centered on the relationships the characters built with each other and the realization that no matter what year you experience high school, the challenges often remain the same.
Eleanor & Park is a Printz Honor Book. You can read more about the book and author by visiting http://rainbowrowell.com/blog/.
image: gallery.designrelated.com by Olga Grlic. Illustrated by Harriet Russell.
Focus on Digital Citizenship
Being a 21st Century Librarian and Media Specialist means that I wear many hats. I have been wearing my "tech-hat" lately. Wearing this hat means that I have been focusing on all things technology and research, specifically research focusing on digital information. I recently conducted a workshop with the S9 faculty on the importance of Digital Citizenship in relation to our students online behavior as well as in relation to Common Core Anchor Standards. See below to read a few snippets from the workshop.
What is Digital Citizenship?
The formal definition of Digital Citizenship is: the norms of behavior with regard to technology use. It is teaching users the rules of good citizenship online.
Great Search Aides for Students
- Creative Commons Search http://search.creativecommons.org/ Quiry 13 different sites that you can share and use.
- Google Advanced Search https://www.google.com/advanced_search?hl=en
- Google Images Advanced Search http://www.google.com/advanced_image_search
- Wikimedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page Database of freely usable media files
- ccMixter http://ccmixter.org/ Music community featuring remixes under CC license
- Pixabay http://pixabay.com/en/ Free images
- Open Clipart Library http://openclipart.org/
- Youtube Creative Commons Search https://www.youtube.com/creativecommons
- Internet Archive https://archive.org/details/movies Text, audio, moving images, software, webpages
- Flickr Creative Commons Search http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons
BOOK CLUB: Read all about it!
We are the S9 YA Readers! Specifically, Sparkman 9 Young Adult Readers.
The mission of this book club is to inspire reading and the discussion of young adult (YA) literary works.
- Promote reading.
- Provide a positive environment for students and teachers to share their creative thoughts and interests of literary works.
- Function as an advisory group for the Library-Media Center, offering ideas regarding book selection and library programming.
Sponsor: Mrs. Madison
Co-Sponsor: Mrs. Knight
- S9 YA Readers will meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
- Meetings will take place after school in the library.
- We will read young adult literature and adult literature for teens.
- Members are responsible for acquiring a copy of the book of the month. You may purchase, borrow, or check the book out from the school or public library.
- Members must be prepared for each meeting. You must read the book in its entirety.
Librarian: Alison Madison
I am passionate about...
- Books - hand-held and digital
- Reading YA Literature
- Instructional Technology
- Gadgets, gizmos, and educational apps
- Helping high school students discover all of the above
I Believe that School Libraries are Innovative and Irreplaceable.
Where Old School Meets New School
We are a 21st Century Library
Books + Technology
Reading + Research
Hand-held + Digital
Digital Citizenship + Information Literacy