Media Matters

for Teachers - October

Scary Books Giveaway!

Enter the drawing to win these three scary books for your classroom library! Simply click the link and enter your name:

Book Fair Coming Soon!

The Scholastic Book Fair will be in the media center the week of October 5th. This is a fundraiser for the media center and a great place to purchase exciting new books, stationery items, posters, and more! There will even be bestsellers for adults! Come shop with us!

All Hallows Read

Thank you, Mrs. Stadler, for sharing this fun idea! Twenty-five (25) scary books will be given to students Halloween week! Stay tuned for more details....
Big image

What is Your Reading Personality?

This is a fun, useful tool to help your students (or yourself) find books that match their reading personality type. Make yourself an answer sheet numbered one through ten. Then, select the letter of the answer that feels most like who you are and write that letter next to the number of the question. When you are finished with all ten questions, click on the answer sheet to find your reading personality, along with book/author recommendations.

Book Report Alternatives

This could be a worthwhile writing opportunity for our students:

Big image


Record your voice and this website will create an URL, an embed code, or an instant QR code that you can print and use--linking students to your audio recording! Super fast and easy with so many possible applications!

Note: Will not work on iPads.

Big image


Desmos is a free graphing calculator that is available to use in your web browser and as an Android and iPad app. The Desmos calculator performs all of the functions you would expect to see in a graphing calculator with a couple of extras that you don't find in typical graphing calculators. Desmos allows you to share your equations and graphs. Desmos graphs your equations as you type them and redraws them as you alter your equations.

The teacher resources page features a dozen pre-made activities that you can distribute to students to help them learn about graphing, problem modeling, algebra, and geometry. You can also use the Desmos activity builder to create your own lessons and distribute them to your students.

Credit: Richard Byrnes (freetech4teachers)

How We Got to Now

This is a fascinating journey through the six innovations that made the modern world. Instead of offering up the typical “heroes” of invention, Steven Johnson introduces students to concepts that span hundreds of years of invention and many of the unsung heroes. The resources offered are designed for students in grades 6-12 in science, math, social studies, and English language arts. Explore video clips, background essays, discussion questions, and activities on the PBS LearningMedia site for the following episodes:
  • Making the Modern Clock
  • The Quest for Clean Water
  • Invention of the Light Blub
  • Keeping Ice Frozen Before Refrigeration
  • Noise Control and the Decibel
  • The Invention of the Microscope and Telescope

Credit: ilearn Technology blog

Big image

Pixar in a Box

This week Khan Academy launched a new project that will absolutely engage your math, science and media students. Pixar In A Box is an new online curriculum that analyzes how the studio fuses art, tech, science, engineering, and math to develop top-shelf animated cinema. The curriculum spans the pipeline of the production process. There are interactive exercises, in-depth video lessons, and hands-on activities created with middle and high school students in mind. And here’s the curriculum outline:

Overview of Pixar in a Box for students & teachers:

Environment modeling: Explore how blades of grass in Brave were created using parabolic arcs.

Character modeling: Explore how clay models are transformed into digital characters using weighted averages.

Animation: Explore how animators bring characters to life using different kinds of animation curves.

Crowds: Explore how swarms of robots in Wall-E were made using combinatorics.

Sets & Staging: Explore how virtual sets are constructed using geometric transformations.

Rendering: Explore how pixels are painted digitally using algebra.

Credit: Joyce Valenza (Neverending Search)

Big image

A Google A Day

Want to put your students’ Google search skills to the test?

With Google’s “A Google A Day” you can present daily riddle-like challenges to your classes. There's no right way to solve it, but there's only one right answer.

If you'd like to help your students become more search-savvy, this infographic provides many useful tips and tricks for finding anything, anywhere, in no time flat!

Big image