Media Center Minutes

September 2014

It's the new Media Center!

We've been doing a lot of work in the Media Center over the past few months. Last year we got a new ceiling and paint job which really spruced the place up. Over the summer, we were outfitted with new computer tables on the main floor and the balcony, increased the number of computers on the balcony, and we also got new furniture in the conference room. The new cafe tables are a big hit - the place cleans up nicely!

Even though most of the school will be outfitted with Chromebooks, I can already see that it is still pretty busy in here. We do still need desktop computers, and depending upon the assignment, they may make more sense. Desktops have faster processors for working with videos and powerful programs, and using a larger screen and keyboard helps when doing research or typing papers. Of course the wired connectivity is a big plus, along with the ability to print. So sign up online for either the Main Floor or the Balcony, but note that if only one class has signed up during a lunch block, I will automatically default you to the balcony - it's easier to keep an eye on all the kiddies who come down from VIP and the lunchroom that way. There are now 34 computers on the Main Floor, 36 on the Balcony, and 8 in the Conference Room. I've also added a color printer to the Main Floor and I'm working on getting a 3D printer. More on that when it happens!

New Media

Some new purchases to add to the collection:

English DVDs:

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with Robert DeNiro & Kenneth Branagh

Hamlet with Gerard Depardieu, Charlton Heston, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams

Cyrano with Kevin Kline & Jennifer Garner

Water for Elephants with Reese Witherspoon & Robert Pattinson

Audio Books:

The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Night by Elie Wiesel

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Wild by Cheryl Strayed


The Invisible Force

(I know you requested many more, but I'm still waiting on them!)


Paths of Glory with Kirk Douglas

Secrets of Jerusalem's Holiest Sites

If We Were Soldiers with Mel Gibson

Oliver Stone's Platoon

Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket

The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents


Streaming Video on Demand

Don't forget about our paid service, Facts on File streaming classroom videos. You can get to it from the Media Center webpage. Click on Online Databases / Facts on File / Video on Demand. The User Name is rhs1 and the password is media. There are literally hundreds of streaming videos available for each subject area.

Some new (and not so new) apps to consider

RHS Media Center

Encouraging students to become effective users of ideas & information