February 2015

Library News

Hopefully everyone is staying nice and toasty in this frigid weather. This month's newsletter contains Black History Month lesson plan websites and reviews on World Book Online and Prezi. These are all great resources that you can use in your classroom.

>In January we had a mix of English and Social Studies classes in the library. We also had a substantial number of students in for lunch and study hall. Now that it is a new semester, let us know how we can help with your classes. We look forward to collaborating with you! -Dawn & Kelly

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Database Spotlight: World Book Online

World Book Online is a comprehensive database that includes 40,000 encyclopedia articles on several different topics. The Biography Center offers 10,000 biographies of historical and contemporary figures. Key features include videos, timelines, and headlines. Also, Research Tools explains the basics of research, how to create a bibliography, and has an option to save articles to a personal account. Check it out today!

Go to the library for more information.

Web 2.0 Tool Review: PREZI

Do you want to create more exciting presentations?

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should use Prezi instead of PowerPoint:

  1. It’s engaging and exciting! Prezi’s zooming feature makes your presentations flow more smoothly. No more adding transitions between slides. It automatically does it for you. Just set up a path and watch it go.

  2. Embed videos from Youtube. Prezi allows you to copy and paste any Youtube link into your presentation. It’s so easy to do.

  3. Your information is right there in front of you. This allows you to answer questions easily at the end of your presentation.

  4. Create anywhere you want. It's cloud-based and runs on any computer. Prezi also has an app for both Apple products and android.

  5. IT’S FREE!

Try it out today:

Book Review: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

I am Malala is a gripping story of a courageous young Pakistani woman who fought the Taliban for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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