Media Matters

October, 22, 2014

Staff Development Day

Friday, Oct. 24th, 12pm

J.M. Robinson High School

School dismissals are at various times. Please grab lunch and arrive at J.M. Robinson as soon as possible. We will have team meetings along with staff development. Look forward to seeing everyone on Friday.

Media News from NCDPi

NCWise Owl Reminder - NCWise Owl is getting over 1 million hits a month. Please make sure your teachers and staff are trained on NCWise Owl. It is a valuable FREE resource. Some of the highlights of NCWise Owl include:
  • read aloud and large print features
  • small engine repair and automotive resources for CTE classes
  • literary reference center
  • prescription of consumer reports
  • magazine prescriptions
  • Weekly readers and Highlights for children
  • 14,000 E-books

Intel - Intel is another free and viable resource provided by NCDPI. Highlights of Intel include:

  • Online courses for Professional Development
  • Online resources for tachers.
  • Engage Community - 50,000 educators from 14 different countries that collaborate with each other.

Copyright Information

Dan Sparlin, Copyright Specialist from NCDPI sends the following message concerning You Tube

Downloading YouTube videos is a violation of YouTube’s Terms of Use and is subject to legal action. Bypassing their advertising in any manner threatens the revenue that supports their infrastructure and personnel. If you choose to adhere to ethical standards, you may wish to avoid either course of action.

From the Terms of Use:

4. General Use of the Service—Permissions and Restrictions

YouTube hereby grants you permission to access and use the Service as set forth in these Terms of Service, provided that:

You agree not to distribute in any medium any part of the Service or the Content without YouTube's prior written authorization, unless YouTube makes available the means for such distribution through functionality offered by the Service (such as the Embeddable Player).

You agree not to alter or modify any part of the Service.

You agree not to access Content through any technology or means other than the video playback pages of the Service itself, the Embeddable Player, or other explicitly authorized means YouTube may designate.

ARL Career Enhancement Program (CEP)

The following information was shared by Dana Ramseur:

A reminder that November 3, 2014 is the deadline for applications for the ARL Career Enhancement Program (CEP). The ARL CEP is a diversity program that seeks to recruit library and information science students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups into careers in research libraries. The ARL CEP offers a generous suite of benefits that includes a paid summer internship in an ARL partner library, professional development delivered through the ARL Leadership Symposium, and many other benefits. More information about the application process and deadline, the participating partner libraries in 2015, and other program components can be found on the ARL website:

The ARL CEP is funded by a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries.

Please distribute widely and encourage exceptional candidates to apply!

As always, let me know if you have any questions.


Mark A. Puente
Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs
Association of Research Libraries
21 Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036

Picture This: Engaging Students with Online Images with Britannica


Picture This: Engaging Students with Online Images

Presented by Sara Torpey, Manager, Curriculum Specialists,
at Britannica Digital Learning

Monday, Nov. 3 at 4pm ET

How can images you find online be used with students to spark curiosity and learning? In our community’s first webinar, Britannica Digital Learning’s Sara Torpey will explore ways that you can engage your students with online images. Classroom teachers and school librarians—experienced and novice alike—will benefit as we discuss ways to put photographs, illustrations, maps, diagrams, and other educational images to work, increasing the rigor and demand of Common Core-aligned lessons and activities at all grade levels.

Topics we will cover include:

• Where and why images fit in curriculum standards
• How to use images, such as photographs, illustrations, and maps, as discussion
prompts, visual cues, and do now/thinking starters
• How and why the same image can serve purposes in different subjects and
grade levels
• How to craft queries for abstract versus concrete images, and how these images
can be used

Sara also will field your questions during this interactive session. Join us on November 3rd to learn new ways to engage your students with online images!

Important Meeting Date Changes

Please see the date and location changes listed below:
October 24th, 12:30 J.M. Robinson High School 1/2 staff development day.

November 4th, capped staff development day - we will meet as a group
Date and Time to be determined.

November 18th, regular Media meeting at Central Cabarrus High School at 8:30
Kathy Parker will be joining us from NCDPI

December meeting is postponed

January 6th - Media meeting at Technology Center at 8:00
Breakfast will be provided.