Media Center Minutes

January 2015


Most (all??) kids dread the time of year when it's time to write a research paper. But it's a necessary skill, and unfortunately, many colleges and universities are reporting that students coming out of High School do not have the skills they need for basic research. There is an overabundance of information out there, and students simply do not know how to maneuver their way through it. Google doesn't cut it, and that's all they want to do. Fortunately, we do have tools here to help our students. Before you assign your research papers, you can come to the Media Center (or I can come to your room) and I can review databases with them, review how to use NoodleTools, and maybe even talk about how to find a book or two.

Studies have shown time and time again that using physical books is the best way for students to retain knowledge, stay on task, and actually comprehend what they are reading. Screens do not always allow students the focus that books offer. Chrome books are great, but sometimes it's easier to use desktops for real research. The larger screens make it easier for students to engage, and it has been found that navigating on the larger screen is easier for those doing research.

Below is the link and passwords to our school sponsored databases. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Noodle Tools

Noodle Tools is a research platform which helps students with time management, write a thesis statement, create an outline, write note cards, and most importantly, create their works cited page. Students save their work online so it's always accessible.


RHS Media Center

Encouraging students to become effective users of ideas and information