Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Team Read Celebration!

Students at the middle school were invited to participate in Team Read.  Team Read is an eight-week challenge, where students form teams of three and read the same book at the same time.  The challenge is to read the most books.  Students track their reading and talk about the book with Mrs. Butterfield or Miss Kral after they completed the book.  There were two different branches of the competition.  Fifth grade students compete against other fifth grade students.  Students in sixth through eighth grade compete against each other.

This year, we had a record breaking 61 teams enter Team Read.

At the end of Team Read, we hold an assembly to announce the winners!  The top three teams, in each division, were awarded gift cards to Barnes and Noble and enjoyed a pizza party.

Each participant who logged at least one book attended the assembly.  We gave out 180 prizes!

Mrs. Butterfield went above and beyond in organizing and carrying out Team Read!  Her passion for reading and working with students is evident!  When you see her, give her a big thanks for everything she does!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Looking at Reliable Sources and Easy Bib.

I recently collaborated with a few sixth and eighth grade teachers.  In this collaboration, students learned and reviewed how to use EasyBib (a great tool to use during research).  Students can use EasyBib to gather their notes and create a bibliography of the resources they used.  Our school has a subscription to EasyBib.  Each student has their own account, in which they can store their notes and bibliographies they have created.  They use their school Google account to access their EasyBib account.

Finding and identifying credible and reliable sources was another topic covered.  When completing research, it is important to use credible and reliable resources.  We discussed using the acronym "REAL" as a guide for evaluating sources.  The acronym can be broken down into phrases for steps in the process of evaluating sources.

Each of these steps aids in the process of determining if the source is credible or not.  Questions to consider while evaluating the source include:
  • What is the ending of the web address? (.com, .edu, .org, .net, .gov)  Which endings are considered more reliable?
  • Am I able to understand the content?  Does what I'm reading make sense to me?  What is the purpose of the website?
  • What makes the author or owner an expert in the information presented?
  • Are there any broken links?  When was the site last updated?

Students became more aware of the resources they were browsing.  I enjoyed seeing that they were applying the steps recently discussed in the beginning stages of their research.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Mark Your Calendars! Barnes and Noble Bookfair December 5th!

SCSD Media Services will be sponsoring a Barnes and Noble bookfair on December 5, 2015.  It will be from 9:00AM - 9:30 PM at the Coralville Barnes and Noble.  Upon checkout, present your bookfair voucher to the cashier or inform them that you would like your purchase to go towards the SCSD Media Services bookfair.  Also, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week, computer programming/coding demonstrations will take place at 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 5:00 PM in the cafe area.

An online fair will also be taking place from December 5 - December 10.  Feel free to shop online.  To credit your purchases to the SCSD Media Services bookfair, you will need to enter the bookfair ID at checkout.

Thank you for your support of the Media Services program!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Wow! What A Day with Tim Green!

This past Wednesday was a special day!  We had an author come to visit with third - sixth grades.  Tim Green, author of some of our favorite books, shared an inspirational message including topics of reading, education, and having good character.  Students and teachers were enthused and inspired from his message.

Mr. Green also held a book signing for students.  He visited with each student while signing their books.

After our author visit, students and staff were asked to share their thoughts about the author visit.  Here is a short video highlighting some student responses.

We also had the opportunity for students to win a copy of Tim Green's newest book, Kid Owner. Third - Sixth grade students were automatically entered into a drawing.  Each classroom teacher and the libraries also received a copy of this book.

Tim Green is an author of realistic fiction books for middle grade students, a former NFL player for the Atlanta Falcons, and a lawyer.  To see the books Mr. Green has written or for more information about him visit his website at timgreenbooks.com.

We are very thankful for the Lakeview PTO, Solon Middle School PTO, and the Solon Women's Club that helped make Tim Green's visit possible for our students!  It was a very memorable experience.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Tim Green Author Visit

There is an author that is coming to visit SCSD!  Tim Green, former NFL player for the Atlanta Falcons, will be visiting with students in grades 3-6 on October 28, 2015.  His message will include the topics of education, reading and good character.

Mr. Green will hold a book signing after his presentation.  Students may order copies of his books by completing and turning in the order form, with payment, to either the Lakeview or SMS Media Centers.

To learn more about Tim Green and his work, visit his website timgreenbooks.com.

Friday, September 25, 2015

New things are happening!

There are a few new things happening in Media Services and we are excited to share!  

The Lakeview Elementary PTO purchased a fabulous new rug for our reading area.  It is such a great addition to our space.

There is a fortune teller at the SMS Media Center who will help you find a book to read.  Students use the fortune tellers to guide them to a section of the library that they may not normally visit.

Fourth grade students are amazed at what the Guinness Book of World Records 2015 app does with the book.  The book has a few pages that have augmented reality connections.  One example is being able to stand next to the world's tallest man!

The first meeting of the SMS Tech Club (SparTech) took place this week.  Students explored the use of green screen technology to take images and videos.  Amber Bridge from GWAEA Digital Learning Team worked with the group.  The GWAEA Digital Learning Team has a challenge through their program Think, Make, Innovate to work with a green screen.

View some of the video's students created using the green screen.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Dot Day!

A few classes at Lakeview Elementary celebrated Dot Day, inspired by the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.  It is a day, usually around September 15th each year, where individuality, creativity, and "making your mark" are celebrated.

Mrs. Brown and Ms. Eimer's class celebrated Dot Day by creating their dots on special coded paper from the app, Quiver.  After coloring their dot, they used the app to look at their dot in 3D augmented reality.

Also in celebration of Dot Day, these classes connected with two other classrooms through Skype.  Mrs. Brown's class connected with another first grade class in Katy, TX.  Ms. Eimer's class connected with another second grade class in Mason City, IA.  Both classes shared the dots they created, as well as had question and answer time between the two classes.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Kicking Off the Year with Enthusiasm!

Happy New School Year!

We are off to a great start!  Here is a highlight, in photos, of the first part of the year.

I was so excited to walk into the middle school and see students browsing the shelves!

Mrs. Butterfield took a look at how many books were put into middle school students' hands after the first day of school!

One student caught me off guard by recognizing me from a World Read Aloud Day connection we made last year!

Begindergarten visits Media for the first time.  Mrs. Day read a great book!

Third and fourth grade students got to know what others read over the summer through a "Find Someone Who..." activity.

Third and fourth grade students completed a Library Scavenger Hunt.

Fourth grade helper getting the daily announcements ready.

Club Rush took place in the High School Media Center.

Third and fourth grade students reviewed and updated Destiny Quest.