Sign In
This blog is for Randolph County Schools Media Specialists

 RCS Media Posts

Media Updates and Resources and Links for 10-9-12
Good Morning!
Let's revive the Media Specialists blog for 2012-2013!
The date and topic for the Media Specialist Technology Focus Session for October has changed (see Alice's email).  The session will be held Thursday, October 11th from 3-5pm and the topic is the new SMART 11 Software.
Our next Media Meeting is October 19th in the Central Office Media Lab.  The Randleman Area is in charge of refreshments.  Please be on time!  We have a full day planned with updates and Google train the trainer training.
The discussion for Ch 3 and Ch 4 have been posted in Edmodo.  Please also post in the RCS Media Specialist Group to share any resources from NCSLMA.
Below are some resources and links.  Feel free to share these with teachers and staff.  This is a great way to share your expertise and support teachers with some tools and tricks you have up your sleeve!
**Click the BLUE Hyperlinks**
This day in NC History  A great resources for 4th grade and history teachers!  This Day in North Carolina History is a project of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources with contributions from the Office of Archives and History and the State Library of North Carolina. Check back daily or listen to affiliate stations of the North Carolina News Network for historical updates on North Carolina people and places from the mountains to the coast.
Here is Buffy Hamilton's Keynote Presentation from NCSLMA.
Animated Shel Silverstein poems on YouTube.
Alice and I really loved using these Timers on the SMART Board this summer during our staff development sessions.
History Pin  students (and anyone) electronically “pin” historical pictures, videos, audio clips, and stories to a digital globe. History Pin has some great collections and tours that have already been created that can be used in the classroom. Collections bring together content around a theme. Students can explore collections or create one of their own. With a Tour, students can go step-by-step through content, a story, explore a place or walk through time.
Here is a great website for Science/Physics teachers: The Physics Classroom. The Physics Classroom is an online, free-to-use physics website developed primarily for high school physics students and teachers. The website features a variety of sections intended to support both teachers and students in the tasks of learning and teaching physics.
Resources and Links for 4-26-12
It has been 4 months since I posted.  Sorry!  We have been so busy with the ITES, Common Core and Essential Standards.
Here are some Links and Resources:
Great Blog Post on creating Social Media Guidelines:
Check out this awesome infographic on what happens on the Internet every 60 seconds:
Study from School Library Journal: Effective School Libraries Impact Entire Schools, Not Just Test Scores

What is the Role of Social Media in Education:
Digital Citizenship Resource Round up from Edutopia: 
101 Most Useful Websites on the Internet:
Resources and Links 12-16-11
Thanks to all of our Media Specialists and the wonderful food you provided for our Media/Tech luncheon.  You all are AWESOME!  The Media/Tech department wants to wish each of you a Merry Christmas!  May you come back after the break feeling refreshed and energized!
Don't forget we have media assistants staff development on January 13th.  (Yes, we do realize this is during high school EOC's and Exams.  Those who can come are welcome, but if you have to proctor, please stay at the school.)  We also have media specialist meeting on January 26th.
Our Edmodo Discussion on Project Based Learning is ongoing!  Please check our Edmodo group frequently, so that our virtual PLC will continue to grow!
Check out these posts and links for some great resources.  Please feel free to share with your staff!
**Click the Blue Hyperlinks**
Check out this Blog post about The Penderwicks at Point Mouette!  From School Library Journal
Looking for some audio books for your students?  Check out the Odyssey Award winners for Audiobooks:  Blogpost from School Library Journal.
This is a great site from Discovery Education, The Science of Everyday Life.  Free resources including Virtual Labs. 
Are you anxiously awaiting the release of the Hunger Games movie?  Checkout these writing prompts you can use with students and the upcoming movie trailer! 
Check out this Comic from the Daring Librarian on how to Clean your LCD Filter.  This would be great for your teachers!
Check out this Livebinder full of ways to use Google Forms!
Interested in using Twitter with students in a book club?  Check out this blogpost from Joyce Valenza and School Library Journal about the Some What Virtual Book Club.
Resources and Links 12-5-11
Don't Forget to Register for NCTIES (March 7-9).  The Super Early (DISCOUNTED) Registration ends December 20th! 
Check this out!  It goes right along with our use of Edmodo and our Book Discussion on Reinventing Project Based Learning.  Project Based Learning through Edmodo 
Here are some great resources, articles, blog posts, etc.  Please feel free to share! 
**Click the Blue Hyperlinks**
From Discovery Education, Women of the Century, Decade by Decade
Great blogpost by Joyce Valenza:  Google's Evolution of Search from School Library Journal
Livebinder:  12 Ways to eLearning---Great Livebinder full of 12 days to understanding some great eLearning tools (from Nings to Skype)
From School Library Journal:  The Digital Shift's, Top 10 2011 Technology 
Resources and Links for 11-18-11
Did you miss our Media Specialist Technology Focus Session on Wednesday?  If so, register for a Google account, or if you already created an account, send us your account name, and we will share our resources.  The focus was Google Docs, so of course our handouts are electronic Google Docs. If you don't have a Google Account, you can create one here:
Here are links and resources.  There is something for everyone.  Feel free to share!
**Click the Blue Hyperlinks**
What Do We Mean by 21st Century?  Great video from a school district defining what 21st century learning is for them.
Have you seen the Hunger Games Movie trailer?  If not, check it out.  It is a must see!
Don't forget we will be discussing Chapters 6-8 of Reinventing Project-Based Learning November 29-Dec 3 on our Edmodo Group.  The discussion questions from our last media meeting are still up. 
Resources and Links 10-25-11
**Click on the Blue Hyperlinks**
Be on the lookout this week for a blog follow up to our media meeting last Friday!
Food for thought?  BYOD-Worst Idea of the 21st Century?  Do you agree or disagree?
The Best websites for learning about Halloween :  This blog post includes sites for the historical context of Halloween.
GRANT Opportunity!  Using Music to Teach Math (Grades K-2)
Check out the Discovery Atlas Interactive Map from Discovery Streaming!
GRANT Opportunity!  Looking for a Classroom Grant?  Check out this calendar!
More Food for Thought:  Check out this blog post from Doug Johnson.  Are we asking the wrong questions about Ebooks?
NCSLMA/Resources and Links for 10-12-11
The RCS Media and Tech Department has an awesome time in Winston Salem at NCSLMA 2011.  If you didn't get to attend, be sure to check out the resources posted in the RCS Media Specialists Edmodo Group!
Here are some great resources and links for Media Specialists, Teachers, and Students. 
**Click the Blue Hyperlinks Below**
Here is an interesting Blog Post from Doug Johnson about "What Makes an Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) Interactive?"
Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking: Suggestions from educators at KIPP King Collegiate High School on how to help develop and assess critical thinking skills in your students.
Want to bring some Hip Hop/Rap into your library?  Check out this blog post about Melvil Dewey: International Library Hip Hop Superstar.
Celebrate Earth Science Week!  Check out these resources from Thinkfinity!
Applause, Applause! and Resources and Links 5-24-11
Congratulations to our Media Specialists, Media Assistants, and Lab Assistants who have earned RCS Awards!
Kalie Berry-Wilson
Southmont Elementary
Distinguished Educator
Nancy Lawson
Outstanding Employee
Donna Wood
Level Cross Elementary
Outstanding Employee
Kim Grigg
Ramseur Elementary
Outstanding Employee
Tanya Lambeth
Trindale Elementary
Outstanding Employee
Are you looking for some great resources?  Check out these links!
**Click the Blue Hyperlinks**
Project Based Learning Prezi:  Who is responsible for student learning?  The student? The teacher?
Developing at Technology Bill of Rights:  What is right for our students?
Talk with Media: wiki on Visual Literacy and Digital Storytelling
Did you Know Google Can Do That?  Blog Post from Web 2.0 Classroom
Media Meeting Follow-up; Resources and Links 5-10-11
We hope everyone enjoyed the media meeting on Friday, and left with new ideas and understanding for the end of the year.
We are working on a updated "cheat sheet" for docking stations, and will send you an electronic copy, as soon as it is tweaked.
I emailed a copy of the Pyramid Review to everyone on May 9th.
Information has been updated on the Media/Technology Website:
  • Copyright Brochure is now available on the Copyright Page under Quick Links.
  • The Link to Register SMART Products can be found on the SMARTBoard Page under SMART Board Help.

Today is Virtual Library Legislative Day.  Be sure to contact your state officials and encourage them to support school libraries.  Find out more from AASL. 

Resources and Links for 5-10-11

**Click the BLUE Hyperlinks**

Great Site all about Digital Citizenship

Thinking about starting a Blog?  Checkout Beginner Blogging!  Everything you need to know from what it is to real life examples.

10 Elements of Digital Learning

10 Things your Grandmother Can Teach You About Social Media

Blogs, Wikis, Docs, Which is right for your lesson?

1 - 10 Next