10 most challenged books of 2013

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The American Library Association releases a list of the top 10 books challenged in 2013.  It is an interesting list, which includes several books that we read here at WHS.  Take some time to check it out,  you might be surprised.  :)

School Library Month

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April is School Library Month.  This year’s theme is Lives change @ your library and the national spokesperson is Jeff Kinney, New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.  Here is a link to the American Association of School Library’s website which has more information about the week.  Make sure you take some time to visit your school library.


Microsoft Word, Excel & Powerpoint for ipad

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Most people that I know use Microsoft products for creating documents.  We have all been waiting for years for an app to be created to support our ipad.  We have all used other products to try to support our documents, but most fall short.

I have stumbled across some good news…Finally, Microsoft has decided to create apps for the ipad. Here is an article about some of the key features of the apps: Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.  The apps are currently free, but it seems that they are for viewing only and not editing.  One can dream that Microsoft will be making some updates soon.

I just downloaded the apps myself and have not had the chance to use them.  I will keep you posted on how they work.  Be sure to let me know your thoughts and concerns.

Google Docs & EasyBib come together

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GoogleI am so excited about this news…I came across an article today about Google adding some new add-on’s to their Google Docs & Spreadsheets.  One of the best add-on’s that I came across is Easy Bib. You can now do your citations right in Google.

Take a look at the article from Free Technology for Teachers .  They have step by step instructions for adding this feature to your Google Docs.  I tried it today and it is super easy to use and it works great.  I can not wait to roll it out to all the students here at WHS.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Destination Imagination Performance

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     Join us on Sunday, March 9th, for the annual Town Performance of Windham’s talented, creative and amazing DestiNation ImagiNation teams. This year’s challenges will be presented from 1:00-4:30 PM at the Windham Middle School. All guests are welcome! This is a perfect opportunity to see all the Windham teams in one spot. Hot dogs, soft drinks, and baked goods will be sold. A $2 donation will be asked at the door. This performance will help the eleven teams prepare for their Regional competition on March 15, at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, NH.
     DestiNation ImagiNation is a non-profit organization designed to foster teamwork, creative problem solving, and innovation in all ages of students. “DI”, is the most popular extracurricular school activity in New Hampshire with some 2,700 student participants from over 200 schools and community based organizations each year. Come learn more about the program and watch our local creativity in action. For more information contact Frannie Greenberg atfmgberg@juno.com.

Welcome Junior Jaguars!!

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The WHS Media Center would like to welcome the Junior Jaguar 3rd graders to the WHS community.  We are all excited to have you running around our halls for the next few months.  I have set aside a section in the Media Center so our Junior Jags can continue to have their weekly “library time” and check in and out books.  I am actually very excited that I might even have a chance to read to them over the course of the next few months.  Please be sure to let us  know if there is anything you need.   :)

ps.  We might have some exciting news about a guest author to visit for  our WHS Junior Jaguars….stay tuned…I’ll be sure to keep you posted!!!

What is a Primary Source?

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It’s research paper time at WHS.  I know that freshman in Cultural Foundations have visited the Media Center looking for resources and the same questions always comes up.  “What is a primary source and how do I find them.”

Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation. They are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented. Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later. Primary sources are characterized by their content, regardless of whether they are available in original format, in microfilm/microfiche, in digital format, or in published format.

Here is a great short video that Easy Bib has put together that lists 5 Awesome Primary Source websites.

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