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Bristol Eastern High School
Creating g-mail contact groups is an efficient way to email a group of people who you need to communicate with frequently. (e.g. members of your department, students in a club you sponsor, etc). To do so, follow these steps:
Open your G-mail contacts. (find it in the "waffle" or by going straight to https://contacts. google.com)
Create a new contact group label:
On the left, click on Labels
Click on Create Label .
Enter a name and click Save.
Add contacts to a group label:
Use the search box at the top to search for individuals.
Click on his/her name to open contact details.
Click on the dots in the 3 dots in the top right ->
Choose the group or groups you want to add the contacts to. You'll see a check mark appear next to the groups you choose.
Close the contact details box.
When you're ready to e-mail or share something with the people in that group, type the group's name in the To: field and all of their names will appear.
Lancer LINKs is the library's interactive student newsletter. Please check it out and spread the word!
Students can now sign up for the library's Maker Space on our website
The library's makerspace is up and running. The makerspace has a 3D printer, an old Mac desktop computer, Legos, K'nex, Craft items and more! The hightop table in the library is the designated space. The table itself was a maker project that Greg Diaz graciously made for us. It is a repurposed bookcase with a laminate top and yardstick edging. Greg and his classes also repurposed an old Atlas stand into rolling storage with a chalkboard and miniature Lego wall.
We're rolling things out slowly by hosting different make activities. The table has 6 seats, so we've got to limit the number of students who came come per block. Students can sign-up on the library website.
So far, we've made Halloween decorations, Lego houses, Perler beads items, and 3D Projection Pyramids. Future projects and links for signing up will be posted in the daily announcements. Ultimately, I'd love to have something happening each week, but it is a work in progress.
Encourage students to sign-up when activities are posted. The projects are not only fun, but they encourage hands-on problem solving. For instance, a few of the students who made Projection Pyramids wanted to make versions that produced larger holographs so the students experimented with the dimensions and angles of the trapezoids to see if they could change the appearance of the holograph. It was good old-fashioned trial and error with some instant results.
Library Maker space
Students frequently come to the library to print their work. While I don't see every student's work, I often get a peek at their papers. I've informally noticed a decline in properly formatted citations. Simple things like spacing, alphabetizing, and indents are done improperly. Or worse, I've noticed that sometimes students will only include a list of web addresses.
Not only are citations part of the CCSS (W/WHST 9-12.8); but the creation of citations requires students to closely examine the sources they are using. If they cannot find and author and/or date, they should be asking themselves if it is a good source or not.
Citing sources goes hand in hand with evaluating sources--which will help students achieve the BPS' Vision of Graduate's Effectively Communicate in a Global Society items.
If you'd like me to come to a class to show students the Google Docs MLA/APA templates and/or review Noodletools, please let me know.
If you are taking a graduate class yourself, Noodletools could be invaluable to you as well!
I hope to offer a Noodletools Dine and Discuss before the end of the year as well, so look for that!
click cover image to open details in Destiny
I've been cleaning up textbook records in Destiny and hope to start a department by department inventory before the end of the year. If you have textbooks in your room that are from another department, please let me know. If possible, bring them to me in the library. If you have other department's books and would like to keep them in your room, please email me.
Tidying up Textbooks
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