Friday, December 19, 2014

Brag on Your Class (21st Century Literacy 2nd 9 Weeks)

In October, the FHSA Library Media Center held the first 21st Century Literacy Celebration at Orange Leaf.  Our next Celebration is planned for February.  However, I want to solicit everyone to consider how you or others in the building are promoting 21st Century Literacy.  One definition of 21st Century Literacy is the ability to read, write, access information and use computers.  For 2nd 9 weeks, please brag on your class, grade level, etc. and tell how you are meeting the challenge of 21st Century Literacy in the classroom.  Please email the class name/grade, project/activity title, and description to

October 2014 Honorees

Thanks ICT for the Christmas Greeting

Friday, December 12, 2014

How to Access Accelerated Reader and STAR Reading Results (Teachers)

Accelerated Reader: View Scores From Quiz Taken
To view the Reading Practice Quizzes Record Book for an entire class, follow these steps:
  1. On the Home page, if you see Accelerated Reader, click it, then click Record Books and Goals.
  2. If you have the Accelerated Reader 360 Suite, selectIndependent Reading, then Record Books and Goals.
  3. If necessary, select the school or class or both from the drop-down lists.
  4. Click Reading Practice Quizzes.
The Reading Practice Quizzes Record Book lists all of the students in the class you selected. The list includes the last quiz each student took. If you click a student's name, you can view a list of the quizzes the student has taken so far, and you can add a Reading Practice Quiz record, edit or delete a quiz record, or reprint the TOPS Report for a quiz record.

STAR Summary Report
  1. On the Home page, under Dashboards and Reporting, select Consolidated Reports.
  2. Select STAR Summary.
  3. After you click Select next to a group, the Select 1 Product page will open. Choose the STAR product that you want to include in the report. The list includes products that are installed on the server and registered by at least one school. When you're ready to continue, select Next >.
  4. Next, you will be asked to select one reporting period. When you're ready to continue, select Next >.
  5. The next page will list the information you've chosen to include on the report. Choose whether to include the mean or median scores by selecting one of the options below the reporting data.
  6. If you want a list of all the options you have chosen for this report to be included on the report, check the Print selected report options on the report box.
  7. Select View Report.
  8. The Report Progress page will open while the report is being generated. Then, the report will open in a separate window. To print or save the report, select the Adobe Reader buttons. If you try to use the browser's print function instead, only the top of the page will print. (In Adobe Reader X, the Adobe Reader buttons may be hidden until you move the mouse over the document or press F8.)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Finding and Using Information: Plagiarism and Citing Sources

Our goal with this lesson is to understand what plagiarism is and how to prevent it.  Most of the class activities will be completed online and self-directed as much as possible. If you have questions or problems, locate and utilize your class library skills chat room and/or discussion board in Gaggle (Login to Gaggle > Click Apps > Chat Rooms > Library Skills).

Activity 1
Before you begin this lesson, let's assess what you already know about Plagarism.  Use the link provided to tell what you know or want to know about plagiarism: KWL Chart

What do these famous people have in common? (just think about it)

Nicki Minaj
Justin Bieber
Cold Play
Tyler Perry

Answer: They have all been accused of plagiarism.

Some descriptions of plagiarism include cheating, using someone's else's work as your own, using someone's work inappropriately, and/or not giving credit to sources used.

Activity 2
To learn more about Plagiarism, login to and read: Think For Yourself: Avoiding Plagiarism. Use a few minutes to explore the practice excercise as you read and record details using the Myon tools: highlighter, notebook/journal, Using these will help prove that you have completed the exercises. You may have to continue reading during class but come back to the exercises on your own time.  After reading, take the Myon and AR quizzes.

Activity 3
After reading and taking all quizzes, tell what you learned about plagiarism using the assigned option:

1-KWL Chart
2-Create a student-friendly poster with Wordle (save and upload your poster to the library skills folder in Gaggle)


Fair Use (Using Content Legally) 

Google Drive and Research Tools

Easybib (there is also an add on for Google Chrome)

Cite Fast

Celebrities AND Plagiarism

Collaborative Lesson and Professional Study by D. Williams
National Board Professional Teaching Standards
Library Media Standard VII Ethics
Accomplished library media specialists uphold and promote professional ethics and ethical information behavior.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Resources Spotlight: TeachingBooks.Net

Book and Author Resources: Snowflake Bently by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Arkansas Award Books:  Video Resources, Readings, Lesson Plans, and More

Diamond Award

Charlie Mae Simon Award

Teen Book Award

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hour of Code @ FHSA LMC

The Library Media Center will host a Code Challenge beginning the week of December 8.  Here are a few resources to review.

Challenge update and sign-up:

Traveling Circuits: Robot Firends Video

Traveling Circuits: My Robotic Friends (Information and Instructions)

Traveling Circuits: My Robotic Friends (Binary)

Challenge Guidelines
Updated 12.17.14 
(1) Sign-up using the online form: (see the blog post for link).
(2) Select and list one partner to work with on this challenge (I will announce if more team members can be added). 
(3) When you enter the library, look for the code challenge information board and obtain your code sheet to complete for the challenge period (TBA).  You may also look for current challenges on the library blog ( 
(4) On your own time or other with permission, write the code that you want your partner to follow.  Your partner should not see the code when you are writing or re-writing.
(5) Using cups or printed trapezoids, meet with your partner to test the code (separate anytime the code has to be re-written). 
(6) If you believe your team successfully completes the level, submit the written code.  At any time, teams may be asked to show proof of completing the level (proof with supervising adult's initials on code sheet, printed/glued trapezoid cut-outs stacked, and/or photograph of stacked cups).
Teams that follow the guidelines, write, test, and submit successful codes will be recognized as part of the Maker Club  @ FHSA LMC on the challenge board or online.  Refer to the challenge resources as needed: 
(Taken From Thinkersmith).