Monday, December 11, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for December 12, 2017

New Classroom Video on Demand Titles

75 new titles have been added to the Classroom Video on Demand collection (click here for the entire list). You can access the collection by going to and using bluehawks as the username and the password. Lots of great new titles - here are just a few examples.

Digital Addiction
This episode of 20/20 focuses on three families that struggle with the excessive use of technology. An ABC News Production.

Facial Anomalies: Just Like You

"Facial Anomalies: Just Like You shares the perspective of courageous children living with facial anomalies who are not defined or limited by their conditions. The stars of the film tell their real-life stories, explaining what it’s like to live with facial paralysis, lymphangioma, and other conditions. Like the book and upcoming movie Wonder, they show courage as they earn empathy and understanding."

BBC Series Inside the Factory

With exclusive access to some of the world’s biggest and busiest factories – some opening their doors to TV cameras for the very first time – Inside the Factory (series 2) reveals the extraordinary secrets of our favorite consumer goods. Gregg Wallace discovers the astonishing machinery and processes that allow these supersized factories to produce the food and goods we buy, meeting the people who work there and watching raw ingredients transformed into precision-engineered products.
Five episodes in the series:

Baked Beans

Long Live Walmart: A Debate from Intelligence Squared Debates

As the largest retail company and private employer in the United States, Walmart has long been a target for critics of corporate expansion. The big-box company, they argue, has pushed locally owned stores out of business and mistreated its employees. Defenders, however, argue that Walmart has provided millions of consumers with low-cost goods and given decent jobs to countless low-skilled workers. Has Walmart been good for America?

Unresolved: Face-off with China: A Debate 
from Intelligence Squared Debates

As tensions escalate between the United States and North Korea, many are looking to China to help restrain its nettlesome neighbor. But this raises the larger issue of growing Chinese power in Asia. In three "mini-debates," four of the world's most prominent foreign policy experts examine the following questions: Is President Trump "making China great again"? Is China destined for regional dominance? And can the United States strike a deal with China to contain North Korea's nuclear program? General David Petraeus and military historian Max Boot introduce these questions in a preliminary conversation

"The notoriously secretive, family-owned super brand opens its doors. We go behind the scenes at the LEGO factory to see how staff gear up for the holiday season, create new lines for Christmas and manage the multi-language customer call center at the busiest time of year. We follow the construction of a spectacular Lego train in central London and meet the Addis family, who has built a huge LEGO sculpture in their Cambridgeshire living room every December for the last twenty years."

"These visually spectacular shorts show frontline discoveries in environmental science and the people who have helped make them happen."
Shorts films in the series:

National Geographic Mapmaker Kits

With Nat Geo Mapmaker kits you can download, print, and assemble maps of the world, individual continents, and the United States in a variety of sizes. You can print out separate sheets and assemble them to make large wall maps, floor maps, tabletop maps and one page maps. Some of the maps require dozens of pages, so please use Uniflow for the big ones!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for December 5, 2017

Hour of Code

We are participating again this year in the Hour of Code. This year, we are excited to welcome a guest presenter on Thursday after school for a workshop. Sean Murphy is a professional software developer who volunteers with Hour of Code. He will start off by talking about how he uses coding in his profession and then he'll be available to help with questions and troubleshooting. All students and staff are invited. We would greatly appreciate it if you would pass the words to students. A sign up sheet is at the desk in the Library.

Take a look at how many Hour of Code events are scheduled throughout the world.

And in our own neck of the woods.

Photos for Class

There are several websites out there with copyright free images, but Photos for Class is unique. On this site, citations are automatically added to the bottom of the photographs when they are downloaded. Check it out. I searched for a photo of Exeter, New Hampshire. The citations are not in MLA 8 style, but all the information is available, i.e. photographer's name, date, URL, etc.

Incredibox - Just for fun!

Incredibox is a free  interactive website which allows you to make a cappella music with an animated group of beatbox singers. It's very easy to use and a lot of fun!

Give it a try at

This is an Apple - also just for fun!
CNN Video

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for November 28, 2017

Some Circulation Statistics

Below are some circulation statistics. Our circulation is down in all categories except for Fiction and Chromebooks.  How to explain that? Well, we have more Chromebooks to lend out this year so that explains the Chromebook surge (Chromebooks only go out for a period at a time which explains the huge circulation numbers). And Fiction, what can I say? Our kids are reading more!!!

Some Database Statistics

Below are statistics for our database usage. With a concerted effort to have students choose reliable sources, I am happy to report that overall, our database usage is up significantly since this time last year.

The numbers represent number of sessions for each database. Kudos to the teachers for supporting good research practices!!

Letters About Literature 

Student Writing Contest - Library of Congress

I was in Kristina Peterson's class this week and she told me about this writing contest for students. She is having her students submit letters for the contest.

The contest requires each student to write a letter to an author of a book that the student has read and about which he/she has strong feelings. The letter should be personal and sincere, more like a private conversation rather than book report or a fan letter and should contain details both about the book and about the student's reaction to the book.
If you know any students who would be interested in submitting their work, tell them to hurry up! The deadline for submissions is a week from Friday! Here is the info for submissions:

New Hampshire

  • Letters Due Date: December 9, 2017
  • Contest Entry Form: LAL Flyer Dec 9 New Hampshire.pdf
  • Send letters to:
    Letters About Literature
    Library of Congress
    101 Independence Ave. SE
    Washington, DC 20540-4921

Makerspace Update

3D Printing 

We offered a workshop for students on Monday after school to teach them how to use the 3D printer software, Tinkercad. Unfortunately, we only had one student show up! But for that student, it was a success. He learned how to create a shape and then make a hole or empty space within that shape. Here is what that student came up with.

Also, we had a student create some Christmas ornaments this week and we're printing those for him as time permits.

Cricut Machine
Beth LaRose's English class came down to design and cut out bumper stickers. The assignment was to create a bumper sticker that includes a quote from a book the class just finished reading. The bumper sticker must incorporate both words and an image and the image must connect to the symbol or metaphor in the quote. She's used this assignment before, but this is the first time they were actually able to create the bumper sticker. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for November 21, 2018


Have you all heard about Hawk.0? It's the student run news channel here at Exeter High School. They are doing a great job covering a variety of topics. The newscasters interview students and staff on issues and current events and other fun stuff. Take a look!

Subscribe to the YouTube Hawk.0 channel at

Or follow them on Twitter @bluehawk_news

Monday, November 13, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for November 14, 2017

Free Access to Habit of Mind Collection for Evidence-Based Practice

What is the Habit of Mind Partnership? 
"Conceived by the National Collaborative for Digital Equity at New England College, in close collaboration with the NH Department of Education, New Hampshire National Education Association, and EBSCO, the Habit of Mind Partnership is dedicated to providing educators with lowest possible cost access to a vast array of full-text resources on evidence-based practices in education."

What online resources are available and how do I access them?
Go to:
To log-in, use the password: HOM

Below is a list of available databases/e-books with short descriptions. For more complete information on these resources visit:

Academic Search CompleteBusiness Source Corporate Plus and ERIC are similar to the Academic Search Premier, Business Source Complete, and ERIC databases which are included in our EbscoHost database package - but these beefed up options include access to nearly twice as many full-text journals, magazines, etc. as the ones that we and students currently have access to.

Education Source - "The world's largest and most complete collection of full-text education journals, Education Source provides scholarly research and information to meet the needs of education students, professionals, and policy makers. It covers all levels of education — from early childhood to higher education — as well as all educational specialties such as multilingual education, health education and testing. "

SocINDEX with Full Text is a full-text research database covering sociology and related disciplines. It features hundreds of full-text journals and millions of records with subject headings from a sociological thesaurus.

e-Book Education Subscription Collection - "This specialty collection features more than 3,700 quality titles selected to support students and faculty in education studies. Content ranges from introductory texts used in undergraduate coursework to more complex, detailed works for advanced students and scholars. Additional content also includes support materials for professionals working in K-12 and higher education settings, covering topics such as curriculum-building, student behavior and classroom dynamics."

The access to this collection is free and unlimited. Please feel free to use it however you'd like. If you need any help accessing, please contact me and I'll find time to come sit down with you.
Reading Challenge Update!!

Whoa the students are way behind! Pass the word. And don't forget - kids can certainly enter the titles of any books they've finished since the beginning of school and that includes books they have read for class.

Goal 5504250
Total books read so far89245
Approximate % of total goal16%6%

Here is the staff window. Looking good! I'll have to start another window!

Here is the student window. It's looking pretty fabulous, but I know that there are a lot of students out there who have read books, but haven't filled out leaves. The good news is that we're so full that we're going to have to continue on to the next set of windows!

New Books!
We just got in a large shipment of books. We're still in the process of cataloging and processing the books, but here are some of the highlights. Click here for the full list. As we add more titles they'll be added to this list.

New graphic novels:

New educational titles:

Some of the new fiction titles:

Some of the new non-fiction titles:

Monday, November 6, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for November 7, 2017 is a news website that has been around for a few years, but I just came across it this week. This site "exposes bias and provides multiple angles on the same story so you can quickly get the full picture, not just one slant."  The Media Bias Ratings page on the site is particularly helpful for students to identify the biases of well know media outlets.

New Classroom Video on Demand Titles

Classroom Video on Demand (CVOD) just added 96 new titles to the collection. As a reminder, you can access these videos by going directly to and logging in (using "bluehawks" for the username and password) or by clicking on the Research Database link from the front page of the EHS Library website at

Some highlights:

Star Talk Series (National Geographic)
"From the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, host Neil deGrasse Tyson brings together celebrities, comedians and the world’s leading scientific experts to explore a variety of cosmic topics - with a rare mix of personalities, colliding pop culture and science - in a way that television has never seen before."

Episodes include guests: Seth McFarlane, Jimmy Carter, Larry Wilmore, Mayim Bialik, Bas Lansdorp, co-founder of Mars One, Arianna Huffington, George Takei, Chris Hadfield, Bill Clinton and  Buzz Aldrin.

"The last five years have seen rapid developments in camera technology. The result is a wealth of new footage capturing incredible natural phenomena, up close and in stunning detail. This rich seam of filmed material has become an invaluable resource for scientists, pushing their research into uncharted territory. Dangerous Earth delves into this fantastic bank of footage to uncover the latest scientific advances, with each episode focusing on a different subject: volcanoes, auroras, avalanches, icebergs, hurricanes and lightning. Back in the studio, some of the world’s top scientists conduct intriguing experiments and unpack the findings from this spectacular visual database, bringing the science to life in an entertaining and accessible way." Episodes include: Ice, Wind and Fire

"This two-part series brings the past and the present together in commemorating the First World War with driven and passionate flyers, breathtaking action sequences, and dynamic visual storytelling to deliver a truly intimate, impactful and exhilarating viewing experience! Narrated by Dan Aykroyd."

Set both in the future and in the present day, this six-part series blends feature film-caliber scripted elements set in the future with documentary vérité interviews with today’s best and brightest minds in modern science and innovation, illuminating how research and development is creating the space technology that will enable our first attempt at a mission to Mars. From Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, this is an epic and gripping global event series that is destined to spark imaginations worldwide as it tells the story of making life on the red planet an exciting and real prospect.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

BOOsday Tidbits for October 31, 2017

Do you know students who become overwhelmed when trying to sift through information on the internet? Why not have them try SweetSearch (a search engine specifically for students) or one of our databases? This week I'm highlighting Proquest SIRS researcher which is a student favorite.


SweetSearch is a Search Engine for Students

Unlike a traditional Google search which relies on keywords and algorithms, SweetSearch searches an index of whitelisted websites that have been fully vetted by librarians, educators, and researchers. They constantly evaluate and fine tune the websites. Over the summer, they reviewed every link in the index, and added new, worthy websites. Take it for a spin and see what you think. Students seem to appreciate the way the results are pre-evaluated for them.

Other features include SweetSearch Biographies and SweetSearch 2day (a hand picked compilation of educational resources, learning tips, articles, historical events and biographies, gathered from the web and written by the SweetSearch team.)

Proquest SIRS Researcher
Don't forget that bluehawks is the username and password for all databases.

Have you used Proquest SIRS Researcher ( your classes for student research? If you haven't, why not think about introducing this database to your students? Or you could call or email me and I'll come to your classroom to give your students a quick overview (or an in depth overview, whichever you prefer).

SIRS Researcher is a database that provides analysis and opinions that cover the pros and cons of the most researched and debated social issues. It pulls from nearly 2200 sources including books, government documents, images, interactives, magazines, multimedia, newspapers, primary sources, reference books and websites.

Students find this interface easy to navigate and sometimes they even prefer this database to using websites for research. As the stats indicate, more and more students are becoming familiar with this database. Last year, by the end of October, it had only been accessed 131 times. This year, it's been accessed 1193 times since the end of August!

Here are some highlights -


Browsing by Topic - There are over 320 Leading Issues which are broken down into Sub Topics. Students find these lists invaluable when they are trying to choose or narrow down a topic.

Entering Search Terms - Students may also enter terms for a subject search or a keyword search.

This is what a Leading Issue page looks like. Notice the five Sub Topics with Essential Questions.

Below is a Sub Topic page. It includes links to Critical Thinking & Analysis and a Timeline on the topic. A few of the articles are organized to support alternating viewpoints, but the remainder of the articles, images, etc. can be organized by date or relevance or they can be narrowed by Lexile Measure. 

Each Sub Topic Page also includes a Research Guide which students can fill in online.


When students click on an article they will be provided with this menu. They love that they can save to Google drive and that they can export the information to Easybib to create the citation.

Also, this database is simple to access on a smartphone web browser:

Click on the link at the top right to view educator resources such as:
  • Standards Correlations  - you can search for content to match curriculum standards including Common Core, NH Curriculum Framework K-12 Reading and Writing, NH Social Studies Framework and NH 21st Century Science Standards.

SOLVE FOR TOMORROW contest sponsored by SAMSUNG
This email came from the NH Office of Educational Technology Listserv - it's late in the game but if any of you are interested in applying you have until next Thursday, the 9th!

Today on the ETNews Listserv

ITEM:  You're Invited to Represent New Hampshire Schools

New Hampshire Educators, the following is a message from Solve for Tomorrow:

My name is April Lee, and I work on the Corporate Citizenship team at Samsung Electronics.  Our team runs a program called Solve for Tomorrow that aims to promote STEAM in public schools around the country.  At this time, we need more participants representing the state of New Hampshire.  I invite you to apply (before Nov. 9th)!

Solve for Tomorrow is a contest where middle and high school teachers lead a class of students in the creation of a solution that addresses a need in their community using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM).  As an example, one of the winning teams last year came up with a solution to help low-income students in Brooklyn, New York who do not have the funds to eat a meal at night.  It starts with an idea to make a change, which becomes an impactful reality when students are inspired to innovate for good.

We encourage you to take a few minutes to enter your class into the contest with your general idea today (the project specifics can come later).  Contest applicants will have a chance to win a share of $2 million in Samsung technology* for their school throughout the competition – more than $150K for each winning school. Plus, you will be automatically entered for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Note8 phone or 65-in TV for every referral application submitted by your colleague teachers.**

For more details, including the contest and referral rules, visit

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or if you have any questions about the contest.

All the best,
April Lee

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Team

*$2 million prize is based on an estimated retail value.

**Not open to the general public: No purchase necessary to enter or win. Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States/DC twenty one (21) years of age or older. To enter/official rules: share the Contest with other educators by directing them to to complete the application form including referral fields with all required information. Referrals may come from teachers, administrators or faculty members. For official referral contest rules, click here.

Get even more ET News on the ET News blog.
Find and Like the NH Office of Educational Technology on Facebook!

ET News is a service of the Office of Educational Technology