Monday, March 19, 2018

Tuesday Tidbits for March 20, 2018


Factitious was developed by the American University JoLT team to playfully show how to detect fake news. Try it out. How well can you spot fake news. Are you better at this game than your students?

EHS Transition Mini-Conference - Saturday, March 24

Students without disabilities often have a difficult time making the transition from high school to college and career. Imagine what it must be like for students with learning disabilities or physical disabilities.

Th EHS Transition Mini-Conference is put on by Parents Partnering in Transition which is a group run by Exeter High School parents and supported by EHS staff/administration. Presenters at the mini conference will provide families with information and resources on life after high-school for students who are currently supported by IEPs and 504 plans. The keynote speaker is Dan Habib, the creator of the award winning documentary Including Samuel. For more information click on the poster images to view the information flyers, or contact Julie Knight, who is the Transition Coordinator here at EHS.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tuesday Tidbits for March 13, 2018


 25 Fun Facts about March Madness



The latest batch of new books contains primarily fiction but as you can see below, there is a spattering of non-fiction. Below are some highlights. CLICK HERE to see the entire list.


Realistic Fiction

  • The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah (author of Nightingale). A POW takes his wife and daughter to live off the land in Alaska. Set in the mid-1970s.

This new batch of books includes several books that deal with difficult topics like emotional and psychological issues, learning disabilities, abusive parents, dysfunctional families, etc.
  • Disturbed Girl's Dictionary - (500 Lexile) (Hi-Low option) non-linear format. Chapters are arranged in dictionary type "entries" which describe a young girl's rough neighborhood and home life. 
  • More Than We Can Tell - by Brigid Kemmere. Child abuse, foster care, cyberbullying, dysfunctional family, you name it. Booklist calls it "an emotional roller coaster of a read."
  • The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith. Abused women, murder domestic violence.  Girl's mother is arrested for killing her abusive father. 
  • When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A. J. Steiger. "A heartbreaking debut YA romance featuring a neuroatypical girl with a tragic history and the chronically ill boy trying to break the vault encasing her heart."
  • A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena. Set in Saudia Arabia, this novel tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class, religion, sexual assault, equality and basic human rights.

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Kings, Queens, Magic, Fairy Tales, Extraterrestrials and more......



  • After the Shot Drops - 730 Lexile - basketball story - Should a teenage boy throw the game to help his friend?
  • We Matter : Athletes and Activism by Etan Thomas. Thomas (former NBA player and current MSNBC commentator) interviews dozens of athletes, executives, and media figures, on the subject of race in America and right of athletes to speak out and up.


  • Voices in the Air : Poems for Listeners by Naomi Shihab Nye. - "Ninety-five poems pay tribute to essential voices past and present that have the power to provoke us, lead us, and give us hope" 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Tuesday Tidbits for March 6, 2018

New Classroom Video on Demand (CVOD) Titles

CVOD has added 94 new films to the Films on Demand collection. Below are some of the highlights. Please click here to see the whole list.  And don't forget that you'll need to use bluehawks as the username and password to access the database.


Spielberg is an HBO Documentary combines personal narrative with an exploration of the creative process and craftsmanship that set Steven Spielberg apart and cemented his legacy in cinematic history. 2 hrs. 26 min.


Keeper of the Beat: A Woman's Journey into the Heart of Drumming

"This is an award-winning documentary on the life and music of Barbara Borden, an acclaimed and pioneering drummer, composer and teacher. It tells her inspiring life-story in eloquent words and toe-tapping music....The film tells the story of a woman whose love of drumming and music gave her courage, inspiration, and the drive to find connectedness within a widening circle of communities throughout the world."

Paul Robeson: Songs of Freedom—A Documentary

Songs of Freedom is a showcase for the great voice of Paul Robeson. It exposes the desperate attempts of the FBI and other secret services in America to stop his playing and to discredit him. It reveals that his actual life was in danger as long as he continued along the path of international socialism. Robeson never compromised, and it put an end to his domestic career.


Basic Literary Terms Volumes 1-7 This series explores essential literary terms while analyzing classic works of literature and poetry. Written by college English professor and literary publisher Ken Robidoux. The episodes include:


These PBS News Hour video clips are between 3 and 12 minutes long. Keep in mind that they were recorded near the end of 2017 so they may be a bit dated given how hot the topic is.


Growth of a Nation

Growth of a Nation is an all-new four-program series that chronicles the individuals and events that combined to make 1800–1850 a pivotal era in American history. The series’ twenty-two video segments explore the formation of political parties, Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark expedition, War of 1812, expansion of popular democracy social reform movements, Mexican-American War, and much more. High-definition visuals—period paintings, engravings, primary source documents, early photographs, and graphic animations—cogent narration, dramatic music and striking sound effects combine for a powerful and engaging effect. Growth of a Nation establishes a new benchmark for video programs documenting this transformative period. It is unique in its breadth and quality and provides an invaluable instructional resource for teachers and students alike. Series episodes:

At the heart of the show is an experiment carried out by viewers using a purpose built Gravity Application running on their mobile phones. This application will use GPS sensors within the phone to explore Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, specifically the link between gravity and time. The experiment will reveal how a user’s passage through and location in space will affect their passage through time, ultimately their journey as a time-traveller. The experiment will reveal how your location and speed affect the rate at which time flows for you and will show which activities cause your time speed up and which cause it slow down.

The second episode will show how gravity varies across the Earth’s surface. A travelling Gravity Roadshow of scientists and volunteers will cross the UK, measuring gravity using highly accurate scales as they go, to see how the force of gravity varies across the UK. This will allow us to reveal in the show the place in Britain where, according to the laws of physics, you weigh the least.

Sleep has long been regarded as nothing more than a way to charge our batteries. But what if it can control our weight, allow us to make memories, and help us to fight off diseases like Alzheimer’s? We travel the world to investigate how revolutionary new technology has revealed the sleeping brain as an energetic and purposeful machine.

This eye-opening documentary explores the latest scientific and technological developments in the study of earth’s melting ice stores to discover the fate of our planet in 1000 years time. Reaching deep into our planet’s history, scientists search for clues to what might happen in the future. Whilst advanced special effects and high-end computer animation provide us with a window into what this future may look like. Follow scientists as they drill into seabeds across Greenland and Antarctica and conduct radar flights and satellite expeditions to discover the stark reality of what climate change could mean for life as we know it.


NH Consortium Pilot for from the NH Office of Educational Technology

The NH Office of Educational Technology has notified us that all schools in NH have been invited to participate in a pilot program which helps teachers teach with gaming. has a huge library of games - from learning to read and write to subjects such as cellular biology and astrophysics.

Here is the email with additional information. It sounds like all you have to do is complete the registration to use the services!


Announcing a NH Consortium Partnership with TeacherGaming

Interested teachers simply need to complete a registration application in order to initiate participation in the pilot.

"TeacherGaming puts great games in the hands of teachers and students who can make the most of them. TeacherGaming matches teachers with suitable lesson plans, developed by a team of Finnish teachers specifically designed for TeacherGaming. TeacherGaming Desk links teaching game activities to real-life soft and hard skills, tracked through an online dashboard. Teachers can give students individually tailored feedback and focus on identified pain points."

The pilot period will last from February 21, 2018 through June 30, 2018.

This pilot will be open to all public, charter, and private schools in the State of New Hampshire, and to take part in the pilot you must be currently teaching. Teachers are asked to sign up using their staff email address. Nothing will 'shut down' after the pilot. Schools will be sent a kind reminder that the pilot period is over.

For more information, visit the TeacherGaming NH Consortium Information

For information on other NH pilot programs, visit the Partnerships and Projects page on at

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tuesday Tidbits for February 20, 2018

Winter Carnival

If you haven't had an opportunity to visit the others commons to see the decorations. Take a few minutes. Some of the student work is amazing!

Makerspace Update

The Cricut machine and 3d Printer are both getting workouts!

Adam Krauss's students recently completed projects for their national parks unit and several of the groups created objects with the 3d printer while others used the Cricut machine.  Below are some of the examples of the 3d printer projects.

The one with the polar bear and the American flag took nearly 10 hours to print! It's only about 4.5 inches high, but there are a lot of layers of filament. The commemorative coins on the other hand took between 4 and 5 hours to print. They are only about 3 inches in diameter, but they are very detailed so they take longer to print.

These kids worked super hard on these projects. Most of them had to learn how to use the 3d design software from scratch and many of the students ran into road blocks which required them to go back to the drawing board. I admire them for their patience as well, because they often had to wait a day or two or more until their jobs were ready for pick up.
 Commemorative Coins depicting specific national parks.


Remember the National Geographic MapMaker? Beth Kaputa's students used these blank maps recently in their African kingdom presentations. Go to the Nat Geo MapMaker Site to download, print, and assemble maps of the world, individual continents, and the United States in a variety of sizes.

Blank Map

Snap and Read Universal

Check out Sandy's blog this week. She's offering information on Snap and Read and Co-Writer.  Snap Read Universal is text reader that simplifies vocabulary, translates text, reads inaccessible text and captures and cites sources. I gave it a try and I love the function that allows students to create outlines and cite sources. See what you think......

 screenshot of ehstechnology blog

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tuesday Tidbits for February 13, 2017

New Books

We've got more new books. Highlights are below -  Click Here to view all the books on the list.

New Memoirs

About Frankenstein and Mary Shelley

New Fiction

High Country News

John Brough brought this resource to my attention recently and I thought I would share with all of you. I know that many of you are environmentally conscious and will find this useful both inside and outside the classroom. High Country News covers the "American West’s public lands, water, natural resources, grazing, wilderness, wildlife, logging, politics, communities, growth and other issues now changing the face of the West" and is the "leading source for regional environmental news, analysis and commentary."

Here is the link where you can sign up as an educator to obtain free access to the digital edition. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Tuesday Tidbits for February 6, 2018

Black History Month

February is African American History Month, also known as Black History Month. Our display highlights non-fiction books, fiction books with African-American authors and/or characters, and biographies. 

Below is a list of websites with additional information on African-American History.
Photo of Library Banned Book Display

(list compiled by the San Antonio public library)

New Titles from the Classroom Video on Demand Collection

 CVOD added 294 new video titles last month. Below are some highlights. CLICK HERE to see the full list.

Screen Shot of Fake News Video

How to Recognize Fake News Series

Fake News 1 and Fake News 2
"Fake news is more than a social media menace—it’s threatening critical thinking skills needed to develop information literacy. Combined with the impulse to share exciting, shocking and alarming stories, fake news is shaping—and distorting—perceptions, especially in younger demographics. In this video, viewers learn what drives fake news, how to spot it and how to de-bunk it. They’ll see how to distinguish between bias and accuracy, and opinion from fact. Vignettes that mimic online feeds and searches show how to detect completely false stories, slanted information, pure propaganda and misused data." Each episode is about 23 minutes long.

Screen Shot of Power of Speech Video

Power of Speech - Big Gay Rainbow New Zealand Parliament

"In 2013 New Zealand MP Maurice Williamson gave an unorthodox parliamentary speech during a debate to include same-sex couples in the legal definition of marriage. It went viral, making news headlines around the world. This program analyses the language, structure and presentation techniques Williamson uses to achieve his purpose." (16 mins)

Screen Shot of Planet Earth Diaries Video


Have you watched Planet Earth II? This special takes viewers behind the scenes to show the incredible lengths the crews go to as they capture memorable scenes from the hugely successful natural history series Planet Earth II. (52 minutes)

Shedding Light on Motion Series - Episodes 7 & 8

Screen shot of Shedding Light on Motion Videos

Hear Me Now: The Bullied Have a Voice

This 50 minute documentary emphasizes the severity of bullying in US Schools. The GLAAD website.
Screen Shot from Bullying Video

Let's Talk About Religion Series

Screen Shot of religion video

Monday, January 29, 2018

Tuesday Tidbits for January 30, 2018

Reading Challenge

Entries in the reading challenge have really slowed down for students. :(

We'll be drawing a January winner on Wednesday, so encourage your students to fill out leaves for any books they've read this month if they haven't done so already!

Here are the most recent numbers:

Students - up another 78 books for a total of 395 (9% of the goal)
Staff - up another 26 books for a total of128 (23% of the goal)

Where do local communities get their news?

Interesting article in the Atlantic Monthly about libraries gaining new relevance as local news outlets start to disappear. (Thanks Jackie C. for sending this along!)

Resources for World Geography and Cultures

CIA World Factbook

Free online resource

This website provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. It also includes maps of the major world regions, and Flags of the World.

World Geography

Subscription Database - password and login are both bluehawks or go to the Library website and click on the Research Database link.

World Geography - one of the ABC CLIO databases - provides information on more than 200 countries including information about the landforms and climate; natural resources and agriculture; environment; people; traditions and etiquette; food and holidays; national dress; art and landmarks; and government, politics, and economy; as well as its history and contemporary issues the country faces.

This database also features what they call the CLIOview tool. This tool allows students to make comparisons and graph statistical data at the country level, with more than 160 categories including birth rate, currency, social media users, and more.

I love this tool! First, students select the countries that they want to compare. In this example I chose China, Mexico and the United States.

Then they select the categories that they want to compare. There are numerous categories but I was curious about the population of these countries, the percentage of people in these countries who had internet and the number of people who had Facebook accounts.

Britannica School  - World Atlas

Subscription Database - password and login are both bluehawks or go to the library website and click on the Research Database link.

The Britannica School database World Atlas also allows students to compare countries, but the data comparisons are limited to statistics and students can only compare two countries at a time.
However, by clicking on the "Articles and Media" tab, students will be provided with additional information about each country which includes a link to the country's page which has loads and loads of information.