Monday, April 17, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for April 18, 2017

3-D Printer and Makerspace Update

Our Cricut die-cutting machine is starting to catch on and students are beginning to feel comfortable creating their own decals.

The 3D printer is up and running and ready to roll.

Soldering materials and other electronic supplies are beginning to arrive and we hope to be able to offer a soldering workshop in a couple of weeks which will be run by an Exeter High School alum.

Also, a reminder that we are going to meet again with the students tomorrow (Wednesday, April 19th) after school. Faculty and staff are welcome to join us to ask questions, provide input, and find out what's going on.

Science in Context - Database

The Science in Context database is a great database for research and not just for science classes. Students can search for a topic or they can browse the list of hundreds of topics.  The database includes a variety of resources including, academic journal articles, magazine articles, websites links, biographies, images, videos, news articles, maps and experiments.

You can find a link to the database and to all of our databases on the front page of the Library website at You'll need to use the password bluehawks to access the database. Also, like the rest of our Gale products (Global Issues in Context and Gale Virtual Reference Library), students can log in with Google and save articles and notes to their Google Drive accounts.

Click the topics below to get an idea of resources available.

Genetic Disorders

Alternative and Renewable Energy

3D Printing

Virtual Reality

There aren't too many maps, but the ones they have are pretty cool. Check out this interactive map on Abortion and Family Planning showing the number of acts of extreme abortion clinic violence.

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Barron's AP Flash Cards
We just got in some AP Flash Cards for many of the AP courses, including Biology, Chemistry, Statistics, Calculus, U.S. History, U.S. Gov, and Psychology. They are available for checkout to students and/or staff.  A student in Aaron Blais's AP U.S. History class recommended that we get them for the library, so I'll hold out the U.S. History one for him. 

In any case they are available at the desk if you know of anyone who would like to check them out. 

I've set the loan period to only 1 week to maximize student usage. I can change that if that doesn't seem to be working out.


Global Issues in Context

Monday, April 10, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for April 11, 2017

Makerspace Update
We're going to meet with the students again next week on Wednesday, the 19th, after school. If you'd like to join us that would be lovely and I'm sure the kids will appreciate the chance share their ideas with you. 

In the meantime, Kim has created this Libguide with information about some of the items that will be available for students to use in the Makerspace. It has instructions, procedures, expectations, etc. 

New Books
We got a handful of new titles in this week. Here are some of the highlights.
  • "Bull" by David Elliott - A modern twist on the Theseus and Minotaur myth, told in verse.
  • "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas -  It's the story (inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement) of a young black girl who was a passenger in a car with her best friend when the friend gets shot by a white police officer.  "The Atlantic." says that this book enters the ranks of great YA novels. This is a hot one. Kids are asking for it already and the movie is in development.
  • "A Dog in the Cave" by Kay Frydenborg - A look at the origins of and the ongoing unique relationship between humans and dogs
Check out the the rest of the books here.

New Videos

This month's additions to the Classroom Video on Demand collection

My Reality: A Hidden America. In this ABC 20/20 video, ABC News reports on the shrinking middle class and the growing economic disparity between the wealthy and the rest of the population. Diane Sawyer investigates the working class and how the "American Dream" appears more untenable than ever. Connecting to people across the country through social media, fast food workers; contract employees; and low wage earners reveal the struggles and frustrations of this generation.

Greece with Simon Reeve. in This BBC film, Simon Reeve travels from the Peloponnese peninsula to the rugged and mountainous north of the country. To learn more about Greece and the Greeks, he meets an extraordinary cast of characters, from a group of rebel monks to conservationists caring for an injured bear cub. Getting behind the picture postcard image of this beautiful country, he finds out how the Greeks are coming to terms with a seemingly endless crisis.

The rest of the films are are primarily from the National Archives & Records Administration and from FedFlix. FedFlix are films of the United States Government including training films, history, national parks, U.S. Fire Academy, and Postal Inspectors, all are available for reuse without any restrictions whatsoever .

See the whole list here.

For more FedFlix films check out their website.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for April 4, 2017

NOTE: Don't forget to head on over to Sandy's Tech Blog this week. She is blogging about Google Keep which is fantastic!!

3-D Printer Has Arrived!
Our 3-D printer has arrived! Kim put it together and gave it a test run. It sure is a beauty! We've got to create policies for student use and we have to become familiar with the software, but if you have any ideas of how you'd like to use it for a class project, let us know!

April is National Poetry Month
Speaking of a poet-tree - we're going to solicit poems from the students to hang on our tree. It's that scrawny little thing that looks like a stick.  We've also brought back our magnetic poetry board. Let's see what the kids come up with this year!

How will you and your students celebrate Poetry Month?

How about reading a poem every day? Go to and click on the link for Poem-a-Day and sign up to receive an unpublished poem every day in your inbox.

Tweet poems with #NPRpoetry
Or challenge your students write a poem using only 140 characters. NPR has asked its listeners to Tweet their poems using #NPRpoetry.

Limerick Contest
Or why not enter the Saturday Evening Post Limerick Contest?

Poetry Slam Video
Our Classroom Video on Demand collection includes the "We Are Poets" program, "the poignant tale of six remarkable British teenagers competing in a prestigious poetry competition in Washington D.C. From the streets of inner city Leeds to the stages of the American capital, this documentary charts the personal journeys of poets on the cusp of adulthood, hungry for change and full of fervour. Much more than just a hop across the pond; a resurrection of an ancient art form interwoven with inspiring snapshots of British youth." (from the publisher)
(password is bluehawks)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for March 27, 2017

Two Reference Websites 

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is an initiative by the Library of Congress and WGBH radio to digitally preserve and make accessible the most significant and historic public broadcasting radio and television programming of the past 60 years. More than 7,000 of these programs are available for streaming and more content will be added periodically. Some of the programs have been curated for special exhibits, such as speaking and protesting in America, presidential elections, civil rights, and climate change. You can also browse by topic or use the search bar to search for a specific topic.

GovTrack,US is a great website that publishes the status of federal legislation, information about representatives and senators in Congress including voting records, and original research on GovTrack Insider.
You can use GovTrack to track bills for updates by getting alerts and understand the broader context of legislation through its statistical analyses.

Our 3D Printer has been Ordered!
Our 3D printer has been ordered! We decided to go with the Ultimaker 2+. 
How will it be used? There are so many possibilities! Once the printer comes in, we'll have a couple of the students help with the assembly and we'll let you know when it's ready for prime time. 

There are so many websites out there with information on 3D printers. For a start, take a look at Kathy Schrock's Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom. She's curated articles, lesson plans, videos, apps and websites, processes and tutorials.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for March 21, 2017

Bridging the Gap

Take a look at the recent window display in the Library. Adam Krauss's Government students offer suggestions for improving communication and collaboration in this polarizing political environment.

New Classroom Video on Demand Titles
118 New titles were added to Classroom Video on Demand (CVOD) last month. Below are a few of the highlights. CLICK HERE to see the whole list. As you may remember, sometimes the released videos are new (like the ABC Go videos) and sometimes they really old clips that have just been acquired by CVOD. Try sorting by date or by subject (subject options are on the right side of the page) to find the videos most relevant to you and your students.

And don't forget - you'll need to login. You can either login with Google or with the username and password- both of which are bluehawks.

Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes On the World
This program follows students at a New York City summer program for children seeking asylum from the world’s most volatile conflicts. It presents an intimate, emotionally gripping account of the students’ stories of escaping war and conflict and resettling in America, chronicling their triumphs and setbacks as their lives unfold over the course of one formative summer. The program humanizes complex geopolitics and depicts the challenges and urgency of immigration to America in an increasingly dangerous – and interconnected – world. (Documentary - 40 mins)

Finding the Next - (ABC Go Series)

Very short episodes (under 5 mins each) highlighting the latest cutting edge and disruptive technology. First five episodes include - Food Computer: How Caleb Harper Inspires Us To Be Future Farmers, 2) Treating PTSD With Virtual Reality Therapy 3) Self-Driving Trucks 4) The New Bionic Man, and 5) How Military Robots Can Save Lives,

Young & Gifted Series

This series of six short-form videos (no more than 5-10 minutes each) examines the lives of six remarkably talented kids from around the world. Each inspiring episode will shine a light on how they are pursuing their own dreams while at times facing mounting odds. Either it be in athletics or academics, these youngsters are using their talents to not only better themselves, but everyone else around them. 

What Would You Do?

Encourage students to explore biases and stereotypes with this sixth series of ABC News "What Would You Do?" segments. Each scenario puts actors into exchanges with unwitting bystanders, generating a wide range of responses—from overt hostility towards other races and cultures to acts of genuine compassion. Topics explored include race and ethnicity, gender, disability, homelessness, age, and more. (1hr. 48 mins)

Cyber War

Cyber War takes you deep into the world of cyber hacking, where the weapon of choice is computer code. The program takes a look at how a new generation of hackers are threatening everything from your bank account details to national secrets. (Documentary 43 mins)

Smell is our most ancient, but also our most underestimated sense. In a recent survey of young adults, just over half said they would rather lose their sense of smell than their access to technology, like laptops or smartphones. In this episode Anja Taylor investigates the hidden powers of smell, and how smell influences many aspects of our lives in ways we often overlook. (28 mins)

Free Digital New York Times Access

For those of you who may not have heard, we have been selected to receive FREE All-Digital access to for one full year. Students AND Staff.​

Directions for Access:
  • Go to
  • Create an account using your school email address.
  • They'll send you a link in your email to confirm and validate the address.
That's it!

Also -  you can download your free NYT smartphone apps at, including the NYT Now app for iPhone®.

Already have an account associated with your school email address? Visit and log in using your school email address. Check your email inbox and click on the link in your confirmation email to validate your email address

And you must visit the NYTimes Learning Network which offers student activities, lesson plans, quizzes, and other features for students and teachers. Read the review at Education World.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for March 14, 2017

New Books!
We just received a new batch of books and are in the process of cataloguing and processing them. Some new fiction as well as books about sports, art, race relations, and more. We also have a few that are just in time for Women's History Month.  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LIST

Makerspace Update and Staff Meeting Info

Teacher and Staff Information and Brainstorming Meeting
Obviously and unfortunately  - the Faculty/Staff makerspace brainstorming session that we had hoped to hold from 12:30-1:30 today didn't happen. We'd like to re-schedule for next week.

The purpose of the meeting is twofold. First, for those of you who have questions about what a makerspace is and why we should have one in our school, we'd like to give you a basic overview and provide you with an opportunity to ask questions. Second, we hope to solicit ideas from all of you as we continue to try to decide what our EHS makerspace will look like.

The new date for the meeting will be next Wednesday, the 22nd after school from 2:30-3:15.  We'll have a couple of items out for you to "play with" (our Cricut machine and some Arduino boards) - and snacks! We will also have these "toys" set up and available during the day on Wednesday and Thursday in case you can't make the meeting but would like to come down during your planning period to see what we're talking about. We'll also be on hand to engage in conversations and solicit ideas.

3D Printer 
We're looking at an Ultimaker 2+ for a 3D printer. For more information on this printer visit the 3D Printing in Secondary Education page from the Ulimaker website.

Students Are Interested and Excited!
We had our second meeting last week with students. The students who attended are really getting excited. In fact, one of the students has offered to build a work table (or two) for our makerspace to fulfill his Eagle Scout Leadership Project requirement. It's quite a bit of work developing and planning the project and procuring the necessary permissions.

Students are starting to use the Cricut Machine to cut out decals and cardstock and more. Most are using the pre-made Blue Hawk pattern (as shown on my phone case below) but students are free to create their own designs - as illustrated below!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for March 5, 2017

Makerspace Meeting Reminder
Just a reminder that on Tuesday March 14th, the early release day, we plan to have a makerspace brainstorming session with any interested staff members from 12:30-1:30. Please stop by and share your thoughts and ideas. If you want to provide input and you can't make the meeting, please add any comments to this Google Doc . We provided this link to students as well and they have begun to add their thoughts and ideas. Also, to get a sense of items we'd like to be able to have in the makerspace, check out our wishlist (which we will continue to revise).

Winter Carnival in the Library

We hosted a variety of games in the library during the winter carnival activity periods (including cribbage, poker, Pictionary, Apples to Apples, etc. We also had a vinyl cutting machine set up for students to use and a 3D printer demonstration.
3D Printer - Courtesy of EHS Junior Tyler Silverman

But, the most crowded tables? These two. 
Look closely to see if you can identify the activity.


The Wayback Machine (Internet Archive) is a digital archive of the web with the purpose of archiving digital artifacts and create an Internet library for researchers, historians, and scholars. The Archive collaborates with institutions including the Library of Congress and the SmithsonianIt's been around for a long time (since 1996) so you may have already seen it. It's pretty cool. You enter the website you're looking for and you can view archived versions of web pages across time.

Check out these screenshots below. How interesting is is to see and in 2004 (all news - little to no ads) and then in 2016. The Wayback Machine also has a new feature which allows you to capture a page now and have it saved so you can access it at any time in the future.