Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Survey Time!

Media Center teachers! Please remember to set aside some class time (15 - 20) minutes for students to complete an opinion survey by June 10. There are links at each student computer in the Media Center.

Please also take a few minutes to complete this survey for teachers. There is also a link on the right-hand column of this blog. Again, by June 10, please.

Not the survey we plan to give, of course. Amusing, though! (via Found Magazine)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Media Center Surveys for Spring 2011

If you are teaching in the Media Center this semester, you have received a memo about surveys we plan to conduct in the next few weeks. A link to the teachers' survey will be available on this blog starting May 31. Stay tuned!

The internet, as drawn by a six-year-old

Thursday, May 19, 2011

An Activity and A Song: The Freedom Riders and Katy Perry

It's been 50 years since the Freedom Rides, and American Experience on PBS has great resources to accompany their documentary on the subject (which is airing this month). There's a new activity that asks students to read a bit about the rides via an interactive feature on the website, and then listen for some vocabulary as they watch the trailer for the documentary.

The song takes a hit our students have already heard (many, many times!) and asks them to focus on verbs and their forms. There are some less frequently used verbs in this list, so it's a good vocabulary builder.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

On This Date at The New York Times

Here's a cool feature from The New York Times that allows you to look up historical events that happened on a given date. The navigation is easy. For example, I just learned that on May 18:

How would you use this tool in class? Share any ideas you have - that's what the comments section is for!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Moon Games by Laurent Laveder

For those of you who like to use photographs as prompts for writing or discussion, here are some charmers. NPR's blog The Picture Show is featuring the work of French photographer Laurent Laveder. Click here for the story and a slide show.


Friday, May 6, 2011

LiveWire: The May Issue

Here's the latest issue of LaGuardia's monthly newsletter.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

StoryCorps: A New Animated Short

Just in time for Mothers' Day, a funny, charming and touching new short from the animation team at StoryCorps.

No More Questions! from StoryCorps on Vimeo.