Wrapping Up w/ GPAEA Media!

Kristin Steingreaber, GPAEA Media Specialist

Here are a few Media year-end reminders and an invitation to stay connected with GPAEA Media!

  • May 11-14 is the last week of Media van delivery to schools
  • May 18-21 – last week for van pickup
  • Calendars will open by June 1st for using the Reorder Past Order feature
  • Media Clerks last day – June 2
  • Media Specialist last day – June 18

Summer access to the library is online only!
Over the past 15 years, it’s been great to work together with schools to transform classrooms and libraries with Media Resources. There is a terrific Media staff that will be back in August to assist you.  As I am retiring this year, I encourage you to stay connected and watch for news about Media in the future! If you have questions about the library, please contact us at mediacenter@gpaea.org  or contact me directly at kristin.steingreaber@gpaea.org Thank you!

Check out the newest resources:

  • Use the summer to order materials for next year with your SNAP account Have you explored setting up a SNAP Resource List for your classes? Check out the Public Lists using SNAP – http://snap.gpaea.org I’m happy to help with this in early June.
  • Take time to explore Online Databases! Ideas on teaching with media at http://bit.ly/teachwithmedia
    • Check out Image Quest – part of Britannica at http://school.eb.com or directly at http://quest.eb.com/ District UN/PW Students involved in the trial gave ImageQuest – Two thumbs up!Britannica
    • Now’s the time to authenticate your NBC Learn account! Log in to SNAP and select a NBC Learn digital video. Each night – even through the summer, new digital videos are added. After authentication, you can also use NBC Learn directly at https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12
    • The new Gale interface for both the professional eBooks at GVRL and the InfoTrac journal collection – Student Edition, Junior Edition, etc., through Gale at Iowa AEA Online is terrific!! Check it out! GVRL Professional eBookshttp://galesites.com/portals/ascd/burl52914 Gale journals through IAOhttp://galesites.com/state/iowa/
    • New this spring – your SNAP eBooks are now also available through their own portal at epointplus.comhttp://www.epointplus.com Students can create their own UN/PW to keep eBooks to annotate their Favorite titles.epointplus_student2a
    • Student News Net – Feature story on Oskaloosa students at the FIRST Robotics competition in St. Louis, April 28, 2015 | Quick ID 7788 https://www.studentnewsnet.com/ Student News Net: Behind the scenes  
      With one click, Student News Net’s readers are taken to places and events throughout the United States. It’s understandable to think digital content is drawn from an available cloud of bits and bytes. But our commitment to students, teachers and parents compels us to go the extra mile to develop many of our stories the old fashioned way by planning an editorial calendar, traveling to key events, sifting through hundreds of pictures we take at each event to choose the best ones, writing the story, and then developing additional activities in support of meaningful learning. One story can involve hundreds of miles of travel, pages of notes from interviews, and hours of production time writing the story and preparing the multimedia components. Student News Net is unique in that respect giving voice to stories often left untold and to students who relish the opportunity to tell their stories. It’s what sets us apart and what sets up Student News Net as an educational resource that will improve student achievement. It’s a lot of work but also pure joy. For additional information, email the SNN Editor at jmiller@studentnewsnet.com

Media April Workshops
Teacher Librarians are ready to explore makerspaces with schools.  Tap into their new learning from the April workshop with Leslie Preddy, President Elect of AASL.  Other presentations: Seth Denney, Instructional Tech with 3-D Printing.  Kristin Steingreaber and Jennifer LaGarde’s work.  Teacher librarians shared what is happening in their schools.Teacher LibrariansSocial Studies teachers are working through Year 1 of Building Literacy in Social Studies:  Introduction to Standards, Overview of the Instructional Shifts, Disciplinary Literacy, and Informational Text.  Teacher leaders – Julie Eckhart, Fort Madison and Scott Munford, Fairfield along with Kristin Steingreaber.

Year 2 will focus on Text Complexity, Text Based Evidence and Argument, Writing from Sources and Connecting to Primary Sources.   Watch for details!Text

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