Check out the newly created videos for middle school students to help them get started borrowing eBooks (from their iPads) and from their school library.
Check out the iPad apps middle school teachers were learning about this week:
Waltham students in Grades k-8 can practice keyboarding skills on a home computer. Click here for more information or contact your school’s Instructional Technology Specialist if you need further support.
Massachusetts ELA Frameworks Grade 3
With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
Massachusetts ELA Frameworks Grade 4
With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.
Massachusetts ELA Frameworks Grade 5
With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.
Massachusetts ELA Frameworks Grade 6
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
Click on the infographic to see the data collected from the high school student and teacher summer reading surveys. Also check out a sampling of favorite lessons from the Left for Dead day. See more on the Waltham High School Library’s Summer Reading page.
Waltham High School Library Teacher, Kendall Boninti, was recognized as a “Super Librarian” at the 2013 MSLA Conference Lead and Learn. Read about Waltham READS - a collaborative effort lead by Kendall and Emilie Perna , English Teacher, and supported by all the amazing teachers at Waltham High School.
Check out the new feature on all school web pages, as well as the district web page:
All 9th grade students will explore their Digital Footprint in their Guidance Seminars this week.
@yourlibrary Digital Citizenship Resources
How to Set Up Your Facebook Privacy Settings
10 Things High School Students Should Never Post of Facebook (or any other social media sites)
A Complete Guide to web, Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus privacy and security
Be a Good Digital Citizen: Tips for Teens and Parents
Calculate your Digital Footprint: Digital Footprint Quiz
MTV: A Thin Line
Students in the Grade 6 Technology Literacy class use edmodo.
Here is what they say about edmodo: “I like how my teacher can send us things like a survey or a screen cast. I also like how we can share projects.”
“You can send work from the computer to the teacher and not have to print the assignment”
“What I like best about using edmodo is that it’s kind of like facebook but facebook isn’t as safe as edmodo.”
“What I like about edmodo is that it’s much easier to pass in assignments and you can message friends.”
edmodo is a no-cost website available to all teachers. Teachers: contact your Instructional Technology Specialist for the school code.
The school libraries in the Waltham Public Schools now offer students and teachers with the opportunity to download eBooks from Overdrive. Students in grades 3-12 and teachers use their wpsnet login to check out the digital collection: http://library.walthampublicschools.org
The collection is being developed to support pleasure reading. The elementary libraries have selected ebooks and audiobooks from the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award program.
Check out the High School’s infographic for how-to download eBooks
The Waltham Public Library also provides eBooks and audiobooks in Overdrive. Visit their digital collection here.
XtraMath is a free web program for students, teachers and parents to help kids master basic math facts. Teachers love the ease of use and the reporting that they receive about their students’ progress. Check it out!
Title 1 elementary schools have ENO boards to provide teachers and students with the capability to use an interactive pen on the board — as a writing tool or as a mouse. Middle school math classrooms — as well as a few classrooms at Northeast School and the High School — have Epson Brightlink interactive projectors that offer the same capability – but without a special board. The interactivity is built into the LCD projector, along with (2) pens. Check out our Brightlink wikispace.
We are proud to have Judi’s leadership at the state level to advocate for school library programs.
Again, over 100 volunteers worked in our school libraries this past year. Their roles are varied but the one thing all volunteers have in common is their efforts to provide the support required to run a library. Our library volunteers — and library paraprofessionals — all contribute to the strong teaching library program in the Waltham Public Schools.
An appreciation brunch was held in honor of all the volunteers who gave their time to the school libraries with a wonderful guest speaker: author, Kathleen Duble.
Thank you to the many local businesses who donated raffle items – and to the library paraprofessionals for all their work behind the scene.
June 30, 2011 note: the total circulation for the libraries for this school year was 164,125 items!