Monday, January 28, 2013

U.S. History Resources

Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology For Teachers, recently posted links to several U.S. History Resources. 

Teaching The Civil War With Technology is a comprehensive website that provides teachers with lesson plans, tools, tips, and strategies for teaching the American Civil War.  A podcast is also offered and would be a great resource for students as well.

The HipHughes History YouTube Channel is another great resource for both teachers and students.  Keith Hughes is a U.S. History and AP Government teacher who covers important historical events by breaking them down into short, educational, and entertaining YouTube videos.

History Tech is a blog written and maintained by curriculum specialist Glenn Wiebe. Glenn covers tech, history, and current events in his posts and also offers lesson plans as well as an interesting podcast series covering U.S. History topics.

The National Archives offers an entire website of U.S. History resources with links to already prepared lesson plans and documents.  Through DocsTeach, the National Archives also offers customizable, interactive activities built around primary sources.

The Library of Congress offers a "Today in History" feature on their website. Every day a different historical event is posted about in this feed along with artifacts or images associated with that event.

Each of these sites has some great stuff!

Upcoming Book Club Dates

The next meeting of the UHS Book Club will be held Wednesday, February 27th after school in the library.  We are reading and discussing Rachel Harman's Seraphina.  We also created an Edmodo discussion group to enhance our book chats.  See Mrs. Fournier for more details.  

For our March meeting, we decided to read Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  Beautiful Creatures is also being released as a movie, February 14th, so if you like the book, see the movie!  We'll be meeting Wednesday, March 27th after school to discuss the book.

Hope to see some new members at next month's meeting.  All are welcome!

Friday, January 11, 2013

UHS Book Club

The next meeting of the UHS Book Club will be held Wednesday, January 16th after school in the library.  We are reading and discussing Yann Martel's Life of Pi.  We also created an Edmodo discussion group to enhance our book chats.  See Mrs. Fournier for more details.  

Hope to see some new members at next week's meeting!

2nd Annual Winter Reading Challenge

With a long New England winter ahead of us, how about signing up for the UHS Library's Winter Reading Challenge?  Your goal is to read as many books (fiction, nonfiction, graphic novel, etc. - any book counts!) as you can by the first day of spring. Those students that read the greatest number of books will be entered into a raffle for an iTunes gift card.  Please see Mrs. Fournier for more details or to sign up.

Research Tutorials Offered at the UHS Library

Need a little help navigating the library resources available to you?  Stop by the circulation desk in the library and sign up for a research tutorial.  Learn how to navigate the library's print collection and databases to make the most of your research efforts!

Create Your Own Digital Magazine

Glossi is a new service for creating your own digital magazines.  Whether it be for a school project or to showcase a talent, hobby, or personal interest, Glossi allows you to include images, videos, audio files, and links to external sources of information while creating your magazine.  The magazine you create is then displayed in a visually appealing format with page-turning effects.  After creating your own content, the magazine can be embedded into your blog or website and shared on various social networks as well.  Browse the Glossi gallery to see what others are creating and request our own invite!