Did you know students may check out digital books on digital devices? Save this info to take advantage of this free service! Check out eBooks through the Follett Shelf. (More books are added to Follett Shelf each month.)
To find the Follett Shelf, go to http://bravesread.net and click on Follett Shelf.
To download a digital book to a device:
1. Login to the Follett Shelf using the same format used to login to computers at school. (see below)
2. Check out a digital book.
3. Search for the Follett Enlight App and download it. (One time only)
4. Login to the Enlight App the same way as to the Follett Shelf.
5. Download the digital book that shows up in the “book bag” to the device.
Initial setup instructions to locate our ebooks:
To sign in to the Follett Digital Reader app, a user will need to know the web address (or URL) of their Follett Shelf
(e.g. https://wbb09959.follettshelf.com ) and their Follett Shelf username and password.
In the first box on the app sign in screen the http:// and the .Follett Shelf.com are already filled in; the user just needs to enter our specific site information (e.g. wbb09959) and then username and password and tap Login.
User name: firstnamelastname
PW: Library/Lunchroom #
Students may download digital books to their devices through the Follett Enlight app.
I have begun the task of putting Lexile measures on book spines in the media center. I am not color coding and I am not filing by reading levels. I am also not putting Lexile numbers beside or near Call Numbers.
Students will see Lexile codes on top of book spines. I am putting a blank label on books that do not have a Lexile measure (simply to help me in the process of this task).
This is the time of year that I especially miss an assistant.
While most of our books already have Lexile information on a label inside the front cover, the spine code will assist students who browse for reading levels without using the automated card catalog or the Lexile website to search for books within their Lexile range. (Students are able to search by reading range for Lexile and Accelerated Reader in Surpass Safari).
For other media specialists who may be interested labeling books for Lexile, I am including a document that shows step-by-step instructions.
It is, however, extremely important for a student to know how to find a book using the automated card catalog. He should know that the Call Number is the very key to something called the Dewey Decimal System. A Call Number with FIC and three letters is linked to a book in the fiction section, which is filed alphabetically using the last names of the people who write books (who are called authors). A Call Number that begins with a number, like 921 and three letters, is a non-fiction book. The non-fiction section is filed in categories from 000 to 999 primarily and then by author last names. (921 WAR, 921 WAT... 976.8 BUR).
According to Lexile.com, the Lexile code provides information about a book "that relates to its developmental appropriateness, reading difficulty, and common or intended usage." The two text characteristics that determine a Lexile measure are "Word Frequency" and "Sentence Length."
The Lexile codes are:
For information on Lexiles, go to http://Lexile.com. I have included a photo of books with Lexile spine codes in the document.
Students always get excited when they see the Scholastic cases arrive for a book fair. And, so do I! Four students and a couple of staff members helped me set up this time. I'm blessed to work with so many people who support all facets of the media program. Our students behave so well when they visit, too!
Without an assistant this year, I knew I would need to be extra organized to make things work. The Google Documents I share with teachers and staff have helped tremendously. Our language arts teachers bring all classes by scheduling with me on the Book Fair Schedule. I share a screen shot of that with teachers so everyone knows when students are shopping by class. During the "in-between" times, teachers may send a few students to check out, quiz or shop if they have money. And, when I have a few minutes, I email overdues, print posters, check student requests on the Wish List for the current book order in progress..., charge eReaders, or write a sentence or two at a time on a blog post (like this one).
Some of my co-workers and students helped set up and arrange tables and cases. A couple of staff members come in each day to help shelve books. As I told students during orientation, "You're all my assistants this year."
The book fair is important to students, staff and parents. Families can connect with us by shopping with their children (online or in here). "Choice" is important to teenage readers and this event includes highly recommended titles from several genres.
For information about our media programs, follow @bravesread on Twitter or like us on Facebook. Patrons who want to review a book (like Savannah M. did to receive a book fair discount), should stop by to retrieve their pass code for Surpass Safari.
It's been busy in the media center since the open house. So busy, in fact, that I've neglected to post updates as promised. We had a very successful book fair, raising more than $600 to be used to purchase reading incentives and books. I've had several colleagues call and email since the open house to ask questions about our eReading program. (I have to say again that our open house was a huge success! I wish we could have one every year!) I tuned in to a webinar on BYOD this week and listened to information on managing digital devices brought from home. One nearby school is purchasing more than 200 Nooks for students next year! That's exciting!
Ben Meyers (Follett representative) worked with our technologist Mike Robbins at open house to import student data into Follett Shelf. This means our students can now login and check out eBooks we've purchased through Follett on their electronic devices. If you have an iPad, there is already a Follett Shelf App! This morning, J.C. Barb, of Barnes and Noble, came by to "test drive" the Nook Color and Follett Shelf. We were able to check out an eBook and read it using the page turn icon at the top of the page. Pages can be turned by swiping a finger across the screen on an iPad, which makes everything so much easier.
For those with Kindle Fire and Nook Color devices, disable pop-ups and read without Flash for now. Turn pages by using a mobile stylus to select the page icon at the top of the eBook. I'm crossing my fingers that Follett will make a deal with Amazon and Nook to develop apps for those devices soon. In the meantime, try out the eBooks on your digital devices this summer! Use your lunchroom number as the user name. Your password is the same one you use to take an AR quiz.
Professional educators from Georgia and Alabama visited the Heard County Middle School Media Center March 15 for the media program’s open house. The HCMS media program is one of only three media programs in Georgia to be deemed ‘Exceptional’ in the middle school category by the Georgia Department of Education. Courtney McGough (Galileo), Bobbie Limbers (Saint James High School, Montgomery, Al.), J.C. Barb (Barnes & Noble), Sabrina Thompson (Temple High School Media Specialist), Glovis South (HCMS Media Specialist), Jerry Prince (Heard County School Superintendent), Nikki Robertson (Auburn High School Media Specialist), Ben Myers (Follett Library Services) and Mike Roberts (HCMS Principal). Photo by Donna Haralson/The News and Banner.
Media Program ‘Exceptional’ at HCMS
Professional educators from as far away as Americus, Georgia and Montgomery, Alabama came to Heard County Media Center’s open house Thursday (March 15). The HCMS Media Center is one of three middle school library media programs to be selected by the Georgia Department of Education as an “Exceptional Library Media Program” for 2011.
More than 60 visitors, including Rep. Randy Nix, Heard County Commission Chair June Jackson and Heard County School Superintendent Jerry Prince attended the event. Educators from Carroll County, Pike County, Haralson County, Troup County and Alabama were among the guests who attended the event.
The event was hosted by HCMS Principal Mike Roberts, Media Specialist Glovis South and Media Assistant Janet Scott. Barnes & Noble, Follett Library Resources, Galileo, Renaissance Place, Scholastic and Surpass (library software company) were featured in professional learning stations set up in the media center. Visitors were able to scan QR codes for links and information and were able to ask questions to representatives from B&N (J.C. Barb), Follett (Ben Myers) and Galileo Support Services (Courtney McGough). A special learning station was set up with iPads and eReaders for a Words With Friends tournament between the top student readers and administrators.
Visitors were particularly interested in procedures for checking out eReaders (Nooks, Kindles) to students and how iPads are being used to teach technology and information literacy skills. For information about the media program at HCMS, go to http://bravesread.net. Follow Mrs. South @BravesRead and Mr. Roberts @MikeRoberts1973 on Twitter.
Auburn High School Media Specialist Nikki Robertson (@NikkiDRobertson) posted these comments on her blog: “When I arrived at Heard County Middle School I immediately understood why Heard County Middle School received such a distinguished award. The office staff greeted me with such warmth and kindness. Then I arrived at Glovis South's (@Bravesread) exceptional library and saw students playing Words With Friends on iPads (acquired with a grant) with principal, Mike Roberts aka: @mikeroberts1973, school superintendent Jerry Prince and Representative Nix. Students can earn access to the Internet Cafe located in the library where they can play games on iPads, enjoy beverages and other perks. …”
Prizes, including a gift basket from B&N, were given throughout the day. Scholastic donated an autographed hard cover book by Brian Selznick. The school’s news crew members and WWF team spoke to visitors throughout the day about the media center’s reading and technology elements.
If you thought middle school students were too old for Dr. Seuss, you should have been in the media center Friday, March 2 as we celebrated Read Across America! We didn't need to dress up in tall red and white hats (although we have them hanging from the ceiling and Riley donned one for the morning news show). Seventh and eighth graders know to look for "specially marked" bookmarks for prizes selected just for them. This year, something called a "Locker Buddy" has brought "Ahhhh's..." from the girls and smiles from the guys, who are picking those over prizes from The Box. The Locker Buddies click to my doorway, cute and collectible.
Students have all month to win one by bringing in the winning bookmark (which we stamp, BTW) or making a perfect score on an easy Seuss Quiz. (Hint... It would help some of you to READ the objectives prior to the quiz. :-) ...)
Seuss Day was a busy one this year, but that's how we like it. We participated in Read Across America and Read The Most From Coast to Coast (Renaissance Place). It was cool to participate nationally by quizzing on The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to be Dr. Seuss. The quiz was different than the quiz in the RP database and emphasized reading comprehension over points earned. I plan to do the Read The Most event next year.
For those who would like to try the quiz, go to the Contest page on the menu of this website. Try it once. Try it twice! --G
This new blog will include discussions about topics related to library/media and technology, among other things. The library/media profession has changed so much since I started my "second career" in 1993. I threw out the old card catalog when we became "automated" -- my first year. It was so redundant to type information over and over on an electric typewriter for subject, keyword, title, author... The media specialist before me used "accession numbers" that tracked when an item was added to the collection. She had cataloged ALL the videos by accession number! Multiply that by two -- I replaced her at TWO schools -- and perhaps I will be forgiven for throwing out the old way so quickly.
Ah, but I've "changed channels" a bit there. The blog... Oh, yes. I like research, so I will include comments about the research process. I like history, so I will talk about history -- especially local. I like reading, so I will talk about books (which will blend into our other blogs -- What We're Reading Now and our main reading blog. I also like innovative technology (like this Weebly blog) and will spotlight the apps that are particularly useful (or fun) to me. And, I like Bluegrass music, which tells stories and history accompanied by a banjo and fiddle.
Now, there are a few things I don't like and I'll be obliged to discuss them from time to time. I don't like plagiarizers. I don't like inappropriate scenes in an otherwise well-written story. Same thing with authors who use an abundance of "cuss words..." I don't like American companies outsourcing jobs overseas and I don't like seeing SO MANY things NOT MADE in America.
Okay... gotta adjust the antenna again. All that's for another day...
Initially, this blog will focus on our library media program, which was named an "Exceptional" program by the Georgia Department of Education for 2011. Our open house will be Thursday, March 15 from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and we hope to have many visitors! If you plan to attend, please let me know. Everyone who signs our guest book gets a chance to win something! How does a B&N Gift Basket sound? Our Words With Friends: Students Vs. Admins Tournament will continue throughout the day, so be sure to see who our top strategy spellers are! Stay tuned!
Til next time...
I'm a library media specialist, former newspaper editor and freelancer, who uses technology every day to promote and deliver information about reading, literacy, judging resources, researching and writing.