|Summer Reading 2015 by cpatrick|
It’s that time of year again. Summer time! Time to relax and pick up a good book.
But how to find that perfect read?
Start by checking out this year’s FHPS Media Summer Reading List, where we’ve listed a total of 60 titles for readers of all ages.
For a smaller download, select the Summer Reading List 2015 in PDF format.
If you'd like the interactive version, which includes audio and video, download either the Summer Reading List 2015 Interactive PDF or the Summer Reading List 2015 EPUB file. This will take more time to access, but once downloaded you will have the interactive capabilities.
Whether you choose a book from our list, or find one on your own, we’d like to know about it. Send us a Tweet or post a picture to Instagram. Use the hashtag #fhpsreads. All summer participants will be entered in a drawing to win a gift card from Schuler Books.
And remember, a large number of the titles listed are available from the FHPS Media Center’s Overdrive
|New Overdrive Titles by cpatrick|
Hey Readers!!! We're getting ready for summer reading and have added several new eBooks to our Overdrive bookshelf.
Take a look at the list here: New Overdrive Titles - April 2015
You can also take a look at a little video highlighting some of our new eBooks. Read on!!!
|SPIE Digital Library by cpatrick|
The FHPS high schools now have a subscription to the SPIE Digital Library, which contains the world’s largest collection of optics and photonics research with over 415,000 papers from conference proceedings, peer-reviewed journals, and eBooks. Content covers the broadest range of applied optics and photonics science and engineering papers anywhere.
Some of the technologies covered are:
Biomedical Optics and Medical Imaging
Defense and Security
Electronic Imaging and Signal Processing
Illumination and Displays
Lasers and Sources
Optical Design and Engineering
Optoelectronics and Communications
Sensing and Measurement
Solar and Alternative Energy
Here is a link to the SPIE Digital Library User Guide.
SPIE is an international not-for-profit society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. Optics and photonics technologies enable researchers, scientists, and engineers to help improve life.
|Google Docs - Research Tools by cpatrick|
If you want to find information around the web to use in your documents and presentations, you can use the Research tool.
To open the Research tool:
1. Open a document or presentation.
2. Do one of the following:
- Go to the Tools menu > Research.
- Right-click on a specific word and select Research.
3. The Research tool will appear along the right-hand side. Start a search by typing into the search bar.
4. You can narrow your search to specific types of results (e.g. images, quotations) by using the drop-down menu in the search bar.
Here's a short instructional video illustrating the process:
|Playing and Staying Safe Online by cpatrick|
|The Internet has a lot in common with real life. Just as in real life, it’s important to keep a few simple guidelines in mind to keep yourself safe. YouTube’s “Playing and Staying Safe Online” reminds us of the importance of maintaining one’s privacy, considering carefully what we post, respecting ourselves, and using common sense when navigating the online world.
"Google for Education: Google Digital Citizenship: Basics." Google for Education: Google Digital Citizenship: Basics. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2015.
|Basics of Google Search by cpatrick|
In order to help students develop into digital literates, they must understand to basics of online search. Google Search has a number of features that make finding the right information quick and easy. Here are a few things to know about Google Search:
- When using the Chrome browser on a computer, tablet, or mobile device, you can use the omnibox (address bar) to search using Google
- Typing in keywords can start you off on a search but using search operators can helpyou search more efficiently
- Filters can help narrow down your search; they appear below the Google.com search bar when you view your results
- Enable voice search in the Chrome browser to speak the “Ok Google” phrase to begin a search
- Specific Google databases can provide better search results – try Google Scholar to search scholarly literature or Google News to search the headlines
Learning to use Google Search effectively is a process. Here are some ideas for starting out using the basics of Google Search:
- Start with a simple search for information using one or two words, for example, “Sao Paolo”
- Add a location to a search for a thing; “New York City parks”
- Understand what is relevant in your search terms
- Spelling: Google's spell checker automatically uses the most common spelling of a given word
- Capitalization: A search for “New York Times” is the same as a search for “new york times”
- Punctuation: Most punctuation (?!,.%^*()\) is ignored when you search
- Common words: “a” and “the” are usually ignored unless they are included in quotations as part of a phrase.
Take a look at this video to learn more about how to select the keywords necessary to perform a successful Google search:
"Google for Education: Google Search: Basics." Google for Education: Google Search: Basics. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2015.
|Maintaining a Positive Digital Reputation by cpatrick|
The data and information that you leave behind on webpages and on social media services such as YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, or Facebook makes up your digital footprint. You should know that the information you provide may be stored with or without your knowledge - intentionally or unintentionally.
Once a video, photo, or message is uploaded to a website or social network, or sent to a mobile device, it can be nearly impossible to retrieve or delete. With this shared information, other people can duplicate it, share it without permission or take a picture or screenshot of it, so even if the owner deletes it, it may not be gone completely.
Learning to manage your digital footprint is a critical skill to have today and includes how to search for information about yourself and how to share information responsibly. To learn more about managing your online reputation, check out Google's Support Center.
Watch the following video created for A Platform for Good (a fosi.org project) to hear teen perspectives on the importance of digital reputation.
"Google for Education: Google Digital Citizenship: Introduction." Google for Education: Google Digital Citizenship: Introduction. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2015.
|What's up with Wikipedia? by cpatrick|
We've all visited the online encyclopedia Wikipedia before. We may have even used information found at Wikipedia to complete homework assignments or research projects. But is that a good idea? Easybib takes a few minutes to explore how articles are created, whether or not they are reliable and/or credible.
To learn even more about Wikipedia, read through this eBook regarding the online encyclopedia published by our friends at Easybib.
Or take a look at this interesting and fun infographic, also from Easybib.
|SLJ Best Books 2014 by cpatrick|
If you're looking for your next great read, look no further than School Library Journal's Best Books list of 2014!
Boasting 70 stellar titles, the SLJ 2014 Best Books were revealed November 20. The list is broken down into four different categories—picture books, middle-grade fiction, young adult fiction, and nonfiction—and represents the notable, can’t-miss books out of the thousands of children’s and YA titles published each year. This list often features books that will go on to garner coveted awards, such as this year’s Brown Girl Dreaming, which recently won Jacqueline Woodson the National Book Award.
|Primary & Secondary Sources by cpatrick|
|Primary and secondary sources come in many different formats. The librarians at EasyBib share the differences in this short video tutorial so you can best choose which to use in your assignment.