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Welcome to the High School Media Center

The Warwick Valley High School Media Center, Library and Communications Suite is a state-of-the-art learning center with new technology, an extensive book collection, and several multi-purpose learning areas, with moveable walls and furniture which can easily be reconfigured for individual and collaborative work.

students work at tables in the library

The Warwick Valley High School Media Center

Beyond the sun-filled rotunda is a quiet study area that houses the book collection of more than 10,000 volumes, along with large moveable tables and chairs, in a sound-resistant area with glass walls. Dedicated, mounted tablet computers – a modern version of the traditional card catalog – allow users to easily browse the collection. There are also two classroom areas, each with sound-resistant removable walls that can be moved to accommodate large groups. Each space holds a television and several cables that connect to laptops, so students and teachers can view each other’s screens for collaborative work.

Two students work on laptops at a library tableThe Center also includes the Wildcats Cafe, where students can can grab a snack from one of the vending machines that offer healthy food, socialize and watch the news on a mounted television

The WVHS Media Center Catalog and Collection

The main catalog for all materials, databases and e-books, etc. is Destiny/WVCSD, an on-line public access catalog. This is your starting point.

The passwords are available on posters throughout the Media Center and on bookmarks. (take a picture of the passwords with your phone so you’ll always have them.)  (We cannot post the passwords here or anywhere on-line, as per our agreements with the companies that provide the databases. )

If you ever have any trouble searching for something, accessing the databases or e-books or anything with the catalog, please let us know.

Please also take a look at the over 400 e-books the library owns. These books can be read on any device, including your cell phone. Titles include popular teen and adult fiction, craft books, classics and many other titles. Let the librarian know if there are any titles you would like to see in e-book format.

Some of our Favorite Links for Students

Below are some of our favorite links:

Copyright Toolkit 
A true digital citizen understands how to ethically use the works of others to build his or her own creative products – music, art, video, stories, presentations – and share them with the world. Check out this helpful site for copyright guidelines, categories and tools.

The latest in Young Adult literature reviewed by a community of young adults.  This site recently won an American Association of School Librarians Best Website award.  If you like reading, this is the site for you. You can even sign on as a student reviewer!

Make Beliefs Comix
Make your own comic strip!!  This is a really cool site to make comics.  Easy to use and can make them with other languages. Check it out!

Some of our Favorite Links for Teachers

20 Collaborative Learning Tips and Strategies
Collaborative learning and group work is a great way for kids and young adults to learn.  It often provides for higher-level thinking and better retention of information.  This article provides 20 very useful tips and suggestions on how to implement a collaborative learning classroom.

Please take a look at my Scoop.it site, “Best of the Web”  I have curated a lot of helpful sites, how-tos and articles relating to educational technology.  And while you are there, consider creating your own Scoop.it; or better yet, have your students create one as a class project. Scoop-it is a new, content curation publishing hub for organizing and sharing ideas.

What’s Up With Wikipedia
Don’t fear Wikipedia! We are all using it – including students – so tell them about what’s good, and perhaps not so good, about Wikipedia. Here is a short video to share with your students.

The 31 Educational Web Tools Every Teacher Should Know About
The name says it all. This is a very helpful site that I check regularly, otherwise I might miss this great resource!

For Teachers: The Difference Between Fair Use and Copyright
Do Copyright issues confuse you?  It’s probably because they are very confusing!  There are ‘gray’ areas regarding educational uses, also known as Fair Use.  Here is an article that will try to clarify some questions you may have regarding copyright infringement and what you, as a teacher, can and can’t use in your classroom.  

Twitter 101; Social Media for the Library Media Specialist
 Although it says it’s for librarians, there are some useful, basic tips on using Twitter.  Takes a few seconds to load, then just keep hitting the forward arrow.  An aside, Prezi is a pretty cool presentation tool on its own. Powerpoint taken to a whole new level! I would check it out separately for possible uses with students. 

Twitter is a great site for educators. So many wonderful teachers, administrators, librarians, authors and professors have blogs and websites with articles and papers to interest just about anyone. But who should you follow?  Here is a pretty comprehensive list of great hashtags.

A Copyright Toolkit
A true digital citizen understands how to ethically use the works of others to build his or her own creative products – music, art, video, stories, presentations – and share them with the world.  Check out this helpful site for copyright guidelines, categories and tools.

Student blogging is a great way for students to practice their writing, and to read and make thoughtful comments on what peers have written.  Here are two rubrics for student blogging.

Timeline JS
Check out the easy, clean, user friendly timeline generator.  Great for your students projects.

The Orange-Ulster BOCES School Library System is a great resource for free databases and educational software.  One of their offerings is a database called Teaching Books.  They have thousands of resources on books and authors for K-12, including Common Core, non-fiction related themes. Booklists on the modules and exemplars are available as well as Author programs, readings, lesson plans, book guides, etc.  This is a great resource, and one that the district receives for free, so please take a look.  This is a direct link to it from the districts server, or if you’d like to check it out at home, please see me for the username and password.

16 Free Science Apps You Must Download Now!
…or so says edShelf