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Join us for a dynamic HiTech Symposium, featuring STEM industry thought leaders and hands-on classes.
Panel discussions feature representatives from Mindgrub Technologies, Hopkins’ Applied Physics Lab, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Howard County Public School System, and LifeJourney. Topics include:
STEM: Past, Present, and Future
STEM Resume Building and LifeJourney
Learn how your middle and high school students can participate in this STEM education initiative that teaches cutting-edge science, technology, engineering, and math via project-based classes that include computer programming, 3D animation, nanotechnology, music/video production, e-books, game apps, cybersecurity, green energy, and robotics.
This is a wonderful opportunity to support our love of reading.
A portion of the afternoon will include a kid-driven Question and Answer Session with the authors!
Students are invited to submit questions. Their questions can be about one of the books the author has written or about how to get started as a writer. Ask your ELA teacher how to submit your questions!
All student questions received by will be entered into a drawing for a Barnes and Noble $25.00 gift card. The student must be present at the event in order to ask the author his/her question.
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Every year I get excited to share with my kiddos the Summer Reading List and to generate new ways to catch their interest in reading over the break. This year we decided to create video book trailers using the Vine App! 6 second videos that loop with sound. No editing needed just creativity! See what we did embedded below along with our downloadable Howard County Public School System and Howard County Public Library Middle School Summer Reading List! Summer2014MiddleSchool Reading List PDF We wanted a fun, easy way to share video book trailers! With so many of our computers being used for testing, and knowing how long editing takes on iMovie, Vine sounded like the perfect solution! With the added benefit of easy stop action filming built into the App means that kids can experiment and be super creative! Everything we create is Creative Commons so feel free to Take, Use, & Share!The Danny and the Dinosaur Treasury: Three Huge Adventures by Syd Hoff
Hello Book Lovahs, How You Doing? You’re Lookin Good!
Are you ready to make a love connection and to hang out
… with a good book?
Recently in The Murray Hill Daring School Library Media Center students were challenged to start a new reading relationship with a great book!
We played a little Marvin Gaye instrumental songs and had the kiddos go around table to table on a 2 min Love Time Bomb
from the free classroom timer collection? Too fun! Animated & sure gets their attention! Not in the Mood?
To the kiddos: “Don’t want to check out a book today? Not in the mood? It’s OK if you’re already in a committed relationship – I don’t want you to cheat on the book you’re already reading! You also don’t have to check out a book today if you’re not ready to start a new book relationship! I’m not about to force you – I just want you to see what’s out there! It’s all good!” LOL
We even had a few daring students who opted for a BLIND DATE!
They couldn’t look at their covers, they could only read the short blurb on the post-it note…. giving a hint to the fascinating story hidden within. We dared them to give those books a whirl!
If you’re a Teacher or Teacher-Librarian and want to learn more about how to do this activity with your kiddos, visit my blog
Space Shuttle From SSEP the Discovery, STS-133, Roll Out to Launch Pad, November 21, 2010
Of eighteen middle schools in Howard County only three were chosen to take up the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) challenge. Only one student’s proposal from Howard County Public Schools (selected by a national review board) was chosen to have the experiment conducted by astronauts on the International Space Station.
Our 8th grader, Kevin He, was that student!Proving yet again, that MHMS kids are out of this world! Read the full announcement below from our Principal Mr. Joshua Wasilewski! Stay tuned for more exciting details about this amazing accomplishment and pictures, too! Woo hoo!!
Have you noticed our local HCL Library branch is closed? Don’t panic! We have an express solution!
From the HCL website:
The Savage Branch is closed through September 2014 for a long awaited renovation. A temporary Savage Branch Express is open in the shopping center located at the intersection of Route 1 and Gorman Road right in front of the Weiss grocery store. The express branch offers a small selection of popular titles, selected HiTech classes, and a limited schedule of children’s classes.
Customers may also pick up reserves and return items at this location.
What does this mean?
You can call ahead, request book titles, and they will order them for you and have them waiting for you to be picked up (like a carry out pizza!) for no extra charge!
Just use the HCL Catalog Search for your desired items, make a list, and call up to request to have them sent to the Savage Express!
HCLS Savage Branch Express (a temporary location during renovation)
8851 Gorman Road, Ste. 102
Laurel, MD 20723
Monday – Thursday 10am -9pm
Friday – Saturday 10am -6pm
There are also computers there available for student & parent use! And printers, too!
When it re-opens in July 2014 (projected date), the renovated Savage Branch will include an open floor plan, enhanced lighting, additional exterior windows, and two outdoor classrooms – for an additional 9,000 sq. ft., a 50 percent overall increase. Details.
HiTech Offerings –FREE Fun & Learning for our students!
For more information contact:
Howard County Library System
Savage Branch/East Columbia Branch
Our program will be promoting the very best of young adult literature with activities designed to help students enjoy stories even more.
We will be doing our very best to get (or keep) every kid “hooked on reading” by recommending specific reading materials to each individual.
We will be adding 400 or more of the latest and most exciting new titles for our young readers, including quality non-fiction to help meet Common Core requirements. We will also be adding more to our impressive Digital Playaway book collection.
At each grade level, students will learn research and computer skills including use of tools like Edmodo, Google Apps for Education, Career Puppy, Noodletools, QR Codes, and much more.
We will be working with classroom teachers to help infuse technology and research skills into all areas of the curriculum.
Library lessons will stress good Digital Citizenship, helping your kid make safe and ethical decisions when using the Internet.
We are planning lots of special events including virtual author visits, curated Art installations, and virtual connections with schools from around the country & maybe the world!
We are looking for students to join our MHTV studio contributing to our daily live news show created FOR kids BY kids!
If you would like to volunteer to help in the library, please let me know. We would love to have you!
Ms. Bell and I are very excited about the coming school year and are committed to making the library your child’s favorite place at MHMS!
You’re looking at the proud smiling faces of two middle school Game App designers. Howard County Middle School student Tekye (and family friend to MHMS) and MHMS 8th grader Lasya, participated in an exciting program called HiTech – wherein they helped to create a super cool APP Game called Escape from Detention. And by the way, it’s NOT EASY! It somehow reminds me of Frogger
Get a peek at the game with this YouTube video!
Here’s a few screenshots I grabbed off my iPad to give you an idea what it looks like!
From an email from Tekye’s proud mom, Catina (and former MHMS English teacher!)
“The new game offers a variety of break out scenarios at escalating levels of complexity. Download the (free) game and try your hand at “springing” the student from captivity while avoiding myriad pitfalls.
I am so very proud of the work completed by the teenagers and the HiTech team that I had to share with you.”
According to an HCL press release: “More than 1,200 students between the ages of 11 and 18 [all of whom are students, public, private, or home-schooled, living in Howard County] have participated in HiTech classes since its inception … creating music, 3D images, videos [and] e-books.”
Escape from Detention is a collaboration with students participating with the Howard County Library’s HiTech, the library’s new STEM digital media lab, who helped with the game’s design and development. Players maneuver detention-serving digital students around time-based obstacles (desks and other students) inside of classrooms.
Download Escape! From Detention for Android or iOS.
The game itself was produced in Corona, said Alex Hachey, Mindgrub’s creative lead, at the Baltimore Mobile Meetup in December. Producing the game in Corona makes it cross-platform, so it’ll work on iOS, Android, the Kindle Fire and the Barnes & Noble Nook. Hachey also said the game development was paid for, as it’s a “client services game.”
Over a six-week period, Mindgrub employees served as instructors teaching students at the HiTech lab principles on game design, theory and logic, as well as teaching classes on producing sound effects, characters and game layout. It was the students who came up with concept for Escape! From Detention.”
Again, I played it….and it’s NOT EASY — but I really want to make it to the library!
Recycle Man travels from his home planet of Trashitron to convince MHMS students that they need to recycle. His methods may be harsh but his message is one of hope!
Back by popular demand, created by the MHMS GT video production crew in concert with the Green Team it’s RECYCLE MAN! Starring lots of our kiddos & Mr. Christopher Yetter as RECYCLE MAN executive produced by Elizabeth Singleton! (Special Thanks to NibbleTheKitty for requesting this upload!)
I want to share this amazing video that one of our outstanding, talented, amazing, adorable – ok, I’m a bit of a fan grrl for Denise Adams our new MHMS Guidance Counselor. (Ms. Shuman’s pretty cool, too!) She did this video all by herself! W00t! (With a little help from her kids!;-) Starring our awesome Murray Hill Middle School kiddos. She used a stop action sports setting on her camera to get the step-effect of the photos. We have an ongoing anti-bullying PBIS campaign in our school and this video supports it wonderfully – and it gets me a little choked up…”I’m all farklempt!”
Here’s the video link on the SchoolTubes and the embedded vid below in case the YouTubes are blocked in your district or the embed doesn’t work for you!
Another GREAT video for PBIS is this inspiring one from Nashville, TN!
“This video was written, directed, produced, and edited by Mr. Rob Dennis from John Early Magnet Charter School in Nashville, Tennessee. Imma Be features several students from the John Early Student Body, and promotes a very positive message for meeting expectations and dreaming big!”
Fun side story: I was so impressed with this video that I wanted to track down the creators & tell em so!So I Googled (of course!) and found the Teacher Librarian at the school where this was shot to let her know that we used it and how awesome we thought it was –it was a shot in the dark! This was my letter:
Somehow my assistant principal stumbled across the video that was made at your school called Imma Beand we’re using it for a PBIS lesson! I just wanted to compliment you as several of the scenes took place inyour lovely library & the video ROCKED!
Here’s the Wikispace page I created for this lesson centered around your awesome vid!
I hear Rob Dennis is no longer at the school but I just wanted to say
~Gwyneth Jones – MHMS
And a few days later I got this back!
“Good afternoon! Thank you so much for your compliments on the video. We actually made it a few years ago. I helped out with the lyrics and some of the scenes. It was fun and the students really got into it. I love your lesson, and I’ll have to visit your wiki again as I see a lot of useful information there!
Library Media Specialist
John Early Museum Magnet Middle School
AND then……I got in my gmail account THIS email from Rob Dennis! W00t!
Hello Ms. Jones!
So I googled the Imma be video and can’t believe it’s being used by a school all the way in Maryland! That is so cool!(Not to mention you look like the coolest librarian in the entire world!) [[heh heh, aww shucks!]]
I am honored that the video I made to help keep our kids doing the right thing is having such a big impact.
Isn’t that the coolest? That’s how our PLN grows, right? AND it says something about shameless sharing, open collaboration, professional generosity of spirit. Letting people know you’re using their stuff, giving them props (full attribution!), complimenting them on their hard work, paying it forward…well, it’s a good thing