FHC Central Middle School Media Center News

 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.

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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.


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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.

Wikipedia eBook

Or take a look at this interesting and fun infographic, also from Easybib.



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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.



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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.



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We’d like for you to help us celebrate Teen Read Week (October 12-18).  Share with us the books that you’re reading. 

Tweet out your recommendations, your observations, your impressions, pics of the books that you’re reading. #fhpsreads

Or post a pic of yourself reading, a friend reading (with their permission), the cover of the book you’re reading, or other book related pics to Instagram. #fhpsreads

Just remember to add the hashtag #fhpsreads. We’ll collect the posts at the end of the week and share them out. Happy reading!!!

 


 


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The FHPS media centers have just added several new middle and high school titles to our Overdrive shelf. If you haven’t checked out our digital collection lately, take a look to see if there’s anything new and interesting for you. Or, take a look at the attached .pdf file which lists a small sampling of the recent high school purchases. There’s sure to be something here that piques your interest. And keep checking back, as we’re frequently adding new titles.


New Fall 2014 Overdrive Titles - Middle and High School

 


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Google Scholar can be a great way to find peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly articles. Simply visit scholar.google.com to get started. You’ll find that by searching Google Scholar you will find books and articles rather than websites. You can see who has previously cited the articles that you find, save article to your own personal Google Scholar library, and set alerts to learn when Google Scholar adds resources that are of interest to you. Take a look at Richard Byrne’s short tutorial video to learn more!



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Many of you will be writing research papers at some point during the school year. When you do, you'll want to be able to give proper credit to the source from which you are borrowing information. You can do this by using in-text, or parenthetical citations. EasyBib and NoRedInk have put together a short but very informative video about in-text citations. Take a minute (2:51 to be exact) to learn more about how and why to use in-text citations.


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This summer I read a lot of books. 21, in fact. I’ll admit, about half of them were graphic novels, which made my total rise more quickly. I probably couldn’t have read that many otherwise. 


Of all the books I read, are any worth recommending? Absolutely! Probably the best book I read this summer was about baseball legend Pete Rose. Pete was a professional baseball player throughout the 70s and into the 80s. For the most part, he played for the Cincinnati Reds. Now he’s banned from baseball for gambling on games that he managed. The book, called Pete Rose: an American Dilemma by Kostya Kennedy, does a great job of providing a complete picture of Pete Rose the person and Pete Rose the ballplayer and discussing his place in Major League Baseball. I have the book on order for high school biography collections.

I also read a fun (and gruesome!) graphic novel called Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale. Yes, zombies have invaded Riverdale, and Archie, Betty, and Veronica are in danger! It’s really good (especially if you like zombie stories), and on order for the high school graphic novel collections.

The latest Stephen King novel, Mr. Mercedes, is not a work of horror. Instead, it’s a mystery-thriller. Mr. King does a really great job of building suspense with the cat-and-mouse game between former detective Bill Hodges and the notorious Mercedes Killer. This book is on order for high school fiction collections.

Other than that, if you have the chance to read Raina Telgemeier’s new graphic novel, Sisters, I highlyrecommend you do so. The book is appropriate for all age levels.

Now that you’ve learned about some of the books I read this summer, can you tell me what you read?

And remember, if you want to talk books or find the latest greatest read, visit your school library! 

~ Mr. Patrick




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