Oct 142016

WhatWasThereWhatWasThere.com is an innovative program that invites people of all ages to take a walk through history photographically.

The content on  WhatWasThere.com is crowdsourced. Anyone can contribute historical photos to the database by uploading their old photos and placing them at addresses found on Google Maps. The mission of the site’s creator, Enlighten Ventures, is to “weave together a photographic history of the world” for users to explore.

To use the site, simply type in the name of a state, city, or local address and begin examining photos in the collection.

Teachers! WhatWasThere.com encourages historical thinking as students experience the history of places they are studying in a new way–by examining places, people, and events from a complex, multifaceted perspective.

Students can use their iPhones or iPod’s to experience WhatWasThere.com in augmented reality by downloading the iOS app.

Apr 282016

Our 5th grade Spanish students have been busy with their country reports! The students each selected a Spanish-speaking country, researched it, and wrote a formal report. Next, they created a digital poster, using Glogster, highlighting their favorite things about their country.
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You can see their completed posters on the Gallery page of this website.

To view a poster in full screen, mouse over the top right corner and click on the full screen icon.

Oct 012015

Goodbye, Searchasaurus! Hello Explora!

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EBSCO is retiring Searchasaurus, Kids Search and Student Research Center, the three EBSCO interfaces used by students in grades K through 8. In place of these, EBSCO has rolled out Explora, a beautiful graphical interface that allows students to browse and search in a variety of ways.

Explora contains the same databases as Searchasaurus, Kids Search and Student Research Center, but they are displayed in a new and improved way, based on research on the information-seeking behavior of children and young adults.

Explora features a large search box at the top of the home screen. Suggested search terms are displayed as students type, even if the terms are spelled incorrectly. At the top of the result list, students will often find a topic overview that provides background information to help them understand their topic and begin their research.

Explora also offers students the convenient tools that used to only be available in EBSCOhost Web. Most results offer text-to-speech so students can listen to the text being read as they read along.  There are also tools to create citations, make notes, and save, email or export the results.

There is a separate version of Explora for grades K-5 and grades 6-8. There is also a high school edition of Explora and one created especially for educators. You can reach all of them by clicking the EBSCO link in the right toolbar of this page.

For a quick overview, try this short tutorial and say hello to Explora!


Feb 062015

February is African American History Month and the Middle School/High School Library is paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who have struggled with adversity and celebrating the contributions of African Americans to U.S. society.

The MS/HS library has a special display of books for you to browse. We have also created a special collection on our new catalog, Alexandria, which you can browse online from any computer with Internet access.
Black History Month Exhibit

Dec 052014

Check out the “top 10 reasons to code!” You will gain an understanding of the different types of work computer programmers do and some of the perks of a career in coding.


If you would be interested in learning to code, tell Mrs. Scaffidi in the library. We are looking for interested students to begin an after-school coding club.

Oct 102014

I am MalalaMalala Yousafzai has been selected as one of two winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for risking her life to fight for children’s rights. Now just 17, Malala was a 15-year-old student in Pakistan when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for insisting that girls have the right to an education. Through God’s grace she survived and has continued her fight for the education of girls around the world.

Check out her autobiography, I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban in the TKCS library.

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