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New Teachers

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First Year Teachers Resources

Aug. 21, 2012

Crossroads North Library


“Success is a Choice”


Welcome! In today's session we will share:



Computers Do Now: 



Your library:

     Handouts:  Library Media Center  North/South


Your Library Media Specialist

North: Kim Zito

South: Rita Nannini


Partner with us to:

  • Teach information literacy skills
    • Web Evaluation
    • Ethical Use
    • Search strategies and more
  • Meet Standards for 21st Century Skills, Technology, Careers and Financial Literacy
    • Careers:, for example
      • Exploring Careers Wiki Page
      • See the new Careers Collection in the library
      • Database:
        Ferguson's Career Guidance Center from Facts on File
  •  Identify and publicize resources
  • Promote interest in reading
    • Work one-on-one with reluctant readers
    • Book talks
    • Digital resources
    • Author visit, One Book, etc.
  • Incorporate technology
    • Web 2.0 tools, such as Blogs and Wikis*
    •  Hardware such as Flip Cams
    • Cool Tools such as LiveBinder, Animoto, VoiceThread
  • Differentiate
    • Print resources to meet students' needs
    • Databases are great for differentiating. For example
      • BrainPop
      • World Book Kids/Students
  • Engage Students in Learning:



Events in the Library:

Brownies and Books  Date TBA

     View the new books and resources we've gathered for you and enjoy a sweet treat! The official opening to the library for staff.

Summer Reading Date TBA

     A school-wide event shared by all staff and students.  Visit the summer reading page of the school website for more information.

Library Orientations

     All students will receive orientations to library.

One Book Crossroads/South Brunswick Reads

     Our theme for this year is Fairy Tales: Told, Retold and Twisted. We will share the title for our One Book once the committee has selected it.

Author Visit

     Held in the spring.  Last year we hosted Jennifer Anne Kogler and Chris Grabenstein.  Past authors include: Mitali Perkins, Douglas Florian, Todd Strasser, Neal Shusterman, Roland Smith, and Susan Campbell Bartoletti.  Stay tuned for the announcement of this year's author.

Brown Bag Workshops

     In the past, we've held brown bag workshops on topics such as Blogs and Wikis, Videostreaming, and more. 



Crossroads Library website: http://www.sbschools.org/schools/xrds/mediacenter/index.php


     See handouts for passwords

Crossroads WikisNorth South

     Explore some of the tools used in these wikis:  Animoto, Glogster, Google Custom Search, Twitter  VoiceThread, Voki, Wordle,


Treasures and Tools:  A collection of web databases



Ethical Use Reminder:

Model ethical use for students by citing sources of all information, including images!

Use copyright friendly sources.

Assign Creative Commons licenses to your works to clearly state how your work is to be used.




     Log in: user name: your 6 digit Employee ID #

               password: Last 4 digits of your SS #

Access PDExpress to find:

  • Our Professional Development course offerings. Click on In-District PD to view the offerings.
  • Resources section includes Staff Directory



Staff Portal


     Log in user name: your 6 digit Employee ID #

               password: Last 4 digits of your SS #


What you will find:

  • Documents and Forms
    • Crossroads North:  Northern Notes, our weekly newsletter available on Fridays
    • AUP
    • Personal Day Request forms   
  • Mandated Policy Documents
  • Curriculum Documents

There are also links to our Online Pay Stubs access point, PowerSchool Portal and PDExpress.


Bonus:  New Teacher Resources


From Teacher Magazine: Teaching Secrets: Ten To-Dos for New Teachers

I especially love #8. " Make an appointment to sit down with important building specialists. If your building has a staffed library, see if you can meet with the library media specialist to find out how you can best utilize their resources. Even if the discipline you are teaching doesn’t seem to require library resources, you will be amazed at the things that are possible and available if you only ask."


From Kean University: Educational Hotlinks for New Teachers

Blog:  Making Teachers Nerdy: Top 20 Websites No Teachers should Start the 2010-2011 Year Without


Review of Big Ideas

#1: Your library is the place to Research—Create—Communicate—Collaborate

#2: The Library media center belongs to you and your students—visit often!

#3: Your librarian is a willing partner. Ask us how we can help.

#4: Wealth of resources for you to make your life and job easier



Visit the Wallwisher to share the most important thing you've learned today.


*Important reminder:  When using web tools, make sure you follow our Web 2.0 Blogging Guidelines, get approval from your supervisor, and notify Ann Jahr.  These documents can be found in PDExpress.

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