Literacy and Learning in the Library
Today's information and media rich world demands refined approaches to learning that include effective information seeking, mastery of technology skills, and the development of new communication literacies beyond standard reading and writing. At HUHS, students work to acheive Information Media and Technology Literacy. Lessons taught in the Library Media Center are embedded into classroom learning experiences, reflecting the pervasive nature of information and media in our society. Developed in collaboration with content-area teachers and students, these lessons can be applied across subjects and throughout life.
Research based lessons focus on developing the learner's ability to not only gather information, but to also analyze and synthesize ideas as a part of becoming both productive scholars and citzens.
Media literacy based lessons focus on engaging students with media in a variety of formats, both as reader/audience and writer/producer. Students will move beyond simple consumptions and become active participants in our media rich society.
Training is skill oriented. Training at HUHS provides learners with tutorials and practice opportunities that will help them become more proficient in using everyday tools and performing the underlying tasks that support the application of those skills to more complex work and learning.
Instruction in the Library
English 9 - Spring Semester
Students develop an on-going annotated bibliography that demonstrates their skills at finding and evaluating resources, as well as summarization. Annotated: Conversations with Media
Social and Digital Media - Odenwald - October 2-3
Students will participate in a two-day workshop with Mrs. Cowell to master blogging concepts, best practices, and the use of the WordPress blogging software in business and marketing. Student project in Social and Digital Media includes the ongoing maintenance of the TAG: Technology and Gadget Review blog.
Web Design - Danay - March
Students will implement and compare a variety of blogging platforms and related tools for use in creating web sites for business. Blogging Basics: Simple Rules and Tools for Publishing Online and Copyright, Copyleft and the Creative Commons
English 9 - All Instructors - September 10-11; on-going
Students learn will gain a understanding of the variety of resources available within the Library Media Center. They will have time to select an independent reading book. Later orientation includes an introduction to the school's online library catalog and eBook services. eBook: A User's Manual | Getting to Know Your Destiny Online Library Catalog
World Cultures - All Instructors - year long
Through a series of five lessons, presented alongside World Cultures curricular activities, students will gain news literacy skills that will serve them in the coming years as active consumers and participants in our local and national communities. Perspectives: Understanding the News in a Media Saturated World ; Discovering Media Bias
NoodleTools and the News
World Cultures - All Instructors - September 27-October 1
Student will work with classroom teachers and Mrs. Cowell to gather current events. Focus will be on Using Your NoodleTools and Breaking News.
English 10 - All Instructors - February 18-20
Students learn the concepts underlying copyright law and practice skills that will help them avoid plagiarism in a information saturated world. Plagiarism: A Student Guide
The Research Process
English 10 - All Instructors - 3rd Quarter
All English 10 students participate in the research process by developing an essential question, accessing reliable sources, analyzing and synthesizing information, and finally producing two products: an objective research paper and a persuasive speech. They implement familar skills from their English 9 research experience and new skills. Guides used include: Annotated: Conversations with Media | Essential Questions: Starting Your Research | Searching the Web: Wikipedia, Google and Beyond | Use Your NoodleTool
Visual Literacy Workshop
English 10 - All Instructors - September 13-14
Students will participate in a two-day workshop designed to help them recognize and employ visual elements in constructing better message. See Visual Literacy: A Grammer. | Creating Visual Focus
You Do the Factcheck
Contemporary Issues - Helms - October 1-3
Students will use the You Do The Fact-Check library guide to construct comparisons of current presidential candidate platforms.
Your Virtual Library
English 9 - All Instructors - November 5-19
Students learn will are introduced to electronic resources available through the Library Media Center. They will have time to explore the online library catalog. Destiny Online Catalog | eBooks: A User's Manual | Care and Feeding of Your Computer
Viral Video Production and Distribution
Digital and Social Media Marketing (end of semester)
As part of this class, students produce a promotional video designed to appeal to a target audience at HUHS. They use digital and social media tools introduced in class to push those videos viral within the community. The lesson guide, Viral Videos, explores and helps students apply the Why, the How, and the What of Simon Sinek's Golden Circle.
English 10 | Minorities and Prejudices (on-going)
The guide to Digital Storytelling provides support for collaborative projects that challenge students to use sound, imagery and narrative to demonstrate their understanding of concepts.