Monday, August 14, 2017

Future Ready

As a school librarian, I have many aspects to my job.  Yes, I am here to foster the love of reading as well as recommend a great book but I also have lots of other roles.  Librarians are very focused on being Future Ready so that we can help our students be prepared for a successful future in college and careers.



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Time Flies When It's Summer Vacation!




And in a flash we are back to school!  Summer flew by this year and I hope you enjoyed every minute of it.  I read tons of books this summer and I hope you did too.  I am so excited to welcome everyone back to Homewood Middle School.  This year is sure to be an awesome year.

6th graders will be coming to the library for an orientation this week.  And remember the library is open all day during the school day as well as after school so you can come whenever you need a book.

  I have some new books on order so be on the lookout for those.  And check out my solar eclipse display.  There is some super cool information as well as some novels related to the moon and space.

Happy First Day of School!  I am so happy you are here!

Mrs. Jackson



Monday, May 1, 2017

Free Audiobooks!




Can you believe it is already May 1st?  This school year has flown by.  I know I say this every year but I cannot believe we only have 18 days of school left.  Incredible.

With summer comes lots of wonderful things like beach trips, sleeping in and the dreaded summer slump!  Reading is super important every day but it is especially important to read all summer long.  And sync audiobooks is the perfect way to keep up your reading all summer!  The books are absolutely free and you can listen on the Overdrive app so the books are portable.  You know you will have your headphones in your ears anyway.  Why not listen to books along with your favorite tunes on Spotify?  Seriously-it is super easy!  Check out their website to get all of the details.

Sync Audio


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Today is Digital Learning Day!

Every day at HMS is a digital learning day but Digital Learning Day 2017 is a day for educators to highlight some innovative practices that involve technology tools.  This week I have been working with Ms. Thrash's classes on a research essay.  Tuesday the students learned all about citation and plagiarism from some great web resources as well as videos. They also used the EasyBib Google extension to seamlessly transfer their citations into a Google Doc.  Yesterday, Ms. Thrash showed an informative video that explained choosing a topic and making sure your sentences support that topic. Then the students brainstormed some topics in order to start researching today. I will be assisting students with their research so that they are assured to get the very best information available on the internet.  They will be using the Alabama Virtual Library as well as Google Safe Search.

Learn more about #DigitalLearningDay  Learn about the Easy Bib Chrome Extension