Friday, November 17, 2017

Rules for the Social Media Road

Here is a video by Common Sense Media that helps teens and tweens understand some basic rules for using social media.  Sometimes it can be hard to navigate so it is important to understand the do's and don'ts.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Friday, October 6, 2017

Instagram's Update Blocks Unwanted Comments

Be Internet Awesome
During Digital Responsibility Week here at HMS, we are making a committment to kindness. According to Google's Be Internet Awesome Curriculum, "the Internet can amplify kindness as well as negativity. Learning to convey kindness and empathy—and how to respond to negativity and harassment—is essential for building healthy relationships and reducing feelings of isolation that can sometimes lead to bullying, depression, academic struggles, and other problems." We want our students to be digitally responsible and to understand the power of online positivity.  "It's Cool to Be Kind" online.
Instagram Blog

 It seems like social media sites are also beginning to make that committment as well.  Last week, Instagram introduced new tools and programs to keep Instagram users safe and to create a more positive atmosphere.  This is certainly a step in the right direction and will help to combat cyberbullying in both teens and adults.  Included in the updates are comment controls, anonymous reporting for live video and kindness walls and stickers.  Hopefully these changes will promote kindness within the Instagram community of 800,000,000 users.  Visit Instagram Together to follow everything happening in the Instagram community.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Digital Responsibility Week is October 2-6

This year Digital Responsibility Week will be October 2nd-6th at Homewood Middle School and all Homewood City Schools. Here at HMS our focus is on helping students be prepared to use the Internet and social media in safe and responsible ways. HMS is using Google’s Be Internet Awesome curriculum which strives to help students make smart decisions so that they can make the most of the Internet. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.

Check out Be Internet Awesome for yourself.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

All About Hurricanes

Just as Hurricane Harvey's after effects are still being felt in Texas as well as our own state of Alabama, Florida is bracing for Hurricane Irma.  Since this year's hurricane season is so active, I thought it would be interesting to educate ourselves on hurricanes. Here are some resources to learn all about hurricanes.

National Hurricane Center

How Do Hurricanes Form?

Global Warming and Hurricanes

NASA Hurricane Information

Hurricane Safety and Preparedness

Hurricane Central

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

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Full February


February is my favorite month of the year.  It just happens to be my birthday month but it is also full of wonderful reading opportunities.  February is Black History Month.  Take a minute to stop by the library and look at the display of books relating to black history. I love to read books that help me learn something new.

February 14th is Valentine's Day! I love to celebrate Valentine's by reading a romance or two.  Check out the romance book display.

And at the end of the month, we celebrate President's Day.  This is another great time to read a biography on some of our nation's leaders.

Happy Reading!