This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Library

This is the sixth in a series of blog “snapshots” of how Mercy students benefit from using iPad technology (and other tools) throughout the school day.

Digital access to resources is expected in a library today. Digital catalogs, statewide inter-library loan access, databases, and eBooks provide resources far beyond any one library’s holdings.  Frequency of practice, familiarity and facility prepare our students for an educational environment requiring advanced research skills beyond a simple Google search. Students are encouraged/required to search for current, reliable, global information among the sixty-four (64) GALE/Cengage Learning databases including Gale’s Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), which is the full digital content of 450 published print volumes.  Collaborative tools and spaces enable great work!

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Mrs. Corte, Media Tech, is spotlighted in a student video showing “off” the newest library additions!  New equipment , new spaces, new applications, all available to students for video/editing, 3D printing and collaborative work:

  • MakerBot 3D printer – 5th generation with an assortment of filament colors
  • iMac –  featuring Adobe Illustrator and Final Cut Pro & iMovie for editing
  • 8 whiteboards – outlines, problem solving, role play, study guides
  • 6 MacBook Pros – Adobe Illustrator, Final Cut Pro & iMovie, great for AP courses requiring Flash [to be used in the Media Center]
  • Canon Rebel – HD wireless, 24mp camera with tripod
  • Green screen with lighting – takes you on amazing locations
  • Microphone – Garage Band, audio amplification

Text, photographs and screenshots taken by K. Koskela & C. Corte.   2016-17.

Video created by Sophie VanAcker

Blame English major Larry Baker for the title.

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