• Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year

    As we all know, these are challenging times for everyone. The Hamilton High School West Media Center will continue to service our school community as we transition from a fully remote to a hybrid learning environment. To do this we are looking to offer more and more virtual services as we continue to make the necessary modifications in our physical learning space. We will keep everybody informed with the as we more forward. Here are a few notes...

     

     

    NEWS: LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR NEW ONLINE EBOOK PLATFORM

     SORA

    OVERVIEW

    For the past few years we have been looking for ways to increase our students access to reading materials. Over the course of the summer the school librarians began working together to form a new collection of online books that could support our digital database collection as well as the physical collection that our Libraries provide. The High School and Middle School libraries have decided to develop and share our collections as we begin to build a digital collection that can be read from your phone or device by downloading the Sora App or from your computers by accessing the Sora Website. Below are a list of tutorials that will help students get started or learn how to use the advanced function. Please email Mr. Van Slooten (gvanslooten@htsdnj.org) with any questions.

    For the Quick "Jump Start Tutorial Click HERE

    DIGITAL BOOK RECOMENDATIONS

    Book Recommendations | Books & Writing Amino

    Please Click on the following link to recommend a book OR a type of book that you would like to read in the new digital library: ONLINE RECOMMENDATION LINK

    SORA VIRTUAL LIBRARY INSTRUCTION

    Traditional Book Circulation (LINK TO CATALOG)

    • If students or staff would like book, please search the catalog below and e-mail me (gvanslooten@hamilton.k12.nj.us) the books that you would like to take out. I will put a box at the main entrance that contains the student work on Mondays. It will have all of the books that have been requested with a copy of the e-mail of your request. Please make sure you take the right books!!!
      Thanks to the Coronavirus over 450 Manga Volumes are Now Free to Read Online - SoraNews24
      Junior Libary Guild is offering free ebook access as well FREE EBOOKS

    Library Availability

    • The library will NOT hold hours until informed otherwise.
    • If students need help or one-on-one instruction please feel free to e-mail me and we can organize a GoogleMeet, Hangout or I can record an answer in Screencastify. Remember I am here to help with any technology issues, research, college application AND will continue to set aside books in the collection for checkout.

    Resoures for Staff and Students.

    • TRANSITIONING TO ONLINE LEARNING
    • SCANNING DOCUMENTS: Resources for Scanning Document and Uploading to Classroom, Drive, Gmail
      • Adobe Scan is currently free and Nottingham's Librarian, Ruth Quiles has shared her tutorial in Google Slides - check it out.
      • CamScanner is a tool recommended to me by the illustrious Lynn Simon-Estepp - an EdTech Pro. I linked a video tutorial.
    • QUESTIONS:
      • If you have individual questions feel free to e-mail me and we can organize a Google Hangout.
      • I am regularly checking e-mail and am flexible in organizing a meeting.
    • FREE FOR NOW

    Common Questions and Notes

    WEBSITE

    • If you are having trouble logging into your website, please make sure that are logging in via your Google Account.
    • If your name is not in the list of teachers under "Our Teachers," you need to contact Maria Avena to get your name added to the list of teachers in order to update your site.
    • Quick video tutorial.
      • It was a bit sloppy and I added information under "About Teacher", but it would look better if it was in the "Content" box

    Resources by Department

    In development as I run into things, please give feedback, so I can focus this list to fit the needs of our staff.

    Additional District Resources

    • In case you lost it here is the link to some great Online Learning Resources compiled by our Tech Facilitators 
      • If you need additional help with any of these, please feel free to come to the Media Center during the hours above or contact me via e-mail.
    • Hamilton Public Library offers a host of resources and links
    • Ms. Quiles at Nottingham has a great list of "Subject Area Resources"
    • Steinert's Librarian, Ms. Rogers also has a nice list of resources on her website
    • Look at "My Resources" section for some of the Resources provided for at Hamilton West
    • To access to my online catalog for books click on the link to the catalog lower on the page.

    Coronavirus News

    I hope everyone is taking the necessary precautions to stay safe and following all safety measures as prescribed by the Centers for Deisease Control (CDC). 

     



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    VR in the Media Center  

    What's New?

    We are excited about the new changes going on in the high school media centers throughout Hamilton Township. The Hamilton West High School Library is excited about the beginning to the 2019-20 school year. We are adding more furniture that will provide the student at West with a comfortable learning environoment that will support their individual education needs as well as district level initiatives.
     

    HERE ARE JUST A FEW HIGHLIGHTS

    • ESPORTS

    Competitive video gaming has quickly risen to the ranks of "real sports" in many of the ways that count. These include big name sponsors, competitive pro leagues, college competitions and, in 2017, more global viewers than the 2016 NFL regular season

    E-sports is also big business, making money from investments, branding, advertising and media deals. The number of college scholarships and careers related to esports is also growing quickly. Because of this, many high school teachers, students and administrators are thinking about how to start an esports team at their school. The process can be quite easy. Plus, starting an esports club can deliver some major benefits.

    This article gives you a step-by-step plan for starting a high school esports team and takes a look at the how having a team will benefit your school and its students. We’ll also provide resources for finding tournaments, supporting your club and thinking ahead about college scholarships.

    • Virtual Reality

    The Media Center is introducing a new cart of 20 Virtual Reality Goggles to take students out of the classroom into a new virtual world. These headsets offer many possibilities including virtual field trips to museums, historical sites or even inside the human body.  Wow, learning is becoming FUN!

     

     

     

    Online Catalog

     

    Please Click on the LINK for our Online Catalog

    Online Catalog