The first exciting addition is the beginning of the 1:1 device initiative at Pioneer Middle School. This means that all students in fifth and sixth grade will receive their very own tablet to use during school. The addition of the tablets will increase accessibility to technology for educational purposes. Although there are still a few kinks to be worked out, the tablets have been well-received.
Another new service available through the library is OverDrive. OverDrive, provided through assistance from CA BOCES, allows members of the Pioneer community to access free eBooks and audiobooks. It is basically an extension of our physical library, but titles are now available through electronic devices. Pioneer students may use school-issued technology to access OverDrive materials, or they may choose to use their own personal devices at home.
Each family received notification about OverDrive through the back to school mailing in August. Families were invited to bring in their personal devices on Orientation Day (kind of like our Open House, only right before the official first day of school) in order to setup their OverDrive accounts. We were pleased to see many families visit the library that day to get OverDrive installed on their devices.
During the first few weeks of school, students were again reminded about OverDrive. We had additional students come in to access their accounts. Teachers such as Mrs. Batt, Mrs. Leavoy, and Mrs. Kleinschmidt even brought their entire classes into the library to learn about OverDrive! We are excited about the promise that OverDrive holds for our students.
|Mrs. Batt assists her students with OverDrive.|
Mrs. Boberg compiled students' top summer reading picks and made a beautiful bulletin board for the outside of our library. This bulletin board provides the call number for books that were highly rated by our students. As always, students are encouraged to submit a book review to post to our library website.
|Our Pioneer Middle School Favorites bulletin board (complete with works cited!)|
We received a big book order and are anticipating that the new titles will be on the shelves next week. We are looking forward to sharing these titles with students. 2015-2016 is shaping up to be a great year!