Nikki is a veteran educator, librarian and Instructional Technology Facilitator for James Clemens High School.
She is passionate about 1:1 Digital Initiatives, collaboration with other education professionals, and assisting students in becoming well informed, critically thinking digital citizens.
This week JCHS was featured by the local news reporting on our bold new lunch approach known as, Refuel Hour. As you can see from the video the JCHS Library and it's MakerSpace was prominently featured. Students can be seen in the JCHS Library using computers to study and catch up on homework, others can be seen coding Dash & Dot, programming the Makey Makey, creating in the Arts and Crafts area, and directing videos using our green screen room.
Ms. Beckett, Mr. Burkett, Ms. Turner, Ms. Steinert, and
Ms. Humphrey's classes came to visit the JCHS Library this week.
Ms. Beckett's 12 grade English classes learned about Google Classroom while also summarizing, "Get Up and Bar the Door", a medievalScots ballad about a battle of wills between a husband and wife.
Ms. Humphrey's students were introduced to the book app, EPIC! Books for Kids. From the app we read the book, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. We then explored the library makerspace and checked out books. We had lots of fun playing with Dash & Dot and the green screen room!
Ms. Johnson and the JCHS Library student aides continued pulling books off shelves, labeling genres and reorganizing books via genre. Already our circulation statistics are on the rise and all student reviews about this change are positive.
We also spent this week creative new signage for our genre sections using our Cricut Explore Air. Once the JCHS Library has completed our various signage projects the Cricut will become a part of the arts and crafts are of the makerspace.
As the JCHS Library creates new spaces we have also become aware of areas that are in need of improvement. To help build these areas the JCHS Library will begin a sort of bartering system for our areas of need. In exchange for board games, card games, 1000 piece or more puzzles, and books in these genres: anime, manga, classics and everybody books (picture boos/easy readers) the JCHS Library will forgive library fines and/or give printing credit.