William Annin Middle School
Media Center Learning Commons
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The online WAMS Research Guide site is available for students and staff. This guide provides information, tools, tips and short instructional videos on the steps of research and the skills required to be successful at research: from how to get started, to good note-taking, to evaluating your web sources, to how to create a properly formatted Works Cited page.
To access all of the online resources available to you, go to the Resources page of the WAMS Media Center Learning Commons web site. These resources include: LibGuides resource guides, eBooks and digital audiobooks to download to your personal device, NoodleTools research and citation tool, Destiny library system and more!
The WAMS Media Center Learning Commons is a 21st century learning environment including complete wireless network access and four separate areas, one for whole class instruction, one for smaller group collaboration, one for research, computer work or independent reading, studying or research, and one for independent hands-on learning and making activities.
The Cybrary is a Dell laptop lab with wireless network, Internet and projection capability that allows faculty to demonstrate instructional material, show instructional videos or audio material, and support classes with independent research or group work.
The center section of the Media Center has six collaboration centers and many desktop computers. It supports class instruction and research, as well as individual or small group collaborative project work. Projection capabilities are also available.
The side section of the Media Center provides another area to support class instruction or research with print materials and/or wireless devices. Projection capabilities are also available.
The IDEA Lab makerspace is a learning area open to all students where they can work hands-on with many different materials and direct their own learning. Currently the makerspace includes: Little Bits circuits, Arduino boards, Raspberry Pi, LEGOs and LEGO Mindstorm, computers for Scratch programming, Makey-Makey kits, an invention center and jewelry design station. As students' interests evolve, the materials in the makerspace change.
The Media Center/Learning Commons staff provide many services to both students and faculty including:
1. Scheduling, coordinating and supervision of the four sections of the learning space.
2. Various literacies instruction and support (digital, informational, media and technology) for all grades and classes.
3. Full Circulation services including material reservations, check-in/out of materials for students and faculty and automatic email reminder service for material returns.
4. Readers Advisory - assisting students/faculty in selecting materials to meet school, professional and recreational reading needs.
5. Curriculum Support - staying on top of changes in all curriculum and selecting/purchasing print and online materials to support faculty and curriculum instruction.
6. Collection Development - Monitoring the collection for accuracy of nonfiction materials and replacing outdated resources as well as providing current fiction and nonfiction materials to support school, recreational and professional reading by faculty and students.