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Southwest Middle School Media Center

Students in Makerspaces
Students in Makerspaces


The mission of the media program at Southwest Middle School is dedicated to the focus of student learning and student achievement.  The implementation of this vision involves the entire staff in the collaboration of instructional programs that are centered on information literacy and offer active, authentic student learning.

The principles which guide our media program are the same information literacy standards introduced in the 1998 publication of Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning (American Association of School Librarians).  The nine standards are categorized into three domains of information literacy, independent learning, and social responsibility.

This school year has seen quite a transformation in SWMS’s media center, from a fresh coat of colorful paint to the ergonomic furniture now housed in the library.  Students are encouraged to visit the media center throughout the day and during their lunch period to engage in the many makerspaces available.  Makerspaces enable students to gather together to create, invent, and learn.  Many of our students come into the library daily to play chess, checkers, scrabble, or work on the 2000 piece puzzle.  Others come in to read magazines, books, conduct research, or complete assignments.  Our Readbox wall was just recently completed, enabling students who own smart phones to scan QR Codes and watch book trailers. Students can download a free barcode scanner app to scan the QR Codes.  For more information about QR Codes, click HERE.

Recently, Mrs. Dorencamp, our Digital Learning and Teaching Facilitator, and I were recipients of a Bright Ideas Grant entitled Media Matters: Student Centered and Created News.  With the proceeds from this grant, we were able to purchase a Green Screen Kit which we will use to teach students the art of writing, filming, editing, and producing news programs.  We would like to thank Jones-Onslow Electric Membership Corporation for the opportunity to incorporate such creative teaching techniques into the library program at Southwest Middle School, which otherwise may not have been possible.

Our newest addition to the library's makerspace area are four Brother Sewing Machines that were funded through a Donors Choose Grant.  Students are coming in during their lunch period to create tote bags out of horse feed bags and wild bird seed bags.

More makerspace activities will be incorporated into the media center as resources become available.