PEAK - 3 December 2016 Jahra

 Best Collaborative Practices

Between Media Specialists and Teachers

Thank you to all the talented, dedicated and wonderful teachers who attended this workshop Saturday!

Here are helpful sites created and presented  by two of our colleagues at PEAK:

Teaching and Learning in a Connected World

 Creating a Globally Connected Classroom

Presenter:  William Bowles

High School Media Specialist

Al-Bayan Bilingual School

Beirut Street Hawally

P.O. Box:  355, Hawally, 32004, Kuwait

Telephone:  +965 2227 5000    Fax:  +965 2227 5002


Professional Website:


Click on PEAK on left

Peak Presentation

Four Parts: 

1. Teacher-Media Specialist "Traditional" Collaboration Model using Media Specialist's Website

2. Google Classroom "Flipped Classroom" Model

3. Resource Sharing.  Databases Galore!

4. Q & A: Discussion

Part 1:  Create a webpage specific to each teacher's assignment/project

(i.e. Educator Pages ( - a free website for teachers.

Notes:  This is NOT a "flipped classroom" model.  This "traditional" model assumes students will conduct research and complete some writing in the media center with the guidance of the teacher and media specialist.

Note:  This assignment is NOT a typical research paper; it is an assignment that requires students to use two or three different sources to answer questions on topics selected by the teacher.  


1. Teacher contacts media specialist to schedule the media center for a class assignment.

2.  Teacher and media specialist meet (in person is best) to discuss all aspects of the assignment:  topic(s), length, dates, format of paper/project, special equipment, an overview of digital and print resources (guest speaker, videos, field trip); scoring rubric.

(If teacher has not created a syllabus for this assignment, she/he will provide one a few days prior to starting date).  

3.  Media specialist begins to compile resources and places digital sources on the website created for this teacher's specific assignment.  (See "Western Media Center - Mr. Polonski")

4.  Media specialist gathers authoritative resources and places and organizes them on website.

5.  Students arrive in media center to begin research.  Each has received a paper copy of the assignment and has selected a topic to research prior to arrival.  

6.  Media specialist presents the website to students projected on the screen and explains the digital sources.  Students can access their teacher's webpage at

7. Students begin research.  Media specialist and teacher assist and guide students as needed.  

8. Student writing and citation guided by teacher and media specialist.

9.  Completed student assignment printed or sent by email to teacher.

Part 2:  Google Classroom (Project-Based Learning)

1. Have teacher invite you to her/his Google Classroom page (Alexis - Psychology teacher - research paper template)

2. You can post resources to the page, including videos.

3.  You can assist in the revision and editing of selected students papers.

4.  You can share in the evaluation process (all by invitation of the teacher).

Part 3:  Resource Sharing (Student Driven Learning)

A.  The Day

Contact:  Jake Slater:

Trial active until 9 December 2016

 (current events linked to core and elective subjects)

Offered by Follett (contact info: Bushra Ghannam::

User name:  AlBayan10   Password:    Bayan10

B. Ebsco

Contact:  Bushra Ghannam:

Click on "Ebsco Database" under "Library Info" on top right

Try out the databases:

EBSCOhost Research Databases
EBSCOhost Integrated Search

History Reference Center

Literary Reference Center Plus

Science Reference Center

Explora Primary Schools

Explora Secondary Schools

  2. Ebsco databases
  3. Explora Secondary Schools (bottom selection)
  4. Choose a subject area
  5. i.e., Business and Government
  6. Banking Industry
  7. Refine Results (left column )
  8. Full text
  9. Publication Date (bring to within 10 years; i.e. 2009)
  10. Source Types (review and select if necessary)
  11. Lexile Range (select range, if desired) (401 – 700)
  12. #6 It’s My Money (periodical)

       13. By: Durst, Will; Progressive, Dec2011/Jan2012, Vol. 75/76 Issue 12/1, p. 75, 1p, Reading Level (Lexile): 660.  The article presents the author's views on the decision by major banks to charge a monthly fee from customers to use debit cards for usual purchases. He criticizes the banks for being greedy and ...

Subjects: Banking industry -- Service charges; Avarice; User charges; Debit cards; Occupy Wall Street protest movement

  1. Tools
  2. Download PDF (two clicks – saves in “pictures”) or Tools (right column – top to bottom)
  3. Print
  4. Email
  5. Add to folder
  6. Cite
  7. Export
  8. Permalink
  9. Share (social media)
  10. Google Classroom (click on “create assignment”)

C. Gale Cengage Databases (22 databases of various topics)

Password:  Research

Contact:  Charith Shetty:

(Trial active through 31 December 2016)

Part 4.  Sharing resources and ideas

The Team at Educator Pages