Perplexed parent: "My child wants to use tbh, Instagram, WhatsApp, Live.ly, Sarahah, Snapchat, Yellow, Kik, Musical.ly, Houseparty, Marco Polo, (insert latest, greatest app here). I've never heard of half of these, don't know what they do, and am not even sure what my yes or no means! Guidance, please?"
Welcome to the Nido de Aguilas Media Center
Nido's Media Center expands the learning experience beyond the wall of the classroom into the world. The Media Center is a central hub for teaching, research, experimentation, practice, creating, working, learning, and play. In a welcoming and collaborative atmosphere, reading, discovery, imagination, and creativity come alive. Wonder and curiosity become central to personal, academic, social, and cultural growth. As research facility for the older students and a “curiosity and exploration lab” for the younger children, the Media Center provides opportunities to develop inquiry-based skills and habits of the mind, which will enable students to continue their individual quests for learning throughout their lives.
The mission of the Nido Media Center is to support and stimulate the educational environment of the school. The library’s staff, facilities, technology and collections promote the intellectual and personal growth of each community member and Nido’s mission of education in which Nido students:
- Engage in authentic, consequential experiences, learn by doing, and are accustomed to taking risks.
- Master a rich curriculum while acquiring the skills to communicate across multiple fields, disciplines, and cultures.
- Build their own personalities fully, nurturing their strengths and passions.
In addition to serving as a traditional library space, with a balanced, rich, diverse, and current collection of print resources such as fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, and reference materials, Nido's Learning Commons also is a venue for exhibitions of students’ art, projects, and work. Its facilities can accommodate individuals, small groups, and whole classes with appropriate and customized collaborative workspaces. Students and faculty have access to computers, iPads, smartboards, and other up-to-date technology for high-quality teaching and learning.
Our librarians and library programming fosters reading for various pursuits, including for personal growth, pleasure and enjoyment, knowledge and curiosity, and the development and cultivation of ideas. We promote guided, innovative, and creative learning opportunities. Our program supports an inquiry-based model for learning, and our librarians facilitate collaboration and co-teaching for inquiry-based learning activities. We also support students and teachers with the Information Literacy Curriculum and the Digital Citizenship Curriculum.
media center team (left to right):
Natalia Chackiel, Middle/High School Assistant Librarian; Alexia Haverbeck, Elementary Teacher-Librarian; Andrea Sotomayor, Elementary Teacher-Librarian; Linda Swenson, Media Center Director.
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