No matter your opinion of the candidates or political orientation, voting is a civic responsibility and the outcome has a great impact on our society. The off-year election will be held on November 7, 2017. While this does not including big races for President nor Senate or House of Representatives (elections for these offices are only held during odd-numbered years if accommodating a special election—usually either due to incumbents resigning or dying while in office), there are several State, County, and Town elections for which to prepare. The following offices are on the ballot for Geneseo: Continue reading “How to Get Registered; Do It By Oct. 13th!”
Welcome to the Imaginarium!!
We are Megan and Emily, second year students in the Childhood and Special Education program at SUNY Geneseo. We are your Imaginarium curators for the Spring 2017 semester and are always willing to help with your creative needs when it comes to projects! Here in the Imaginarium, there are lots of resources for your use. We have over 100 die cut stencils, three die-cut machines, a paper cutter and LOTS of space for project creations. The Imaginarium has limited resources this semester, but you’re welcome to use what we have to offer!
The Teacher Education Resource Center (TERC) space and the Imaginarium is available for everyone’s use. Located in Milne Library on the lower level, the TERC area and the Imaginarium have lots of resources to offer. TERC includes fiction and nonfiction books for all grade levels, puppets, videos, and other materials for teachers’ lessons. We encourage that students take advantage of these materials.
Our office hours are:
Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably have heard the political attacks going back and forth between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Yes, it’s that magical time that arrives every four years – the general election! The general election is held on November 8, 2016. In this election, United States Citizens vote for more than just the President of the United States, they also vote for senators, seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and more. Regardless of your opinion of the candidates or political orientation, voting is a civic responsibility and the outcome has a great impact on our society.
Who Can Vote?
If you are a legal U.S. citizen who will be 18 years of age by November 8, 2016, then you can register to vote. However, you must be registered by October 14, 2016. You may print and mail in your voter registration or may register to vote online.
Students may establish voting residency in the place they consider their principal home, whether that be their current school address or at another address (such as a guardian’s address) they consider their primary residence (Brennan Center, 2016). If you have not declared Geneseo as your primary residence on your voter registration, then you need to apply for an absentee voting ballot.
Image by Tony Webster from Portland, Oregon, United States. CC Attribution.
“Voters in New York must have an accepted reason to vote absentee, including the inability to vote in person due to physical disability or absence from the county in which one is registered (if a resident of New York City, then absence from the city), among others. Voters may submit their application for an absentee ballot by mail (postmarked) seven days before Election Day (2016: November 1) or in person by the end of the day before Election Day (2016: November 7). Completed ballots may be submitted in person by the close of polls on Election Day or by mail such that the ballot is postmarked by the day before the election (2016: November 7) and received within seven days of the election” (Brennan Center, 2016).
Have Questions or Need Help?
Stop by the Milne Library Research Help Desk and a reference librarian will be happy to assist you.
Brennan Center for Justice. (2016). Student voting guide 2016. Retrieved from
Written by Brandon West.
Are you interested in learning more about STEM activities and resources. Would you like to explore ways to incorporate STEM across the curriculum with the goal of building student understanding?
Connecting hands-on STEM activities with books, games or manipulatives can be a great way to strengthen understanding and literacy skills while inspiring inquiry and creativity.
Milne Library has recently acquired a collection of STEM books, games, and manipulatives. These high quality resources illustrate activities that encourage scientific and artistic creativity and help increase student learning.
A few items found in the collection include:
Getting the most out of makerspaces to create with 3-D printers by Nicki Peter Petrikowski
High-tech DIY projects with 3D printing by Maggie Murphy
Lego awesome ideas by Daniel Lipkowitz
STEM to story: enthralling and effective lesson plans for grades 5-8 by Jennifer Traig
Hands-on soft geometric solids
Molymod organic teacher set
Lego Education. Duplo: Animal bingo kit
STEM: simple machines STEM activity set
Ion: a compound building game by John J. Coveyou
Prime climb: the beautiful, colorful, mathematical game
Pandemic by Matt Leacock
To learn more about STEM resources contact the Education Librarian, Michelle Costello ([email protected]).
In addition, read the following Education Update article by ASCD, “Teaching and Learning Resources for STEM Education.”
If you are new to Western New York, you might not be privy to the city’s extensive history in the LGBTQ movement that formed what is known today as the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley (GAGV). The GAGV has been monumental in making Rochester a safer place to live for those who do not fall into a binary with regard to sexuality or gender expression.
You may have witnessed the impact of the GAGV right here on-campus: the rainbow signs hanging by many faculty and staff’s offices indicate they have received SafeZone Training. This training serves as an educational tool to educate supportive faculty, staff, and students on LGBTQ terminology, issues, and questions.
Recently, the GAGV has opened the doors of its new LGBTQ Resource Center at 100 College Avenue in Rochester. This resource center serves an educational and safe space for LGBTQ individuals as well as their allies. The center features a library, archives, and hosts weekly social events.
- The library contains over 10,000 fiction and nonfiction books, periodicals, and DVDs, which are all available for you to borrow. You can browse the center’s collection online via LibraryThing.
- The archives have plenty of historical material that help document the progression of the LGBTQ movement in Rochester, including The Empty Closet, the original publication used to advance the rights of so many individuals in Western New York.
- The resource centers hours are:
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00 pm &
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 pm.
Everyone is welcome!
If you cannot make it all the way up to Rochester, no worries! Milne Library and SUNY Geneseo have many available LGBTQ resources. You can find many books on LGBTQ topics in Milne’s collection as well as specialized LGBTQ research databases. Aiden Cropsey, Coordinator of LGBTQ Programs and Services, along with the student-led Pride Alliance, host several events throughout the year, and even have their own floating book collection. You can also like and follow them on Facebook!
All photos and images used with permission from the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley.
~ written by Brandon West
Are you looking for new ways to engage students? SUNY Geneseo is piloting a trial of VoiceThread and needs your feedback.
VoiceThread is an interactive collaborative learning tool that can be used to enhance student engagement outside of the classroom or in online environments. With VoiceThread, instructors and/or students can create, share, and comment on images, PowerPoint presentations, videos, audio files, documents, and PDFs using microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload. At SUNY Geneseo, VoiceThread is an external tool that integrates into myCourses.
VoiceThread can be used in many different ways to enhance classroom learning experiences. Use it for flipping instruction, discussions outside of class, critiquing work, remediation, or practicing language skills.
A couple of examples to consider (more below):
- Enhance a Traditional Lecture
- The Use of Works of Art in a 2nd Semester German Course by Dagmar Jaeger
myCourses access: Adding VoiceThread to your course
- Navigate to your course.
- Click “Add Content”.
- Select “External Tool”.
- Give the activity a title.
- For tool provider, select “VoiceThread”.
- Check the box that says “Enable grading”.
- Save changes.
For more information on how to create your first thread visit – https://voicethread.com/howto/angel/
Geneseo VoiceThread Website:
Faculty and students are also able to create a Voicethread without using Angel, visit https://geneseo.voicethread.com and register with a geneseo.edu email account.
VoiceThread Support Team:
If you would like to learn more about VoiceThread or want assistance setting it up for your course, contact:
Brandon West: [email protected]
Michelle Costello: [email protected]
Learn more about VoiceThread’s Features:
Additional Examples of VoiceThread in the Higher Ed Classroom:
- Analysis of Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried”
- Grammar Practice – Infinitive or Gerund?
- Teaching with Technology
- Using VoiceThread in an online course
- Studying Abroad in Ecuador
The Scout Report recommends this useful resource:
This Hamlet curriculum guide, assembled by the Folger Shakespeare Library, provides a substantial array of teacher resources. Here educators will find a synopsis of the play, an overview of the characters in graphic form, tips for teaching Shakespeare, a series of helpful frequently asked questions about teaching the Bard, two full Lesson Plans with handouts, and a page of short quotes from the play. The lesson plans, especially, provide a creative take on the classic text. One investigates Hamlet’s central dilemmas (the death of his father, the remarriage of his mother, and his inability to act). The second uses music to explore Shakespeare’s characters. [CNH]
It can be difficult to find the right website to use in lesson planning, specifically one that contains videos, activities, games or other engaging material. I am highlighting three that stand out: two because of their high-quality content & their alignment w/the Common Core (BrainPop & PBS LearningMedia), & one that specializes in hard-to-find educational videos (Kanopy Streaming Video).
These media resources are helpful to use while creating lesson plans for your classes and for use with students in the classroom. In addition to containing subject and topic specific videos, they are also rich in lesson planning and activity ideas, many aligned to the common core.
BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content. Resources include: movies, quizzes, games, mobile apps, experiments, activity pages, and much more covering hundreds of topics within Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Technology, Arts & Music, and Health. All content is aligned to and searchable by state standards including Common Core.
PBS LearningMedia provides access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. Resources are aligned to Common Core and national standards and include videos and interactives, as well as audio, documents, and in-depth lesson plans. You can browse by standards, grade level, subject area, and special collections. You must be a SOE faculty member or student to access this resource. Please contact me if you have issues accessing the site.
Kanopy Streaming Video is an on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions that provides access to more than 26,000 films. Over 80 subject areas range from Global Studies & Languages to the Arts, to Education (K-12); Technical Training to Career Development to LGBT.
Milne library has recently acquired Kanopy; an on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions that provides access to more than 26,000 films. Over 80 subject areas range from Global Studies & Languages to the Arts, to Education (K-12); Technical Training to Career Development to LGBT.
The site is pretty intuitive, but we’ve put together a guide that explains not only how to use the resource, but also how faculty might embed materials into myCourses for their classes, as well as pointing out features like transcripts and playlists.
Take it for a spin and let us know what your experience is. Is this something you’ll use? We want to know!
This summer, the library is moving our government documents back to Milne in preparation for building renovations in Fraser. The loss of the space in Fraser gave us opportunity to work with faculty across several disciplines in a re-evaluation of this collection. “We know that there just isn’t enough space to bring everything back to Milne. However, most of the material in this collection is available online. In fact, over 95% of materials currently published by the Government Printing Office are freely available in full-text online,” said Justina Elmore, Coordinator of the Government Documents Collection. “We spent last semester working with faculty to determine what and how much of this collection we could, and have room to, retain.”
Now that the size of the collection has been reduced to just the government documents that our patrons actually use, the library has begun the process of moving them back to Milne. Additionally, Milne Library will continue to offer quick delivery via IDS for any deselected items that are not yet online, should the need arise. Luckily, there are two Federal Depository libraries in the area from which to draw.
Bringing these materials back to Milne will make finding and using government documents easier. Most of the material will become part of the general collection, allowing us to reduce the number of places a researcher must look in order to find materials on a particular topic.