• Remote Learning Updates for the Media Center

    We are looking to do all we can in the Media Center to assist students and staff as we transition to a virtual/remote learning environment. At this point, I am following news and heading guidlines from the District Administration as strictly as possible. Here are a few notes...


    Updates (3/19/20)


    • The Library will NOT hold hours for the foreseeable future.
    • If you need one-on-one instruction, feel free to e-mail me and we can organize a GoogleHangout or Zoom

    Readers Can Still Get Books

    • If students or staff would like book, please search the catalog below and e-mail me (gvanslooten@hamilton.k12.nj.us) the books that you would like to take out. I will put a box at the main entrance that contains the student work on Mondays. It will have all of the books that have been requested with a copy of the e-mail of your request. Please make sure you take the right books!!!
    • Thanks to the Coronavirus over 450 Manga Volumes are Now Free to Read Online - SoraNews24
    • Junior Libary Guild is offering free ebook access as well FREE EBOOKS

    Resoures for Staff and Students.

    • SCANNING DOCUMENTS: Resources for Scanning Document and Uploading to Classroom, Drive, Gmail
      • Adobe Scan is currently free and Nottingham's Librarian, Ruth Quiles has shared her tutorial in Google Slides - check it out.
      • CamScanner is a tool recommended to me by the illustrious Lynn Simon-Estepp - an EdTech Pro. I linked a video tutorial.
      • If you have individual questions feel free to e-mail me and we can organize a Google Hangout.
      • I am regularly checking e-mail and am flexible in organizing a meeting.

    My Podcast

    • I will be holding a weekly podcast for Hamilton Teachers to talk about what is going on as we adjust to Remote Learning. I will have guests, introduce and review learning tools and discuss out ways to navigate this distance learning environment.
    • Here is a link to my channel (Gerard VanSlooten). You can suscribe and get updates or you can join LIVE!!!
    • First Podcast is Monday, March 23rd @9:00 a.m.
      • Topics Include:
        • Issues for students and staff as we transition to distance learning
        • Unit Planning
        • Organizing your resources
      • Tool of the Week
        • Google Classroom review and using the Message Board.
      • Help me name the Podcast.
      • Suggestions
      • Please Join!!! I will make the first one short. I would love your suggestions.

    Common Questions and Notes


    • If you are having trouble logging into your website, please make sure that are logging in via your Google Account.
    • If your name is not in the list of teachers under "Our Teachers," you need to contact Maria Avena to get your name added to the list of teachers in order to update your site.
    • Quick video tutorial.
      • It was a bit sloppy and I added information under "About Teacher", but it would look better if it was in the "Content" box

    Resources by Department

    In development as I run into things, please give feedback, so I can focus this list to fit the needs of our staff.

    Additional District Resources

    • In case you lost it here is the link to some great Online Learning Resources compiled by our Tech Facilitators 
      • If you need additional help with any of these, please feel free to come to the Media Center during the hours above or contact me via e-mail.
    • Hamilton Public Library offers a host of resources and links
    • Ms. Quiles at Nottingham has a great list of "Subject Area Resources"
    • Steinert's Librarian, Ms. Rogers also has a nice list of resources on her website
    • Look at "My Resources" section for some of the Resources provided for at Hamilton West
    • To access to my online catalog for books click on the link to the catalog lower on the page.

    Coronavirus News

    I hope everyone is taking the necessary precautions to stay safe and following all safety measures as prescribed by the Centers for Deisease Control (CDC). 


    VR in the Media Center  

    What's New?

    We are excited about the new changes going on in the high school media centers throughout Hamilton Township. The Hamilton West High School Library is excited about the beginning to the 2019-20 school year. We are adding more furniture that will provide the student at West with a comfortable learning environoment that will support their individual education needs as well as district level initiatives.



    Competitive video gaming has quickly risen to the ranks of "real sports" in many of the ways that count. These include big name sponsors, competitive pro leagues, college competitions and, in 2017, more global viewers than the 2016 NFL regular season

    E-sports is also big business, making money from investments, branding, advertising and media deals. The number of college scholarships and careers related to esports is also growing quickly. Because of this, many high school teachers, students and administrators are thinking about how to start an esports team at their school. The process can be quite easy. Plus, starting an esports club can deliver some major benefits.

    This article gives you a step-by-step plan for starting a high school esports team and takes a look at the how having a team will benefit your school and its students. We’ll also provide resources for finding tournaments, supporting your club and thinking ahead about college scholarships.

    • Virtual Reality

    The Media Center is introducing a new cart of 20 Virtual Reality Goggles to take students out of the classroom into a new virtual world. These headsets offer many possibilities including virtual field trips to museums, historical sites or even inside the human body.  Wow, learning is becoming FUN!




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