iMovie Tutorial: Add Music to your iMovie!

Are you working on your book trailer in iMovie?  Use our short tutorials to help you make your project fantastic!  We’ve already shown you how to add photos to your iMovie, so this screen cast will show you how to add music to your iMovie.    Check back here, as we are going to post more screen casts soon.

Adding Music to your iMovie


iMovie Tutorial – Add Photos to your iMovie

Are you working on your book trailer in iMovie?  Use our short tutorials to help you make your project fantastic!  This screen cast will show you how to start a new project and add photos to your iMovie.  Check back here, as we are going to post more screen casts soon.

Oxford Quick Reference – Introductory Materials

The secondary library has subscribed to Oxford Quick Reference.  It is a resource which provides access to:

  • A collection of over 125 core academic subject, language, and quotations dictionaries providing carefully vetted quick results that users can trust.
  • Monthly updating programme to maintain currency of content.
  • Full content releases 3 times a year with new titles and updated editions.
  • Collection available by annual subscription to individuals and institutions worldwide.

Here’s a short introductory video (less than 10 minutes) that demonstrates how to search OXford Reference effectively and how to navigate the results.

Don’t want to watch the whole video? Visit the PDF version of the Short Introduction and just skim until you get to the parts that interest you.

Important Tip: Don’t forget to check “Full Text Resources” only to access items we’ve purchased. Oxford Reference allows you to purchase additional resources, so only leave “Full Text Resources” unchecked if you want to see resources for purchase as well.




Want to try it out? Visit our LIS Research Portal to access this resource.




Language Week 2013: Poetry & Power

We had a fabulous week celebrating “The Power of Language” around the campus of LIS from February 5th-8th. From teaching primary students to participating in the Language Run, secondary school students have thought about the Power of Language everyday this week.

The library got in on the game by hosting a Poetry Coffee House on Wednesday and the Power Reading Hour on Friday.  Students brought pieces to share; some written by themselves, some written by others.

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During these sessions, we also shared videos that demonstrated “The Power of Language” in action.  From Kid President to Hiwot Adilow, students and teachers were impressed by the power of language.

One video we didn’t have time to finish watching was The Danger of a Single Story, a TED talk by Chimamanda Adichie. You can watch this powerful talk about language, literacy and the danger of having only a single story.

Finally, we wound up the week with the Language Week assembly, where students were presented with a video about Language Diversity at LIS.  This video was the result of a partnership between Ms. Katy, Ms. Chloe and several LIS students.

What was your favorite part of Language Week?

Social Media & the News

This is the second in a series of blog posts for LIS’s Year 12 Core TOK class. Outside comments are welcomed and encouraged.

In the 21st century, social media has significantly impacted how journalism happens and how we learn about and understand breaking events.

In his TEDxThessaloniki talk, Crowdsourcing the News, Paul Lewis discussing how his job as a journalist has changed with the rise of social media.  In his talk, he mentions several popular social media networks which influence how and what gets reported in the mainstream, traditional news media.  These are listed below along with a few others.

Earlier, we posted about Traditional Mass Media vs. Alternative News Sources and asked about the similarities and differences in their reporting of news stories.  Today, the LIS library wants to know: How is social media impacting journalism and therefore the news we get?  

To answer this key question, consider

What IS social media’s impact on journalism?
What are the positive aspects of social media’s impact on journalism?
What are the negative aspects of social media’s impact on journalism?
How can you use social media to stay informed?

Core TOK students, please use at least two different specific examples from Social Networks in your response.

Tech Tuesday: Making your iMovie Fancy!

How fancy do you want to be?

How fancy do you want to be?

Today’s Tech Tuesday is a workshop on editing your iMovie once you’ve imported all of your content. Use these tutorials to rock your iMovie.

Business Casual Fancy

Suit and Tie Fancy

Tux and Tails Fancy 

What else do you want to know how to do?  Ask your iMovie question as a comment on this post.

Tech Tuesday: Fair Use Media and Starting Your iMovie Project

Today’s Tech Tuesday is the first of a series of three sessions on creating your iMovie.

Station One: Collect Media

Collect Fair Use Media

Collect Fair Use Media

If you don’t have your own photos and videos from your classroom or vacation, you’ll need to collect media (images, video clips and audio) that is free and fair to use in your new project.  

Just like you don’t want anyone using your creative works in a way you didn’t intend, we should be fair to authors and artists around the world and heed their copyright wishes.

Ms. Katy’s favorite sites for Copyright-Free/Copyright-Fair Media

Station Two: Start your iMovie Project

Start your iMovie!

Start your iMovie!

iMovie Tutorials –My apologies in advance. Morgan Freeman wasn’t available for narration, so we had to settle for Ms. Katy.

Prefer not to listen to the songbird that is Ms. Katy?  Check out the iMovie – How To Guide created by our very own Ms. Sheila Allan.

Station Three: How Do I…?

How Do I...

How Do I…

What questions do you have? Next week’s Tech Tuesday will be dedicated to making your iMovie fancy as we look at some of the bells and whistles iMovie has to offer. Respond to this post with what you want to know about how to make your iMovie fantastic.