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Grant helps fill online shelves at HHS


From art to economics to psychology, Hays High School teachers have a new resource, a Web-based service from Facts-on-File called Classroom Video, Films on Demand, thanks to a Midwest Energy Community Fund  grant.

Elizabeth Harris, Hays High librarian, received a $999 grant to help with the purchase.

The Midwest Energy Community Fund is valuable to schools, she said.

The system, accessed through the school library Web page,  has current documentary teaching films that range from 75 minutes to 5 minutes, but most are approximately 15 minutes.

The system "contains 10,000 programs and 130,000 segments of high-school level content to help supplement informational texts and provide varied perspectives and points of view on a wide range of topics in most subject areas," Harris said.

Updated every year with 1,000 new programs, teachers can enter a subject area and find out if there's a video that applies. Some even have an instructor's guide.

"It's a very professionally done instructor's guide," she said.

Teachers can project the videos and programs with the system in the classroom or embed them in a PowerPoint presentation.

The videos come from the History Channel, TED, BBC and Modern Marvels, where Harris normally would purchase videos.

"Every year, I make decisions about collection development, (and) videos are difficult," she said. "They're very expensive."

Harris said she was preparing resources for the change to common core standards.

The library also has united streaming, "but I think this is going to be a step up from that. It's the subject area I'm excited about."

For instance, a geography class learning about the population in China can find a video.

Harris emailed teachers about the new service and plans a short inservice presentation.

"That's what I like about it," she said. "It's all documentary films across a large subject area of content, almost everything we teach."