Educational Media

Renton Technical College Library

Inside this Issue

Discouraging Bullying

Heat Hazards

Most Popular Titles

Avoiding Video Nap Syndrome


Educational Media

This three-times a year news letter is published by the Renton Technical     College Library. It is intended to  spotlight  RTC Library media resources, and issues regarding the use of  educational media—videos, DVDs, audiotapes, software, and other electronic resources.

If you have any questions or suggestions for topics, please call the library at (425) 235-2331, or email Laura Staley at 







A New Look for RTC Library’s Catalog


If you haven’t seen the RTC Library catalog since August, visit us now.  We’ve got a whole new look.  (There is a screenshot below.  To see it live, you can go to the Library home page at  and choose the “Library Catalog” link, or go directly to the catalog at  )



The new catalog has a sleeker, cleaner look to it, and offers new features, including “Save my search,” pictures of the book covers, and links to Google books where you can get more information about the title.



The illustration above is a catalog screen shot of a record for a book.  The search terms—in this case “copyright”—are highlighted in yellow so you can quickly find them everywhere they are listed in the record.


If you look to the right of the record, you’ll see a blue box, called the Action Box,  that offers you the opportunity to email the record, or print it, or to find additional information about the title.  The first thing most people notice is the picture of the book cover.  You can use this to quickly determine if this book is one you’re familiar with or not.


If you want more information about the book, click on the “About this Book” link.  That will take you to the Google service that gives brief summaries of the contents of the book.


You can also log into your account—you’ll need your library card number to do it—see what you have checked out, renew your books, and save your catalog searches.  In a few months a new update service will be available. This will allow you to request that a search be rerun automatically, on a weekly, monthly, or on a quarterly basis.  Come visit us and see the new catalog.



Discouraging Bullying


Bullying can lead to many problems in school, from creating an environment where students can’t learn, to sparking campus violence.  And it’s not just a K-12 problem either.  So how do you deal with the problem?


There are two things you can do: Define bullying as a problem and encourage students to treat each other with the respect they expect to find in the workplace. Several DVDs can help you explain what behaviors constitute bullying. 


Bullies illustrates both the behavior and the harm that bullying does.  371.5 BULLIES 2002 (18 minutes).  Bully Girls looks at the slightly less assaultive, and slightly more intimidating style of female bullies and bullying cliques  302.3 BULLY 2006g. (20 minutes).  Cyber Bullies covers the variety of behaviors that constitute online bullying. (19 minutes).  All of these DVDs offer advice for victims on how to deal with bullies.


Getting Ahead by Getting Along offers tips on how to get along with co-workers—one of those soft skills that’s employers love.  It stresses respect for the people you work with.  658.3145 GETTING 1998 a (16 minutes).



Heat Hazards



Heat Related Illness (HRI) is—forgive the pun—a hot topic these days. Employees who work outside during the summer, who work near furnaces, ovens, or other heat producing equipment, all need to be trained about avoiding and treating HRI.


RTC Library has a video titled Heat Hazards that you can use to introduce the topic.  It covers such questions as: Is there a difference between heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke?  How do you treat each of these conditions?  How do  you avoid heat-related illness by acclimatizing yourself to a hot workplace?  How long does it take?  How should you dress for heat?  Check out Heat Hazards, and teach them all about it.   16 minutes. Call # 616.989 HEAT 200U


If you’d like more information,  see the Washington Department of Labor and Industries report on  HRI, at




Most Popular Videos and DVD of the Last Three Years



What were RTC Library’s  top circulating videos/DVDs/cassettes over the past 3 years?   I ran this report in early October, 2008, and found these were the media titles most often checked out:

1. ESL grammar

2. English for beginners : Russian

3.  English for beginners : Vietnamese

4. Hello America : a video English course  

5. Vidioms : activating idioms for ESL

6. English for beginners. Spanish

7. Split-infinitive world of English grammar

8. Anatomy physiology - This is the  first of the top 10 not an ESL title.

9. English for the real world—a cassette.

10. Interpreter's edge [sound recording] : practical exercises in court interpreting


We first looked at  the most popular videos as defined by check-outs three years ago.  These were the top six titles—checked out from January 2002 to December, 2005:

1. Discovering Psychology  The series covers such topics as brain development and applying psychology to life.

2. Anatomy and Physiology. This 15 video set includes such titles as “Nutrition”, and “The Special Senses”.

3. ESL Grammar.

4. Split-Infinitive world of  English Grammar.

5. Hello America: A video English Course.

6. Decorating with Shirley Ryan Rose, a video on cake decorating.




Avoiding "Video Nap Syndrome"



Do you turn on the lights after a video and find your students have been napping?  Try these tactics:


Leave the lights on.  Many people are programmed to go to sleep when the lights go down—asking them to stay awake goes against their natural instincts.  And if you ask them to take notes, they’ll need o see the paper.  Try just dimming a few lights near the screen.


Reinforce the Complicated Stuff. Rewind and replay complicated parts to reinforce the information. Ask them if they’ve got it.  Ask for volunteers to read out the steps they’ve noted.


Involve them in the Video.  Give them an exercise that requires active listening.  Stop the video and ask them to critique the action.  Ask them what was wrong, or what was right, with the scene they just saw.  Ask them what should come next, and don’t let them stop with just one possible scenario.  Ask them which item in the frame the demonstrator will use next.


Don’t leave the room. Or they will nap. Or study. Or talk.  Or fire up the barbecue. Or do anything except watch the video.



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