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Uninvited: NY Invasive Species Documentary

A new documentary called “Uninvited: The Spread of Invasive Species” came out in November 2021. It was produced by the NYS Department of Conservation (DEC) and tells the story of invasive species in NYS. This compelling documentary describes the impact that invasive species have on the state, and also provides ways for people to combat this persistent problem.

It runs about 52 minutes, and can be found along with educational resources at the WXXI website at Invasive Species Education Resources | WXXI, or on YouTube (Scroll down for resources and information)


NY DEC Invasive Species Curriculum
Curriculum provided by the NYS DEC for MS and HS students.

NY Invasive Species Research Institute
Housed at Cornell University, this research institute coordinates invasive species research to help prevent and manage the impact of invasive species in New York State.

NY iMapInvasives
NY iMapInvasives is an online, collaborative, GIS-based database and mapping tool that serves as the official invasive species database for New York State.

NY DEC Nuisance & Invasive Species
Information from the NYDEC on nuisance & invasive species

NY Invasive Species Information
NY Invasive Species Information Clearinghouse

US Dept of Agriculture National Invasive Species Information Center
Provides selected New York resources from agencies and organizations with an interest in the prevention, control, or eradication of invasive species.

NYS Library 2017 Exhibit Invasive Species
Highlights resources available in their collection.


Middle School Life Science and Earth Science

MS-LS2-4: Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

MS-LS2-5: Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and protecting ecosystem stability.

MS-ESS3-3: Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

High School Life Sciences

HS-LS2-2: Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales.

HS-LS2-7: Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.

HS-LS4-5: Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in: (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.

Featured Resources: Instructional Media

Monroe One BOCES offers educators in districts that participate in our Multimedia service the SAFARI Montage instructional video platform, and Learn360 videos.

To get there, go to: and log in with your Active Directory account (what you would normally use to log in to your school computer)

To help you think through how to use video in your classroom, read this Eduptopia article from March of last year about using video in the classroom: It lays out very clear tips for using video in your classroom (summarized below).

It’s important to have a clear purpose for using a film, documentary or news clip. Make sure you’re not just assigning a video to use up time.

Be purposeful when using video, such as:

  • Building background knowledge on a topic. Video is great for ELL students because they can pick up information using visual cues.
  • Enriching a text or text excerpt. Video can help students visualize a place, event or person.
  • Deepening or solidifying student learning. Giving students information in multiple modalities can help students learn more thoroughly.

Tips for using video:

  • Be selective. Pick the most dynamic and pertinent clips to illustrate your point. Use the chapters feature in SAFARI Montage
  • Provide a mission. “As you watch, pay attention to…” Setting a goal will keep students attentive.
  • Pause to ponder (and write)
  • Turn on closed captioning. Again, listening, while reading and using video images for visual clues are great multimodal ways for students to take in information.

A Cool Video Montage!

SAFARI Montage is your guide to BOCES educational video resources!

Monroe One BOCES Multimedia service has a LOT of video resources FREE for Multimedia Service Members to use. During this hour-long workshop, we’ll learn how to access these videos, use them with classes, and take a look at our newest content.

This is for teachers and librarians in districts that participate in the Monroe One Multimedia Service.

Join us Tuesday, March 24th (3:30 pm – 4:30 pm)

Register here:


New Learn360 Titles

Learn360 recently added almost 700 titles to its collection. These titles are newly embedded into our SAFARI Montage platform.

We’ve created some playlists to help you better navigate these titles:

Featured Playlists:

United News (Collection of newsreel footage from the 1940’s) – Grades 6-adult

Universal Newsreels (Collection of newsreel footage from the 1930’s) – Grades 9-12

Prelinger Archives (Collection of newsreel footage from 1920’s-1940s, covering topics such as Charles Lindbergh’s Flight, the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, etc.) – Grades 9-12

The WPA Film Library (Footage from the 1920’s – 1940’s) – Grades 9-12

Looks International (Footage from the 1920’s – 1940’s) – Grades 9-12

Ferguson’s Career Tips – Grades 9-12

Highlights for Children (Animated Stories from highlights) – Grades PreK – K



The Summer of Space

This year, on July 20th, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing. WXXI is celebrating with a series of programs all about space.

Wednesday, June 5th and Friday, June 7th: “Chasing the Moon” (Watch the preview)

Tuesday, July 9th: American Experience “Space Men” 

Tuesday, July 16th: NOVA “Apollo’s Daring Mission”

Wednesday, July 17th: NOVA “First Man on the Moon”

Tuesday, July 23rd: “A Year in Space”

Tuesday, July 30th: “Beyond a Year in Space”

Wednesday, July 31st: “The Farthest–Voyager in Space”

Introducing: Monroe One Tutor Clips!

Our Multimedia department has been busy making short, easily accessible tutorials for educators using our Multimedia service. So far, Monroe One Tutor Clips include overviews of Safari MONTAGE and Soundzabound, as well as how to use Soundzabound on an iPad. More are already in the works.

Educators can access the Monroe One Tutor Clips by visiting the iMedia website ( and clicking the Tutor Clips link to the left, or at the Tutor Clips site directly.

Happy National Library Week!