Tech 101

Fast and Easy Tips to Make You Look Like A Tech Genius!

April 2016

Boise School District librarians offer this monthly newsletter to provide tips and information about some of the digital resources available to both teachers and students.
All of these programs and tools are available at the Boise Schools Library Portal Page or on individual school library websites.

World Book Kids

Find a world of facts to explore in World Book Kids—the website specially designed just for young students! Now with a brand-new interface, the new image-driven navigation will appeal to kids. Make it your own with a customizable background complete with 200 images to choose from! All students and especially visual learners will instantly be enthralled with images, videos, and maps that grab their attention and help them learn. A wealth of activities provides fun challenges, from cracking codes to making musical instruments. Animal lovers will leap for World of Animals, a colorful and fun feature that allows kids to search for and learn about their favorite animals.

App of the Month

Epic! provides an unlimited selection of eBooks that can be instantly discovered, read and shared with friends. Personalized for each individual reader, Epic! is the only place to access thousands of high quality, curated children's books without the need to purchase or download them one by one. Beautifully designed for mobile and featuring fun, game-like elements, Epic! provides kids with a personal library they can take anywhere. In a world of unlimited screen time, Epic! is a smart alternative to games and videos. Epic! is available on all iOS and Android devices and is free for Educators.
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GAFE Tip of the Month

Keyboard Shortcuts

Have you ever accidentally closed a tab in Chrome. What can you do, try to search for the site and information again? Or you could use CTRL + Shift + T and reopen the last tab closed.

Done typing that email? Instead of grabbing the mouse and clicking Send, you can quickly use CTRL + Enter to do the same thing.

There are many amazing and easy keyboard shortcuts that once learned, can make your experience with Google programs quick and efficient.

For a list of Google Keyboard Shortcuts click here, or if you are on a Chromebook use CTRL + ?.

Creating Contact Groups in GMAIL

Make sharing in Google Drive easier by creating Groups in your GMAIL of your student's email addresses. Check out the video below to see how easy it is to create a Group in your GMAIL.
Gmail - How to Create a Group
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