Tech 101

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

November & December 2014

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 Discover

World Book Discover offers engaging reference resources for students reading below grade level because of language or learning difficulties, with content and tools specifically developed for these students.


If you're looking for an easy-to-use video editor for your students that offers more than Animoto, but isn't as complicated as full-fledged video editors, Loopster could be what you're after. Create and edit videos with many easy to learn features that will have you editing like a Hollywood producer in no time. Creating a login is as simple as clicking the Google icon to login with your Google account. An App version is also available on Google Play and iTunes.

Updating Your Page

Keep your page looking new and up to date by changing backgrounds, colors and pictures. Practice using the features of your Fusion page now and you'll be prepared for quick updates in the future.

Follett Brytewave K-12

BryteWave K-12 Edition is the new reading environment for Follett eContent focused on universal access and building critical thinking skills through reading, studying and note taking. Enjoy easy and instant access to your school library’s Follett eBook collection on the go from any Android or Apple device with the Follett BryteWave app. Our fiction eBook selection no contains over 400 books across all grade levels. Ask your librarian for more information. Click here for a printable flyer on downloading and using your library Apps.
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Google App/Extension Spotlight of the Month

With Google Drive you can store and access your files anywhere with Google Drive — on the web, on your hard drive, or on the go.

With Google Drive you can:

  • Create, add, or upload a file with a single button.
  • Easily find and add shared files.
  • Drag and drop files and folders, just like you do on your desktop.
  • Share files with others and choose what they can do with them: view, comment, or edit.

You can check out the video below about the Google Drive or check out this great handout here for new users on the basics of using Google Drive.
Meet the new Google Drive
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