TCEA Lib-Sig

October Newsletter

Free Member Webinar: Building Inquiry Tools to Support Classroom Research

This webinar will focus on several digital tools to help librarians facilitate student inquiry and research. Librarians will learn how to create online spaces where students can easily access different information sources, annotate and take notes online, cite web sources, and use YouTube to create video helpers.

Nancy Jo Lambert will lead this webinar and showcase the free MackinVIA platform and how to integrate it with several online tools such as Canva, Google Drive, YouTube, and Screencast-O-Matic.

Twitter Talk: TweetChat

TweetChat is a great site for folks who want to full engage in a Twitter chat without distractions. You just go to the site, plug in the hashtag, and the site takes you to just that stream for that hashtag.

This is also a great tool for Twitter chats because you can slow the stream if it's a fast moving chat, the site automatically adds the hashtag for the chat to every tweet you send, and you can easily retweet, reply, or like tweets in the chat.

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Google Tech Tip: ColorZilla for Chrome

I use ColorZilla all the time when I am creating images, or I want to match text or background to a color in an image. It is a super useful extension that I probably use nearly everyday! It's supper easy, just click on the dropper, scroll over the piece online you want to color match, and then the color is automatically copied to your clipboard and you can paste in to the #ffffff color tone. I use in Google Drive apps, in Canva, and numerous other places I want to make colors match.

From ColorZilla:

ColorZilla for Google Chrome is an extension that assists web developers and graphic designers with color related tasks - both basic and advanced.

ColorZilla includes a Color Picker, Eye Dropper, Gradient Generator and many additional advanced color tools.

With ColorZilla you can get a color reading from any point in your browser, quickly adjust this color and paste it into another program. You can analyze the page and inspect a palette of its colors. You can create advanced multi-stop CSS gradients. And there's much more...

Ed Tech Tip Worth Knowing: Unsplash

As librarians, I know we are always looking for great site for images for our own design projects and for students to use. I use unsplash nearly everyday!

Unsplash has a Google Slides Add-On that makes it so easy for students to add great images to slides too!

I share this site with students working on projects and I show them how easy it is to download an image and copy the optional image credit to use with their photo. I also explain how posting on social media to say thanks and promote the photographer and unsplash helps everyone!

This is a great example of digital citizenship by using images free of copyright, thanking the creator who donated the image, and also being a conscientious member of the greater online community.


Beautiful, free images gifted by the world’s most generous community of photographers. Better than any royalty free or stock photos.

Digital Citizenship Week October 15-19, 2018

October 15-19 is Digital Citizenship Week. At the start of the school year, I always do digital citizenship with my Career and Technology classes, so I thought I would share that with you.

This year, I revamped the outdated and tired content given to me by our district. With the help of my Digital Learning Coach, we created a Google Site to house the content we wanted to give them, and then we paired the 8 "stations" of content with 8 GooseChase missions. After the students successfully completed the Goose Chase missions, they were given an access code for a Google Quiz that I made and dropped into the teacher's Google Classrooms.


The purpose of our Library SIG is to help librarians increase their technology skills and to integrate those skills into the learning environment.