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with Hornet Library -- March 5, 2018

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Google Home and Story Speaker in the Classroom

Do you struggle to get students to write in the classroom? Have a Google Home Speaker that you want to do more with? Story Speaker is a Google Add-On that will read from a Google Doc through a Google Home Device. Documents that students have written, such as poems, short stories, essays or even text copied and then pasted into a Google Doc, like the Gettysburg Address, Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner and so on can be read aloud via Google Home in your classroom.

For classrooms where longer writing passages are encouraged, the interactive "choose your own adventure" templates in Story Speaker will allow students to craft interactive stories. Depending on the response of the listener, the story will skip to the new point in the text. Watch this short video on YouTube about Story Speaker.

This "if, then" type of writing is the same method used by Google Home and countless other computer-based applications that allow kids to "talk" to Santa or the Easter Bunny. It is all in the Coding of the template --- but that is another topic of discussion!

The ways to use Google Home in the classroom are growing as the technology becomes more available and integrated into how we work and play. I challenge you to think about the possibilities of using Story Speaker with Google Home in your classroom setting.

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Survival Tips for New (and not so new) Teachers

"My heart is singing for joy this morning! A miracle has happened! The light of understanding has shone upon my little pupil's mind, and behold, all things are changed!" ~ Anne Sullivan

Try Something New

Files Go by Google is an Android App that will help you clean up space on your device. The app will identify rarely used apps that can be deleted, as well as assist you in getting rid of spam and duplicate images you might be storing. The Files Go app is part of Google's Go Lite line of resources.
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Starbucks, Anyone?

Spring Break!

If you are not counting down to 4:05 this Friday, then you might be the only one! With 9 days of break time ahead of us to get us recharged for the final push to the end of the year, there is a lot to get excited about.

For this challenge, Tweet out a photo of yourself out enjoying your break. Whether you are learning a new craft, finishing up a long-awaited project, catching an ECHS ballgame or just relaxing with family, Tweet out to @Hornet Library with the #HornetLibrary and #ECHSHornets hashtags for your chance to be this week's winner. Submissions must be posted by midnight on Sunday, March 18th!

Enjoy your time away.

Reservations for Technology

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Lisa D. Merrifield, MLS

Certified Librarian, EC - 12

Certified Instructional Technology Specialist