Dig Lit News

December 2017

Make a Template in Google Docs

There are multiple ways to share Google Docs as templates for students.

  1. Be sure the Doc is view only, and students have to click "File" and "Make a Copy".
  2. "Force a Copy" by changing "edit" to "copy" in the link address. But, students don't see what they are making a copy of first.
  3. Provide a "Template" link. To change a Doc, Sheet, Slide, or Drawing to a template link, replace the word, “edit,” with the words, “template/preview.” Hit enter/return, and you will see a preview window with the “Use Template” button. Students can now see what they are copying. This tweet shows this in one easy-to-understand photo.

The video below shows the differences between the three. You can use what works best for you. And, sharing rules still apply. Students still need access to view the doc, slide, etc. to get the template. More Info


Get the Unsplash Add-On in Google Slides

Unsplash is one of my favorite places to find free to use photos. All photos are either part of the public domain or have a Creative Commons license. And, the coolest part, Unsplash offers an add-on in Google Slides. So, students can search for free to use photos right inside Slides! The video below shows how to add this add-on to Google Slides.

Check out even more Google Image alternatives below. Pixabay is another favorite, and they also offer a "safe search" mode.


News to Know

  • COMING SOON! Google has announced that beginning in January all users should be able to embed HTML and Javascript from third parties into your Google Sites!! I'll send out screenshots or tutorials once it's live! :) More Info

  • Updated Menus and Toolbars Coming to Google Docs and Slides: If you take a break from using Google Docs and Google Slides during the upcoming holiday break, you might notice some changes when you open Docs after your vacation.

  • 7 Good Tools for Surveying Your Audience: Games like those you can make on Kahoot and Socrative are great for review activities. However, you don't always need to play a full game to gauge your students' understanding of a topic. And, other times you just need a quick way to anonymously survey your class. Here are some tools that you can use to poll your students or any other audience.

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Our Library Website

On our library website, use the "Pages" to find what you need. If you're new to The Mountain, check it out. There are lots of resources, sites, and tools for both students and staff! We have access to many great databases, and it's all available for use off campus, too! Here are just a few examples (the password is mustangs):

These sources go beyond basic encyclopedia articles and include articles from academic journals and magazines, videos, photos, and more! Passwords and User Names to all MRHS resources can be found here.

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Digital Literacy Partnership

If you ever hear anyone mention the Digital Literacy Partnership (or the DLP), that's me! Across the district, there are Digital Literacy Teacher Librarians or Digital Literacy Teachers in every school. Our job is to support teachers and help our students with information literacy, digital literacy, and technology!

I am available to collaborate and plan with you, co-teach a lesson, work with individual students or groups that need more help, or whatever else you need! I'm happy to come to department or common course meetings or sit down with you individually anytime!

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Want to tell someone, "thanks"? You can just e-mail me who you want to thank and what you want to say, or you can use this document. Either make a copy and share it back with me or print it and bring it to Tracy or me in the library. No anonymous shout-outs. :)

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