Tech Tips of the Week

September 21-25, 2015 #proudtobeajet

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Building Resumes with Google Templates

This week students came to the library to create resumes. In today's competitive job market, job seekers must find ways to stand out from the crowd of black and white template driven resumes that stream across human resource desks.

Business Insider recently published an article with examples of clever résumés, from designing a personal Amazon page (complete with reviews) to making a candy bar wrapper to showcase job skills, that can yield big rewards. See and share these examples with your students by clicking HERE.

One site students could use to build their creative, stand out resumes is Canva. Canva gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into stunning designs without getting bogged down with expensive, complicated software. It's fast, easy and fun to use.

Still want students to learn how to create a traditional resume? Try using Google Templates! Why? Below are a few reasons why:

  • Google Templates are device agnostic
  • Google automatically saves student work
  • Students can access their resume from any device
  • Google resumes can be shared easily and there is no worry regarding software compatibility

Why not use Microsoft Publisher?

  • Microsoft Publisher costs money
  • Microsoft Publisher is not device agnostic
  • Microsoft Publisher does not auto save
  • The JCHS copier/printer in the library doesn't play well with Microsoft Publisher thus students often lose all their hard work when using Microsoft Publisher at school

Remember the JCHS Library is always ready to help co teach new technologies to your students. See Ms. Robertson for more details.

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3D Printer and Digitizer Have Arrived!

The JCHS Library is pleased to announce the arrival of our MakerBot 3D Printer and Digitizer.

My friend, Dr. Anna Wan, Mathematics professor and Bot Cave Director at Columbus State University, teaches preservice teachers how to use 3D Printers to support and enhance their curriculum.

So how can a 3D Printer support and enhance what you teach?


"3D printing most commonly has been used to help students envision graphs and mathematical models. Some students have a difficult time grasping numbers and diagrams that they can only see on paper. This isn’t a learning disability, but rather just the way that some of our brains function. 3D printing helps those students who have a more difficult time envisioning equations, elaborate graphs, and complex mathematical models to more easily see them through tangible representations."


"3D printing is an excellent way for students to better understand geological formations on a scale that is not presentable through 2-dimensional images. We have seen many interesting 3D printed geological forms come to the aid of those studying geography and geology. 3D printing has helped researchers land a shuttle on a comet, by aiding in picking the best possible landing spot. We have also seen a man 3D print earthquake data to help him better compare a recent quake in California to those experienced in the past. In addition to this, companies have been using 3D printing to better understand the cause and effect of oil/gas fracking."


"History is probably the subject that has the most to gain through 3D printing technology. Museums all over the globe are finally beginning to see the potential that 3D scanning and printing can have on not only making replicas of ancient artifacts, but also backing them up and providing a more hands-on feel of them. Previously, when you were to visit a museum, you could “look but not touch” the artifacts. Now with the availability of high-end 3D printers and scanners, replicas can be touched, and many of these replicas are virtually indistinguishable from their real counterparts. Now imagine if every history class had the ability to 3D print replicas of artifacts from a massive library of downloadable STL files. Every classroom would now have access to museum artifacts from the luxury of their own school."


"Art and design classes are surely going to see tremendous effects of 3D printing. The technology will open a whole new realm of possibilities for art teachers. Lesson plans could expand to include 3D design, and become much more interesting, with students being able to bring their designs to life via 3D printing. No longer do we have to rely on 2-dimensional screens in order to view 3-dimensional models. Comprehensive projects could be taken on, on a national or even global level, with the ability to share 3D printable art design with anyone, including other schools in the world. Classes in New York could work on projects with classes in India, and then 3D print their final results in both locations. There are many unique forms of art that have come about in the past few years through the use of 3D printing, but we have not even begun to scratch the surface of what is possible."

Explore items that can be created with the 3D printer HERE.

Click HERE to read more about how Columbus State University is using the Bot Cave for education.

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