Digital Media Center Update
May - Not just for testing!
Can you believe it's May already? By now, you're working on MSP and Smarter Balanced testing, planning for the end of the year, and gazing longingly out the window at the beautiful spring weather--as are your students. Here are a few ideas to help you keep them engaged for the next few weeks!
Children's Book Week, May 4-10
Your Digital Media Center subscription includes some great resources to help you celebrate Children's Book Week.
- Learn360 has classics like Rumpelstiltskin, The Emperor's New Clothes, and Jack and the Beanstalk, more recent books like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Miss Nelson Is Back, and many more. Don't forget to check out Reading Rainbow's videos for a wealth of book-related resources!
- World Book Online has appropriate articles about childrens' literature and authors like Judy Blume and Laura Ingalls Wilder to help your students explore what it means to be a writer.
- Visit SIRS Discoverer to meet children’s authors, such as Madeleine L’Engle, Mary Pope Osbourne, and Brian Selznick. Learn about children’s book illustrators, including Eric Carle,Beth Krommes, and Kadir Nelson. Older students could use SIRS to research prominent authors in the Young Adult genre.
- ProQuest Learning: Literature has a wealth of information about childrens' and young adult literature.
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
Feature of the Month
World Book Kids Redesign!
Coming soon to your World Book subscription: a complete redesign of World Book Student!
Don't Forget Discovery Kit - Our Free Student App and Website!
If you haven't checked out our Discovery Kit App for iOS and Android devices, along with the Discovery Kit website for Chrome OS devices, take a look! This app streamlines the process of accessing the rich resources in our Digital Media Center databases, especially for younger students. Tap or click on "Find My District", then tap or click your district's icon for a page with links to all your district's specific tools. Please download the app today, if you haven't already, or check out the website. We'd love to hear your feedback! Email me with any questions, concerns, or ideas.
Upcoming Events at ESD 112
Official Washington Summit featuring Google Apps for Education
Wednesday, Aug. 12th, 9am-3pm
2500 Northeast 65th Avenue
Intro to Google Admin Console
Thursday, Aug. 20th, 9:30am-3pm
2500 Northeast 65th Avenue
Are you tasked with running a Google Apps for Education domain for your district? The Google Apps Admin Console is a powerful tool with many options for customizing your users’ experience. This overview course covers the basics of configuring Google Apps for an education domain, with a focus on best practices for education users. We’ll go through customizing your admin control panel, creating and organizing users, individual app settings for your domain, and the basics of monitoring your domain for suspicious activity. Audience: Current system administrators who want a walk-through of Google’s system, or technically proficient Google Apps users who want to start managing a Google domain.
Prerequsites: Users need their own Google Apps for Education domain and super administrator access to participate. This is not a high-level technical course, but users will need to be comfortable with using Google Apps and familiar with the basics of the user experience to be successful.
Users need their own Google Apps for Education domain and super administrator access to participate. This is not a high-level technical course, but users will need to be comfortable with using Google Apps and familiar with the basics of the user experience to be successful. Users may bring a laptop or Chromebook if they prefer. Lunch is included.