Digital Media Center Update

May 2015

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.


National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

With all the sitting and testing that happens in the spring, it's good to focus on movement for a while. Get out there and get moving–then relate your activity to science! Check out resources related to sports science in eLibrary, or sports and physics in ProQuest Search.

Feature of the Month

World Book Kids Redesign!

In March, World Book Kids launched its completely redesigned website. The site is completely new, with image-driven navigation, and it's now optimized to work well with iPads or other tablets. Many new curriculum-based games and activities are available, as well as the fact-packed articles you're used to--now presented in a visually engaging format to really grab your students' attention. If you haven't checked it out, try it now!


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

Vancouver, WA

We are so excited to be the hosts of the official Washington State Google Apps for Education Summit! This will be an inspiring, fun day to get you geared up for the 2015-2016 school year. Check out our website to see planned sessions, and register here!

Intro to Google Admin Console

Thursday, Aug. 20th, 9:30am-3pm

2500 Northeast 65th Avenue

Vancouver, WA

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.


To register, click here. For more information or questions, contact Katherine Livick.