Digital Media Center Update
Happy New Year!
Welcome to a new year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break. By now, you've had a few days to get back up to speed. Digital Media Center has some exciting news and great resources to help your teachers and students through the winter doldrums!
On Monday, January 19, we celebrate the life of visionary civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Digital Media Center resources can help to bring this important topic to life for your students. View historical documents, videos, and articles about Dr. King's life, work, and assassination using ProQuest or History Study Center. A few examples...
- Here's an original newspaper article about Dr. King's assassination from the April 5, 1968 Chicago Tribune.
- Explore Dr. King's work in the context of the American Civil Rights Movement via a study unit.
- Learn360 has many videos about Dr. King. Narrow your search by length or grade level to find just the right video for your students.
- Students can view a timeline of Dr. King's life on World Book Timelines. They can even modify and save the timeline as part of an assignment if they have a student account--ask students to choose the most important events, add their own events, or enhance the existing events with additional media and detail.
Any of these resources can be used to develop student reading and listening skills, to do research for an oral presentation or written paper, or just to stimulate discussion in your classroom--all important Common Core standards. The Library of Congress even goes so far as to state that "Primary sources are integral to helping students achieve the CCSS." Don't forget about these great tools when working to get your students up to speed on Common Core standards!
As always, if you have any questions about your Digital Media Center subscription or just need some help searching for a resource, please email me. Happy searching!
Feature of the Month
Announcing Discovery Kit - Our Free Student App and Website!
We're very excited to announce the launch of our Discovery Kit App for iOS and Android devices, along with the Discovery Kit website for Chrome OS devices. 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 or check out the website. We'd love to hear your feedback! Email me with any questions, concerns, or ideas.
Easy to navigate
Just click the icons to find your resources, take notes, or search.
Discovery Kit Website
Click here to view Discovery Kit from a web browser.
Find your school
Easy-to-remember icons make finding your district's icons simple for students.
Discovery Kit Website
Learn360 Updates - Added Content and New Formats
Learn360 has also added over 2,000 videos since last month. Some of the key additions include:
- Math City, Math Mystery, Art Bot, Lady Vocab Show, Citizen Science, Time Trackers (TVO)
- Video Vocab (Mazzarella Media)
- Deaf Planet, Skatoony Seasons 1 and 2, This Is Daniel Cook, This Is Emily Yeung (Distribution360)
- Whaddyado, ChatRoom (Rotfeld Productions)
- Under One Sky,Born to Be Wild - Saving the Majestic Tiger, and more (International Fund for Animal Welfare)
- Just Like You: Down Syndrome, Just Like You: Cancer as Told by Three Children, Just Like You: Burns as Told by Three Children, and more (Just Like You Films)
If you haven't logged in for a while, now is a great time to do so and re-familiarize yourself with these great video resources!
Upcoming Events at ESD 112
Introduction to Google Apps for Education
Wednesday, Feb. 18th, 1:30-5:30pm
2500 Northeast 65th Avenue
This class is for beginners to Google Drive, with a small class size so you get lots of personal attention!
We have two dates remaining this winter:
2/18/15, 1:30 - 5:30 Click here to register for this session.
2/25/15, 1:00 - 5:00 Click here to register for this session.
Leadership Cohort: Google Apps for Education (Series)
Monday, July 13th, 9am-3pm
2500 Northeast 65th Avenue
A year-long cohort that meets four times for a two-day session (eight sessions over the course of a school year) with the intention of developing building-level leaders who are proficient in using the Google Apps for Education suite. In addition to face-to-face meetings, participants will engage in an online discussion group as well as attend at least four ala carte webinars. Participants will be expected to conduct three professional development sessions within their district and/or building on Google Apps for Education.
Dates for this cohort are as follows:
7/13/2015, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7/14/2015, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
9/22/2015, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
9/23/2015, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
1/21/2016, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
1/22/2016, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5/23/2016, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5/24/2016, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Prerequisites: Basic Google Drive navigation including creation, editing and sharing Google files. Experience using Gmail and Google Calendar. Experience with editing a website is helpful but not required. Participants must have a Google Apps for Education account in order to participate.
Click here for more information and to register.