Digital Media Center Update

January 2015

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 View historical documents, videos, and articles about Dr.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...

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.

Learn360 Updates - Added Content and New Formats

Learn360 has made some great updates for the new year. One thing you may notice within the next few weeks is that they've converted all videos on the site to MP4/HTML 5 format. This means that videos should play back smoothly on any device, including mobile devices--a great upgrade! It does mean that the site will look slightly different. Beginning in February, the "alternative formats" currently available next to each video--Flash, Windows Media, and QuickTime--will disappear. No need to panic! Videos will still play back in your browser and downloadable videos will still be downloadable. For more information, including a list of supported mobile devices, click here.

Learn360 has also added over 2,000 videos since last month. Some of the key additions include:

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

Vancouver, WA

Streamline your classroom with Google Apps! Anytime, anywhere document creation and collaboration is possible using Google Drive. Using a Google account, you and your students can create, share and collaborate on documents, presentations, and drawings. Never lose another file again!

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

Vancouver, WA

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.

Official Washington Summit featuring Google Apps for Education

Wednesday, Aug. 12th, 8am

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. Details are still in the works. Save the date and watch this page for more information and a registration link--coming soon!