Digital Media Center Update

January 2017

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2017! Here's hoping you had a relaxing break. Now that you're back with renewed energy, keep the learning going with your digital media tools!

Feature of the Month

Digital Media Features for January

Welcome students back to school with an investigation of New Years' and holiday traditions around the world. Use CultureGrams to investigate these traditions by checking out the Holidays section of each country's page (a subsection of Lifestyles). Check out ProQuest's Share This! blog for an overview of some fun New Year's traditions.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 16. On this day, the legacy of Dr. King's civil rights activism is celebrated. Help your students understand his contributions with a couple of short biographical videos from Learn360, appropriate for elementary and middle school students. Martin Luther King Jr.: Flashbacks is a short overview of Dr. King's life and legacy. Martin's Big Words uses quotes from Dr. King's speeches, along with collage and watercolor art visuals, to illustrate some of his most frequently made points.


Inauguration Day is coming right up. Get students researching with articles from World Book Advanced about the U.S. Presidency, or have them check out SIRS Discoverer's resources about the history of U.S. presidential inaugurations.


If you need help finding more resources for your students from the Digital Media Center tools, please contact me. I'm glad to help!

Searching by Standard in Digital Media Center Tools

If you're looking for materials to support a certain standard you're teaching, some Digital Media Center tools have advanced functions to help you find what you're looking for. View Digital Media Center's Searching By Standards playlist for more information.

Training Available

I'm available to train staff in Digital Media Center subscriber districts on the use of these great tools and how to integrate them in your classroom. If your district hasn't set up a training yet, please contact me to find out more.

Upcoming Events at ESD 112

Shape The Future: 21st Century Teacher Toolbox (ONLINE)

Course Begins February 13


In this course, you'll explore creating an online PLC (professional learning community), gain some skills for finding and vetting online and software tools for your classroom, and share specific resources for increasing student learning and making your life easier. We'll use readings, written responses, and synchronous (live) video discussions throughout the course. For more information, check out the course description on PDEnroller.