Dig Lit News

November 2017

Are you a reader?

Yes? Grab some fellow Mustangs and create a staff Battle of the Books team!

We are in our third year of Battle of the Books at the high schools, and we need a teacher team at Mountain Range! All you have to do, as a team, is read the 16 books on the list before the final battle on April 23. Then, on the 23rd, show up at Northglenn High to compete against other teacher teams in a "pub style" trivia challenge. Interested? Check out the video below for more info, form a team of 3-5 staff members, and start reading. The books are fun, and the kids are even more fun! And, I'd love to give Legacy teachers a little competition this year! I think they've won the past two years!


Hour of Code

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Interested in trying out Hour of Code™? There is a new course available in PDExpress - you can earn 4 hours of recertification credit while learning how to "Host an Hour of Code"! It's online and self-paced! Adams 12 would love to have 15,000 students participate in Hour of Code this year, which can only be achieved if more classroom teachers participate! :)

Plan an Hour of Code™ during Computer Science Education Week, December 4-10! I'd love to come to your class and help run it, too! Why code? Read more here.


News to Know

Here are some of my favorite tips and news from the past month:

5 Takeaways from News Literacy EdCamp: This article gives tips on teaching students what "fake news" is (and isn't'), what it looks like, and how to spot it.

How to Format a Paper in MLA 8: It's not new, but this article includes an easy to understand example of how to format a paper in MLA8 (both with and without annotations). Here's a PDF of an annotated example.

Set a Timeout for Shares of Your Dive Files and Folders: Do you want a person or group to only have access to a document or folder for a certain amount of time? Steps are below (click to enlarge). Under advanced settings, you can also :

  • prevent editors from changing access + adding new people
  • disable options to download, print, and copy for commenters and viewers

New Books

Our Library Website

On our library website, use the "Pages" to find what you need. If you're new to The Mountain, check it out. There are lots of resources, sites, and tools for both students and staff! We have access to many great databases, and it's all available for use off campus, too! Here are just a few examples (the password is mustangs):

These sources go beyond basic encyclopedia articles and include articles from academic journals and magazines, videos, photos, and more! Passwords and User Names to all MRHS resources can be found here.

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Digital Literacy Partnership

If you ever hear anyone mention the Digital Literacy Partnership (or the DLP), that's me! Across the district, there are Digital Literacy Teacher Librarians or Digital Literacy Teachers in every school. Our job is to support teachers and help our students with information literacy, digital literacy, and technology!

I am available to collaborate and plan with you, co-teach a lesson, work with individual students or groups that need more help, or whatever else you need! I'm happy to come to department or common course meetings or sit down with you individually anytime!

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Want to tell someone, "thanks"? You can just e-mail me who you want to thank and what you want to say, or you can use this document. Either make a copy and share it back with me or print it and bring it to Tracy or me in the library. No anonymous shout-outs. :)

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