Check it Out!

News from the Columbus City District Libraries

Special Technology Resources Edition December 2019

Winter 2019

In this edition:
  • CCS Library Media Services Technology Resources

  • SMART Learning Suite & Google Drive Now Integrated

  • Google News and Updates for Summer 2019

  • Free Typing Websites

  • Getting started with the your Destiny Library Catalog

  • InfOhio Resources

  • Look Who's Coding! Girls Who Code Clubs

  • Learning without Limits: Google Expeditions

CCS Library Media Services

The Library Media Services department provides professional development, instructional resources, and support for educators to help them successfully integrate technology into a standards-based curriculum. Below are the resources supported by the department.

Ask your Library Media Specialist or visit the Library Services website for more information at

SMART Learning Suite & Google Drive

Big news: SMART Learning Suite Online (SLS Online) now integrates with G Suite! Teachers and schools can now access SLS Online from within G Suite to create, deliver, organize and share lessons, leveraging the existing Google tools and workflows already used in the classroom.

This new integration means there’s no need to for teachers to waste time by switching to a new platform during a lesson. Even better, teachers can easily share their SLS Online lessons directly from Google Drive or Google Classroom.

Open, create and store SLS Online lessons directly from G Suite

To create a lesson in Google Drive, select New > More > SMART Learning Suite. When SLS Online opens, select import from Google Drive to import a file, such as a PDF, to start creating a lesson. The lesson will automatically open in Creation Mode. You can then add activities and assessments, and further tailor your lesson to meet your needs.

Your SLS Online lessons are automatically stored in Google Drive alongside your other files, meaning you don’t have to go hunting for lessons or content in different platforms and places. Create specific folders for subjects, such as Math or Geography, and store your SLS Online lessons in there along with other relevant files in your Google Drive.

Deliver lessons to students and share with colleagues

To deliver the lesson, simply right click on it from inside Google Drive, choose Open With and then choose SMART Learning Suite. If you’d like to send your lesson to to students for homework, simply create a link as you would for any other Google Doc and share it. You can also assign it to students directly from Google Classroom, meaning you don’t have to change anything about your existing workflow.

Check out this resources to help get started:


SMART Learning Suite & Google Drive K-12 December 12 , 2019

Central Enrollment Lab 213– 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Course#36056 in PDS

Smart Learning Suite Online is now integrated into Google Drive! In this session, we will practice uploading Smart Notebook activities into Google Drive and creating new Smart Learning Suite Online activities directly in your Google Drive. (.15 CEUs)

Big picture
Stewart Alternative Elementary student using his catalog searching skills to find a good book.

Destiny Library Catalog

Destiny is the library catalog for all school libraries in Columbus City School District. Students and teachers can access Destiny from any computer or mobile device to search for books and resources available in their school’s library.

There are multiple ways to access the Destiny site for your school library:

  1. From any computer or device by visiting and choosing your school from the list. Student username is ID Number and password is birthday with slashes (MM/DD/YYYY). Teacher username is first part of email and password is same as email password.
  2. From Clever by selecting Library Media Technology and clicking on Destiny Library. Choose your school from the list. Student username is ID Number and password is birthday with slashes (MM/DD/YYYY). Teacher username is first part of email and password is same as email password.
  3. From the Destiny Discover Website by visiting and choosing your school from the list. Student username is ID Number and password is birthday with slashes (MM/DD/YYYY). Teacher username is first part of email and password is same as email password.
  4. From the Destiny Read for iOS and Android devices (download the app from the store and choose your location from the list)

You do not need to log in to Destiny to search your library’s catalog. However, when students or teachers log in to Destiny with their CCS Credentials they have access to numerous additional features.

Big picture


Big picture

Free Typing Websites

Due to low overall district usage, Typing Agent has not been renewed for the 2019-2020 school year. Please see the free keyboarding programs available below:

Visit the CCS Library Website for more information about free typing websites

Big picture
INFOhio, the state’s PreK-12 virtual library, works with Ohio public libraries, university libraries, and the State Library of Ohio to provide a collection of digital resources to everyone in the state, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The information you retrieve will be safe, useful and accurate. The premium research databases contain ebooks, encyclopedias, magazine and newspaper articles, practice tests, poems, plays, science experiments, biographies, websites, images, primary sources, and streaming videos. Only quality information from recognized sources is available. When students search the INFOhio collection the results will be reliable and current. Visit InfOhio is also linked in Clever under Library Media Technology. Student can also access InfOhio from home!

Check out a few InfOhio Resources below:

Big picture

Girls who Code Clubs in CCS

Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology. Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls and several other schools are starting Girls Who Code Clubs. Girls Who Code Clubs are free after-school or during school programs for 3rd-12th grade girls to join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models and use computer science to change the world. Clubs are led by Facilitators, who can be teachers, librarians, parents, or volunteers from any background or field. Many Facilitators have NO technical experience and learn to code alongside their Club members. Contact Lynda Ray ( or Dr. Sybil Brown ( if interested in starting a Girls Who Code Club at your school.
Big picture

Learning without Limits: Google Expeditions

At Columbus City Schools we make extraordinary educational opportunities, everyday! We have Three Google Expeditions Kits for library and classroom use. The kits have been in high demand and have fostered great collaboration between librarians and teachers.

Google Expeditions are collections of virtual reality panoramas - 360° photo spheres and 3D images - annotated with details, points of interest and questions that make them easy to integrate into curriculum already used in schools. You can swim with sharks, visit outer space, turn the classroom into a museum, and more without leaving the classroom. Where will they take you?

Visit the CCS Library Media Service Technology Resources page for more information on Google Expeditions.