Dig Lit News

October 2019

Check out Sora for eBooks and Audiobooks

Ever used Overdrive at the public library? Check out Sora, the sister app to Overdrive. Students (and staff) can read eBooks and listen to audiobooks for free! I've purchased a couple of audiobooks to trial (Battle of the Books titles and few other popular titles), but I'm happy to get more if students use them.



Here's the extra cool part...because it's an Overdrive product, Sora can link to both Adams 12 libraries and our local public libraries! I link to Anythink Libraries, Denver Public Libraries, and the High Plains Library District, too. And, I can search all of those plus Adams 12 with a single search. (The only downside is you can only search Juvenile and YA titles, so I keep Libby--another Overdrive app--for other titles.)


Here's a direct link, but it's also in the menu on the library website (example on the right): http://bit.ly/AD12eBooks Students (and teachers) can check out Adams 12 audiobooks and eBooks through a web browser, too. Want your class to check out eBooks and audiobooks? I'm happy to give your students a quick tutorial anytime!

And, if you have an Anythink account, check out Hoopla! You can stream audiobooks and eBooks, movies and television shows, and the newest albums, all for free! There is no waiting, and you chan check out up to seven items a month. More Info
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Edit PDFs in DocHub

Want a easy and free way to edit PDFs? Check out DocHub. I'm sure many of you have used it, but today I found out it can do much more than I was using it for. I've used DocHub to type on PDFs and digitally sign them, but you can also use it to split apart PDFs, delete pages, and merge separate PDFs. This video will show you you how to split apart PDFs, and once in your doucment, click the icon you see on the right to add new PDFs and merge them. It's eays to use and free, unlike some of the Chrome Extensions I've been using.


The great thing with DocHub is you can easily save everything you do to your Google Drive. Make any changes you want by adding and deleting pages, then save to Drive as a new file name so you don't lose any versions. Want help? I'm happy to show you more if you want to sit down together.

Closed Captioning in Google Slides

Did you know you can create closed captioning withing a Google Slides presentation? I remember one tip in ELL training was turning on captions for videos you show your class, but you can turn it on for your presentations, too! Here are step-by-step directions, and this quick video will show you what it looks like, too.

Favorite Past Tips

  • Check out Explora, one of our EBSCO databases that supports mobile searching and features text to speech capabilities.
  • Share entire folders in Google Docs instead of individual documents...it's so much easier! Any new documents in that folder automatically have the same sharing capabilities as the folder.
  • Create quick video tutorials with Screencastify. (Or, check out Loom, my new favorite...)
  • Model being a good "digital citizen" by using public domain photos on Pixabay, Unsplash, or Pexels.

NoodleTools

*Don't forget to check out NoodleTools! This citation builder replaces EasyBib. Here are some of the perks:

  • No ads!
  • Create MLA and APA citations.
  • Export to Google Docs, and link papers in Google Docs within NoodleTools.
  • Students can create notecards and timelines to organize their research.
  • See student projects while they are in-progress so you can make comments along the way!
  • Find out how to create an account below.
https://youtu.be/0_FN9Lv7oDg
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Our Library Website

Our library website is under "Learning Resources" on the MRHS home page. 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! You just need to log in. I also purchase a variety of tech tools for student use. Everything is on our Library Links page!

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!


Again, 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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Reminder on Shout-Outs

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