Tech 101

Some Fast and Easy Tips to Make You Look Like A Tech Genius!

November 2013

As educators continue to integrate more technology into the classroom, Boise School District librarians offer this monthly newsletter to provide tips and information about some of the digital resources at your disposal.

All of these programs and tools are available at the Boise Schools Library Portal Page or on individual school library websites. Each section heading below is a direct link to the page where the resource can be found.


Narrable is a tool that can be used to create an animated timeline. It can be found on the Presentation Tools page under the Timeline & Slideshow Creators section.
Click below to see an example of a Narrable designed by 4th grade students from Whitney Elementary.

Databases 4th-12th Grade: Student Research Center by EBSCOhost

Do you have a research project in the near future? Take a look at this database to help you get the content and resources you need. Student Research Center will provide you with magazines, newspapers, books, images, maps and more. Click here to take you to an example of a timely article and book list of Native American Literature.

The short video tutorial below is a quick tour of the database.

Student Research Center - Tutorial

Tips & Tricks

The library catalog has a new and updated interface for students and teachers. Click below to see some of the new and fun features available with the Destiny Quest library catalog.

Destiny Quest App

Like Destiny Quest at school? Below is a video with instructions on how to download and set up the Destiny Quest App. This will allow students and teachers to search their school library catalog from their mobile device.

Downloading and Configuring the Destiny Quest Mobile App for Android and iPhone Mobile Devices

Linking Resource Pages to Your Classroom Page

If you would like to link some of the above resources, or an a resource page, check out the video below. It shows one how to correctly create links in School Fusion to other School Fusion Pages.

Tool Time

Not just for Librarians, this is a great list of tools to help with literature, reading, poetry and CCSS lessons. Find fun and creative ways to present lessons to your students.

Tool of the Month: Free Fonts

Want to jazz up your documents, handouts, newsletters, letters home, or your website? Click here for an example of websites with free fonts that you can download and use. You can also click here for a video showing you how to load your new free fonts.

Primary Sources can be an integral component in creating and implementing CCSS lessons. A resource page devoted to free Primary Sources has been created for your use. Below is an example of one of the sources that can be found there.

National Archives: Native American Heritage Month

In honor of both Veteran's Day and Native American Heritage Month, linked below using the National Archives Database found on our Primary Sources page, is an article and original document about the use of Navajo Code-Talkers during WWII.