Media Minute

EAHS Library Media Center ~ December 2015

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A HUGE Thank You!

Thank you to everyone for being so patient with all of the December library closures. Your cooperation during testing was much appreciated.

As most of you know, we were fortunate to be able to attend the annual LACUE technology conference in New Orleans last week. We are very excited about all of the things that we learned, and we can't wait to be able to share it all with you. For now, we will leave you with a few Google tools that are easy to use and are sure to be useful!

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Google Drive - Files in Multiple Folders

Ever have a file that needs to be in more than one place? Instead of making multiple copies - because if you need to make changes, you’ll have to do it multiple times - you can now house a file in multiple folders in Google Drive!

To move multiple files/folders to a folder:

  1. Expand your folders list under My Drive on the left side of the screen so that you can see the desired location(s).

  2. Click 1 time on the file/folder you’d like to select.

  3. Hold CTRL on your keyboard.

  4. Drag the file to the desired folder.

  5. Repeat if the file needs to be in other folders.

NOTE: The original file stays in the original location. You can still open it from any location to make changes.

(Credit: Brooke Fontenot, Technology Facilitator - Lafayette parish School System)

Google Drive Research Tool

Research is an excellent tool for students. It allows them to conduct research and create citations during the process. Students can search the web, images, Google Scholar, and more! Research is available in Docs, Slides, & Drawings.

  1. Click Tools and select Research. A pop-up box will appear on the right of the screen.

  2. Select a search type from the search box drop down.

  3. Type in a keyword to begin the search.

  4. Click on a link to view the resource. It will open in a new tab.

  5. After reading/researching, type in your document.

  6. Hover over the source from the research window on the right.

  7. Click Cite. A superscript number will appear to the right of the text you typed. A footnote will appear, numbered, with the source.

(Credit: Brooke Fontenot, Technology Facilitator - Lafayette parish School System)

Great Google Add-On: g(Math)

Create graphs and complex math equations directly from the Google Docs sidebar with g(Math). When you create with g(Math) and insert the equation or graph into the Doc, you are adding an image. That image (.png file) will include an associate link that you can open directly in a browser.

Installing g(Math):

1. Open your Google Drive

2. Open a new Google Docs document

3. Click Add-ons | Get add-ons

4. Locate g(Math)

5. Hover your cursor over the listing until the +FREE button appears

6. Click +FREE

7. When prompted, click Accept

8. You are now ready to use g(Math).

Adding a math expression to our document. Here's how:

  1. Click Add-ons | g(Math) | Create math expression
  2. When the g(Math) sidebar opens (Figure B) scroll down to Prebuilt formatting and expressions
  3. Click on the elements needed to create your formula
  4. Scroll up to the LaTex window and edit the formula as needed
  5. Once the formula perfectly meets your needs, place your cursor in the document (where you want the formula), and click the Insert button.

Google Slides Templates

Let’s face it… Google Slides “Themes” are quite awful! Use this site to find better themes. Once you find one you like, click Use This Presentation Template. After it opens, click File and Make a copy. The template is now saved in your Google Drive. When you want to use it, make a copy of it from your drive and edit the slides!

(Credit: Brooke Fontenot, Technology Facilitator - Lafayette parish School System)

East Ascension High School Library Media Center

Angele LaCroix, Library Media Specialist

Stacie Muse, Library Media Specialist