Tuesday's Tidbits

IES Library Newsletter for January 5, 2016

Technology

4 Great New Google Docs Templates for Teachers

A few months ago, we shared with you six popular Google Docs templates to use in your instruction but those were in the old template gallery. Now that the new Docs template gallery is released, there are way more practical templates to use for different educational purposes. We have spent sometime browsing through the collection there and picked out for you the ones below. These are especially helpful for creating lesson plans, brochures, newsletters and resumes. To access and use any of these templates, go to Docs Gallery and click on 'More' on top right hand side


1- Lesson Plan
This is a great template to use for creating your lesson plans. It is pretty basic and features the basic elements making up a lesson plan. There are two versions of this template one is called Playful and the other Simple.


2- Brochure
This one allows you to create beautiful brochures without any technical hassle. You can use text, visuals, maps, shapes…etc to create a short 4 pages brochure to share with students. You can choose between two types of brochures: Modern Writer and Geometric.


3- Newsletter
Always under the Work section in Docs gallery, you will find three types of newsletter templates each one is slightly different from the other. There is the Geometric newsletter, the Lively newsletter and the Plum newsletter. They are all beautifully designed and can be appropriated for different purposes.


4- Resumes
There is a whole section in the new Docs gallery for resumes. There are actually four resume templates: Swiss, Serif, Coral and Spearmint. Students can use them to create professional looking resumes in a matter of a few minutes.


from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning November 21, 2015

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2015/11/4-great-new-google-docs-templates-for-teachers.html

Literature

These new books are ready to be checked out in the library.

Passion for Elephants by Tony Buzzeo

Cynthia Moss was never afraid of BIG things. As a kid, she loved to ride through the countryside on her tall horse. She loved to visit faraway places. And she especially loved to learn about nature and the world around her. So when Cynthia traveled to Africa and met the world’s most ENORMOUS land animal, the African elephant, at Amboseli National Park in Kenya, she knew she had found her life’s work. This lyrical and accessible picture book gives kids a glimpse of what scientists do in the real world and inspires them to dream of accomplishing BIG things!


We Forgot Brock by Carter Goodrich

Phillip and Brock are best friends. Everyone can see Phillip, but only Phillip can see Brock.
A night at the Big Fair is all fun and games until Phillip gets sleepy, heads home, and forgets Brock! Brock misses Phillip. And Phillip misses Brock. Will they reunite? With the help of another pair of pals, they just might. Because even imaginary friends get lost sometimes. Finding them is part of the adventure.


James to the Rescue by Elise Broach

In this Masterpiece Adventure, Marvin the beetle is going collecting with his family. All is good and well until Uncle Albert gets hurt. Marvin needs James's help to save Uncle Albert before it's too late. This young chapter book captures the miniature world of Marvin the beetle and his special friendship with James.


Tucky Jo and Little Heart by Patricia Polacco

Tucky Jo was known as the “kid from Kentucky” when he enlisted in the army at age fifteen. Being the youngest recruit in the Pacific during World War II was tough. But he finds a friend in a little girl who helps him soothe his bug bites, and he gets to know her family and gives them some of his rations. Although the little girl doesn’t speak English, Tucky Jo and Little Heart share the language of kindness. Many years later, Tucky Jo and Little Heart meet again, and an act of kindness is returned when it’s needed the most in this touching picture book based on a true story.