Digital Media Center Update

December 2014

December Engagement Ideas

I hope that everyone is having a smooth transition from fall into winter. 'Tis the season for students to get pretty impatient for winter break. It can be hard to keep them engaged and interested this time of year. Well...let's be honest. It can be hard for us as teachers to stay engaged too! I've been doing Digital Media Center trainings around the region, and I've been hearing some great ideas from teachers about using the DMC databases and streaming video in their classrooms. These just might help you hang in there...


  • Use the "video clip" feature in Learn360 to jump to the most relevant part of a longer video. Use the clip at the beginning of class, then ask students to make inferences related to your learning target before watching and taking notes on the rest of the video.
  • Have students make a timeline of a historical event using World Book Timelines. They can save the timeline to continue working across a number of class periods using the My Account feature. To scaffold this activity for students with learning difficulties, try having them start with one of the pre-made timelines and adding their own events--students can save these modified timelines in their accounts.
  • Ask students in a science or statistics class to use the advanced search tools in the Proquest Science and Technology database to find recent articles about weather prediction models...can you REALLY predict the likelihood of a snow day in the Pacific Northwest?


The possibilities are limitless, whether you have one computer in your classroom or a 1:1 set of mobile devices. If you haven't scheduled your training yet, or if you have any questions about Digital Media Center, drop me a line!


Have a safe and happy holiday season, and we'll see you in 2015!

Feature of the Month

ProQuest Webinar: How to Work with the Common Core

ProQuest is offering a free webinar on Tuesday, December 9 at 8 AM. From their website:

Join Deb Bergeron and Wendell Butler from ProQuest for this free quantum webinar on working with the Common Core.

With an emphasis on informational text, critical thinking, persuasion and analysis, the Common Core State Standards require a focus on reading literacy across the curriculum. This can include primary sources, reference materials and the addition of complex text that extends beyond the textbook to support reading, writing and research across the curriculum.


Learn about:

  • Instructional shifts that need to take place as Common Core is implemented
  • Educator created research models
  • LibGuides including tools to support teaching Common Core State Standards
  • Guides for Understanding Infographics, Primary Sources, Statistics and Writing Arguments


Click here to register for the webinar via ProQuest's WebEx site!

Upcoming Events at ESD 112

Instructional Reflection with Swivl: Batteries Included

Tuesday, Jan. 27th 2015 at 9am-12pm

2500 Northeast 65th Avenue

Vancouver, WA

There's still time to register for this great class! Want to integrate video into your TPEP portfolio or personal professional learning plan? Need a solution that makes recording teaching simpler and more effective? Check out our "Batteries Included" class. Your registration fee includes everything you need to get started! Click here for more information and to register for the course. (Registration closes December 19 at 3 PM to meet ordering deadlines.) Questions about the class or equipment bundle? Email the instructor.

Introduction to Google Apps for Education

Wednesday, Jan. 21st 2015 at 1:30-5:30pm

2500 Northeast 65th Avenue

Vancouver, WA

Streamline your classroom with Google Apps! Anytime, anywhere document creation and collaboration is possible using Google Drive. Using a Google account, you and your students can create, share and collaborate on documents, presentations, and drawings. Never lose another file again!


This class is for beginners to Google Drive, with a small class size so you get lots of personal attention!

We'll be offering it four times this winter:


1/21/15, 1:30 - 5:30 Click here to register for this session.

1/24/15, 9:00 - 1:00 Click here to register for this session.

1/18/15, 1:30 - 5:30 Click here to register for this session.

1/25/15, 1:00 - 5:00 Click here to register for this session.

Certification Cohort: Google Apps for Education (Series)

Saturday, Jan. 10th 2015 at 9pm

2500 Northeast 65th Avenue

Vancouver, WA

A six-month long regional cohort (January through July) designed to support educators in the process of becoming Certified Google Educators. Participants will meet in person for hands-on training led by an authorized Google Education Trainer twice through the school year for two days each; in addition they will engage in an online support community and take the certification test virtually. Ala carte webinars will also be offered to participants to take throughout the school year. Participants are not guaranteed certification by enrolling in this cohort.


Dates for this cohort are as follows:
January: 1/10/15 and 1/24/15

July: 7/8/15 and 7/9/15


Prerequisites: Basic Google Drive navigation including creation, editing and sharing Google files. Experience using Gmail and Google Calendar. Experience with editing a website is helpful but not required. Participants must have a Google Apps for Education account in order to participate.

Click here for more information and to register.