Tech 101

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

The GALE Science Issue

January 2014

As educators continue to integrate technology into instruction, Boise School District librarians offer this monthly newsletter to provide tips and information about some of the digital resources available to both teachers and students.

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.

Quote of the Month

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'" -Isaac Asimov, Biochemist & Science Fiction Writer


Animoto is a cloud-based video creation service that combines photos, video clips, and music into video slideshows. Educators can apply for a free Animoto Plus account for use in the classroom. Click here to learn more about pricing for advanced features.

Click below for examples of Animoto Videos inspired by science:
Life on Mars
Hillside Earth Science - Minerals Commercial 2010

Databases 7th-12th Grade: GALE Science in Context

Science in Context:

Offering a wide range of resource formats which support secondary school curricula, Science in Context features authoritative information for assignments and projects, and provides detailed coverage of popular subjects. From earth and life science, to space, technology, mathematics, science history and biography, this revolutionary, curriculum-oriented online experience is designed to boost achievement for students.
Searching Gale's Science in Context


Access your GALE References resources — even when you're not at school!
It's as simple as using the Access My Library School Edition app from Gale. After a simple, one-time log-in using your library's password, the mobile app will give you free, unlimited access to your school library's reputable, authoritative Gale online resources, including your school's eBook collection, and the following databases: Biography in Context, Science in Context, US & World History in Context, Global Issues and Opposing Viewpoints in Context, and Artemis.

Find this app from Google Play and iTunes from the APPS for Library Resources page by clicking here. Reviews AccessMyLibrary School Edition

How to Embed an Animoto Video Into Your Webpage

If your students have made some excellent Animoto videos, nothing makes them more proud than to see them online to share with family and friends. Follow the link below to watch a video offering step by step instructions on how to embed them in your SchoolFusion page.

GALE Virtual Reference Library

GALE Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is a reliable source for eReference aimed at the needs of students, researchers, teachers, and general readers. It is a collection of reference eBooks that can be used by a single student or an entire class. With its depth of features and content tailored by the school librarian, GALE Virtual Reference Library is a digital cross-curricular resource that supports information literacy. For a video on using GVRL click here.

Find your GALE Virtual Reference Library by going to your school's library page and navigating to the Database page. When accessing the GVRL from home or a mobile device, ask your librarian for the log in information.