Try Tech Thursday

Tips, Challenges, & News for Staff from the MCHS Library

October 15, 2015
Yeah, I know, it's not Tuesday .... I frequently just can't seem to get this done on Tuesdays. Maybe I need a different name for this that allows for my irregular schedule? Ideas?

Google Classroom next Wednesday

At William Brown's request (who could possibly say no to William?), I will be doing an introductory session on using Google Classroom during afternoon collaboration time next Wednesday (October 21). It will be in William's room (Room 14). If you are interested in learning how you can take advantage of Google Classroom to share assignments with students and easily manage/organize their submission files, please come.

RSVPs aren't required but will help me plan. Be sure to bring your laptop. You will also need to use your GAFE (Google Apps for Education) account. Your username is in the format If you have never logged in before, your default password should be mbusdapps. Please try logging in in advance and let me know if you need help. I can reset your password for you if necessary.

If you would like a session on this during morning office hours, let me know.

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Free Library of Congress Online Conference

The Library of Congress is holding a free two-day, online conference October 27 and 28, from 1pm - 5pm our time. There are 15 different sessions, on a wide variety of topics related to primary sources. Visit this link to learn more and register for sessions. Typically, such conference sessions are archived. So, you can register even if you can't attend live, and then watch the archive later.
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Streaming Video!

If you weren't able to join me in Shannon Vaughan's room Wednesday afternoon to explore our video streaming, you can still check it out. We've had issues with a few of the teacher accounts. Your username should be your first initial+last name, and your default password should be MCHS. If it doesn't work, let me know and I will fix it.

If you would like me to do a demo during morning office hours soon, let me know.

And, the original challenge I threw out (see the October 7 newsletter) to explore the site by the end of the month to win a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf certificate is still open. Everyone who attended the demo on Wednesday will be entered, and anyone who emails me to let me know they checked out the site will be as well.

Determining the Reliability of News Sources

Here's an article from the New York Times' The Learning Network, "Skills and Strategies | Fake News vs. Real News: Determining the Reliability of Sources," with some excellent strategies and lesson ideas to help students learn to assess the reliability of sources. Check it out!

Want to be zombie-ized?

Join our library of staff zombies, vampires, and monsters. Either email me a photo or come by to have one taken. Consider taking one with a scary book! We're going to be having a maker fair in the library soon, and including using Picmonkey as one of the activities. I am hoping your photos will inspire our students.

If you are a "do it yourself" type, checkout And, here's a how-to video by TIffany Whitehead, an awesome teacher librarian friend from Baton Rouge, LA.

Here's a few of our zombies and monsters so far ....

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