Media Tech Tidbits

Your connection to media and technology at HHS

September 4, 2020

Here to serve you

The media center is here for all of your tech needs. If you have any questions about iPads, learning resources, apps, Google products, Zoom, media services, or research databases, please stop by your media center for assistance. Our staff is happy to provide tech support and ideas for making the most of your technology. Your media center offers:

  • Printing / photocopying
  • iPad charging
  • Tech support
  • Green screen video recording (new in 2020!)

The media center looks a little different this year as we practice social distancing and increased sanitation efforts. When you visit the media center, please observe one-way traffic signs. Find a table and scan the QR code to check in. Please keep one student per table.

Social distancing in the media center


How to borrow library books

Borrowing books from the media center is a little different this year as we implement COVID-19 sanitation protocols. Our books are definitely available, and we are excited to check them out to you. Rather than having students touch books on the shelves, we are asking for you to request books from the library staff. You are welcome to visit the circulation desk to request a book.

If you would like to request a specific book, we ask that you place a hold on it through our online catalog. Media staff will pull the book for you and email you when it is ready for pick up. To request a book online, please visit the Hudson High School Library website.

All returned books are quarantined for 72 hours.


iPad Tip: Accessing Google Docs in Safari

You've probably noticed that the Google apps on your iPad are stripped-down versions of their Chromebook counterparts. The Google Docs app, for example, offers limited editing and formatting functionality. If you miss the full-browser Google Docs experience, then you might want to start using Safari to edit your Google Docs.

To edit Google files in Safari, all you have to do is type the following URLs into the search bar:

Google Docs:

Google Slides:

Google Sheets:

Google Classroom:

Google Calendar:

If a Google app is ever being annoying on your iPad, I recommend accessing it in Safari. This will give you access to the full array of editing and formatting features.


iPad Tip: Scanning Documents

The Notes app on your iPad does an excellent job of scanning paper documents. If you want to digitize a paper and store it on your iPhone, the Notes app will convert it into a high-quality PDF. It can even scan multiple-page documents into one PDF. View the video below to see how this works.
Use Notes on Your iPhone to Quickly Scan Documents
Click the link below to view a detailed tutorial about Apple Notes.


Sora ebooks and audiobooks

Our Overdrive digital library is growing, and we have many popular books available for free on your iPad. I just added a bunch of books this week. Using the Sora app you can access ebooks and audiobooks in seconds. Your iPad should already have the Sora app installed. If not, you can install it from the Self Service app.

Borrowing ebooks and audiobooks on Sora is incredibly easy. Simply sign in with Google using your Hudson account.

Items that you borrow on Sora are automatically returned when due. They also sync across all devices. You can begin reading an ebook on an iPad and continue reading it on a computer or smartphone. Items can be renewed when the due date is approaching. You can also place holds on items to ensure you get them if they are currently on loan.

Our Sora library recently added the ability to borrow books through the CLEVNET library collection. Visit the settings in Sora and "Add a public library." Search for CLEVNET. Voila! You can now borrow ebooks and audiobooks from the CLEVNET consortium as well as the HCSD collection. If you have memberships to other public libraries, you can also add them to your Sora settings.

Meet Sora


Flipster digital magazines

Hudson High School currently subscribes to over 20 popular magazines in digital format. Flipster is a free web service and mobile app that provides access to these magazines. View your favorite magazines on your smartphone, tablet, or Chromebook.

Some of the following magazines are now available on Flipster:

  • Time
  • Rolling Stone
  • Consumer Reports
  • History Magazine
  • National Geographic
  • Ingredient Magazine
  • The Atlantic
  • J-14
  • iPad User Magazine
  • How it Works
  • Cleveland
  • Newsweek Global
  • Wired
  • iPhone Life
  • Scientific American
  • Ohio Magazine
  • Sports Illustrated

When prompted to sign in, please refer to the Databases and eResources password sheet.

Follow this link for easy instructions and to get started:


How to reach Mr. Robitaille

During this period of hybrid learning, I will be checking my email numerous times per day. If you have a question about a resource or instructional technology, I encourage you to shoot me an email.


Hudson High School Media Center

The Hudson High School Library Media Center is a vibrant learning hub where students come together to study, to collaborate, to enjoy conversation, to find a good book, and to explore technology.