Dig Lit News

September 2018


Want to tell someone, "thanks"? You can just e-mail me who you want to thank and what you want to say, or you can use this document. Either make a copy and share it back with me or print it and bring it to Tracy or me in the library. No anonymous shout-outs, please. Shout-Outs start next Friday, September 7!

Intro for New Staff

One thing I love is reading blogs and searching for new ways to make technology work better for you (and our students) in the classroom! I also love to work with students (and teachers!) to make sure our graduates are ready to be productive, digitally literate members of society when they leave MRHS. (They are 21st Century Learners-and that's part of Elevate!)

Making sure our students know how to use the abundance of information that is literally at their fingertips is important. They need to be able to evaluate and sift through information from a variety of sources. And, they should be able to decide what they can use when creating new media of their own. From Google Apps tips to presentation tools to simple shortcuts, this monthly newsletter covers it all. Everything will also be posted on the Library News page.

Download Google Backup and Sync

Many of you have done this, but I wanted to share again just in case you need to do it after your computer was imaged this fall. Check out this video to find out how to download Google Drive (also called "Backup and Sync") to your work computer. Why? Once you download, then Drive is one of your options to save files (in addition to the H drive, P drive, etc.) under "Quick Access". Download at home, too! Then, you can access your files as usual through Drive, from anywhere and on any device! (Don't forget-you're automatically signed into Drive when you sign in the Chromebook. So, there's no need to do that there.)

Do you use Word more than Google Docs? You can save Word documents to your Drive, too. This is huge for students. On your class website, when you add a link to a Word doc saved in your Google Drive, students can open that document and print it without having to download it first.

Want the steps? Here you go:

  1. Visit the Google Drive download page on a home computer. At work? Search for the "Software Center" under the start menu.
  2. Click to download on the download page (home) or in the Software Center (work). (You can download on a mobile device as well, which opens up even more kinds of awesome.)
  3. After installing, enjoy! Follow these steps to finish.

If you need any program on your computer, check the Software Center under the start menu to see if it's there. If you don't see what you need, let me know. We can check to see if it's approved to be added to the Software Center or submit it for approval.

New this Month

*Tired of typing the same comments over and over on a student paper? Create a comment bank on Google Classroom! Find out how here.

*Digital Text is Changing How Kids Read—Just Not in the Way That You Think (Good read!)

*Edit Google Doc URLs before sharing. You can force students to make a copy and more by just changing the URL when posting on your website.


*Don't forget to check out NoodleTools! This citation builder replaces EasyBib. Here are some of the perks:

  • No ads!
  • Create MLA and APA citations.
  • Export to Google Docs, and link papers in Google Docs within NoodleTools.
  • Students can create notecards to organize their research.
  • See student projects while they are in-progress so you can make comments along the way!
  • Find out how to create an account below.

Favorite Past Tips

  • Check out Explora, one of our EBSCO databases that supports mobile searching and features text to speech capabilities.
  • Share entire folders in Google Docs instead of individual documents...it's so much easier! Any new documents in that folder automatically have the same sharing capabilities as the folder.
  • Create quick video tutorials with Screencastify.
  • Model being a good "digital citizen" by using public domain photos on Pixabay, Unsplash, or Pexels.
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Our Library Website

Our library website is under "Learning Resources" on the MRHS home page. If you're new to The Mountain, check it out. There are lots of resources, sites, and tools for both students and staff! We have access to many great databases, and it's all available for use off campus, too! You just need to log in. I also purchase a variety of tech tools for student use.

Digital LIteracy Partnership

If you ever hear anyone mention the Digital Literacy Partnership (or the DLP), that's me! Across the district, there are Digital Literacy Teacher Librarians or Digital Literacy Teachers in every school. Our job is to support teachers and help our students with information literacy, digital literacy, and technology!

I am available to collaborate and plan with you, co-teach a lesson, work with individual students or groups that need more help, or whatever else you need! I'm happy to come to department or common course meetings or sit down with you individually anytime!

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