Dig Lit News
Intro for New Staff
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
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:
- Visit the Google Drive download page on a home computer. At work? Search for the "Software Center" under the start menu.
- 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.)
- 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
*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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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!