AnHS Library News and Resources

January/February 2022

Parent & Student Newsletter January 2022

Click here for contest opportunities and library resources and events to share with your students.

Previous Teacher Newsletter

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Library Happenings

Collaborate with Your Teacher-Librarian

Starting on January 19th, I am available to help you with all of your research, resource, literacy, and curation needs. Check out the many options for ANHS Library Services below. Shoot me an email if you would like to collaborate and/or schedule a time to come to the Library for Speed Dating or instruction. Looking forward to a great Spring term!

Curriculum Corner

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Growth Mindset Articles for Students

Want to Go to College? Learn to Fail” by Angel B. Perez (9th Grade)
New Math: Fail + Try Again = Real Learning” by Susan Moran (10th Grade)
Let’s Teach for Mastery, Not Test Scores” by Sal Khan (10th Grade)

If you are looking for more informational texts and short stories, explore the “Resilience and Success” theme in the CommonLit digital library. Students can read about real-life figures and fictional characters who demonstrate a growth mindset!

Technology Tips and Tools

Curated Tech Tools

Check out the Library Webpage or Symbaloo for a collection of favorite technology applications in the classroom. From presentations to organization, videos to comics, photos to avatars, the opportunities are limitless for you and your students.

Kennedy Institute Social Media Channel for Educators

The Kennedy Institute has launched new social media channels, specifically for educators, that will feature specialized lesson plans, virtual educational programs, and civic education news and hopefully serve as a welcome resource in support of future curriculum needs and work to build civic knowledge and encourage civic participation with students (Kennedy Institute, 2022).




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Voice in Voice Typing

Normally, when it comes to speech to text, a tool like Docs Voice Typing works great if you are wanting to type inside of a Google Doc or a Google slideshow.

But what if you want to do speech to text in something else, like maybe a quiz in a Google Form where Docs Voice Typing does not work?

Well, you can now use Voice In Voice Typing.

How it works!

  • Click inside of the text box you need to complete
  • Then, click on the Voice In Voice Typing extension, which looks like a little microphone.
  • Start speaking.
  • Anything you say will now be typed in the form.
  • This can be very helpful for students when taking a quiz or writing an email.
  • Click the microphone icon again to stop the speech to text.

To adjust the settings for Voice In Voice Typing:

  • Right click on the extensions and choose "Options".
  • Here you can change the dictation language you wish to use.
  • And also get a list of built-in voice commands for punctuation and more.

Credit to Eric Curts

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Chromebook Dictation Tool

As a bonus if you are using a Chromebook there is actually a speech to text tool built right in. Nothing needs to be installed. It just needs to be turned on.

  • First click in the bottom right corner of your Chromebook screen to open the system menu.
  • Click on the "Accessibility" icon.
  • Note: If you do not see the "Accessibility" icon you can click on the gear to go into the advanced settings to turn it on.
  • Now from the "Accessibility" menu click on the "Dictation" option to enable speech to text.
  • This will put a little microphone icon down in the bottom right corner.
  • Anytime you need to do speech to text just click on the "Dictation" icon and start speaking.
  • Anything you say will automatically be typed into the computer wherever you are.
  • This works in websites, documents, forms, and more.

Teacher's Lounge

Password Resets

If students are having problems with their passwords, please email Amanda Scuka at with their first and last name, their grade level, and their student id number. She will be able to reset it for them. If Amanda is out for the day, you can email Lindsay Jordan at or me at as a backup.

Additionally, students can email the Technology Help Desk directly at

Bookshare and Read & Write for Students with IEPs or a 504 Plan

Any students with 504 or IEPs can access all of their materials in ebook, audiobook, or large print form. Bookshare has an immense collection that includes most textbooks and thousands of free fiction and non-fiction reading materials.

Any teachers or counselors that want to set a student up with Bookshare just needs to let me know who the student is, whether they are on a 504 or an IEP plan, and what their disability is. I can set up an account for the student and assign specific textbooks or reading books or even an entire reading list based on a students' interests (ex. sports books, graphic novels, reluctant reader books, etc...) in about 5 minutes. After setting up an account for the student, I can then share their login credentials with them as well as my tutorials for how to get started accessing their books.

You can email me the student's information, or you can fill out the Bookshare Enrollment Google form for your student(s).

Students with IEPs also have access to the Premium edition of the Read & Write App through the District's site license. I have tutorials for them on how to use the app, and I can also Zoom with them to show them how to use the app in real time if they need any extra help getting started.

Here is the link to my Bookshare and Read & Write App tutorials on my website. Just scroll down to the resource you are interested in.

Chromebook Help for Students

If your students are having problems with their CBs, have them go to this link for help! Students will fill out a Google Form and pick a day to come to the Library and turn in their CBs. They will be given loaners to use until their CBs are repaired.

Cameron's Collection

Recommend these wonderful resources to students who need access to health and wellness support information or utilize for students doing research on mental health topics. Students can download and access these resources from home as many times as they need to. They can also share them with friends! Students can go to to access the link and password for the eBooks, or they can access them through the Library webpage. Thank you for promoting these important resources! Note: Students must be logged into their school account to access the password's document.


Do your students need a vetted source for a school project or paper? They can access, on campus or from home, a variety of quality and credible sources right on the AnHS Library Webpage. All logins are now available on one document. Note: Students must be logged into their school account to access the password's document.

How to Research on ABC Clio Social Science Database

Access student help tutorials for ABC Clio here.

How-to at the AnHS Library

Access student help tutorials for database and Internet searching suggestions or for how to use specific apps, etexts, and our online library catalog. Instructions on accessing current events articles from Gale and WebPath Express are also included.


Find current articles in English or Spanish by visiting the Sacramento Bee News in Education website. Log in as a student using the AnHS Class ID 2843 and password lewis (Note: this login now requires a year long free trial to access). Once you log in as a student select "Read Today's Paper" to choose The Sacramento Bee or El Nuevo Herald. You can also access many other student resources on their website for use in your classroom.

Access to the Sac Bee through the Sac Library

Sacramento Library (Scroll down to Sac Bee)

Apply online for an eCard to access long term or use the following temporary login

Barcode/Username: 23029091921439

PIN: 2004