BMS Library Newsletter

January 2016

Texas Education Agency Resources for Students on iTunes

TEA has a healthy inventory of videos on iTunes. They can be accessed on the computer and on the iPads. This link will take you to the Science in Action playlist, but if you scroll down and look on the left side of the screen, you'll see an icon for More From TEA. There a great list of College and Career Readiness videos, algebra videos, and more.

Free Resources Available on Our Campus

As we head into the second semester and take the winter doldrums, think about using some of the free resources on our campus to add depth, complexity, and interest to your lessons!


Skype/Google Hangouts: We may not have the time or money to take our students on field trips, but Skype and Google Hangouts can bring the world to your classroom. If you want your students to interview an expert in a field that you are studying or collaborate with students on another campus, Skype and Google Hangouts can make that happen. If you have a wild idea and don't have time to follow up, just email your friendly neighborhood librarian, and let her try to do the legwork for you.


Ipads: Our iPads are loaded with the Google Apps for Education. Drive, Slides, Docs, Sheets, and (soon) Classroom. Let your students show mastery of a concept using the camera, video camera, or an app on the device. Students can easily upload their assignments to Drive or Classroom. Need co-teaching the lesson or co-planning the lesson? Groff would love to help.


Books, Books, and more Books...Let us build a cart for you to support what you are studying in your classroom. The kids can use the books for research or pleasure reading, and we can run an AR report for you if they take tests on the books. I love it when we get a two-for-one: supporting literacy and core content!

Cool Google Classroom Extension

So your students need to view Google Classroom to access instructions and another Google App to complete their work. Add the Classroom Split Extension to your Chrome browser and the students will be able to view both at the same time. Coolio!

For more information, check out Alice Keeler's blog here.

Who Knew? Kahoot's Ghost Mode Allows Students to Play Themselves

Check out Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers blog to see how students can use this popular review game to study, even when they're by themselves!