PA Library Weekly

Week of November 11, 2013

Going Google

We have Professional Development on Monday and I am super excited to help high school teachers transition to their new Google Apps for Education accounts! We have a few building experts and according to Bill's survey, many teachers use G-mail at home. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have. I have been using my Google account since September and I love it.

Out of the Library

I will be out of school on Thursday and Friday this week. I am heading to Hartford, Conneticut with at least 40 other Vermont school librarians for the biennial national school library conference. I have attended the American Library Association Annual Conferences the past two years but am excited to attend my first national conference dedicated to school librarianship. I am hoping to bring back some exciting ideas for our library program.

Follow me on Twitter for my conference updates: @shdesant.


Last week was a bit quiet in the library but we still have some great collaborations going on.
  • Barb Brody and I started working on her Driver's Education website using Google Sites.
  • The 7th grade Humanities team will be starting a Westward Expansion unit soon and I have been gathering resources to support their research.
  • Mr. Larsen's students wrote some great papers about Shakespeare's Hamlet which I had the pleasure of reading and discussing their writing with them.

Please see me or send me an email to discuss how I can support you and your students.

Tech Tip of the Week

This week we're going Google!

Many of the HS teachers who completed Bill's Pre-Google survey stated they used email as the primary means for transferring files between school and home. Now, transferring files from school to home will be easier than ever before because it won't be necessary!

Google Drive files are stored in the cloud which means you can access your school Google Account and all of your files within Google Drive from anywhere.

Coming soon...

  • I will be out of the library and school on Thursday and Friday, November 14 and 15 for AASL.
  • International Games Day- November 16
    ALA states this day: "focuses on the social and recreational side of gaming. Gaming at the library encourages patrons of all ages to interact with diverse peers, share their expertise, and develop new strategies for gaming and learning." (
    Unfortunately, I will be away at the National School Librarian Conference that day so we are not hosting an event at PA this year.
  • The Hunger Games Catching Fire comes to theaters November 22nd!