As part of our Google Apps for Education (GAFE) account, the online version of Google Drive http://drive.google.com is the ultimate cloud storage document sharing solution. Think of Google Drive like a giant online file cabinet where you are able to upload and keep documents, photos, drawings, recordings, videos, PDFs — almost anything. Sign in with your email address and then you can quickly invite others to view, download and collaborate on all the files you want — no email attachment needed. And the best part – we get UNLIMITED STORAGE as part of our GAFE program!
Get organized! Organize your Drive folders the same way you do in My Documents. You can then easily drag documents to Drive and use it as a backup system
Shared folders: Right click on a folder and invite collaborators to make it a Shared Folder. Whatever you place in the folder will automatically be shared with collaborators. You can give them edit or view only rights.
Print to Drive: If you use the Chrome Browser you can “print” documents (save as) directly to Drive. This saves paper and allows you to easily search for your online documents.
Want to learn more? Every Wednesday morning join the “Breakfast Club” at 7:15 am in Colette’s office in the Media Center if you want 1:1 help with GAFE, databases, or any tech situation. Just drop by!
Besides academic journals, EBSCO has some magazines in their results and I saw that Science News is one of them.
- First I went to the Sunset Library Resource page and chose Academic Search Complete https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/IT/Library-Resources/Pages/sunset.aspx
- You are automatically logged on when on campus; off campus needs your username and password.
- I chose Advanced Search but didn’t put anything in search (but you could) and just checked full text and wrote Science News for the publication and chose Search.
- This gives results from the magazine. Then I changed the Relevance drop down menu to Date Newest and it displays all the Science News articles in reverse chronological order and most are PDFs from the magazine.
- You could also filter it by Cover Story if you only want more in depth stories.
- When you open the PDFs of each issue you can advance through the issue pages a few at a time and easily switch to a different issue.
Nifty tip: If you use a Chrome browser and are logged into your Google account you can “print” the articles directly to Google Drive – either the PDF or the HTML version.
Note: Not all sources have original PDFs from the magazines – some are just the article text. Some other science sources I found when searching (beside academic journals): Popular Science, New Scientist, Science Now, Current Science, Scientific American, plus Time, US News & World Report, and Newsweek.
One of my #1 goals this year as a LITT is to expose faculty and students to the wide variety of electronic resources available through Beaverton School District.
Research shows that one area college-level students are lacking is in their ability to locate, access and disseminate scholarly material — especially from academic electronic databases.
So if our goal is for Sunset students to be college and career ready our students need to know this information!
Electronic Resources: Access the Sunset Library catalog, electronic databases, eBooks, encyclopedias, etc from the Sunset Library Resource Page (hint: bookmark it or access it from the Staff bookmark link!). EBSCO Academic Search Complete is a new database to Beaverton this year!
Handouts: Look over the two PDF handouts that were sent by email.
One is a faculty handout which explains how to log in, search, share resource lists and passwords for various databases.
Feel free to make copies of the student handout for your classes. (This would be a great addition to the 9th grade notebook). Pass this out to students but please don’t publish the password on a public website!
Instruction: Invite me to a learning team meeting or to one of your classes and I will teach how to access the resources and give hints on how to conduct an effective search.
Breakfast Club! Want to meet 1:1 or with a few other to learn the basics of searching and access any of our electronic databases? Let’s meet in Colette’s office Wednesday mornings at 7:15am for a refresher. Just drop by anytime 🙂
Cross posted at https://sites.google.com/a/beaverton.k12.or.us/sunsetpd/research
9/8/15 What Can A LITT Do For You?
LITT stands for “Library Instructional Technology Teacher” and my role is to be an embedded resource at Sunset High School to help us move forward with the Future Ready initiative. I am a certified School Librarian and technology evangelist! I love to work with teachers in designing unit plans, locating print and digital resources for students to use and offering suggestion of how technology might engage students to impact and deepen their learning. So what can a LITT do for you? Here are a few ideas …
- Invite me to a Learning Team meeting — especially when you are planning out an instructional unit. I might be able to suggest electronic database resources or offer to help co-teach a technology lesson.
- I can locate and evaluate print and electronic resources to support your curriculum. Give me a heads up and the Media Center staff can pull books onto a cart for you or I can peruse websites or our database collections and narrow down resources to match your curriculum.
- Struggling with a tech issues like building a Google Site or setting up a course in Canvas and you need someone to help you out? Invite me to sit with you 1:1 and we will work on it together.
- Invite me into your classroom to promote the #SunsetReads program. I can booktalk my favorite YA books, bring along interesting non-fiction titles to match your curriculum or take a #SunsetReads photo for the display.
Cross posted: https://sites.google.com/a/beaverton.k12.or.us/sunsetpd/library
I’ve been gathering some of my favorite resources for a new website that I am creating for my new position at Library Instructional Technology Teacher at Sunset High School. Here’s my initial shares.
Google Apps for Education
- Google Apps for Education – Training lessons and educator-created materials from Google.
- Google Classroom resources from Alice Keeler – Math teacher and Google Classroom guru.
- Alice posts great Classroom resources from her book: 50 Things To Do With Google Classroom and is a wealth of knowledge on all things Google Apps for Education. Follow her on Twitter.
- TimelineJS 3 from Knight Lab at Northwestern University uses a Google Spreadsheet to create an easy to make an interactive timeline with text, images, videos, sound files, etc.
- OSLIS for Secondary Teachers: OSLIS is the state funded Oregon School Library Information System that provides access to electronic databases for every Library in the the state. This site also provides ideas for teaching research as well as an easy to use Citation Maker.
- Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab). The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.
- Oregon School Library Standards – A strong school library program includes instruction to support student achievement of standards in: Information Literacy, Reading Engagement, Social Responsibility and Technology Integration.
- YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Book and Media Awards and Lists for Libraries.
- Gapminder – Gapminder is a non-profit venture promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by increased use and understanding of statistics and other information about social, economic and environmental development at local, national and global levels.
- The Racial Dot Map – This map is an American snapshot; it provides an accessible visualization of geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity of the American people in every neighborhood in the entire country.