Friday, February 24, 2012

Librarians Are Ready... Are You?

There isn't a course librarians take that doesn't promote collaboration with teachers. Unfortunately, teacher training doesn't promote the other side of that coin. Too many teachers still don't know what librarians do and how we support instruction.

Do YOU know what librarians do???

Scroll over this document to reveal info-circles with links and more information.

Thank you to Library Girl and Donna Baumbach for this document.

Technology to Use in Your Classroom

How to Do 11 Techy Things in the New School Year

We are in a world filled with technology and our students are pros. As educators we are obligated to reach out to them in every way possible. Take the plunge and try some of these in your library or classroom. Cindy and I have incorporated 9 of the 11 mentioned above. Need help figuring it all out, email us!

Thanks to Richard Byrne for sharing his resource tools.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

More Mobility...

Our subscription databases are going mobile... 

You can access EBSCOhost through your smartphone or ipad.

  • Download the app, then log onto EBSCOhost with your school's password.
  • Click on EBSCOhost mobile then look in the lower left.  There will be a link to email yourself an authentication code.  
  • Click on the authentication link in your email, and you are ready to learn!

Encyclopaedia Britannica offers many apps...

but you can get full access by downloading the complete Encyclopdeia Britannica and logging in with your school library's code.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators

The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators

Loving Richard Byrne for sharing his works. This is a comprehensive and informative list, enjoy!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Google Tutorials

I found the best blog ever! Great free technology and tutorials for teachers and librarians! This is a comprehensive Google Tutorial - thanks to Richard Byrne for sharing.

Google for Teachers

Sunday, February 19, 2012


I love making screencasts of procedure tasks! Screen casts allow you to capture your desktop or laptop screen as you use it and it records you at the same time. What are some of the useful ways you can use screencasts? Here you go....

1. Create Tutorials
2 Capture presentations
3. Record lessons for home-bound students
4. Create videos that you can upload to YouTube or iTunesU

Tired of creating accounts here and there - no worries, Screencast-o-matic doesn't require that you log in to record. The URL is:

When you log in you will see this:

When you press on START RECORDING, a cropping selection pops up and asks you to put the grid over the part of the screen you want to record. It will look like this:

This is a useful tool for teachers, librarians and students. Have fun!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

What is Your Favorite Gadget, er, Tool?

I LOVE my iPad and cannot imagine my job without it.  It is portable and FAST.  Being on the fly, I work at libraries, in a cubicle at headquarters, from my car, at the local coffee shop... You name it.  I've even updated MARC records at the airport.

Dropbox allows me to access all of my files regardless of my location and the computer I am using.  I can even share files with my partner, so we can work together to add pages to our Policy & Procedure Manual or draft agendas for upcoming meetings without having to mail them back and forth. The Dropbox app allows me to open these files on my iPad.

I was overjoyed with these capabilities and then along came something BETTER.... CloudOn.  Now I am no longer limited to just viewing and emailing my documents from my iPad (or iPhone), I can manipulate the content of my Excel, Word, and PowerPoint files.

What is your favorite tool?


Okay, I tend to gravitate towards great graphics and this caught my eye! Take a look:

What Makes You Unique?

Have you ever thought about what makes you UNIQUE at your school? When people visit your library or see you, what stands out? WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE?

Your Library Has Gone Mobile!

Access the library anytime, anywhere with the Destiny Quest Mobile App.

If you don't have, or don't remember your Destiny username and password, contact you librarians Ann Vega or Cindy Rogers .

You will also need your school number: 4209673

Once your account is set up you can...
* Search for books district-wide
* Place books on hold
* Renew your books in one easy step
* And soon you will be able to READ

I'm so excited about the convenience and independence this offers.
And I can't wait for our vast collection of eBooks to be available right there on my phone through this app... for FREE.

Friday, February 17, 2012

TCEA 2012

It has been two years since I have been afforded the opportunity to attend TCEA and the 311-mile drive to Austin, Texas, was well worth it. I learned tools that librarians and teachers can use in the classroom with students or they can use it at home. My first day of GOOGLE ACADEMY was jam packed with Google Apps. The first App I would like to share with you is Google Voice.

Google Voice allows you to transfer your voice mail to your iPad or Desktop. The amazing part is it will transcribe your message as well. When someone leaves a voice mail, you are sent an email that allows you to play the message or view the transcribed message. It isn’t perfect though, the computer will transcribe what it hears – so if a name like, “Annie,” isn’t pronounced properly, it might come out as, “honey.”

The link to get Google Voice is:

For someone like me that doesn’t answer her personal phone during the workday, it is an ideal way to receive messages of missed calls.