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Library Services Update
R4S can be the foundation for the Project Based Learning, or Research, or Information Literacy portion of the standards requirements within any discipline. R4S is a set of online learning modules designed to be used in a blended learning environment and integrated into a research project
R4S students build skills beginning with learning, then practice, and finally application. The six modules may be used together or individually. Revisions include:
Find a link to Research 4 Success in the quicklinks menu at the bottom of most INFOhio web pages. You can share R4S and other INFOhio resources that support research instruction with your colleagues by sending them a link to the Research Matters flyer.
Looking for the Legacy R4S? Click the Legacy R4S button for access. The Legacy R4S will remain accessible until the end of June 2019.
If you have questions about R4S, contact INFOhio at support.infohio.org.
BookFlix is getting a fresh, NEW design and will no longer require Flash
BookFlix 2.0 will continue to provide all the features and benefits that learners love in the original BookFlix, PLUS the following:
Why no more Flash?
Adobe has announced that it will discontinue its Flash Media Player by 2020. Before that date, each browser will be making it more restrictive to use Flash.
What will happen between now and the update?
You may begin to notice that browsers are asking you to allow Flash. When launching BookFlix, click “Yes” to these notices and you will be able to continue as normal. Once Flash is removed for Back to School 2018, you will no longer receive these notices.
What about other Scholastic digital products?
Scholastic expects to have all Flash components removed from all of its digital products by Back to School 2018.
Technology Integration Services Update
It’s January and we are getting into the grove of the second half of the year. If you are looking for some ways to get your students motivated on their Chromebooks, and you have not jumped on the Google Classroom train yet, this is the tool for you. Google Drive has recently made some changes that you might have noticed. There is a new button below your ‘My Drive’ and it is Team Drives. This essentially is a shared Google Drive folder location that you can add “members” to and share anything with them. If you are a big fan of Google Classroom but dislike the organization or if you have not used it yet, this tool can be an interesting idea.
Team Drives allows you to share documents and files within the Team Drive location with the members or the Team Drive. Do not worry; you can assign access permissions as you would in Google Drive or Classroom. In theory, the Team Drive works as a shared space, even if people come and go, the files will all remain in the Team Drive. It does not matter who creates the files, they belong to the “Team”. I have seen teachers use the Team Drive as a more organized style of a Google Classroom where students have ‘View’ access to the files and are simply taught to Make Copies and stay organized. You are lacking simple things like Due Dates and Grading, but that is not the point of Team Drives. Team Drives is the new way of sharing Files.
This tool would be great for a collaboration of teachers working together to create some files, a small group of students who need a place to store files without worrying who is logged into what Chromebook, or an entire class who just needs a place to store commonly used files. Team Drives is a new take on the old idea of just sharing files. Give it a try and see how you like it!