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Free Online Resources For Back to School in Michigan (Michigan E-Library)

September 2017

Dear Michigan Teachers, Parents, and Students:

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! As everyone heads back to school, the Michigan
eLibrary (MeL) wants to remind everyone that MeL is your go-to resource! Students of all ages
can go to MeL.org to find eBooks and articles to read, conduct research, prepare for high
stakes tests like the SAT®, or maintain/improve basic skills. Watch our Back to School video at
https://goo.gl/tXcoii.

MeL provides all Michigan residents free access to quality, vetted subscription databases that
can be used all year. Resources are available 24/7 and are mobile compatible. Quality
resources and weblinks are organized in convenient portals. For children from birth to 5th
grade, MeL Kids (kids.mel.org) has four centers that will help support and build basic skills
such as reading and math. For the older students in grades 6 through 12, MeL Teens
(teens.mel.org) offers a wealth of resources to not only maintain and build basic skills, but also
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Use Google Slides to Create a Digital Notebook

Like many of you I was school shopping this past week and purchasing requested supplies.  One of those requested was a pack of reinforced paper.  Yep, there is such a thing.  I taught for 15 years and did not even realize this was a thing!  

Apparently this is paper that has a reinforced margin surrounding the three hole punch to help it last longer.  This longer life is useful when students take notes throughout the year.  But I think if your school, like many, has devices for students and uses Google Apps for Education then I have a better way - Google Slides.

The key to using Google slides to create a digital notebook is to resize the slide dimensions to 8.5 x 11 to mimic conventional paper.  This can be completed under the 'file' menu and selecting page setup.  The default size of the slides is 'widescreen 16:9' but if you select custom you can resize the slides to any size you would like.


Once completed, the template is set.  Each slide that you add will also be this…