Did you know there’s a smarter and easier way to use Google Docs?
Here are some tips…
Ctrl + B= Bold
Ctrl + Z= Undo
Ctrl + Y=Redo
Ctrl + C = Copy
Ctrl + X= Cut
Ctrl + S= Save
Ctrl + P = Print
Ctrl + A= Select All
Ctrl + Shift + L = Bulleted List
Ctrl + Shift + 7= Numbered List
Ctrl + Shift + 8= Starred list
Shift + T= New Document
Research tool allows you to search the web and your document without ever leaving the tab. How to set up research tool: Open a document in Google Docs, at the bottom right, click Explore, type a search in the search bar to search your docs and the web.
How to create a hanging indent: First: Select the text you want indented. You can select a single paragraph or multiple paragraphs at a time. Next: On the ruler, drag the ▼Left Indent (light blue inverted triangle ▼) to the right as far as you want the text to be indented.
How to double space: Highlight the text you would like to be double spaced (or use Ctrl + A to select the entire document) go to format, select line spacing, and then select double.
The term”fake news” has been going around a lot lately. Fake news has been around for quite a long time, it’s just that it gets around a lot faster through social media. So what is fake news? Fake news is just that – made-up information in the form of news reports, hoaxes and propaganda. Fake news looks legitimate and is spread usually online through Twitter, email, Facebook and other forms of social media. How often have you looked at a photograph or a “news” story on your Facebook feed and automatically believed it to be true? According to a study by Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, middle and high school students as well as college students cannot effectively evaluate information they see online.(Domonoske)
Here are some questions you need to ask in order to distinguish between what’s real and what’s fake:
- What do you think of it? Does it make sense? Is it believable?
- Are there spelling or grammatical errors? Spelling and/or grammatical errors can indicate that the author or publisher are not professionals
- Does it seem biased?
- Can you tell who published it or who wrote it? This should be evident. If looking at a web site, check the About Us page
- Do they cite their sources? Reputable writers and publishers always cite their sources of information or provide links to them
- Pay attention to the URL. Be wary of URLs that end in .co. For instance, abcnews.com is legitimate, but abcnews.com.co is not.
- Be careful of “Sponsored” content. This is paid for by an advertiser
- Has this been reported anywhere else? Do a Google search. If it is real and newsworthy, you should be able to find it elsewhere
- Can you find more than one reliable source to verify the facts?
How can you help stop the spread of fake news?
If you find a fake news story, don’t share it. If someone sends you a fake news story, be nice and tell them it is not true. Also, Facebook allows you to report posts if you think they might be harmful or inappropriate.
Here are some helpful fact checking sites to help you determine if a story is true or not:
Snopes.com -To check on practically everything
Factcheck.org – For checking political facts
Hoax-Slayer – For internet and social media rumors, hoaxes, and email scams.
Domonoske, Camila. “Students Have ‘Dismaying’ Inability To Tell Fake News From Real, Study Finds.” NPR, NPR, 23 Nov. 2016, www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/23/503129818/study-finds-students-have-dismaying-inability-to-tell-fake-news-from-real.
“Ferreting Out Fake News.” Teacher Librarian, Dec. 2016, pp. 32–33.
The AHS book club is reading Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan. The story centers around a 13 year old Tanzanian boy named Habo. Habo is different from other children, because he is an albino. Albinos are hunted in Tanzania because their bones are thought to bring good luck. When the family is forced to cross the Serengeti to Mwanza to live with relatives, Habo is pursued by a hunter. Through an apprenticeship with a blind carver, Habo eventually finds self worth and a place in society.
Our first discussion centered around the little known but very real circumstances that albinos face in East Africa. Children and even infants have been maimed, abducted and killed. This led to a discussion about human rights abuse around the world. Books like Golden Boy are a great way to bring awareness to and foster empathy for those who are not as fortunate as us and who face unimaginable circumstances.
For more information about the plight of albinos in Africa, click on the link below from Amnesty International.
We’re already half way through our first semester! It’s a busy time, with spirit week coming up, fall sports, Thanksgiving break. It’s difficult to keep up with all that AND school assignments. Since you’re here, make it easy on yourself – use the media center’s databases for your research. Access them anywhere – from your phone or computer. You can be sure that what you get is reliable and relevant. And even better – they cite the source correctly! Just click on the links to the right.
Note: Science online, Bloom’s, JSTOR and Video on Demand require a username and password. You can get them from the library.
Don’t forget to take time for yourself! In November, we are promoting our JUST READ! program. We encourage you to do just that – read! It doesn’t matter what – a magazine or a book. Here are some suggestions:
The media center subscribes to Seventeen, Road and Track, Popular Science, Health, Rolling Stone and more!
Here are some of our new books:
Seniors are gone and the end of the school year is near. Final assignments are coming due and final exams are coming up. It is an exciting time as well as an anxious time. Why not take some time to de-stress with a really great book? Reading not only relaxes your mind, it relaxes your body.
Check out the great books available in the media center, or take one off the book exchange cart.
Try some John Greene, Nicholas Sparks, Laurie Halsie-Anderson, or Charlie Higson. There’s always something to take you away to another world!