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MeL Minute - Academic Search Complete

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From Ann Rau, Reference and Instruction Librarian at Lansing Community College and the MeL Team:

Academic Search Complete is the fourth most popular MeL eResource with over a half million retrievals in the last three months. Have you checked it out since it went live on Oct 1?  Anne Rau of Lansing Community College writes: “My instructor says I have to get peer-reviewed and scholarly articles. Help!!!” This has to be one of the most frequently asked questions academic librarians hear from students. Here at the LCC Library, one of our go to databases for this is Academic Search Complete from EBSCO. It was added to the Michigan eLibrary this past fall. It covers a wide variety of subjects, so it can be used for almost any program of study. For Beginning and Experienced Searchers What I especially like about Academic Search Complete is the one stop shopping to find scholarly/peer-reviewed/trade journal articles on so many diverse subjects.  I have observed that students find the interface…

CS First Workshop from REMC 15 (Jackson County)

Jackson County ISD is hosting 2 three hour CS First workshops in February!  If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, check out the flyer and complete the registration link.  (They will fill all open slots with teachers from outside Jackson County.)


Google Calendar - Setting Up Appointment Slots

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One calendar feature that can be useful for some situation is the ability to set up appointment slots.  If you are a Google Apps for Education district, you have this feature. (It is not available with a general Google account...)  This allows you to block out a chunk of time that is actually divided into smaller appointments, then share a link with other people who can select which appointment slot they would like. 

(Here is a video on How to Setup Appointment Slots if you prefer.)

To set up time slots, click on your calendar to add a new event - there is an option at the top called Appointment slots, click on that -

Fill in the following information:
1 - Put in an event title
2 - set the date/time
3 - select the duration of each slot within that time
4 - click Save -

Here is my example filled out -

You can go into the event details to add:
1 - location of the meeting
2 - additional description information

It appears on your calendar with the addition of a grid icon - 
There are 2 w…

#PeriodicTweets from NSCL

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International Year of the Periodic Table
From Zachary Constan, Ph.D. Outreach Coordinator National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory Michigan State University
In celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table, the NSCL social media feeds will post facts about every element throughout 2019. Follow NSCL on TwitterorFacebookand look for #periodictweets starting near the end of January!

Google Calendar - Unsubscribe from a Calendar

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Sometimes you no longer want a calendar - you just don't need it anymore.  Yet, it is still a calendar either owned by or used by other people.  In this case, you cannot delete the calendar, but you can unsubscribe from it.  This will remove it from your calendar list, but others will still have access to it.

(Here is a video on How to Unsubscribe from a Calendar if you prefer.)

To unsubscribe from a calendar:

Go to your calendar list, and hover over the calendar you want to delete to find the Options menu (or More Menu) -

Choose Settings and sharing -

Scroll all the way to the bottom of the settings - the options for removing a calendar are there.  Select Unsubscribe -

You will get a confirmation window, select to Remove calendar -

Google Forms - See Where Collaborators are Working

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Did you know you can know tell where collaborators are working in a Google Form where multiple people can edit??

I just happened to notice this the other day when a colleague asked me to look over his form.  When I got into the form and was scrolling down through the questions, a green bar caught my eye.  Then I noticed the name and profile circle popped up on the left.  It was showing me what question he was currently editing!  This was confirmed in our phone conversation.  Pretty nifty that I can prevent my accidentally overwriting his edits!


Google Calendar - How to Delete a Calendar

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Sometimes you just need to delete a calendar - you just don't need it anymore.  An example is the sample calendar I have been using for screenshots to create these posts when we wrap up with the tidbits on Calendar. 

There is one important distinction to note - when you delete a calendar, you delete it for EVERYONE.  So make sure no one else is using that calendar before you delete it.  If they are, you should instead Unsubscribe from the calendar (which will be tomorrow's episode).

(Here is a video on How to Delete a Calendar if you prefer.)

Go to your calendar list, and hover over the calendar you want to delete to find the Options menu (or More Menu) -

Choose Settings and sharing -

Scroll all the way to the bottom of the settings the option to delete is there.  Again, note that this deletes the calendar for EVERYONE, so only Delete it if no one is using it -

You will get a confirmation message verifying you wish to delete the calendar -

Summer Camp for Science Teachers at MSU or ND

Science teachers have the opportunity to attend an intensive and residential one-week experience that will let them explore world-class research in nuclear astrophysics!  They will get to spend time at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University - a facility used by scientists from all over the world. 

What: Physics of Atomic Nuclei program
When & Where: July 15-19 at Michigan State University
Cost: FREE
More Information:  at https://www.jinaweb.org/educational-outreach/physics-atomic-nuclei-pan/


There is also a program for high schools students - information about it is also on the website above.

Google Calendar - How to Add a Task Directly on the Calendar

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Google has finally integrated its "Tasks" into Calendar in a more useable way that previous iterations.  There are multiple ways to add tasks, and you can even add items from the calendar.  You have the ability to have open tasks with no due dates, or set due dates for tasks (or even sub-tasks) - so no matter your organizational style, this may work for you.

Today we are going to explore how to add tasks directly to the calendar on their due dates.  If you need a basic understanding of how the task feature works, please reference yesterday's post on How to Utilize the Task List.

(Here is a video on How to Add a Task Directly on the Calendar if you prefer.)

First you need to make sure your Tasks calendar is enabled & viewable.  Check this in the left side -

Now when you add an event on your calendar, you have a new option of Task you can select -

Choosing Task, you will be able to set the task up from here -

You can:
1 - Set the name of the task
2 - Set the due date …

Google Classroom - Join a Classroom Via Email Invitation

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As more educators begin to use Google Classroom, it seems as if Google keeps updating it and adding features. Here are some updated posts with the newest Classroom look.

To join a classroom from an email invitation sent by the course instructor, first find and open the email in your inbox:

When you open the email, you will see a message similar to the following - look for the blue Join button in the middle.  Click on that -

This will both enroll you into the course and open the course up for you.  You may get a brief tutorial if it is your first time using Classroom, or if they have recently made changes.  

Google Calendar - How to Utilize the Tasks List

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Google has finally integrated its "Tasks" into Calendar in a more useable way that previous iterations.  There are multiple ways to add tasks, and you can even add items from the calendar now.  You have the ability to have open tasks with no due dates, or set due dates for tasks (or even sub-tasks) - so no matter your organizational style, this may work for you.

Today we are going to explore how to utilize the tasks list to organize and manage your projects.  This will give you a basic understanding of how the task feature works.  Tomorrow we will show how to add a task directly on the calendar.

(Here is a video on how to utilize the task lists if you prefer.)

First, you need to make sure your Tasks calendar is enabled & viewable.  Check this in the left side -
Next, to access tasks, click on the little blue circle icon on the right side of your calendar -

You will see a menu appear on the side.  Once items are added to your tasks, you will see all of the following area…