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Join the lead trainers for Encyclopaedia Britannica, ProQuest, and TeachingBooks for a fun day of exploration and skill building on the research and educational databases that were purchased and are freely available for all California K-12 school districts. Attendees of this FREE workshop will leave prepared to successfully implement and share this suite of state-sponsored educational resources with fellow educators. Space is limited - register today to secure your spot!

Please bring your own device to interact with the resources.
October 2, Tulare County Office of Education
Educational Resource Services
Elderwood Meeting Room
7000 W. Doe Avenue
Visalia, CA 93291


General Technology Training
with Steve Woods & Doug Cairns,
Instructional Technology Specialists
         Google Classroom
                  5:00pm - 8:00pm
         Tech Tools: YouTube (Tech Tools Voucher class)        10/9                   1:00pm - 4:00pm
         Intermediate/Advanced Google Sheets        10/16                   5:00pm - 8:00pm

"Putting It All Together" Trainings

w/ Katherine Goyette, Educational Technology & Integrated Studies Consultant

Educational Technology for Grades 3 - 5                    9/23        8:30am - 3:30pm
Educational Technology for Primary Grades                     10/1        8:30am - 3:30pm

ClassVR Virtual Reality Goggles

ERS Library has four sets of ClassVR Virtual Reality headsets that are available for checkout by the staff of all sites with an ERS Library Media Services contract. Checkout of these kits includes the prerequisite of attending a one hour training session.

The training session will cover:
Setup - Unpacking the headsets, configuring each headset with your school’s wi-fi details, plus the downloading & setup of VR lessons on each headset.
Curriculum Resources – The ClassVR Portal is home to 500+ curriculum aligned educational VR resources. Learn how to search these ready made collections, build your own lessons and upload your own VR content.
Student Use - Explore the teacher interface as you learn to guide students through the VR experience, highlighting points of interest, promoting collaboration and encouraging peer discussion along the way.
Troubleshooting - Basic troubleshooting tips & tricks that will ensure a smooth VR experience for everyone involved.

Dates/Times (click here for flyer, click a date below to register):
October 3 (4 pm - 5 pm) 
October 17 (4 pm - 5 pm)
November 19 (4 pm - 5 pm) 

Hosting Family Literacy Night, Back to School, Open House, 

or Orientation at your site? 

Consider inviting the ERS Library staff to share and demonstrate the premium digital resources available to both students and parents via the ERS Portal. Our California Common Core aligned digital resources, including streaming video and eBooks, are accessible to parents, students and teachers 24/7/365! 

Contact us today to schedule an ERS Library booth/table at your next parent or community event.

Mo Romero is a zombie who loves nothing more than growing, cooking, and eating vegetables. Tomatoes? Tantalizing. Peppers? Pure perfection! The problem? Mo's parents insist that their niño eat only zombie cuisine, like arm-panadas and finger foods. They tell Mo over and over that zombies don't eat veggies. But Mo can't imagine a lifetime of just eating zombie food and giving up his veggies. As he questions his own zombie identity, Mo tries his best to convince his parents to give peas a chance.

Interest Level: K - 3rd


It's the night of the annual Autumn Equinox Festival, when the town gathers to float paper lanterns down the river. Legend has it that after drifting out of sight, they'll soar off to the Milky Way and turn into brilliant stars, but could that actually be true? This year, Ben and his classmates are determined to find out where those lanterns really go, and to ensure success in their mission, they've made a pact with two simple rules: No one turns for home. No one looks back. The plan is to follow the river on their bikes for as long as it takes to learn the truth, but it isn't long before the pact is broken by all except for Ben and Nathaniel, the one kid who just doesn't seem to fit in. Together, Nathaniel and Ben will travel farther than anyone has ever gone, down a winding road full of magic, wonder, and unexpected friendship.

 Interest Level: 5th - 8th

Junior High

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

 Interest Level: 9th-12th

Young Adult

To see even more new books in the ERS Library collection, visit our rotating carousel on the ERS Portal!

                                                                                                                      by Nathan Wills, Library Media Technician

ProQuest Research Companion

Need help fulfilling requirements of SB 830 to ensure that young adults are prepared with the media literacy skills necessary to safely, responsibly, and critically consume and use social media as well as other forms of media? We have the answer for you! ProQuest Research Companion is an intuitive, self-guided product that supports information literacy, writing, and research skills instruction occurring in today's libraries, classrooms, and online learning environments. It provides a new foundation and companion to "one-shot" sessions, allowing librarians and educators to focus on teaching the more complex research and writing principles. Designed for use in middle grades and up, ProQuest Research Companion is divided into three major sections: Find Information, Evaluate Information, and Use Information. Each section is broken down further into modules such as, “How do I choose a topic?” and “How do I evaluate sources?” Information is presented in a fun, slightly irreverent way, beginning by telling students that, if they’ve experienced difficulties with learning how to do research, they aren’t alone! Eight out of ten students polled said they found doing research difficult and confusing. ProQuest Research Companion gives them the ability to expand their knowledge and skills, and makes the research process easier and more fun. 

Check out ProQuest Research Companion in your ERS Portal today!

September 17th is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. It is observed each year to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787. It took a total of thirty-nine brave men to sign our constitution.  Also, this day is a celebration of those who have come to the United States and become citizens. The ERS library has books available for check out on citizenship and the Constitution. Also, by logging in to our portal you can find digital resources.

Available in the ERS Library circulating collection:

Available via Discovery Education on the
ERS Portal:

    K - 2         3 - 5         6 - 8         9 - 12    

The 2019-2020 CheckThisOut!  
sign-up form is now available.

Click the CTO! banner above to learn more about our innovative subscription service and how effortless it can be to have quality standards-aligned ERS Library resources, that support your lessons & engage your students, delivered to your school site every month.

Quotes from CTO! participants:

“It is a fabulous service that will provide you with materials for your units of study, or just a random sampling of high interest books for your class.” 
-- Teacher, Castle Rock Elementary School

“This is an awesome service that provides diversity and inspiration in books for students. It also provides an excellent opportunity for teachers to have access to professional development books!” 
-- Teacher, Pixley Middle School

                                                                                 by Doug Cairns, Instructional Technology Specialist
Robotics in the Classroom - Ozobots 

Why use robots in your classroom? They foster collaboration, creative thinking, problem solving, computational and sequential thinking. Robotics give your students hands on experiences, which has been shown to improve learning outcomes. They can also be used in all content areas.

Ozobots are a great place to start with any grade Kindergarten through 12th. Young students can start their journey by drawing color coded lines. The different colors are translated by the golf ball sized robots into different commands. As educators guide students through lessons found in the Lesson Library they will progress into “OzoBlockly” programming.

The “OzoBlockly” programming steps up the functionality of the Ozobots. Students will drag and drop different blocks of code that snap together like puzzle pieces. Blocks of code are only intended to fit in certain patterns. This helps students understand the structure of their program.

As students grow beyond what Ozoblockly can do they can start working in the Java programming language. Students can place blocks down and view what the typed Java code looks like.

Best of all Ozobots can be programmed from any device! 

The ERS library has sets of Ozobots ready for check out. Reserve a set for your class today!

Interested in learning more? Sign up to attend "Coding with Robots: Ozobots and Ozoblockly" on January 15th, 2020. REGISTER HERE.

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