Welcome to the Daniel & Agnes Monen Media and Technology Center at Gross Catholic!
Media Specialist: Jacki Harris
Technology Repair Specialist: Josh Brandt
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. M-F
Phone: (402) 734-2000 x137
Ask a Librarian
NebraskAccess (See Mrs. Harris for the password or use your valid NE driver’s license number)
Omaha Public Library
Bellevue Public Library
Papillion Public Library
La Vista Public Library
Ralston Public Library
Barnes and Noble
7400 Dodge St #325
3333 Oakview Dr.
2501 South 90th Street, Suite 111
Half Price Books
12355 W. Center Rd.
University of Nebraska-Omaha Bookstore
Milo Bail Student Center
6001 Dodge St
Creighton University Bookstore
602 N 20th St
Bellevue University Bookstore
1008 Galvin Rd S.
Looking for a good book? Start here!
Gross Catholic High School Electronic Catalog-Once you are on the Follett Destiny page, click on Gross Catholic High School. You can search by title, author, subject, keyword, and series.
NovelList Plus – Part of the NebraskaAccess database; see Mrs. Harris for the current password or use a valid Nebraska driver’s license number.
Resource Apps for Education – Several apps for shortening URL’s, creating QR codes, taking/storing notes, publishing, etc.
Bitly – A URL shortener. You must create an account to use.
TinyURL – A URL shortener.
Storybird – Simple tools to help you build books in minutes; great presentation tool for projects.
Paper.li – Publish web content into your own on-line newspaper.
QR Code Generator – A free QR code generator.
StudyBlue – Create and study on-line flashcards and class notes.
Evernote – Your work saved together all in one digital workspace.
Quizlet – Create and study online flashcards.
Canva – A simple-to-use graphic design tool for creating posters, letters, presentations, and more.
NewsELA – Delivers daily news articles at five different reading levels.
Khan Academy – Video tutorials in several subjects including math, reading/writing, science, economics/finance, arts/humanities, computing, and test preparation.
Lino – On-line sticky notes, bulletin-board style.
Resources for Research Projects
NebraskAccess – Find academic, peer-reviewed journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. See Mrs. Harris for the password, or use a valid Nebraska driver’s license number to access the databases within NebraskaAccess.
Google Scholar – Academic, peer-reviewed articles for research projects; many of the articles are free to access.
Digital Public Library – Get primary sources, timelines, news, and see exhibitions on a variety of topics.
StatWorld – 400+ interactive maps of world statistics.
ERIC – Education Resources Information Center with links to peer-reviewed journals.
Research Paper Formatting and Citing Sources
Purdue OWL – Great resource for both APA and MLA formats. See examples of how to cite sources (print and digital), how to format a paper, and how to format a Resources/Works Cited page.
What is Plagiarism? View this tutorial to find out what it is and how to avoid it.
Copyright Free Pictures, Music, and Videos
Pixabay: Free Images
Google – Click on Settings in the bottom right-hand corner, select Advanced Search, scroll down to “usage rights,” and select “free to share use or modify.”
Free Music Archive
Videvo – Free video clips
Here are a few presentation options aside from PowerPoint:
- Slides -Similar to PowerPoint, but with the benefits of Google Drive, such as Cloud Storage and sharing capabilities.
- Sites -A website-building program that allows users to build their own websites.
Prezi – Cloud-based presentation software and storytelling tool for presenting ideas on a virtual canvas.
ThingLink – An image engagement tool that makes it easy to add clickable tags to any image on the web. To use this tool, scroll to the bottom of the page where it says “Sign Up for Free” and click on “I’m a Student.”
Knovio – Create, track, and share online presentations. A free account allows you to record up to 5 presentations of up to 7 minutes each.
Sway – An Office application that allows users to create and share polished, interactive presentations.
Screencast-O-Matic -Create and share screen recordings.
TimeLine -Build interactive timelines through Northwestern University Knight Lab.
American Library Association’s Definition of Information Literacy, along with competency standards for higher education.
The following websites are helpful when writing papers for your classes, college applications, or the ACT:
Purdue OWL – Purdue Online Writing Lab.
Resources for Writing from MIT – Includes strategies for writing introductions and conclusions, grammar tips, and how to avoid plagiarism.
The Five Paragraph Essay -Basic format and suggestions for creating a five paragraph essay.
Writing a College Application Essay – This slideshow offers 8 tips for writing an essay for your college applications.
How to Improve Your ACT Writing Score
Resources for Lesson Planning, Instruction, and Assessment
Be sure to check out the Recommended Apps and Research Options Links for even more tools for presentations and research options.
Nebraska Department of Education – Online resources for teachers including lesson plans, assessment ideas, articles, and more.
Edmodo -A social learning platform website for teachers, students, and parents.
Learn Zillion -Thousands of standards-aligned lessons and videos.
TEDEd Lesson Plans -Videos with lessons built in and the option to create more.
Big History Project -Information covering 13.8 billion years of history and science.
Student Handouts -Free materials for teachers in all grade levels and subjects.
Khan Academy -Video tutorials.
PlayPosit -Online learning environment for interactive video lessons.
Class Flow -Tool for delivering interactive multi-media lessons.
Poll Everywhere -Live polling of votes or comments to presentations.
Kahoot – classroom response system; game-based for polls, voting
Socrative -classroom tool for visualizing and measuring understanding
Plickers -collects real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices