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12 Things SWKLS: Thing 8

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Welcome to the eighth thing in 12 Things SWKLS.  Since December is a bit of a crazy month, I thought we’d take this time to have a little fun and do a little review.    This month you can pick any topic from the past 7 Things and spend more time learning about the topic or reviewing the topic.  This is also a great time to catch up on any lessons you may have missed.

Here are some ideas:

  • Create a Christmas, Holiday, New Year’s, Valentine’s, Birthday, Anniversary, or Thank You Card in Canva.
  • Create a poster or something you haven’t yet created in Canva.
  • Create a Google Form for an upcoming event.
  • Create a Google Form for ILL Requests.
  • Spend more time organizing or cleaning up your email.
  • Use one of the eBook platforms available through the State Library that you haven’t used before.
  • Go through the OneClickDigital Lesson again.
  • Complete an alternate topic.

The activities for this lesson are due December 31 , 2016 at 11:59 pm central time and are worth 2 credit hours.  Estimated work time:  1-2 hours

The last 7 Things can be found linked at the bottom of the 12 Things SWKLS page or the SWKLS website right sidebar.  If you would rather complete an alternate topic, please go to the alternate topic page and pick one from the list.

If you get stuck and need help, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Exercises:  (Due December 31, 2016 at 11:59 pm CDT)

Tools you will need:

  • A computer or internet enabled device.
  • An Internet connection
  • An email address
  • Your imagination

Activity 1:  (10 – 30 min)

  1. Think about what topic you might want to explore.
  2. Find a video or tutorial to learn more about your chosen topic.
    1. For example Google “Design your own Greeting Card in Canva” .
    2. Or…  Google “Canva Tutorials” or “Google Forms”.
    3. Or… find a training or tutorial on the State Library of Kansas website.
    4. Need help?  Check out the resources at the bottom of the page.

Activity 2:  (30 min – 60 min)

  1.   Create something or spend time reviewing your chosen topic.
  2.  Answer the following by posting a comment down below:
    1. What topic or thing did you choose?
    2. Why did you choose this thing or topic?
    3. Share any cool tutorials or videos you found.
    4. If you created something post the link down below in your comment.
    5. Any additional thoughts or comments?
      1. Did you learn anything new?
      2. Did you enjoy having more time to spend on this topic?
    6. Respond to at least one comment down below.



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  1. 1. I decided to do a Google Form.
    2. I was wanting an ILL Patron Request Form on our web page.
    3. I found most of the tutorials very similar and showing the same thing on Google Forms.
    5. This really is a refresher course for me but I needed the practice as I don’t use this that often. So I appreciate the fact the I am required to use it. I did enjoy spending more time on this topic as I had a project that I wanted to accomplish. I also learned that I needed to spend more attention on my web page.

      • swkls on December 1, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Good job, Ruby! I might suggest that you make the important items like name, email, phone number, title, etc required. That way whenever anyone fills out the form they don’t miss those fields. You can make a question required by toggling the required option on and off at the bottom of the question.


      • Stephanie Berning on December 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      Hi Ruby. Its great that you were able to complete a project you’ve been wanting to work on. I think an ILL Patron Request form on your website is a great idea, especially if your website gets a lot of traffic!

      • Audrey Flowers on December 7, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Hi Ruby, having an ILL request form on the website is a good idea. At the very least it would let you know if anyone sees your page. Another staffer does our webpage now but I should learn how so that I can help keep it up to date and try new things there.

      • Amy Brucker on December 28, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      I can’t wait to hear how the ILL Request works for you. I think this would be a beneficial form to include on our website and even FB page.

      Before learning about Google forms I would never have thought a solution could be so readily available (now just the time).

      • Caleb Platt on December 30, 2016 at 10:15 am

      I hope this goes well. If it does can you let me know about it? I think this would be a good thing for us to add to our library also.

    • Stephanie Berning on December 6, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    1.I chose to create a Christmas card using Canva.
    2.I chose this topic because, though I didn’t like the previous tutorials, I like what Canva has to offer and wanted to play more with it.
    3.I just used the tutorials provided when I clicked the link “get festive with Christmas cards in Canva.” There was some text walking you through it, then also a short video.
    4.I am going to post the Christmas card on our Facebook page when it gets closer to Christmas, so I will email it to Janelle.
    1.I didn’t learn anything new, but have been using Canva lately for our Facebook posts and enjoyed playing with it again.

      • Millie Dearden on December 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Awesome, Stephanie! I thought about doing this one but am having to do on my iPad instead of laptop. Sitting at hospital and I can get on SWKLS with iPad but when I try to with laptop — hospital router blocks it (and several other sites) crazy!!!!

        • swkls on January 6, 2017 at 3:48 pm

        That is crazy Millie! What the heck??

    • Audrey Flowers on December 7, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    I made another poster on Canva. I needed another one for our Space Exhibit and decided to get better at the Canva way! I didn’t learn anything new, just was fun to re-enforce what I had already learned.

      • swkls on December 7, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Reinforcement is always a good thing!

      • Dallie Vernon on December 20, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      I chose Canva also! I think it’s so much fun!

      • Laurie Dinges on December 28, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      It could be a bit addicting when you start on a design. I would start with one thing and then move it around or completely change it until I was happy with the final design. I would like to get more extensive with it.

        • Amy Brucker on December 28, 2016 at 5:48 pm

        I found myself moving towards and addiction to Laurie (haha). I started with one project, went another way, thought of another project, and then almost created a baby shower invite for personal use.

          • Amy Brucker on December 28, 2016 at 5:49 pm

          an* not and (before addition)…that error will drive me bonkers (Janelle too)

    • Millie Dearden on December 7, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I did an alternate activity — cleaned up my gmail !! Boy did it need it! Love color labeling!!!

    • Dallie Vernon on December 20, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    1. I chose canva.
    2.I really enjoyed it the first time and wanted to play with it more.
    3. I didn’t really learn anything new but I think it’s so much fun.
    4. I did enjoy having more time to play with canva.

      • swkls on December 28, 2016 at 4:42 pm


      I love what you created! Good job!

    • Laurie Dinges on December 28, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    I chose to create on Canva. I chose this because I am an artist and love creating.

    I found tutorials on You Tube. I can’t say the ones I watched showed anything particularly new, but I could watch them move things around. Many times I do better seeing how things are done rather than just hearing how things should be done.

    I creatied a Facebook post for New Years, which you can of course see on our Facebook page (nesscitylibrary).

    I would like to continue using Canva for our Facebook page. And, I would like to keep playing with it and see what other creations I can make.

    • Amy Brucker on December 28, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    1.I chose Canva.

    2.I felt like I barely tipped my toes in the water with it. I want to spend more time learning about it so I don’t have the frustrations and go to it for designs I need.

    3.This is the youtube video I watched on using Canva for Twitter:

    However, I ended up going a different route with the assignment. And not sure the video is super cool.

    4. I created a Twitter Header to hopefully use in the next year for the currently “inactive” and boring Twitter account I have for the high school teens.

    5. I really see us using Canva to create images for social media, especially. I think creating designs that we can repost to remind our patrons of reoccuring programs would be great and I plan to use it for marketing pieces.

    Did you learn anything new? I hadn’t thought to use Canva for Twitter, but it might allow us to create some interesting and appealing images to get the kids to want more information.

    Did you enjoy having more time to spend on this topic? Yes, I still need more time to spend working in it…I find myself getting frustrated because the functionality isn’t quite how my mind works and I’m impatient.

  2. I also chose to work in Canva again – I am currently working on an 2016 Year in Review Brochure for the Library with stats, accomplishments, services, etc……that we are going to send to Commissioners, Council Members, Legislature Day and just for the General Public. My brochure is not quite complete, but we are almost there!

    • Caleb Platt on December 30, 2016 at 10:09 am

    1. I did two things. I Researched some more videos on how to organize my email and I also created something in Canva.
    2. I created a announcement for our upcoming reading Challenge that will start next year. I also wanted to spend some more time organizing my email
    3. 1) (3 questions to ask about every email you recieve) 2) (covers filters, tabs, folders, changing how your inbox looks like)
    4. this is the announcement that I created on Canva:
    5. One thing i learned was how to use tabs on gmail. I think this is nice because it separates the emails I get from swkls or other personal emails from the emails I receive from booklists or ala.

      • swkls on January 3, 2017 at 9:45 am

      Good work Caleb! I am excited to hear how your Challenge goes!

    • Ellen Selzer on December 31, 2016 at 10:35 am

    I chose to work on my G-Mail Account. I plan to clean up my mail at least once a week. I cleaned up my mail and made a label. This was a helpful lesson

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