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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Are you ready to "Build with Chrome"? Virtual LEGO building with Google Maps!

The free Build with Chrome website allows you to use Google Maps as your base plate for virtual LEGO brick building projects that can also be shared.  The website calls itself " the largest LEGO® set the world has ever seen".  When you open the website using the Chrome browser you'll be prompted to allow your location via Google Maps.

Step 1- Visit website
Step 2- Enable your location
Step 3- Build a LEGO project (practice first in the Build Academy...
Step 4- Publish and agree to terms
Step 5- View

  Check it out!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Connect to your website with a new widget!

The free Remind messaging service (formerly known as Remind101) has an embeddable widget for websites...  Click here for instructions!
If you are using Weebly or any other site that accepts embed code, this is a great way to allow users to sign up for updates.  The Remind blog also has an update for Moodle users with tips for embedding the widget.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

iPhone Life Tip of the Day

Here's a free tip of the day for iPhone users-- sign up on the iPhone + iPad Life Magazine website.  Check the tiny box at the bottom of the screen on this link.

Click to visit this site

I enjoy these tips and I have learned something new every week.
Many tips carry over to ipads also- so it's helping me help my students...

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fun Switcher

Fun Switcher is a free collection of random sounds, theme songs, and other random sound clips.  Each sound can be tweeted easily with one click. The sounds are not school-appropriate, but adults could spend hours searching and playing fun clips.  (you've been warned!)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Heart of the School: Media Center Blog from the U.K.

I stumbled upon a great Library blog from the U.K. today:

I especially love the book awards section which can really help with collection development and new title discoveries. 
Printable Version: 

National Book Awards
Bailey’s Women’s Prize for FictionPreviously the Orange Prize
Blue Peter Book AwardFiction and non fiction categories
BookTrust Best Book Award Voted for by children.  Shortlists in March, Winners in July
Branford Boase AwardOutstanding debut novel for children.  Shortlist in May, Award in July
Carnegie and Greenaway AwardsShortlist in March, Awards in June.  Official Shadowing site.
CityRead LondonLondonwide reading event, one adult and one children’s book.  Launched in April
CLPE Poetry AwardUK Award for published poetry for children. Shortlist in May, winner in July
Costa Book Awards Children’s and Adult categories. Shortlists in November, winners announced in January
Guardian Children’s Fiction PrizeJudged by children’s authors.
ManBooker AwardShortlist announced in September, Award in October.  Good for sixth form reading groups.
Red House Children’s Book Award Books for all ages voted for entirely by children.
Royal Society Young People’s Book PrizeFor a Science book written for young people.  Shortlist in May, Award in November
SLA Information Book Award All ages, winner announced in Autumn term.  Voted for by children as well
Stan Lee Excelsior Book AwardThe only nationwide book award for graphic novels and manga.  Shortlist in December, Award in June/July
 Waterstones Children’s Book PrizeWinners announced in April

Local (International)  Book Awards
Red Dot Book AwardsInitiative of International School Libraries in Singapore.