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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.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Blendspace for Easy Virtual Lesson Organization

Attended a great session at #DENVirtcon 2014 in @FultonCoSchools about Blendspace:
Free version
or paid version

Simple steps to get started: 
  1. Create a free Account in Blendspace 
  2. Create a lesson
  3. Choose a theme
  4. Preview resources
  5. Add to your canvas by dragging and dropping into your lesson
  6. Embed in Edmodo (using app in Edmodo) or on a website
  7. Blendspace gallery- copy and take into your own account, edit, etc.
  8. Print a nice page of resources with URLS for technology centers, menus,  absent students or remediation
  9. Idea- go ahead and make Tile 1 = standards (use Text box) Tile 2 = essential questions 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Goobric and Doctopus - if you haven't heard of them you will soon!

Goobric is an add-on idea as an answer to rubric assessing for teachers/students who use Google made by 3rd party 'New Visions for Public Schools'...Rubrics are attached directly to docs and returned to students with their work.

Doctopus is a document and project management add-on in Google Drive. 

These add-on programs (and many others) are continually being improved- start checking out the tutorials others have shared:

Sample how-to video: