Friday, February 20, 2015

Hats Off to Google's Dan Russell!

I am a big fan of Google's Senior Research Scientist Daniel M. Russell. As per his own job description, "I write. I analyze. I experiment. I do field studies and I try to understand what makes Google users tick.  Why do they sometimes query Google for [ first ], and then not click on anything?  Why do some Google users only ask one query, while  others can go on and on?  What's different about their search experiences? Why? " Dr. Russell's blog, SearchReSearch offers readers searching challenges which go way beyond the typical Google search. You are thrown into advanced searches and learn so much beyond what you thought you could do. What a great way to expand your knowledge so you can teach your students about REAL searching on the web!

Sites involving Dr. Russell's instruction include Google Search EducationPower Searching and Advanced Power Searching online classes, and Live Training videos. Dan Russell is an engaging and interesting teacher. He is soft-spoken and obviously passionate about his work. Upon completion of each of his courses, you can download a certificate for PD credit. A Google a Day challenges students to practice their searching skills by answering a posed question, i.e. GEOGRAPHY: "What two northernmost territories of India lie 1,100 km southeast of Calcutta? (in alphabetical order) The longer it takes to answer a question, the fewer points are awarded. Kids love competition, so this could be a cool game to play every day.

I love being challenged, don't you? I highly recommend that all teacher-librarians take a look at SearchReSearch and Power Searching and Advanced Power Searching. Knowledge is after all, power.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Printing Multiple PowerPoint Slides on One Sheet

Let's save some paper, everyone. My students have been printing PowerPoint presentations (some with as many as 50 slides) and wasting a lot of paper. There is a very simple way to control how many sheets you print, and in PowerPoint it's called "handouts". Just follow the instructions below for an easy transition. NOTE: Instructions are for MS Office 2013.

This is what your screen looks like right before you print:

You have the option to print from 1-9 slides on one page. Voila! Easy, right?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

All About Google Classroom in 22 Clicks!

If you already have Google Apps for Education at your school, you are one step closer to using Google Classroom. Google Apps for Education (GAFE) has been such a wonderful addition to our school district, and now that Google Classroom has been added, teachers have so many ways to manage their students and assignments. Just go HERE and choose "teacher". You must use your school Gmail account and Chrome as your browser for this to work.

Google For Classroom Android App

Google for Classroom iPhone App- also works on the iPad

10 Additional Things You Can Do With Google Classroom- Alice Keeler

Google Classroom Adds Five New Improvements for Teachers- Education World

Google Classroom iPad App User Guide for

How to Integrate iPads With the New Google Classroom- Edudemic

Star Wars Guide to Google Classroom

Google Classroom Help Center

Official Google Classroom Page


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Free Online PD Infographic

Thank you, Joyce Valenza, for creating this lovely infographic for teacher-librarians.

The 100th Day of School! Hundreds of Resources Packed into 32 Sites!

Since we are all on different schedules for the school year, some of you have already passed the 100th day. My district will hit that number this coming week. You can always bookmark this link so you can return next year....

10 Read Alouds for the 100th Day of School

75 Clever Ideas for 100 Days of School- art projects

100 Days of School Activities and Ideas- from the Busy Teacher's Cafe

100 Snowballs- interactive from ABCya!

100 Ways to Celebrate the 100th Day of School With The Times

100th Day- lessons, printables, worksheets from A to Z Teacher Stuff

100th Day of School Activities- from K-5 Math Teaching Resources

100th Day of School Activities- from Enchanted Learning

100th Day of School Freebie Printables

100th Day of School Ideas for Kindergarten

100th Day of School Images- Google Search

100th Day of School Free Writing Activity- 2 printables: If I Had One Hundred Dollars,  If I Were 100 Years Old

100th Day of School Poems

100th Day of School Printables- Google Search

100th Day of School Worksheets- from Super Teacher Worksheets

100 Days of School Color- printables

Celebrate the 100th Day of School- from Scholastic's Teach Now

Descriptive Writing and the 100th Day of School- from ReadWriteThink

Gamequarium's 100th Day of School Activities

Hundredth Day of School- Starfall's counting interactive

In Honor of the 100th Day of School- crossword puzzle from the NY Time Learning Network; answers are HERE.

Jan Brett Printable

Joan Holub's The 100th Day of School- 300 Celebration Ideas for Educators

Mathwire's 100th Day of School Lessons

Montessori-Inspired 100th Day of School Activities

Oriental Trading- items to purchase for 100th day of school

Really Good Stuff- items to purchase for your classroom

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Kids Love Scavenger Hunts! Here are 57 Sites to Get You Started!

A scavenger hunt (or treasure hunt) is a fun activity for all students, no matter the age or grade level. Many of you are familiar with a post I did in 2013 about webquests, and are probably wondering how a scavenger hunt is different from a webquest. Before the Internet, scavenger hunts were done outside or in the classroom.  Today, there are Internet scavenger hunts, which are closely related to a webquest. Bernie Dodge created the webquest in 1995 and all webquests follow a specific template which includes the Introduction, Task, Process, Evaluation and Conclusion. Scavenger hunts do not follow a specific plan and sometimes students are looking to find certain objects, as well as information. As you can see, it's a fine line between the two; whichever works for your classroom should be the one you use.

Blendspace- collect web resources in one place shorten multiple URLs into one

GooseChase- create tech-based scavenger hunt; download the GooseChase app to use it

Gibbon- playlists for learning

How to Set Up a QR Code Treasure Hunt

Klikaklu- iPhone app for creating picture treasure hunts

Make Your Own QR Code Scavenger Hunt!- from iLearn Technology

Minilogs- list several URLs for your students

QR Code Treasure Hunt Generator

QR Wild Scavenger Hunt Games

Quick Hunts- create a scavenger hunt from an online template, use hunts created by other teachers on a variety of topics

The Teacher's Quick Guide to Digital Scavenger Hunts- from Edudemic

32 Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids to Do- for young children

80 Internet Mini Scavenger Hunts- from Scholastic; covers social studies, science, math and language arts

Cyberbee's List of Treasure Hunts- covers math, science, language arts

Education World's Internet Scavenger Hunts- organized by the month

A Google a Day- students are asked a question and they have to try and find the answer by using Google search

Scavenger Hunts for Kids- add your own or choose from pre-made; also Tips for Planning a Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunts for Kids- a different site from the one above; includes an alphabet walk, rock walk

Treasure Hunt and Scavenger Hunt Games

World Book Web Scavenger Hunts- covers grades K-College; all printables are free to download


Famous Entrepreneur Scavenger Hunt

Tax Time Scavenger Hunt- great for high school business classes

African American History Scavenger Hunt

Berlin Wall Scavenger Hunt- grade 8

Civil War Website Hunt- 5th grade

Inca, Maya, Aztec Internet Scavenger Hunt- grade 9

Mr. Martin's Internet Scavenger Hunts- small list of history topics for grades 9-12

QR Code Scavenger Hunt: Ancient Structures- grade 6

The Revolutionary War Scavenger Hunt

Social Studies, Civics & People Internet Hunt Activities- large listing

Treasure Hunts About Explorers

Great Expectations and Charles Dickens Web Scavenger Hunt- grades 9-12

Great Gatsby Treasure Hunt

Library Research Skills Scavenger Hunt- grades K-2

QR Code Quest: a Library Scavenger Hunt- The Daring Librarian has updated this link with Part Deux.

Shakespeare Internet Scavenger Hunt- grades 9-12

Using a Dictionary- grades 4-6

Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt- grades 6-8

A Web Scavenger Hunt for The Crucible

Algebra Internet Scavenger Hunt

Lesson Planet's Math Internet Scavenger Hunts- grades are labeled

Math Scavenger Hunt- grades 1-3

A Math Survival Scavenger Hunt- 6th grade

Send Your Kids on a Multiplication Scavenger Hunt- everything you need is provided

Gratitude Photo Scavenger Hunt- includes free download  "What I'm Grateful For..."

The Renaissance Art Scavenger Hunt

Will Rogers Memorial Museums Scavenger Hunt- download free printables for the hunt

Autumn Scavenger Hunt for Kids- free printable here

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt

Healthy Habits- PreK-1

Nature Scavenger Hunt for Kids- free printable

Rainforest Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Weather Facts Internet Hunt

Computer History Internet Scavenger Hunt

Safe Online Internet Challenge- covers grades 3-8; Internet safety scavenger hunts

Star Wars Internet Scavenger Hunt- grades 6-8; for Internet research skills

Friday, January 30, 2015

How Important are School Libraries?

Looking to show your administration how necessary school libraries and teacher-librarians are? Here is a terrific interview. Perhaps your administration should taken a listen as well. Tell them it's only 30 minutes out of their day....


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