Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Textbook S'Mores: A Delectably Different Kind of Post

As I was looking for books to order for our library, I came across a cookbook ( Nerdy Nummies Cookbook, by Rosanna Pansino) which featured books which were made out of graham crackers. They looked so awesome that I decided to see what else was offered in the book. The table of contents (on Amazon, you are allowed to look inside) told me that the chapters was based school subject areas, as seen below:

Under the chapter, "Geeky Treats", there is a recipe for Textbook S'Mores. This book gives you all the information you'll need to follow the recipes, including all the supplies you need to have on hand and a conversion chart. So if you'd like to try this recipe out before buying the book, (you really should buy it!) here's a video of the the author Rosanna Pansino making Textbook S'Mores. Enjoy!

You can find a host of video tutorials from Rosanna and her book, Nerdy Nummies Cookbook HERE on youtube.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Loads of Book Display Ideas for Your School Library!

Spice up your library environment with tempting book displays. Students DO judge a book by its cover, so don't let them judge your library as dreary! Special H/T  to Library Girl Jennifer LaGarde for the terrific infographic.

You can find this post and a HUGE collection of resources for teacher-librarians HERE.

Book Displays to Attract Reluctant Readers- from EBSCO

Fiction Book Display Ideas- Pinterest board

High School Library Book Display Ideas

Library Book Displays- Pinterest board

Library Displays- Pinterest board

School Library Book Display Ideas- Google image search

School Library Displays- Flickr pool of over 700 photos!

School-Library Displays- Pinterest board

Twenty Rules for Better Book Displays-from EBSCO

TED Talks About Libraries and Librarians

In case you haven't seen these wonderful TED Talks.................

2016 School Libraries Work!

Scholastic has released its 2016 document, School Libraries Work! and I'm hoping all my library colleagues will download a copy.  It's important to note that the majority of administrators have no idea what we do every day as teacher-librarians, so it is up to us to let them know.

Always keep a log of what you do every hour of the day. I use a Google document and constantly add to it, inserting visuals for clarification. Don't risk forgetting how busy your day was!

My recommendation is to download a copy and use it to show your district how important school libraries are for our students. Here are some screen shots from the document:

Monday, November 9, 2015

Are You Ready for Google Jamboree?

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 5th. EdTechTeacher is presenting Jamboree in Medfield, MA, and it looks like it's going to be terrific! The event will take place at Medfield High School and feature the following workshops: Google Drive and Google Classroom, The Magic of Chromebooks and Google Web Tools, Google Drive as Collaboration Station, Student Creations with Google Drive Add Ons and Chrome Extensions, and YouTube-It's Not Just Cats and Khan Academy.

For more information and to register, click HERE.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Doodle 4 Google Contest Open

It's that time of year again for the Doodle 4 Google competition! Students in grades K-12 can submit their entries from now until December 7, 2015.
Here's what Google has to say about the contest:
"For this year’s contest, students can create a doodle that tells the world “What makes me…me.” Kids have all kinds of things that make them unique, so they can use all kinds of materials to create their doodles, from crayons, to clay, to graphic design, even food and video games.
     Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the 2015 Doodle 4 Google contest. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship."

The online entry form is HERE.

Here is the winning doodle from last year.

Monday, November 2, 2015

5 USB Microphones Under $250.00 for Podcasting

So you say you are ready to podcast? I have already posted loads of information for you to get started as well as sample technology and education podcasts. Today's post specifically covers USB microphones which are priced under $250.00. These are the previous 2 posts:

All About Pocasting: 82 Sites Which Will Show You Everything You Need to Know

The Best 30 Technology and Education Podcasts

My Top 5

1. Audio-Technica AT2020- with a list price of $225.00, this cardioid mic picks up sound from in front and limits the sounds from the sides and rear. It's currently on Amazon.com for $169.00 with free shipping.

2. Blue Microphones: YETI- this retro-looking microphone offers multiple pattern selection:  cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional & stereo. It can be used in any situation, including podcasting, 
It's currently on Amazon.com for $84.95 with free shipping. (It is a #1 Best Seller on their site)

3. CAD Audio U37- studio-quality mic for vocals, instruments and podcasts. This is a cardioid mic which limits side and back sounds, concentrating on the sound from in front of the mic. The USB cable is 10 feet long. It's currently on Amazon.com for $43.03 with free shipping.

4. Rode NT-USB- package includes a pop shield, tripod desk stand, ring mount,
and storage pouch. Currently, this low-noise condenser mic has a 5-star rating (59 reviews) on Amazon.com where it is $169.00 with free shipping.

5. Zoom H2n- this mic runs on (2) AA batteries, 
Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, and both 2-channel and 4-channel surround. Comes with a 2GB SD card. Currently available on Amazon.com for $159.99 with free shipping.

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