Friday, March 22, 2013

Google Keep: Can it Replace Evernote?

In an effort to compete with the popular Evernote, Google recently unveiled Google Keep, an Android app which allows you to bookmark sites, make notes, record memos, add graphics and color-code notes for sorting. The Android app syncs with your Google Drive account. The first thing I thought of when I read about this was, could this really be used instead of Evernote? After all, my iPhone has always had notes. I could make a list of things there. My calendar alerts me to events. Without an Apple app, Google Keep can be used only by Android users. Strike one. But rather than make the decision for you, I will present information about both Google Keep and Evernote, with a few reviews I found online. One thing I will say is that I LOVE Evernote, so if Google wants to compete, they will have to up their game. What do you think?

6 Reasons Google Keep Can't Replace Evernote- GIZMODO

Google Keep Challenges Evernote for Top Android Note Taking App- GottaBeMobile

Google Keep: Worth Trying With Caution- TIME article

Google Keep, an Overdue Answer to Evernote, Arrives- Wired

Hands on with Google Keep: Can it Slay Evernote?- PC World

Thursday, March 21, 2013

20 Magazines & Journals for Teacher-Librarians

I still enjoy the feel of pages in books and magazines. Reading on my tablet is easier than the computer screen, but that physical copy of a magazine or journal is my personal preference. How many of the following do you have subscriptions with? Many also have digital versions online which won't cost you a dime. NOTE: You can also find this list under the Teacher-Librarians tab at the top.

American Libraries- ALA publication; read online for free

Booklist Magazine- $147.50 (22 issues in a year); website is here.

Bookwire- "search and discover over 20 million book titles, including print, e-books, audio books and more."

College and Research Libraries News - print subscriptions and digital online archives

Computers in Libraries-  $99.95 (10 issues per year); also digital online archives

D-Lib Magazine- digital library research published 6 times per year

eSchool News- free print subscription for educators
The Horn Book Magazine- $49.00 (6 issues)

Internet @Schools- $49.95 (5 issues per year)

The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

Kirkus Book Reviews- tough book critics 

Library Journal- $101.95 (20 issues per year) 

Library Media Connection Magazine- $49.00 (special deal for 6 issues)

Library Sparks- $59.95 (9 issues)

School Library Journal- $88.99 (12 issues plus access to Book Verdict School Library Journal)

School Library Monthly- $55.00 (8 issues)

Teacher-Librarian- $56.00 (published 5 times per year)

Tech and Learning- free subscriptions for educators

VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) -online digital version

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mouse Party Looks Inside the Brains of Mice

If you teach Psychology or Science, this site will amaze your students. Produced by the University of Utah's Genetic Science Learning Center, Mouse Party is an interactive lesson which shows the effects of drugs on mice. Here's how it works: students choose one of seven mice to be analyzed and then zoom in on the brain to see how it is affected by the particular drug the mouse is on. The visual presentation is simple and easy to understand. There is also a link on this page for Meth Mouse, a 3D presentation requiring download and installation of Unity Web Player. Here's an overview of Mouse Party:


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