Friday, January 16, 2015

Comic Sans: The Most Hated Font

Those of you who read my blog know how I feel about the font comic sans. In fact, I posted Are You a Comic Criminal? in May 2013, which directed readers to a website with a presentation about why you shouldn't be using comic sans. Today I learned yet another reason why this font should not be used: this font uses more ink when printing than many fonts. Here's an infographic which explains. If you are not yet convinced about how unpopular this font is, take a look at what I found when I Googled "comic sans hate". You will be surprised how many results came up: 572,000! Still a comic sans fan? Watch these presentations below. I want to convert all of you......LOL. (If you want a list of alternative comic fonts, try these I found on NOTE: use discretion; some resemble comic sans..............)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cartoons Only a Teacher-Librarian Would Love!

Last year I posted some cartoons for teachers. Today's post is for teacher-librarians, or media specialists. They have also been added to the page for Teacher-Librarians.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

23 Chrome Extensions You Must Have

Although I have been active on Twitter, I have neglected my blog since the holidays. Glad to say that I'm back and ready to provide you with awesome resources. In April 2013, I posted a list of 17 Chrome extensions to use with your Google Chrome browser. I have updated this list (added, deleted) to include those extensions you and students shouldn't live without. I have starred * my absolute favorites. If you'd like to browse the Chrome Web Store, click HERE.

*AdBlock Plus- blocks ads, malware and tracking

Autocopy - Automatically copies text or links when they are selected. Imagine how many times a day you click Control or Command + C. Now, you don’t have to!

Chrome Web Store Launcher- quick access to all your Chrome apps

EasyBib Toolsprovides students with instant citing of a webpage

Evernote Web Clipper- clip and save things to your Evernote account URL Shortener- shorten the URL of any long address; if you use Twitter, this can be really handy

Google Calendar- easily connect to your events on Google calendar

*Google Dictionary- highlight a word on a web page to get the definition

Google Similar Pages- explore pages similar to the one you are on; extension appears in Omnibox

*History Eraser- "Deletes typed URLs, Cache, Cookies, your Download and Browsing History...instantly, with just 1-click on the Eraser button!"

LastPass- extension manages all passwords with one master password

OneTab- converts all your tabs into one list; saves memory

Polarr Photo Editor RAW- crop and rotate photos, use advanced photo filters

Quickmark QR Code Extension- create and read QR codes on the web

*Readability- eliminates clutter on a web page and makes reading easier

Save as PDF- saves a webpage as a PDF (does not work with all formats, i.e. .ASPX)

Save to Google Drive- save web content and screen captures to your Google Drive

*Screencastify- a simple video screen capture software for Chrome. (You need a camera or a Chrome Book)

Send From Gmail- quickly compose and email with a link to send someone

Simple Highlighter- highlights, annotates and translates

Snagit- Take a screenshot, screen capture, or screen video recording. Collaborate and show what you know.

SpeakIt! - Select text, and it will read it to you. (Great for ESL and Special Ed students!)

TLDR- summarizes a long article for you


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