Tuesday, February 20, 2018

TECH Note of This 02/20/2018

  • Check out this great article that highlights how podcasts can serve as another avenue to engage students in meaningful content. At the end there's also a great list of podcasts to tune in to. Want to try podcasting in your classroom? - consider Rodgers' tips and also connect with your local media specialist or tech integration leader for support!

    tags: podcasting podcasts posttech

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Review: Fresh Ink: An Anthology

Fresh Ink: An Anthology Fresh Ink: An Anthology by Lamar Giles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This collection of 10 short selections is moving, unnerving, sad, and hopeful. The characters in each story, play, and comic are authentic and inspiring, even as they battle a world that often doesn't accept them. Readers cannot walk away from this read without feeling a tug at their heartstring and a determination to view and interact with their world differently.


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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

TECH Note of This 02/07/2018

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Review: Girl Made of Stars

Girl Made of Stars Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mara and Owen are twins; they know everything about one another. But when Hannah - Mara's friend and Owen's girlfriend - accuses Owen of rape Mara finds herself lost. How could her brother do something like this? It can't be true, but Hannah wouldn't lie, she simply wouldn't. As she searches for truth with the support of her closest friends, Mara comes face to face with her own demons that have been shut away for far too long.

Girl Made of Stars openly but honestly tackles tough topics like gender identity, consent, victim blame, and sexual assault. A timely and essential read for teens.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

TECH Note of This 02/03/2018

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Review: Red Queen

Red Queen Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The people of Norte are born into one of two lots - they're either Reds, commoners with little hope of amounting to much, or Silvers, the elites with unexplainable powers who rule over their land. Mare Barrow is a Red; without a real job, she helps support her family with the only real skill she has, her quickness that makes her a master thief. Yet it appears her luck changes when she's placed in a job serving the royal family. After an unexpected event leads to a discovery that Mare has an ability that only Silver's should have, her life takes a course no one could have planned. She is both Red and Silver, and she is just the thing that could start a rebellion for the ages.

Filled with adventure, drama, betrayal, and romance, this dystopian fantasy is a solid choice for any reader.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

What Do Students Need to Know About Email?

More and more I find myself helping students with email issues. They often can't find an email that a teacher sent, and when we check their inbox, it's filled with thousands of FB or Twitter notifications; it's no wonder they can't find that one lonely email from Mr. Smith! Not only are these students having issues managing their inboxes, but I'm also noticing that they don't understand that email is not a messaging platform. I receive emails from students with no subject, no capitalization, or sometimes no message at all - just an attachment (if I'm lucky). This often leaves me shaking my head and wondering what will happen when these kids leave high school and enter college or real-world situations where day to day business is often conducted via email.

For those who insist that email is a dying platform, take a look at these statistics. In 2017, 269 billion emails were sent and received each day (Statistia). Almost 4 billion individuals use email on a regular basis. The age group with largest potential of increased email use is Generation Z - today's teens and young adults (Statistia).

What does this mean? Plain and simple, our students need instruction about email. Check out the tips below for some essentials regarding email etiquette and management.

EMAIL ETIQUETTE - These essential guidelines are easy for students to remember and will help make emails more professional.

  • Include a Specific Subject
  • Add an Appropriate Greeting
  • Keep Message Brief and Polite
  • Proofread
  • Sign Off with Your Name (consider adding a signature to your email so it always appears on outgoing messages)

The Purdue OWL has some tips specifically for students regarding email etiquette.

EMAIL MANAGEMENT - These are tips I've found to be especially helpful in keeping my inbox organized and clutter free.

  • Take Action
    • Delete the Junk
    • Reply if Necessary
    • Archive if You May Need it Later
  • Unsubscribe to Unnecessary Notifications (social media, newsletters, retailers, etc.)
  • Use Gmail Labels and Filters