Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What Should I Read Now?

It's often hard to find something to read once you've finished a great book.
Here are some great sites that help you pick a new book, based on a book you enjoyed!

This one is super simple. Type in a book you liked and find another book to read!

On What Should I Read Next? just enter a book you like and the site will provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.

Whichbook is a unique site for choosing what to read.
If you're not good at remembering book titles, or if you are the sort of reader who likes to choose by browsing round a little and seeing what tempts you, whichbook is the perfect solution to help you find what you are looking for. Move the sliders to express what you’re looking for and see what comes up. Scroll down to see all the books which match your chosen sliders or click Find similar to see books which match the specific title most closely. If you don't fancy any of the books offered, change your choices and try again - there are millions of different individual permutations possible.

As a visual person, I love Jellybooks!
Jellybooks is like a candy store, where you can sample everything for free, except all the treats are ebooks, that you can download, and you can share them online with friends, too.
Just start scrolling our pages and explore the book covers on display. See an interesting book? Simply click on the cover for more information and to sample or share the first 10% of the book!

This has a section specifically for children which I love. 
Just type in a book you love and a list of similar books appears. 

2 Titles is specifically for teens. 
Here's their description: 
Through this quick and easy survey, we get to know your personality, hobbies and interests, and then lead you to the start of an exciting journey that begins with two books that we think you’ll love.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Texas summers are made for adventures and some of the best 
adventures are found in books! 

Below are some fabulous summer reading programs 
out there to motivate kids to read this summer!

Barnes & Noble Imagination's Destination is a great 
program where kids can earn a free book!

Here Is How:
  1. Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal (PDF).
  2. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store. Find a Store.
  3. Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store... Enjoy reading!
Book Adventure is a FREE program from Sylvan Learning for kids grades K-8. 
They can search for books, read them offline, 
come back to quiz on what they've read, and earn prizes! 

Beginning June 22nd, kids can share their daily reading minutes, download fun activities, and chat with Greg, Rowley, and the Wimpy Kid gang on the bookitsummer.com website!
Kids who read 5 books by August 15th have a chance to win awesome Book IT! prizes. 

Half Price Books Summer Reading Program: Feed Your Brain 
is a great program from kids in preschool through high school where you can earn 
Bookworm Bucks good towards books! 

For kids 8th grade and under: 
Read 15 minutes a day for a month in June and July. 
(Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.) 
Use this reading log, add up your minutes and have your 
parent or guardian initial each week. 
Once you’ve reached 300 or more minutes, 
bring your log to your local HPB to claim your Bookworm Bucks.

High school students: 
Read a book each month in June and July and write a short review. 
Skip the reading log and bring your review to your local HPB
 to claim your Bookworm Bucks.

For the H-E-Buddy Summer Reading Club all you have to do is read ten books and record them on the reading log from the form found HERE. Each time a child logs a book, an adult initials by the title so they get credit for reading. Once the log is complete, simply mail the form to the address below, and you'll be rewarded with a special t‑shirt. 
You have until October 1 to get in ten good reads.

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program for children.  
Kids can....
  •  read and log minutes all summer
  • unlock stories and earn reward for reading
  • help set a new reading world record

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Google Takeout

We are a GAFE district and when someone leaves our district, 
they usually have quite a bit collected in their Google Account.

Thankfully there  is a great tool from Google called Google Takeout
that allows you to select any Google services you want 
to archive and download them! 
It's super simple and it's free!

You simply go to Google Takeout, 
select the data you want to include, 
click Next, 
choose your download format and delivery method, 

and click Create archive. 

Easy, peasy! 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Time Resources for the iPad

On Twitter last night someone
(Hi )
 tweeted a link to one of my posts about clocks and time
 and then asked if I had any apps to help teach the same subject
since most of my links are good for computers only because they use Flash.  
I did some looking this morning and found quite a few GREAT time telling apps!  

Here are two of my favorites....

Interactive Time is a super cute app that has some awesome features! 

Here are some of the many things students can do when using this app: 
  • Learn to set the time via Interactive clocks with movable hour and minute hand!
  • Learn to read a clock/to tell time.
  • Learn conversion between analog clock and digital clock
  • Learn the concept of day and night.
  • Learn how to use AM/PM, 12 hour and 24 hour clock notation.
  • Quiz Mode (Learn concepts such as ‘o’clock‘, ‘midnight’, ‘half past’, ‘quarter past’, ‘quarter to’, ‘past’, ‘to’, etc.)
  • Designed for kids aged 3-12! 5 difficulty levels to choose from.
  • A score board to keep track of kid’s progress
  • Tutorials for young learners.
  • Virtual Aquarium reward - Your kids will want to play to try to win all the rewards!

And there's even a free version if the paid version isn't an option for you! 

Tic Tock Time is another great time telling app!  

Tic Toc Time for iPad and iPhone is the world’s first time-telling app that teaches children aged 5-8 how to read a clock face using elements that they’re already deeply
 familiar with: sun, shadow, night and day.

Here's a complete list of the apps I found:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

50 States & Capitals Fun

Lately I've come across some FABULOUS resources 
for kids who are learning the 50 states and capitals!

Here are a few of my favorites: 
50 States of Lego is so stinkin' cool! 
It's LEGO diorama photographs for all 50 United States! 
There are 50 scenes for the 50 states: 
each scene something unique or representative about each state.
It would be fun to put one up on your interactive whiteboard and
and have the students guess which state the picture represents!

In this game, states appear at the bottom of the game screen and
capitals scroll across the game screen.  
You toss the ball at the moving capital to make a match.  
Move the mouse to aim and click the mouse to toss a ball. 
Each time you get 10 correct, you will get to select a different type of ball. 
Would be great to play on an interactive whiteboard. 

Natural Wonders
This awesome set of images showcases
 a natural wonder in each of the 50 states. 
Some are world-renowned and others are less-discovered gems.
The images are spectacular!

Can't tell Arizona from Wyoming? Then this is the game for you! 
Sharpen your geographic skills by clicking and dragging each state 
to its proper place on the map, and gather fun facts as you go. 
Learn all 50 and you'll be dazzling friends and family in no time!
There's even a printable matching worksheet!

Below is a list of a bunch of other US 
state and capital games and interactives!  

Monday, May 18, 2015

Grit and Determination

We've talked a lot in our district this year about grit and determination.
I watched this video this weekend and this girl is 
the true definition of grit!
It's 12 minutes but truly 12 minutes well spent. 
Such a great perspective! 

Here's one of my favorite quotes about grit: 

You can print a PDF or JPG copy HERE

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Google Chat/Hangout Tips & Tricks

I LOVE Google Chat/Hangouts and chat countless times 
during the day with those I work with!
In fact, I usually have three or four chat windows open at one time. 
If I have a quick question it's so much faster than sending 
an email to someone and worrying that it will get 
lost in their massive inbox full of emails!

Here are a few tips and tricks that I've found for 
using Google Chat/Hangouts
that help make chatting easier for me!

Add Pictures for Your Contacts: 
The profile photo that a Google user has uploaded shows up 
next to the name in email and chat. 
But did you know that you could change what picture you see? 

So if someone has a little blue head showing and it drives you crazy? 
Change it!
Don't like the pic they chose? 
Change it! 

To do so just go to your Contacts, 

search for the user, hover over their photo field and click change picture.  
Upload anything you want- and they will never even see it! 

Right Side Chat Window
Although I love chatting in Google- when it's over on the left side along 
with all of my MANY MANY Google mail folders, it's WAY too crowded. 
The day I turned on right side chat, that changed! 
To turn it on, click on Settings under the gear on the right side, 

the choose Labs from the choices at the top of the page, 
and enable Right Side Chat. 

From then on your chat list will appear on the right side! 

Format the Text
If you've ever wanted to bold or italicize or underline
something while chatting, you can! 

Here's how: 
To bold something,  use Ctrl + b before the text. 
To italicize, use Ctrl + i before the text. 
To strikethrough, use Ctrl + u before the text. 

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