Google Word Cloud

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Everyone loves a word cloud right?!  I just read that Google has added another useful add-on to their collection…Tag Cloud Generator! It is simple to add to your Google doc’s and it works automatically.  Once you add the generator all you need to do is select it for any Google doc and it will automatically generate the word cloud from the words used in your the text.

The only downfall that I can see currently is that the cloud is attached to your document and I have not found a way to save or print it…yet.  Hopefully they will upgrade that soon.

Be sure to stop into the Media Center if you have any questions or if you are looking for Google help.

#Hashtaghelp

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Hashtags…how do they work? Knowing how to use hashtags is fundamental to your success on social media. Here is an article that I came across yesterday with some hashtag do’s and don’ts.    #hashtaghelp  #jagpride #happyreading

Hootsuite: The Do’s and Don’ts of Hashtags 

Banned Book Week

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Books have been challenged or banned from libraries across America for years.  It is always interesting to revisit the lists each year and see what has been challenged or banned and learn the reasons why.  My favorite part of celebrating “Banned Book Week” at WHS is listening to the students talking about how many books they have read from the lists.

Celebrate Banned Book Week, September 21st-27th 2014.

 

Welcome Back

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WindhamHighJaguar-copy4I know that this is about two weeks (okay maybe three weeks) late, but I wanted to take a minute to welcome all staff & students back to WHS.  We are looking forward to another great year.  The Media Center is already off to a great start.  If your looking for materials in print, digital resources, movies, or just even a quite spot to get some homework done be sure to visit us before school, after school, or during your study halls.

Don’t forget, the technology department is also located in the Media  Center & learning center so if you are looking for support feel free to stop in.  We look forward to helping you with all your media , library & technology needs.

Have a great year Jaguars!!

NoodleTools has a phone app!!

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About a week ago I received an email from Noodletools.   They were introducing a new tool to make citations even easier for our students…yes, you guessed it…a phone app!  I have only tried it one or twice now to test it out, but it seems to work great.  You can start a new project or add material to existing projects, even if the projects started  on your computer.  The app also allows you to search by title or scan the ISBN numbers on books so you do not need to type in all the information.

It does lack some key features that I hope will be added in the next update.  You can not view the projects and/or citation lists on the phone and it also doesn’t include any of the add on features like notecards, outlines, etc.  I think that once they continue to update this app it will be a companion tool that we will not be able to live without.

Happy researching!!

Skills for our Students

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Small-Align-RightHere is another great article about today’s students.  It highlights 9 skills that are important for your students to have before the graduate.  The article is called The 9 skills students must master to succeed.

Just another note: If you are not following the blog: Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, be sure to click on the links.  THey will send you weekly emails with the top stories.  There is a lot of great information for students, staff and parents.

10 most challenged books of 2013

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The American Library Association releases a list of the top 10 books challenged in 2013.  It is an interesting list, which includes several books that we read here at WHS.  Take some time to check it out,  you might be surprised.  :)

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