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.  :)

School Library Month

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April is School Library Month.  This year’s theme is Lives change @ your library and the national spokesperson is Jeff Kinney, New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.  Here is a link to the American Association of School Library’s website which has more information about the week.  Make sure you take some time to visit your school library.


Microsoft Word, Excel & Powerpoint for ipad

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Most people that I know use Microsoft products for creating documents.  We have all been waiting for years for an app to be created to support our ipad.  We have all used other products to try to support our documents, but most fall short.

I have stumbled across some good news…Finally, Microsoft has decided to create apps for the ipad. Here is an article about some of the key features of the apps: Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.  The apps are currently free, but it seems that they are for viewing only and not editing.  One can dream that Microsoft will be making some updates soon.

I just downloaded the apps myself and have not had the chance to use them.  I will keep you posted on how they work.  Be sure to let me know your thoughts and concerns.

Google Docs & EasyBib come together

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GoogleI am so excited about this news…I came across an article today about Google adding some new add-on’s to their Google Docs & Spreadsheets.  One of the best add-on’s that I came across is Easy Bib. You can now do your citations right in Google.

Take a look at the article from Free Technology for Teachers .  They have step by step instructions for adding this feature to your Google Docs.  I tried it today and it is super easy to use and it works great.  I can not wait to roll it out to all the students here at WHS.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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