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Teachers’ Guide to Selecting Digital Content

This infographic provides a step-by-step methodology for evaluating and implementing technology in the curriculum : http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/05/teachers-visual-guide-to-better.html

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May 13, 2013 · 12:31 pm

Print vs. eBooks

The following infographic comes from the website, the Daily Infographic.  If you want to check out her sources, click on print vs. eBooks which is a link to her website and you can see the original infographic and make the text larger by zooming in through the view drop-down menu on whatever web browser that you’re using.  The author did write on the site, “Please share.”  I’m doing just that even though I don’t see the need for a debate.  At this point in time, each serves a need.  Do we talk about eradicating the hammer just because the screwdriver exists?  Each serves a purpose.  Print is nowhere near the extinction level of the eight-track tape of the seventies.

My paranoid side worries about the effect of having screens glow in my face for most of my day and I fear what that could do to the young who are growing up with this now.  On the other hand, I certainly can envision a future where print will be quaint and wonderful and rare.  Yet, the loss is nearly tragic.  On the bottom of my closet sit boxes of letters between my mother and father during World War II and the Korean War.  We delete emails every day.  What will be the artifacts of every day correspondence of the future?

Just a thought as we transition through the Information Revolution…

Libraries are Forever: E-Books & Print Books Can Coexist

Reprinted from the Daily Infographic.  She said we could feel free to share.

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February 4, 2013 · 3:12 pm

Click on these sites for dystopian fiction lists

Dystopian fiction for young adults

http://www.hggirlonfire.com/2011/12/20/scholastics-top-10-lists-of-ya-dystopian-fiction-for-hunger-games-fans/

What is it about teenagers and dystopian fiction?  Long before the Hunger Games movie came out, the teenaged members of the book club in my former school library nagged me incessantly, “Have you read The Hunger Games yet, Miss?”  “Twilight sucks! Don’t waste your time!  Read The Hunger Games!”

Admittedly, not every kid said this.  I had one or two Twilight devotees.  Vampires really do have an attraction for many of us, but anyone who has a bit of imagination and is a reader loves to imagine a world gone wrong and loves to cheer on that hero or heroine who wants to do something about it.

This year, the Quebec Library Association posted a list of newer dystopian novels that you might want to consider buying for your collection.  Moreover, Suzanne Collins, the author of the Hunger Games, gave a very positive review to The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, http://www.hggirlonfire.com/2011/08/24/suzanne-collins-gives-praise-to-new-ya-novel-the-eleventh-plague/.

These books are sure to both delight and depress your avid readers.

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September 4, 2012 · 3:53 pm