Metaphors and Threshold Concepts for Research — Katie Day I asked the audience at Research Relevance to suggest new metaphors -- and here are some responses: a search engine like Google is like "trail mix" - returning results include some M&Ms, some raisins, some peanuts - while a database is like a whole bag of M&Ms -- all good resultsa group project is like a music quartet - each contributing to the whole beautiful sounda database is like a bathtub filled with water for a particular size and purpose, while Google is like a river, whose flow is unpredictable and aimless I particularly like (the dead white male professor) Kenneth Burke's description of the metaphor of the "unending conversation" of academic discourse -> "Imagine that you enter a parlor. You come late.
5 e-Book Collections with Over 100,000 Free e-Books Now that we have so many devices that enable us to read e-Books with ease, even those who were initially skeptical have now jumped on the e-Book bandwagon. Whether you have an iPhone, Kindle, Nook, or smartphone — or you’re a student at a college offering free laptops and iPads — you will find free e-Books which are compatible with your device on these websites. Here are 5 e-Book collections which contain over 100,000 free e-Books: BookRix Over 95,000 new books written by the community’s 371,000 members are available on BookRix for free. They also offer foreign language and audiobooks.ManyBooks.net Over 29,000 free eBooks are available for the Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReaders on Manybooks.net. Thousands of free titles are available at Mobipocket in the genres of English, American, and Germanic Literature, Romance and Children’s Lit, and non-fiction genres such as World History.
23 Great Library Blogs Let’s say that you are a school librarian, and let’s say you’ve decided that like many of the teachers in your school, you too are ready to use a blog to connect with parents and students, to share your latest news and events, or perhaps to develop your own personal learning network (PLN). You’re motivated and ready to begin, but you may have some lingering questions about the best way to get started and maybe you’re not entirely sure how to organize your new blog. Unfortunately, searching the internet for “how to create a great library blog” doesn’t yield many helpful answers. There are some sites that come up in that search that appear useful, but overall it seems to make more sense to just visit library blogs, see what works and what doesn’t, and craft your blog around the ideas you like the best. To make that process easier, we’ve compiled a list of library blogs on Edublogs.
A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin The young man wanted to become reach using charming girl that studied with him. Her name is Dorothy and she is a daughter of very rich man named Leo Kingship. But suddenly Dorothy became pregnant and her boyfriend realized that his plan can be ruined. Getting to E: The State of the School Ebook Market Illustration by Ken Orvidas. By fits and starts, school libraries are moving toward ebook adoption; the question is how fast. While publishers and distributors are evolving their offerings to appeal to students and educators, the transition to ebooks has its challenges, ranging from inadequate technology to some students’ preference for print books. Still, the movement is definitively toward e, as an anticipated $30-million deal for e-materials between Amazon and the New York City Department of Education shows. OverDrive, a leading distributor of ebooks to schools and libraries, saw its highest-ever single day of checkouts—more than 500,000 ebooks—in June, according to David Burleigh, the company’s director of marketing.
Transforming our Learning Environment into a Space of Possibilities: Serendipity: The next chapter of my story Serendipity means finding something good without looking for it. After watching the movie many years ago, I fell in love with the word and idea that a "fortunate accident" or "chance encounter" could have the power to change your life. Since then, I have come to realize that everything happens for a reason. We may not know why in our present reality, but we can trust that there is a bigger "plan" for us… mamascout: 25 mini-adventures in the library We spend many afternoons at our neighborhood library. At one point our time switched from going to find particular books, to just hanging out. For hours. Reading, exploring, asking questions, sharing, talking.... I wanted to share a quick list of fun things you can do at the library other than just check out books. Any of these ideas would be a great boredom buster.
Helping Students Learn to Cite Their Sources A MiddleWeb Blog By Jody Passanisi When I first started teaching writing in history class a number of years ago, I was totally focused on the students just getting their ideas out and being able to write on historical themes. I wanted them to be able to internalize the basic structure of an argumentative essay, make an argument, and back it up. Going Retro: Reading Apps for Real Books Reading Rainbow app YouTube clips. Texting. Twitter. Facebook status updates. The prevalence of short-attention-span media — easily scanned or consumed — has led to much hand-wringing over how students will develop that lifelong love of reading perceived to be so critical to lifelong learning. Two Very Good Book Search Engines for Teachers May 11, 2015 In today’s post we are sharing with you two good platforms where you can search for and find online free and premium books. As for Free Book Search tool listed below , this is a specific search engine designed to help you find free ebooks, audiobooks, and Kindle books. This tool is also integrated with Google Drive allowing you to conduct your book search right in your Drive. The second tool we have in this list is the popular Google Play Books. This platform combines both an enhanced reading experience together with advanced book search functionalities. You can use its store to search over 4 million books.
Global Digital Citizenship—in 15 Minutes! (Information Fluency) This is the second part of a series we call Global Digital Citizenship in 15 Minutes. Our aim with this “mini-series” is to give you a way to demonstrate the essentials of each of the 21st Century Fluencies and Global Digital Citizenship to your students in 15 minutes or less each day. Sound tough? Not at all, when you’ve got the right tools and resources to help you. That’s where we come in. Our first instalment focused on Solution Fluency.