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Remember the Milk

Science Buddies


Open Study

Speed Dating with Books

Smithsonian Quests™ inspire students to explore their own ideas and interests online, in school, at home, and across the nation. The quests connect and reward learners of different ages and in different regions as they learn through discovery and collaboration. Rewards include digital badges that students (and teachers) take with them for life! The primary goal is to inspire youth to explore their own interests through a series of online activities and related incentive badges. Many of these badges are integrated with content from online education conferences, which highlight a variety of different topics. The second goal is to enhance students’ cognitive capabilities by incorporating knowledge and skill-building into the quests. The online conferences and quests are interdisciplinary in nature, offering students the opportunity to choose what they care about most. All quests engage students in exploring a topic of interest either as part of a formal standardsaligned school curriculum or as a student-driven after school activity. An important secondary audience is you, the educator, whose support is vital in connecting with students. To this end, you also will be offered badges that will document their participation in Smithsonian online conferences, online professional development sessions, and the completion of class projects. All quests will be reviewed and badges awarded by a team of Smithsonian experts.

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Hot Stuff: and other things! Lunapic is a free photo editor that allows you to edit pictures directly from their website. You don’t even have to create a username or password!

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a

MapFab is an excellent free map creation tool built on top of Google Maps. MapFab offers a few advantages over Google Maps, but the most notable advantage is that you do not have to create an account in order to

Managing tasks is generally not a fun way to spend your time. Remember the Milk was created so that you no longer have to write your todo lists on sticky notes, whiteboards, random scraps of paper, or the back of your hand. With this app you can manage your tasks from anywhere!

Science Buddies The award-winning, non-profit Science Buddies empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from

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physics to food science and music to microbiology. Whether your goal is to find a fun science activity for your kids or win the international science fair, puts

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comprehensive, scientist-authored tools, tips, and techniques at your fingertips. Science Buddies mission is to help students from all walks of life to build their literacy in science and technology so they can become productive and engaged citizens in the 21st century. They have created personalized learning tools, over 15,000 pages of scientist-developed subject matter (including experiments based on the latest academic research), and an online community of science professionals who volunteer to advise students. They also provide resources to support parents and teachers as they guide students doing hands-on science projects. Representing much more than a website, Science Buddies quickly and efficiently matches students with the information that will hold their interest and answer their questions. They provide a bridge between scientists and students, giving students access to current scientific




research and simultaneously giving scientists a way to reach out to young people interested in their fields.






Free Online PD with Coursera Coursera believes in connecting people to a great education so that anyone around the world can learn without limits. Coursera is an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. Their technology enables their partners to teach millions of students rather than hundreds. They envision a future where everyone has access to a world-class education that has so far been available to a select few. They aim to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. Classes offered on Coursera are designed to help you master the material. When you take one of their classes, you will watch lectures taught by world-class professors, learn at your own pace, test your knowledge, and reinforce concepts through interactive exercises. When you join one of their classes, you'll also join a global community of thousands of students learning alongside you. They know that your life is busy, and that you have many commitments. Thus, their courses are designed based on sound pedagogical foundations, to help you master new concepts quickly and effectively.

Open Study Help your students gain access to 21st Century online study help! OpenStudy is study help 2.0. Everyone needs study help but it has to be just right—online, immediate, even late at night! Your students can connect with other students studying the same things. Get help and give help. Stay and enjoy the conversation and level up! Like any successful startup, OpenStudy works hard, has fun, and believes in what they do. They invite you to use them, join them, and spread the word. They want to change the way the world learns, and they would love to have you be part of it. OpenStudy has been supported by the smartest institutions: National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Georgia Research Alliance, Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and Learn Capital. Help your students succeed by introducing them to Open Study!


Speed Dating with Books Speed-dating with books is a great activity to get teens excited about reading! Like a real speed-dating event, book speed-dating involves students spending quality time with a variety of books for a given length of time. I arrange the tables in the library with red table covers and LED candles to provide a “romantic” atmosphere. I place 12 books on each table and I only allow 4 students at each table so they have a variety of books to choose from. Before they begin their first date, I explain the rotation procedure and the goal of the activity. I also pass out the speed dating evaluation handout. After each date they are required to write down the title of the book, author, and rate the book on a scale from 1-4. There is also a space provided where they can jot down notes about the book. Each student will get the opportunity to go on 6 different dates. They will get a total of 5 minutes with each “date” or book. They will get 30 seconds to select a book from the table they are sitting at. They will then spend the next 4 minutes “dating” the book. Their date will consist of reading the inside of the book cover, reading the back of the book, and reading the beginning of the first chapter. After their 4 minutes is up they will then spend the next 30 seconds evaluating the book. The timer will then buzz, alerting the students to rotate to the next table and to start the process all over again. The goal of speed-dating with books is to help students find a book that really appeals to them. Many times students come into the library and browse through the shelves of books and select one quickly so they can sit down and chat with their friends until the bell rings. They often don’t read a word of the book they checked out before leaving the library! As the deadline for their book projects approach, some of them return their original choice to exchange for a different book because the one they first selected was “boring.” Sadly, some students never even complete their assignment because they did not have a book that appealed to them. If you are interested in having your students come to the library for a speed-dating with books session, please send me an email and we can discuss possible dates! :) You know where to find me! or ext. 1145

Library Newsletter February 2014