Mashable has posted a great article about the “Top 20 Events on the Web” for 2008, including the election, Twitter, citizen journalism, and more! Go to http://mashable.com/2008/12/06/2008-year-end-review/ for the full scoop! Thanks to iLibrarian for the scoop on this terrific article!
Many thanks to Sandi Adams, CCSD Instructional Tech Specialist, for this great information!
Microsoft is giving students access to its most sophisticated tools for writing software and making media rich websites. Click here for the download.
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As you know, our district acceptable use policy prohibits students from using email at school unless you are under the direct supervision of a teacher. If you have forgotten your flash drive and have an email emergency, please see Mrs. Hamilton or Mrs. Fleet—you may use Station 21 to get homework or essays off email. All you have to do is ask permission from one of the two media specialists, and one of them will supervise you.
Be aware, though, that some of the student profile restrictions may disable you from downloading attached files. A flash drive is always the best choice for moving your files between home and school.
Thanks for your help and cooperation!
Mrs. Hamilton and Mrs. Fleet
What is Teen Tech Week?
Here is the “official” answer from ALA!
Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and videogames. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries’ nonprint resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology. Teen Tech Week began in 2007 and has a general theme of Get Connected @ your library. The 2008 celebration is March 2-8.Teens’ use of nonprint resources has increased dramatically in recent years, yet more teens are doing this from home instead of the library. According to a recent study by Harris Interactive, in 2005, 86% of youth aged 8-18 have a computer in their home, and 74% have Internet access in their home. On average, 8-18 year olds spend 6 hours and 21 minutes per day using media (including TV, video/DVDs/movies, video games, audio media, computers and print media). Furthermore, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 71% of teens report that the Internet is their primary source for completing school projects. Yet multiple studies have shown that the majority of teens lack the critical thinking skills and technical expertise to use the Internet and other electronic resources effectively. Teens need to know that the library is a trusted resource for accessing information and that librarians are the experts who can help them develop the skills they need to use electronic resources effectively and efficiently.
This week is designed to help you explore how modern technology can help you academically and to improve your knowledge about how to be an ethical digital user.
Take a peek at today’s “Teen Guide to Blogs, Wikis, and RSS”!
Have you ever wanted to compare your search results of two different search engines simultaneously? Ever wondered which search engine yielded better results? Now you can use PolyCola to do just that!
How does it work? Chris Harris of School Library Journal gives us this succinct description:
The PolyCola site doesn’t mess around. A simple three-step interface lets you select two search engines, choose a search type, and enter a search string. The results are then displayed on a split-screen page that lets you scroll independently to instantly and cleanly compare the search results.
If you need to search the web, but aren’t sure which search engine is better to use, save yourself some time and search both with PolyCola. Now you can search more efficiently and compare your search results all in one fell swoop!