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Photo sources for the classroom

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Richard Byrne of Free Tech for Teachers has updated his handy chart of reliable photo sources to use with students. Personally, I love pixabay, but it is fairly easy to find photos you might not want younger students to find and I find the sponsored ($$) images at the top of every searc tends to confuse people. 

Photos for Class from the folks at Storyboard That might be better with younger students. I had a chuckle searching for “naughty” words and getting pictures of “adorable puppies.” The filtering seems fairly smart though- ie: “breast cancer” actually brings back relevant results, rather than the adorable puppy page.

Webinar: Helping Students Make Good Digital Decisions with Digital Compass

Free webinar on Wed April 29. Helping Students Make Good Digital Decisions with Digital Compass

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Join Common Sense Education for a webinar to celebrate the launch of their newest free education resource, Digital Compass. Based on the concept of “choose your own adventure” books, Digital Compass guides students in grades 6-9 to learn the fundamentals of digital citizenship through animated, interactive experiences in which students choose several different paths for each character. Students explore digital dilemmas, making good (and not-so-good) decisions, and trying out possible solutions through stories and mini-games – all without risking their real-world reputations. Digital Compass is available at no cost as a web-based interactive, and will be available soon as an iOS app, Android app, and Edmodo app.

Join Common Sense Education’s Kelly Mendoza and Brisa Ayub for this live, interactive presentation and learn how you can implement Digital Compass into your own digital citizenship program. Get involved now by following Periwinkle, one of the characters from Digital Compass, on Twitter at @whereswink. Start sharing her great #digcittip recommendations with your class today!

Workshop: Easy Websites on a Small Budget

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Easy Websites on a Small Budget

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
CDLC Offices, 28 Essex Street, Albany

There are still a few more seats available in this workshop, but you’ll need to register by this Friday.

Workshop Description: Overwhelmed with the idea of maintaining your own website or simply disheartened because you don’t know the “code” to create one? The good news is you don’t have to know everything, just the right things!

Sign up for this full day workshop which will focus on creating simple websites with the help of affordable web tools. We will learn the basics of creating a modern website using both Weebly as well as become familiar with some tools, tips and techniques for creating and managing content.

This is a hands-on class so to get the most out of it, you are encouraged to bring some prepared text and images with you to the workshop.  More information on this will be sent to participants upon registration.  This class is suitable for any organization looking to create a small website or become more familiar with online tool options.

More information and registration.

SENYLRC – Data Analysis for Working Librarians

starDon’t miss this great workshop on Data Analysis presented by Deborah Anderson at SENYLRC. This workshop dovetails so nicely with the Presentations workshop I taught at SENYLRC last month.  Deborah is terrific at helping you pull the sense and meaning from your data!

Data Analysis for Working Librarians

Date: May 14, 2015
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Location: SENYLRC
Trainer: Deborah Lines Andersen

A great way to show your library’s impact on the community is with concrete data. But how do you do that? Are you at a loss on the best methods to gather that data, quantify them, and present them? SENYLRC is proud to present a workshop with Deborah Andersen of UAlbany’s school of Information Studies to help librarians update their skills with the tools of data analysis, utilizing quantitative and qualitative data, and understanding metrics.

SENYLRC Presentations Workshop


Many thanks to the folks at SENYLRC for inviting me to do a workshop on Creating Powerful Presentations last month. It was a fun day!  The slides and the resources from the workshop are available on the class web page.

NYS Summer Reading – YA Books Widget

One of the many fun projects that I have the privilege of working on is the New York State Summer Reading program website. We’ve been working on some redesigning, which is always a work in progress, and also lots of updates for this summer (not done yet)

I was checking stats today to see what pages were getting hits and was pleased to see the Teen Booklists (boring name I know) was the top hit getter. teenreads

Since I’m in no way an expert on YA titles, I wanted an easy way to add titles that appear on the many booklists available from different sources.  But also wanted something that had some graphic appeal. Since it’s a statewide site, I couldn’t pull a list of covers from a library catalog and link directly back to the titles.

Enter LibraryThing. I added titles from lots of different lists and used their widget building tool to create a widget that randomly displays 15 titles at a time.   There’s also a YouTube playlist of book trailers (again, that needs updating)

It’s easy enough to build your own widget, but if you want to use ours, here’s the code you can use to embed it on your own website.

<div id="w3ea6ee67fbfdc058028747e08628acc8"></div><script 
type="text/javascript" charset="UTF-8" 
href="">My Library</a> 
at <a href="">LibraryThing</a></noscript>

If you have suggestions for the booklist or the booktrailers widgets, let me know.   Maybe I’ll spend my summer vacation reading YA lit? What do you suggest?

(post was originally published on June 3 2014, republished for 2015 summer reading program)