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School Library Journal's Best Books of 2013: YA Fiction

School Library Journal's Best Books of 2013: YA Fiction | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it
The editors at School Library Journal announced their picks for the best books of 2013 at a lively Twitter party Thursday night (#sljbestbooks). Books were selected in 3 categories: Fiction, Nonfiction and Adult Books 4 Teens. Here are the best YA titles in Fiction.
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There are a lot of great books on his list. We have a good majority of them and have put the rest on order. Come see us today to read one of these books that are considered the best of the best.
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November Media Statistics

November Media Statistics | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it
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We finished November with some great lessons with Mrs. Phillips' anatomy classes, Mr. Ondreizek's US history classes, and Coach Miller's health classes. We are looking forward to our project with Mrs. Reese's science classes this week as well. Let us know if we can work with you on research skills or a technology-based lesson before the semester is over!

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SLJ Best Books 2013 Fiction

SLJ Best Books 2013 Fiction | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it
SLJ's book review editors have chosen the best fiction titles of 2013.
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This is always a great recommendation list for readers of YA fiction. Having read several of these books already, we can promise you that you won't be disappointed in School Library Journal's featured titles for 2013.

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Julie Berry Books — Books for young readers.

Julie Berry Books — Books for young readers. | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it
Books for young readers.
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This was my favorite YA read over the Thanksgiving holidays. Not only is it a page-turner, but it is also beautifully written. This will be a recommendation for those that enjoy a good love story, suspense, or historical fiction. We can't wait to hear what our students think about it.

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e-Book Trailers

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Thanks to a Mabel Wyche Underwood grant from the Georgia Library Media Association, we were able to purchase a large screen TV to run e-book trailers in the media center. Students have been asking how to get these titles ever since we started running the trailers. Ask us how you can read our e-books today!

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Free Online Grammar Check, Plagiarism, Spelling, and More

Free Online Grammar Check, Plagiarism, Spelling, and More | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it
Grammar, Plagiarism, and Spelling Check; Free Online Proofreading; No Downloads...Allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them before your teacher does...

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What a great resource to share with your students to help them turn in papers that are error free and correctly sited.
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MFaculty's curator insight, December 24, 2013 11:02 PM

I just 'test drove' this online application - it was very fast and accurately caught my spelling errors. As a basic tool for students, I think it is, or will be, one that they can use before they turn to the writing tutors. I don't advocate trying to replace professional writing tutors with this (or any other) online tool, but it would certainly reduce the number of common errors made in student writings.

 

Since it is a free service, I would recommend educators consider giving it a test drive in their writing courses to determine whether or not any value is added in doing so. While there are plenty of word processing tools avialble for students to use in order to hone in on their writing, this one is free and seems to adequately, and quickly, perform the basics.

 

Not really an endorsement, as much as a recommendation for other to consider testing for themselves.

ella88's curator insight, January 29, 2014 5:09 PM

Many studies have addressed the issue of identifying the different dimensions of culture. In the presentations concerning culture by Madlin Reck and Anne Tornow the ways in which national culture may influence management processes, including Hofstede’s dimensions of culture have been discussed extensively (Luthans & Doh, 2012).

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Afghanistan and the Taliban: Before, After and Now

The Kite Runner was set in the years 1975-2001. Everything during these years went from being peaceful, to bad, to even worse. The Taliban during these fateful years have taken control of Afghanistan and its government. They were thought of as heroes to the people of their once peaceful country, but their way of controlling their government is sadistic. In the present, they are even involved in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

During 1975, Afghanistan was a quiet place to live. There were economic hardships, but the residents of this pleasant country got through it. Kabul is the capital city of Afghanistan. It had the most economy problems in the country. Most of them were poverty difficulties. The president of this country at the time was Daoud Khan. Then, when winter came along, resistance towards communists began. Amir from The Kite Runner even knew of these communist attempts to rule his country. “Huddled together in the dining room and waiting for the sun to rise, none of us had any notion that a way of life had ended.” (Hosseini 36). The Afghan Islamist part of the resistance was favored by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States instead of the Afghan traditionalist and royalist parts. The uprising has just begun for the communist takeover in Afghanistan.

In 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Even Amir from The Kite Runner even knew about this before it all happened. “And then in December 1979, when Russian tanks would roll into the very same streets where Hassan and I played, bringing the death of the Afghanistan I knew”(Hosseini 36) The Taliban during this time were thought of as refugees and were part of a resistance movement to expel the Russian troops from their country. The United States and Pakistan provided financial and military support so the Afghans could win against the Soviet soldiers. Despite the fact that there were civilians in Kabul, the Afghans did not care and used missiles, provided by the United States, to drop on the city resulting in civilian casualties and killed Soviet troops. In 1989, Ahmed Shah Massoud, took over Kabul as new leader. They ended up overthrowing President Sayid Mohammed Najibullah, who headed the Afghan government. In 1994, the Taliban were more powerful because Pakistan favored them and did everything in their power to support them. “Pakistan support for the Taliban is based on strong religious and ethnic bonds between the Taliban and Pakistan” (Amghar, Web 6). The militants of the Taliban are Sunni Muslim Pashtuns. They are thirteen percent of Pakistan’s population. They are basically most of the Taliban in general.

In 1996, Osama Bin Laden moved from Sudan to Afghanistan and met with Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban’s leader. “Bin Laden was involved in the bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998” (Amghar, Web 6). On September 11th, 2001, Bin laden prompted the bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This resulted in the United States asking the Taliban to immediately hand over Bin Laden. General Pervez Musharraf, president of Pakistan, told the U.S. that he would support the capturing of Bin Laden. Instead, they couldn’t take down Bin Laden and Al Qaeda because of the ethnic and religious ties with the Taliban. Basically, Pakistan let the Taliban do what like to the people in there cites by robbing them and raping women. “The Taliban were exceedingly ignorant, which made them cruel” (Arbabzadah, Web 1). The Taliban used to be heroes to the people of the country, but now they are just plain evil. In The Kite Runner, Amir’s friend Farid said the Taliban would look for any excuse for violence. Amir bought a fake beard because it is considered a sin to shave and that all men should have beards. He saw Kabul during this time and was unfamiliar with it as it is not how it used to be when he was a kid. Afghanistan is just plagued by the Taliban with no hope for escape.

 

 In conclusion, the Taliban before, after, and now are a deadly force to reckon with. I have to say that religion has a strong connection with them as they think of most things as sins. Amir from The Kite Runner depicts Afghanistan as a peaceful state. Now, he thinks of it as a wasteland that is ruled by a stubborn government with a false sense of religion. In my opinion, as much as I hate the Taliban, they must be removed from Afghanistan and Pakistan because they can cause a lot of trouble for those countries and can stir up many civil wars within those countries.

 

 

Works Cited

Amghar, Adderrahim. "Home." The Resurgence of the Taliban in Pakistan. Nazareth College, 2014. Web. 01 May 2014.

Arbabzadah, Nushin. "The 1980s Mujahideen, the Taliban and the Shifting Idea of Jihad." Theguardian.com. Guardian News and Media, 28 Apr. 2011. Web. 01 May 2014.

Bai, Laxmi. "Security Research Review." : Volume 1(3) Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Afghanistan. Bharat-Rakshak, 2005. Web. 01 May 2014.

Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York: Riverhead, 2003.

 

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Reel Change GA

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This looks like a great video opportunity for our students. If you know of anyone 12-18 years old interested in creatively sharing why they choose not to drink, please ask them to come see us in the media center.

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Sweet Search

SweetSearch is A Search Engine for Students. It searches only credible Web sites approved by Internet research experts.
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Wow...this looks like a great research tool for students. While the number of results will certainly be limited, it looks like it would be a great time saver since all resources have been personally evaluated by those running the site. We can't wait to introduce this to students and see what they think.

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Verizon Innovative App Challenge

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We would love to work with a group of students for this contest. Thanks for sharing, Dr. Hendrix. Interested teams need to register on the site in early December. Please see Mrs. McCallar or Mrs. Lukkarinen about organizing a team if interested.
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October Media Statistics

October Media Statistics | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it
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Another great month for us in the media center - even with a four-day weekend and our media conference that had us out of town for a few days. We really want to work with students during November and December in your classrooms. The first two teachers to sign up for a media lesson with a media specialist in November will get a special prize from the media center.

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25 Literary GIFs for Book Lovers

25 Literary GIFs for Book Lovers | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it
“A collection of GIFs that celebrate the joy of books.”
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Something fun for book lovers like us!
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7 Great iPad Apps for Creating Comic Strips

7 Great iPad Apps for Creating Comic Strips | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it
The art of comic creation is one of the best representation of creativity at work. As teachers and educators, we can use the power and versatility of iPad to cultivate a creative culture within our classes and among our students through helping them tinker with and design comics. Here is a list of some great iPad apps you can use for this purpose...
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I can't wait to try some of these! This would be a great project alternative for our students.
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How Digital Writing Is Making Kids Smarter

How Digital Writing Is Making Kids Smarter | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it

Writing used to be strictly an in-school activity. Now, kids do 40 percent of their writing outside of school. Called “life writing,” young adults’ social writing spans texts, tweets, social media, and blogs -- and all of it’s making kids more literate.


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I can't believe kids are doing more than 40% of their writing outside of school. "Life writing" may make grammar teachers cringe, but at least students are engaging with others and sharing ideas in this format.

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Dr Pam Hill's curator insight, October 30, 2013 1:27 PM

"Life writing" should be given it's due.  While it is often short and sweet, it should count as one part of literacy development.  The English teacher in me what's to say it doesn't effect classroom writing assignments, but the techie within knows that any practice expressing your ideas to other counts.  Learning both styles will produce a competent, educated person.

16s3d's curator insight, November 1, 2013 9:02 AM

Histoire de recadrer les pessismistes et passéistes: l'écriture est plus que jamais vivace!

Catherine Byrd Bushby's curator insight, June 21, 2014 10:13 PM

That's why we need to bring social writing into school.

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What’s Up With All These “Bad Attitude” SAT Vocabulary Words?

What’s Up With All These “Bad Attitude” SAT Vocabulary Words? | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it
In the above WordPhoto, there are ten words that indicate anger, discontent, a tendency to argue or fight, i.e., a bad attitude.
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Love this graphic!
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Tulsa Library program matches readers with books

Tulsa Library program matches readers with books | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it
Shirley Pomeranz wasn't expecting much when she filled out an online questionnaire on the Tulsa library's website that promised to find her "next great read."
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We would love to start something like this at BI. We do our best to match students with reading interests now, but it would be great to develop an initiative with the depth of this program.

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MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer

MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it
The MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer is is the easiest, fastest, and most affordable tool for making professional quality 3D Modeling.
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Thanks to Donors Choose and the MakerBot Almost Home offer, we will be getting a 3D printer in the media center. We can't wait to explore ways that this tool can be used by students and staff to promote creativity, innovation, and collaboration across the curriculum. We hope to have it set up and ready to use in January.

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Making Our Space a Maker Space

Making Our Space a Maker Space | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it
When reading about trends and ideas for libraries and media centers, I often see a great deal about maker spaces. To me, a maker space is a student-centered learning space. It is flexible and mobil...
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Games have been very popular in our media center lately. We can't wait to get our robotics and coding stations set up soon as well. 

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Author Visits BI

Author Visits BI | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, we were proud to host a local author, A. Dragonblood, in the BI media center. This author spoke to a group of our students interested in pursuing a career in either a writing or art-r...
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A. Dragonblood did a great presentation for our high school students. They were very interested in hearing about the different types of career writing an author can do. Although his books are for younger students, we would definitely recommend his program for older students interested in writing.

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The Debut: SLJ Chats with Susann Cokal About ‘The Kingdom of Little Wounds’

The Debut: SLJ Chats with Susann Cokal About ‘The Kingdom of Little Wounds’ | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it
Author Susann Cokal describes herself as “a moody historical novelist, a pop-culture essayist, book critic, magazine editor, and professor of creative writing and modern literature.” She can now add young adult author to that list with the October release of The Kingdom of Little Wounds (Candlewick, 2013), a complicated, intense, and provocative story for mature teen readers set in late-16th century Skyggehavn, Scandinavia
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Hearing great things about this already!
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The 21st century is challenging old notions of learning spaces

The 21st century is challenging old notions of learning spaces | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it

Classrooms should be spaces that students don’t want to leave.  Some communities are still hesitant about these futuristic looking learning spaces and have resorted to older, traditional physical spaces. Hopefully, they will begin to embrace changes to better prepare students and move them in the 21st century global economy.

 


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This is something we are constantly working on in our media center. There are some great and easy to implement ideas for teachers to implement in classrooms as well.

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, November 19, 2013 4:52 PM

While I do not ascribe to everything mentioned in this post, there is much to commend it.

Schools and the learning spaces within them should be engaging and attractive places for children in which to learn. Outside of their home, school is where they spend a significant portion of their lives.

richard Forward's curator insight, December 14, 2013 2:35 PM

Are you old school or Mr cutting edge?

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54321ignition's curator insight, January 18, 2014 6:57 AM

To construct better learning environments we need to deconstruct our traditional view of the classroom.

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10 ways to learn how to use Prezi

10 ways to learn how to use Prezi | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it
Starting your first prezi is exciting—the blank canvas contains so much potential, creat...

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We have taught several classes with Prezi and the students seem to love it.  Anyone interested in a lesson?

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Sanford Arbogast's curator insight, November 12, 2013 8:08 AM

I love using Prezi for group presentations in class

tracey morgan's curator insight, November 12, 2013 3:33 PM

Good overview

tracey morgan's curator insight, November 12, 2013 3:33 PM

Nice overview

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create Google Scholar Alerts

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create Google Scholar Alerts | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it
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We like the idea of using Google Scholar more with our students since they won't always have access to subscription databases like NetTrekker when they leave us. Students need to navigate and use the tools in which they will have continued access after graduation.

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Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it
This review contains absolutely NO SPOILERS if you’ve read Divergent and Insurgent. As some of you already know, Allegiant has generated some seriously STRONG reactions. They war on the five-star and one-star extremes. I don’t provide star ratings because I dislike slating books together in a category when they are so completely different and how I felt about them was so completely different.
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Arguably the biggest Young Adult debut in October, Allegiant is the third and final book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Reserve your copy in BI's media center today.
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The myth of 'I'm bad at math'

The myth of 'I'm bad at math' | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it
Basic ability in the subject isn't the product of good genes, but hard work.
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This article is long but worth the read, especially for math teachers. I love the message that hard work, not intelligence determines ones performance in math.
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Expert-Level Social Media Shortcuts Worth Knowing - Edudemic

Expert-Level Social Media Shortcuts Worth Knowing - Edudemic | Bradwell Institute Media | Scoop.it
“ Do you know how to play 'snake' in YouTube? Quickly DM someone on Twitter using keys? These social media shortcuts are a great set of time-saving tips!”
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Love these shortcuts for some of our favorite social media sites. I need to print this info graphic and keep it somewhere handy.
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