by Ellyssa Kroski I was sorry to miss the stellar Internet Librarian 2012 conference this year, but luckily they have made many of their presentations available online. Here are ten which I particularly enjoyed.
A crossroads can be a place of great power. So begins this deliciously spine-tingling prequel to Kate Milford’s The Boneshaker, set in the colorful world of nineteenth-century Coney Island and New York City. Great read - just finished and I highly recommend it for middle readers and up who love fantasy, steampunk, action, adventure, and maybe a little romance. Loved it!
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This is a listing of 446 sites that legally offer free books (eBooks) for download or for online viewing.
Some time ago I went looking for some free eBooks and was surprised to find that there are many resources for this. I decided to put together this list of sites that offer free eBooks as a reference. Originally, the list was for 50 sites (hence that number in the link) and I thought that was a lot. I expect that this list will cross 500 sites in the near future. Given the large listing, you may want to check out the various Genre pages that I have put together.
I have tried to make certain that all of the eBooks at these sites are legally available for viewing/downloading. However, it is possible that I have made a mistake. If you suspect any of these sites of illegally offering copyrighted materials, then please let me know through the comments below.
On this page, you will find the best Mac applications for all your needs. We’ve taken the effort to categorize the apps and picked only those we believe to be the best ones and which will most likely be useful to you.
NP: Four years ago, Channel One News, the weekday news program for middle and high school kids featured a dynamic area cartogram as a way of making the point that some states have much more electoral weight than others. In that broadcast, the map of the United States, featuring the familiar red and blue states indicating presidential election results, became animated. States with smaller populations squeezed into tiny shapes, while states with large populations expanded. At the time, we didn't know this kind of map was called an area cartogram; we called it a "squishy map." It does a nice job of making this case: some states matter more than others when it comes to US presidential elections.
Seeing the map on Channel One also launched me into work that continues with my dissertation. What kind of sense do kids make from complex representations like an area cartogram? In the Channel One broadcast in 2008, the map was presented as part of a sensible lesson about "electoral weight." With Vanderbilt professors Rogers Hall and Kevin Leander, we wondered if the map made sense to kids and if the argument was strengthened by the map.
Four years later, I'm still working on those questions and others like them. In the mean time, here's another awesome area cartogram. In this case, NPR's "It's All Politics" blogger Adam Cole makes an argument about the advertisement spending of superPACs and other outside groups. Which states matter to these groups? And how much do they spend per voter on these ads? The squishy maps tell the story. Cole has a great video here as well--it's whimsical and informative. Finally, another move by Cole in these maps is the scaling of elections at the level of the state by popular vote. This means that states that are more contested turn purple (half blue and half red) rather than the color of the winning candidate from the last election.
"Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own computer games? This is now a possibility, and all one needs to do is look over the excellent "Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python" site. The guide has been written to be understood by people as young as 10 and each chapter gives users the complete source guide, then teaches the programming concepts from the example. There are twenty chapters here, including "Using the Debugger," "Hangman," "Tic Tac Toe," and "Installing Python." Each chapter includes graphics and flow-charts designed to help neophytes get acclimated to the entire experience and process. The work is rounded out by the inclusion of four appendices, including "Common Error Messages in Python."
We have just updated our popular editable PowerPoint newspapers. With these you can create your own news headlines, articles and insert your own pictures.
Following a couple of requests we have updated these so that you can now add in your own newspaper name.
A few different types of newspapers are included in the template.
These spoof newspaper templates could have many uses, including college and school projects and fun cards to send news to your friends and family. You could make a nice news magazine using the template.
The template is also available in portrait (vertical) format and our latest template in the series the Magazine PowerPoint
UNREAL Candy 54 - Candy coated chocolates with peanuts. No corn syrup, no artificial ingredients, no GMOs. Don't mean to advertise here but this looks like some good stuff - AND invented by a 15-year-old kid and a chef. You gotta love THAT!