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instaGrok | A new way to learn

instaGrok | A new way to learn | Tech Update From the Library | Scoop.it

instaGrok is a search engine that I'll be introducing to the students during the next month.   The cool thing about instaGrok is that it visually represents the relationship of your search term (the middle circle) to other possible search terms (satellite circles). When you click on one of the satellite circles, that search term moves to the middle and other search terms are suggested in new satellite circles.  Google does the same thing except the other possible search terms are listed at the bottom of the page, and let's face it, students start looking at the zillion articles (ok, I may exaggerate but only a little) and never explore other possibilities.  In a way, instaGrok reminds me of a printed encyclopedia since related topics were always typed in bold.    

 

Instead of getting everyone together, I've created a screencast with a couple of different searches. The link to the instaGrok Screencast posted on the library website under "Screencasts about How To Do Stuff" is here (or would be here if I actually had done a screen cast). 

 

PS: I'm not hoping printed encyclopedias make a return! 

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Sandra Day O'Connor backs online game to teach kids about government - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

Sandra Day O'Connor backs online game to teach kids about government - The Hill's Hillicon Valley | Tech Update From the Library | Scoop.it
The nonprofit that former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor started after she left the Supreme Court has launched an online game to teach children about their local government.
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How to Muddy Your Tracks on the Internet

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How to Muddy Your Tracks on the Internet - Pittsburgh Post Gazette http://t.co/5tAaliEs...
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Authors Who Skype with Classes & Book Clubs (for free!)

Authors Who Skype with Classes & Book Clubs (for free!) | Tech Update From the Library | Scoop.it

Skype has been around for a while, but I want to remind everyone that we are now equipped to set up a Skype session in the library's new classroom.  One way to get started is to find an author who Skype's and then choose a book for the class to read by that author.  If you are interested, let me know and we'll find a book related to your curriculum and I'll get the Skype session set up for you.  You can send me an email, drop by the library or give me a call at ext. 5555.  

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Fakebook: Create educational games and quizzes at classtools.net

Fakebook:  Create educational games and quizzes at classtools.net | Tech Update From the Library | Scoop.it

Yes, you read the title correctly.  It does say Fakebook.  This is a really cool way to get kids to want to write and interact.  

 

One way to use it would be to have students create Fakebook pages for each character in a book including their favorite song, movie, quote, etc. and why they made that specific choice.  They characters can make comments and trade pokes with each other about the action and ideas in the book.  This idea can be extended to historical figures who may imagine how their life and struggle may have changed if Fakebook had been around.  For instance, would Paul Revere really have needed those lanterns? Would he have needed to post using a code with the Minute Men or could he be sure those privacy settings would work?  The historical figure could also be a relative who landed at Ellis Island or made the trek across the Oregon Trail.

 

Come see a demo on May 12 at 2 pm in the library classroom.  There will be drinks (the non-adult kind) and snacks since it's the end of the day.  I'll do the demo 2 to 3 times so you can drop in when you have time and stay as long as you want. We'll also start a list of ways to use Fakebook in the classroom that I'll share with all of the teachers.  See you May 12!

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