Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Grading the Digital School: Khan Academy Blends Its YouTube Approach With Classrooms

Grading the Digital School: Khan Academy Blends Its YouTube Approach With Classrooms: At least 36 schools nationwide are combining teacher-led lessons with computer-based lectures and exercises using a software program based on Salman Khan’s popular YouTube lessons.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

100 Notable Books of 2011 - NYTimes.com

100 Notable Books of 2011 - NYTimes.com


Unphased by the fact that Representative Bernie O’Neill was unable to visit our library as was scheduled yesterday, our high school students went on with the show and dazzled administrators, Board members and ME with the amazing ways they use technology and digital resources.  O’Neill was invited as part of the Legislator @ Your Library Campaign to bring awareness to the importance of school libraries and to advocate for more financial support and state requirements for school libraries and staffing. Due to a last minute emergency however, he cancelled just moments before his scheduled visit.  But that didn’t stop Mr. Giorgi’s Journalism students from putting on a fantastic presentation beginning with a video they created about the library and then giving participants an opportunity to visit with the students to see how they are utilizing Google apps in their classes as well as the online tools available on the library website.  Some students were also on hand to show-off our beautifully renovated courtyard as well our use of QR codes with book displays. 
Followed by the session with Journalism students, our administrators and Board members had an opportunity to see our START mentors work with their adult students. START – Students Teaching Adults Resources and Technology is a collaborative project with the public library which allows older adults to learn basic computer skills.  This was the second session in which the adults were learning how to set-up a Gmail account and learn the basics of email.  The adults are so excited to be learning from these young people, but it goes much beyond the teaching of technology.  It’s an opportunity for young and old to form a special relationship and to learn about each other.  One of the adults emailed her mentor a picture of her new granddaughter, while another emailed a picture of himself in his younger years as an actor in New Hope.   
At the end of yesterday’s session, one of the adults approached me, earnestly grabbing my arm and said “This means the world to me…you have no idea”.  And just as I was composing this post, one of the high school students came to me to tell me that she’d like to set-up some additional sessions with her adult student because he needs some extra help and that she was only too happy to oblige.  Nothing could convince me more that this is the start of a beautiful thing!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Best Kindle Fire Apps: A Starter Kit

The Best Kindle Fire Apps: A Starter Kit:

Jill Duffy at PC World puts together a list of The Best Kindle Fire Apps: A Starter Kit. These are 16 well-reviewed applications which will get you up and running with your new Kindle Fire.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


On November 17th, adult patrons from the Free Library of New Hope and Solebury Public Library visited the New Hope-Solebury High School to learn how to set-up a Gmail account. New Hope-Solebury School district recently adopted Google Apps for Education and students are using the various apps throughout their classes and their academic life.

START - Students Teaching Adults Resources and Technology - was initiated by the public library and high school library in efforts to bring the community and school students together, while also providing a needed service to the community. Future sessions will include Google search, Google Docs and exploring online library resources.

Saturday, May 7, 2011


In checking my Google Reader today, I came upon 3 new Google tools (at least they're new to me!) which I feel are worth sharing:

1. Google Search Globe allows you to see a visualization of Google searches each day from around the world. Each color represents a different language and the higher the bar, the more searches for that area. Note that the beta site requires WebGL enabled browser such as Chrome.

2. Thanks to Lisa Thumann for pointing me towards Google Cloud Print. From a computer, iPhone2, Android or Chrome Notebook you can print your Gmail or Google Doc to a printer hooked up to your Mac or PC. You do need Chrome, but no other software is necessary. Just follow these directions to set-up your Cloud Printer. I just tried it with my Android phone using Docs mobile and it worked perfectly!
So what are the possible benefits to such an app? Well, I'm still thinking that over. I suppose the main advantage is time saving: if you want something to be sitting on your printer when you get home (or have someone at home pick it up off the printer), you can send it through your mobile device.
Any other ideas?

3. My personal favorite.....A Google a Day! This is a daily trivia question in which it is OKAY to search for the answer on Google...but requires a little imagination. As explained on the Google Blog,
As the world of information continues to explode, we hope A Google a Day triggers your imagination and helps you discover all the types of questions you can ask Google—and get an answer.

What a great, fun way for students to practice their skills with keyword searches! Answers are printed weekdays in The New York Times and, just like the crossword puzzles, the questions get harder as the week progresses.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

YouTube Copyright Center

If you're like many other people, you have many questions concerning copyright and fair use. Can I use my favorite CD track as a background to a video I created for history? When do I need to get permission from the artist or producer? How do I get permission?
YouTube Copyright Center aims to help you with those questions by providing FAQ's and further resources to explore. As the site rightly points out:
YouTube cannot advise whether or not your video will ultimately qualify as fair use; this is something that can only be decided by a court.It is your responsibility to know the laws in your country, and to understand fair use before you decide to make a video incorporating copyrighted content without permission.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New Tools - LibGuides at Springfield Township High School

Joyce Valenza, Library Media Specialist, and Kristen Swanson, Director of Technology, have created a wonderful new library guide of New Tools for students and teachers. As Joyce's student teacher accurately describes it, it's a "graphic organizer for the stuff we need most". Filled with links to resources, presentations and videos, this is the ultimate go-to for everything Web 2.0.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Books Everyone Should Read

Based on numerous book awards, polls and reader surveys, the above wordle shows which books get the most votes. This information is thanks to David McCandless of Information is Beautiful. See the complete data here.

Friday, March 18, 2011

More Possibilities for Collaboration in Google Docs

With the added features in Google Docs discussion, you can now easily add people to join your document discussion and you can also follow the discussion thread from your email, rather than opening the document.

Publishers and Libraries Struggle over Terms of E-Books - NYTimes.com

Libraries are not happy about HarperCollins annoucement that they will limit ebooks to 26 loans max. Read about it here, from the New York Times.
Publishers and Libraries Struggle over Terms of E-Books - NYTimes.com

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I'm Reading a Book!

Thanks to Jerome Berg of Google Lit Trips for posting this entertaining video!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Bucks County Public Libraries In Search of Volunteers!

Bucks County Public Libraries


"WHAT IS A QR CODE?" A QR code is a 2-dimensional code which, when scanned by a barcode reader, brings the user to a document, webpage, email, text or phone number. One of the beauties of a QR code is that users don't have to enter in long url's to access a webpage or contact info, they just scan the barcode.

Come check-out out our books on display which have QR codes linking to book trailers. Just scan the barcode with your smartphone and the book trailer will atuomatically open on YouTube!

One of the books we have on display is Winter's Bone of which the movie version is nominated for the 2011 Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress. We have a QR code which links to the movie trailer.

Friday, January 28, 2011


Jacob Goodman and Michaela Glover enjoy their donuts

Mr. Finley's homeroom won the contest for have the least amount of overdue libray books during the second marking period. They were treated to a breakfast of Dunkin Donuts.