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I discovered this great website full of infographics while browsing io9.com:
Where have the Wildings Gone?
Favorite character pictured at left.
This from the BBC:
"The study concludes that, on average, people who read regularly are more satisfied with life, happier and more likely to feel their life is worthwhile".
Read the entire article here: England 'divided into readers and watchers'
This is an interesting article about a study of the teenage brain - and it actually helps make sense of that interesting species of human.
Somewhat paradoxically, teenagers often exhibit poorer decision making skills than when they were children. Adding to the paradox is the observation that many teens, when compared to adults, are physically stronger, faster, and more resistant to disease. Some teens even exhibit higher reasoning capacities than adults.
Read the rest HERE.
"The Phenominal Rise and Fall of Flappy Bird"
This topic is facinating for lots of reasons. Were Flappy Bird's story made into a movie, it might fit nicely in the confines of a Vine video. I'm sure that it has been pointed out already that Flappy Bird's game-play is a meta reflection of its own surge in popularity and just as rapid (and to some, frustrating) disappearance. Students that I've talked with were shocked that the game developer would walk away from a reported $50,000 a day. In Dong Nguyen, do we have our first true Artist of the App world?
One possible writing prompt could be:
"Should Dong Nguyen have pulled Flappy Bird from the app store?"
Here are the pertinent articles:1) "Inside the Brief Life and Untimely Death of Flappy Bird" from Wired Magazine
2) "The Life And Sudden Death Of 'Flappy Bird': How A Guy Making $50,000 Per Day Grew To 'Hate' His Own Game" from BusinessInsider.com (This article is interesting because students could use Mr. Nguyen's Twitter posts as text based evidence)
3) "You can't actually sell your Flappy Bird phone on eBay" from cnet.com (This article could be used for a discussion on copyright law. The article contains a link to a primary document from eBay about their listing policies).
4) "The Squalid Grade of Flappy Bird" from TheAtlantic.com (A more in-depth article for advanced readers).
We hosted a very informative professional development talk with Catlin Tucker. She did an excellent job covering a lot of resources and ideas to help teachers transition to the new CCSS. My personal favorite was her paperless classroom using GoogleDocs during class time to facilitate the overlap of instruction, student writing, teacher feedback and grading SIMULTANEOUSLY!
If you are interested, the Backchannel discussion is here: Todaysmeet.com/Tucker
It will be up for a week.
Some resources from the day:
Ms. Tucker's page: https://sites.google.com/site/ccsstransition/home
Ms. Tucker's blog (paper free classroom, GoogleDocs essay hacks!): www.catlintucker.com
A Google a Day: agoogleaday.com
Credibility check: goo.gl/VWXFLp
Todays Meet (texting app): todaysmeet.com
CCSS Aligned Daily Writing Prompts (KQED): http://blogs.kqed.org/education/category/do-now/
Lexile adjusted Current Events News: Newsela.com
Infographic Creator: Easel.ly
Yesterday, the Big House Library hosted out first author of the year! Tara Altebrando, with her book Roomies.
Even though her co-author (Sara Zarr) was out with that nasty flu going around, Tara captivated over 100
high school students with stories on her writing process, the very fun and interesting way that Roomies was written, and funny details from her past lives as a college student and a rock-n-roll reporter in Ireland. She did not, however, share any jokes from her stint as a stand-up comedian :)
Afterwards, Tara joined members of the Casa Grande Book Club for lunch. Our very own Culinary class provided THREE different types of quiche (leek, artichoke, and mushroom with blue cheese) and a salad. Most of the ingredients were from Casa's own garden!
Thank you to Sara and Patti at Copperfields Books in Petaluma for thinking of us!
Ronda Black, Petaluma Vday Co-Producer, stopped by to put in an awesome and informative display for 1 Billion Rising. The topic is heartbreaking, but the fact that so many are taking action is inspiring. You can help out too, by checking out their information to the left.
* All parenthetical citations refer to:
Woolls, Blanche, Ann Carlson. Weeks, and Sharon Coatney. The School Library Manager.
5th ed. Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited, 2014. Print.