we really love Google Books! :)
|the big house library||
Since our local libraries in Petaluma don't have access to every book on every topic,
we really love Google Books! :)
Yesterday, I presented to Casa's ELAC (or English Learner Advisory Council).
Administrators, teachers, parents, and students came together in the library to review the school's resources available for families online.
Parents logged on to the new computers in the computer lab and toured CasaGrandeHighSchool.org and BigHouseLibrary.com.
The best part, though, was when I taught parents how to use Google Translate! :)
Casa has made it a goal to do more, better outreach to the families of our English learners. And the library is proud to now be a part of that effort.
Thank you to my 5th period TAs who made this awesome YouTube welcome video for our Spanish-speaking families.
Thank you to our beloved ELD (English Language Development) program coordinator Ms. Judi DeChesere, our outstanding ELD/SDAIE teachers, our dedicated bilingual assistants, and our school administrators for inviting me to be a part of ELAC.
Thank you to Jose Luis for translating for me. My Spanish leaves much to be desired!
Thank you to the handful of Casa students who hung out to help me troubleshoot computer problems.
And thank you to the many wonderful parents who spent their evening with me in the library. I am so happy to know you and I look forward to working together more. :)
i am in love with the big bird hoogle background for today! :) the image -- a modification of the regular google logo, called a doodle -- features big bird's big feet in celebration of the 40th anniversary of sesame street! :) 40 years?! wow! that's a whole lot of "sunny days"! :)
this weekend i became seriously infatuated with all the sexy new smartphones on the market. yeah, yeah, yeah, i know full well that the economy's in the toilet, and i should probably be saving every spare penny (not that there are many of those these days) in the event that i don't have a job next year, but... i can't help it... i'm in love with smartphones!!! :)
i went to google for something this morning and below the search box saw a small red ribbon and a link that said "world a.i.d.s. day -- click here to learn more" -- so i did. and in just a few minutes with just a couple of clicks, i saw some really great websites and got a lot of good information -- like from ( RED ) -- check out their learn page -- and worldaidsday.org -- this is a british site; too bad there's no american equivalent -- but the best was the dag hammarskjold library at the united nations -- i'm sorry, but i have to give a shout out, because this library is amazing! the next time i go to new york i simply must see it -- anyway, their list of links about a.i.d.s. is so extensive and comprehensive, it's where i stumbled upon the world a.i.d.s. clock. talk about wow! i learned so much about a.i.d.s. that i never knew and that i would not have known if google hadn't put that little link on their homepage. so i put on on ours, too. i figure, i've got an audience, the world has a crisis, why not inform our students so they can be part of the solution? i hope it wasn't a bad idea.