Smore is an online flyer generator that is easy to use and easy to share. Use it for all kinds of creative purposes, whether promoting a specific event, writing a news story, or simply sharing an opinion. Check out my sample page below. I will be using Smore to create Titan Library's e-Newsletter.
Students, here is a link to a great resource that will assist you in making sure your are following copyright rules. Check it out!
Everyone uses Google on a daily basis, but are you using it right? HackCollege released this awesome infographic, providing you with tips and tricks to master the art of Google searching. Take a look below! This version is printable, so print it out and keep it for future reference.
From the site: "iSideWith.com was started in March 2012 by two friends with two very different views of politics. Our goal is to save users time by providing an accurate and updated breakdown of which candidates they side with on the issues. We aim to educate voters and to boost voter turnout this election season."
Users will be asked to answer a few questions on issues of foreign policy, social issues, immigration, and others. From there, your answers will be compared to the stances of our Presidential candidates so you can see who you side with. It's a fun, easy way of seeing where you stand. Were you surprised about your results?
If you've been keeping up with the upcoming Presidential election, you know it can be difficult to understand each candidate's stance on the issues. Every day, it seems like one side is accusing the other of lying.
For this reason, I've found it really helpful to turn to PolitiFact. This Pulitzer-Prize winning project, maintained by the Tampa Bay Times, is aimed at helping you find the truth about politics. Reporters and editors fact-check statements made by people in office as well as supporters of the Democratic and Republican campaigns and rate them on their "Truth-o-Meter," providing you with a level of accuracy for certain claims.
You've probably read or heard a lot of radical news about President Obama and Governor Romney. Check out PolitiFact so you can make an informed decision before you decide who to support!
Have you recently been assigned a research project? Are you wondering what your teacher means by requiring a bibliography or in-text citations? Check out STC's video tutorials! Their library department has created tutorials for every aspect of research, from choosing a topic to differentiating between primary and secondary sources and even creating your bibliography. These tutorials are easy to understand, and you can always stop and play back anything that may have caused you confusion. Click on the STC logo to get access to the videos!
To gather additional information and to find TSTEM's databases, check out the Research Center section of this site!
What is a QR Code?
A quick response code is an image you can scan using your smart phone. You will probably be seeing these a lot in the library this year. Once you scan them, your phone will be directed to either text or Internet content, depending on what I choose to link it to.
These codes are a great way to get quick information from the library. Last year, I held a trivia contest using these codes. I also linked book trailers to their books, and now I will be using them in a library scavenger hunt. Outside of school, you might even find these codes on product labels. I have personally used them to get coupons at Walgreens and Carmike theatres.
How can I get my phone to scan QR codes?
All you have to do is download a barcode reader to your smartphone. I prefer using I-nigma, as it works for both Apple and Android phones. This app can also be downloaded to your iPod, if you have Internet available.
What if I don't have a smartphone?
If you don't have a smartphone, don't worry. All of the barcodes used inside TSTEM library have a web link directly underneath them. If you want to see what the QR code will lead you to, all you have to do is type in that address in your computer's browser! Some of these codes (like the one posted here) are on YouTube. If you'd like to see what they lead to, ask a friend to scan it for you!
9th Grade Library Orientation - Scavenger Hunt
9th graders, you may download your QR code scavenger hunt directly from this page. Once it is complete, save it to your computer (don't forget to rename it) and upload it here!
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Last Spring, our school district assigned each student an individual email account. These emails are entirely free, and when students are logged on, they have free access to Microsoft Office. Students can easily create Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents from any computer that has access to the Internet- no need to purchase anything!
Students also have the option to save online. They will no longer have to deal with the problems that saving on a pin drive might bring (forgetting the pin at home, not working from computer to computer, etc.). From their online dashboards, students can quickly and easily attach their files and submit to teachers. This is a valuable tool that every student should take advantage of.
Teachers have access to students' usernames and passwords, as does the librarian. If you need help familiarizing yourself with this technology, please let Ms. Cantu know!
It seems everyone is a pro when it comes to finding sites on the Web that make us LOL. But can you find sites/apps that will help you create easy class presentations or slideshows? How about sites that will help you select the next book you read, based on your reading history?
This page is intended to give you Web 2.0 resources to make your day-to-day life easier and are just fun to use. Is there a particular site or app you would like to see featured on this page? Let Ms. Cantu know by filling out the form below!