ⓔ My favorite Gmail keyboard shortcuts

You know the drill, you’re sitting at your computer, using Gmail, and need to go to another message but your mouse is way over there. Ugh, lifting your hand is such a pain. What if I told you there was a way to navigate and manage Gmail almost entirely by the keyboard? Would you believe […]

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Sharing: New Tools for Interactive Fiction and Engaged Writing

New Tools for Interactive Fiction and Engaged Writing | Edutopia Students were using interactive fiction tools to reimagine American Revolution battles as text-based adventures, written from the second-person perspective. Interactive fiction is essentially a computer-based version of Choose Your Own Adventure books, in which the reader has agency regarding a story’s multiple, threaded outcome. I […]

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ⓔ Reddit for teachers

Reddit is a curious beast. It’s an online discussion forum where people can congregate around particular topics. Although I would be cautious using Reddit with students (the language and topics can most definitely be inappropriate), teachers may find it a good resource to find answers to tough questions or to catch up on news. Here […]

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Sharing: School Library Budgets Rise 20%, Yet Challenges Remain

School Library Budgets Rise 20%, Yet Challenges Remain | Spending Survey 2016 | School Library Journal Yet funding levels remain far below 2010–11, when school library budgets averaged $10,348 and the median, $7,000. Furthermore, the nearly 800 school librarians who responded to SLJ’s survey in January 2016 say they believe their budgets will fall an […]

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ⓔ Why the term app smashing must die

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I tweeted out this morning that the term app smashing should die, but, in the span of a tweet, it is hard to articulate why. We’ve done what is currently called “app-smashing” since the dawn of time. Houses weren’t built with only one tool, you “app-smashed” several tools, like a hammer and saw, to create […]

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ⓔ Create PDF ebooks directly from Wikipedia

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Wikipedia has a built in feature to create ebooks directly from the website. This is a great way to curate information for your class and distribute in a format that can be read offline or on various handheld devices. To get started, head to Wikipedia and look on the left side of the screen under […]

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