Friday, February 24, 2012

Crunch Time by Mariah Fredericks


From the Publisher: Leo, Max, Jane, and Daisy don't have much in common. But when they all blow off their SAT prep in favor of forming their own study group, they actually begin to bond -- over why there's so much competition over a stupid test. And what it really measures, anyway. Then it's revealed that someone has cheated on the SATs, and all eyes point to the study group. Everyone knows that Leo can't stand to lose. That Max is convinced he's a loser. That Jane couldn't care less about the whole thing. And that if Daisy doesn't clinch the right score, forget it -- she can't afford to go to college. The pressure is on for the cheater to come forward. Who will fess up?

An App Search Engine!

  Yahoo has anapp search setting.

At you can search for Android and iOS apps. You can filter results according to OS, price, and category.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Fun with Avatars!

Just having fun creating an avatar using Voki-great to embed on a webpage

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler



Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.

App of the Week 2/17/12

 GradeDroid is a free app that is one part flashcard generator and one part GPA calculator.
The flashcard aspect of GradeDroid allows you to create and study flashcards directly on your phone or tablet without the need to sync your device to an external website. You can easily add or delete flashcards from the menu. When you study your cards you can specify which cards you want to appear more or less frequently than others in your set.
The GPA calculator in GradeDroid gives students tools to keep track of their course grades and calculate their rolling grade point averages. The GPA calculator isn’t anything fancy, but it could be handy for some students.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Good Reads-Find out what your friends are reading!

Check out my GoodReads bookshelf:

The Bookseller of Kabul
Thirteen Moons
Pearl of China
The False Friend
Remarkable Creatures
North of Beautiful
The Paris Wife
The Help
I am Number Four
Snow Falling on Cedars
The Tiger's Wife
Half Broke Horses
The Glass Castle
Slaughterhouse Five
The Grilling Season
Dark Tort
Sweet Revenge
The Sense of an Ending
Claude & Camille
Ship Breaker

Vicky Mendoza's favorite books »


Friday, February 10, 2012

Hunger Games Film Coming Soon!

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel


 In this prequel to Mary Shelley's gothic classic, Frankenstein, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein begins a dark journey that will change his life forever. Victor's twin, Konrad, has fallen ill, and no doctor can cure him. Unwilling to give up on his brother, Victor enlists his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and his best friend, Henry, on a treacherous search for the ingredients to create the forbidden Elixir of Life. Impossible odds, dangerous alchemy, and a bitter love triangle threaten their quest at every turn.Victor knows he must not fail. But his success depends on how far he is willing to push the boundaries of nature, science, and love a?? and how much he is willing to sacrifice.

App of the Week 2/10/12

The Dolphin web browser is gesture enabled navigation. Using Dolphin you can draw an symbol or letter to make the browser page up, page down, open a new tab, refresh, or go to a specific website. You can use the default gestures or create and assign your own gestures. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

App of the Week 2/3/12 Moon + Reader

                                            Moon+ Reader Pro

 Moon+ Reader is a nice ebook reading app to use on your Android phone or tablet. Moon+ Reader supports ebooks published in epub, html, ODPS, and many other formats. You can open ebooks that you have saved on your device or search for new titles through the Moon+ Reader. Through the Moon+ Reader you can search the catalogs of Many Books and Project Gutenberg or browse the web.

When you open ebooks in Moon+ Reader you can choose from a variety of layouts and browsing modes. As you would expect, you can alter the size of the text on the page to make it easier to read. The best feature is the option to highlight text in an ebook and have a menu of options pop-up. In that pop-up menu you can choose to find definitions, copy the text to a clipboard, search for that text online, or translate it.
Moon+ Reader is available in a free and pro version. The pro version removes advertisements, offers text to speech (limited), and some handy shortcuts.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.