Friday, May 24, 2013

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach


I'm currently reading this novel and am thoroughly enjoying it-and I'm not even a baseball fan! 

Henry Skirmshander, the star of a small college team found on the shore of Lake Michigan, is overcome with self-doubt, which threatens his future; meanwhile, four others--including Henry's best friend and teammate, who realizes he has sacrificed his own dreams for his friend's, Henry's gay roommate, college president Guert Affenlight, and Guert's daughter--also find themselves forced to confront their own secrets.


Find Free Sound Effects on SoundGator by (Mr. Byrne) 

"The next time you need common sounds like doorbells ringing, dogs barking, or car horns honking to use in a multimedia project you could try to record those sounds yourself or you could turn to SoundGator to find free recordings that you can download. SoundGator offers free sound recording downloads. There are twenty-three recording categories that you can browse through to find the perfectSoundGator sound for your project."

Thursday, May 16, 2013

App of the Week 5/16/13 SAS Data Notebook

App of the week: SAS Data Notebook

Name: SAS Data Notebook
What is it? SAS® Data Notebook lets students take control of their learning and monitor their progress. Built-in templates for mission statements, goals, checklists, plus/deltas, spelling lists and histograms are included.
Best for: Older elementary to high school students
Price: FREE
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later.
Rated: 4+
  • Includes a scratch paper template where students can load pictures, create drawings, and more.
  • A new text page enables students to take notes, keep a journal, or perform any other writing tasks organized in their notebook.
  • Students can also add sections in order to set, monitor, and reflect on individual goals by subject.
  • Notebooks can now be emailed to teachers, parents, or friends.

Friday, May 10, 2013

iPad Flipboard

From Richard Byrne: Free Technology 4 Teachers

 Last month the popular iPad app Flipboard added a great feature that allows everyone to curate their own digital magazines. Today, Flipboard made that option available on Android as well in web browsers on your computer. Flipboard Editor allows you to create and curate digital magazines through your web browser. Those magazines can be shared or kept private. The magazines you create can be read on iPad, Android, or on your laptop.

Orleans by Sherry Smith


"Set in a futuristic, hostile Orleans landscape, Fen de la Guerre must deliver her tribe leader's baby over the Wall into the Outer States before her blood becomes tainted with Delta Fever"--Provided by publisher.

Friday, May 3, 2013

App of the Week 5-6-13

Simple Drawing Lessons on Your Android Device by (Mr. Byrne) 

 "Here's a nice little app for the aspiring artist in your life. How to Draw Cartoons Animals is a free Android app that offers seventy simple step-by-step directions for drawing cartoon animals. Despite the name, the app also offers directions for drawing objects like cups and houses and directions for drawing people. To be clear, you don't draw the cartoons on the app. The app only provides the directions for you to follow while you draw on paper."

The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman

When a nonprofit organization called Save the Girls pairs a fourteen-year-old Sudanese refugee with an American teenager from Richmond, Virginia, the pen pals teach each other compassion and share a bond that bridges two continents.