- New Tool: Making a Jeopardy game is a fun way to review lessons but can sometimes be too time consuming to create when using tools such as PowerPoint. Jeopardy Labs allows you to easily make Jeopardy games online. They even have a bank of already created games that you browse through. This video tutorial shows you how to use the site. Wouldn’t it be fun to see a Mount Vernon Jeopardy game for the 40th anniversary? Hint hint…
- Computer Tip: Here is an easy way to look at two open windows at the same time. When you right click on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen, you will see the options to Show Windows Side By Side or Show Windows Stacked (one at the top of the screen and one at the bottom of the screen). You might want to do this if you need to compare the two screens or if you need to type on one while looking at the other. This will save you from having to click on each screen one at a time.
- Relevant Article: I started to post a different article this week, but I read this one last week and can’t get it out of my mind. As a librarian, I am always trying to find ways to get kids to love to read. I think that James Patterson (one of my favorite authors of adult and kids books) says it best when he says that if we want kids (especially boys) to love reading, we have to encourage them to read what they want to read. Not only encourage–praise them. Even if it isn’t something we think has “literary merit.” Sports Illustrated, Guinness Book of World Records, comic books–if they are reading something, I’m happy. I know that there will be times when kids will have to read a book for a school assignment but how much of their reading time is being taken up by reading books that they don’t want to read? Are there times when we can take away assigning a required text and instead assign a theme? That way they get more choice in the book they are reading but still hit on the concepts we are trying to teach them. Also, how often are we modeling reading for pleasure for our students? When we have silent reading time, are we reading also? Do we talk about the books we are reading with our students? How might these changes impact our students? This article is really good and it gives some great websites for finding books (especially for boys) so if you have 3 minutes, check it out.