Friday, December 14, 2018

So, everyone teaching about GOOGLING needs a good pair of Google shoes! Right? Here are mine.

Google is marvelous, but you need to know how to 'google' properly to get significant results. For example, did you know?

~every result has TOOLS, Settings, and More? Explore those settings to narrow your search and get the results you're looking for.
~DON'T 'google' questions--for example if you are searching for how fast cheetahs can run, don't use the search term "How fast can cheetahs run?". You are searching for answers so you want to look for the words you expect to find in the answers, like "cheetahs run at speed".
~When searching for images, you can refine your search (with the TOOLS) by color, size, usage rights, type (faces, clip art, line drawings, and more) and how recently they were added online. Of course, there are also other tools to use for refining your search.
~Search by domain.
~Remember that not all .edu sites are authoritative. The sites with a tilde (~) in the URL are student sites. Some may be excellent, but others are likely sites of students just learning about their subject and may not be valuable.
~There are oodles more great tips for using google search, but they do change things around a lot so you have to stay updated on the latest features.
~Don't forget Google Scholar if you need peer reviewed materials!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Grendel's Guide to Love and WarGrendel's Guide to Love and War by A.E. Kaplan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tom Grendel is the only teenager in the neighborhood-- until his neighbor moves to Florida and her niece's family moves in. With teenagers who like to party. Party loudly. Tom's father suffers from PTSD and can't stand loud noises. The other neighbors, Tom's lawn mowing customers, are all elderly and not thrilled with the noise and commotion either. Along with Tom's best friend Ed, they band all together to try to calm things back down, with some hilarious (to read, but wouldn't want to live through) results. And, of course, there's a girl...Willow, whose brother holds all the parties.

Tom learns a lot about himself and his family during the experience. He, his father, and sister are all still trying to come to grips with the death of his mother. Tom interviews his elderly neighbors to try to preserve parts of their lives since he didn't know his mother as well as he would have liked. And searches to learn more about his mom.

View all my reviews

Friday, May 6, 2016


Book Review: Dan vs. Nature by Don Calame. (2016) Candlewick Press: Sommerville, MA.

 





Dan's mother has been dating ever since his dad walked out, but the guys she dates all seem to take advantage of her in some way. Now, she's engaged to a dentist but Dan does NOT want her to marry him. Mistakenly believing the dentist likes to hunt, Dan's mom arranges a week of survival camping for them. Dan and his best friend, Charlie, make plans to run Hank (the dentist) off by creating disasters during the trip. But, they didn't need any additional disasters, there were enough waiting for them in the woods. This book is laugh out loud funny and a must-have for teen boys.