September 28, 2016

Shout-out to Kasey Bell aka @ShakeUpLearning for her #GAFE #googleedu Content!


Okay, so yesterday's GEM from Kasey Bell did it. I had to write this appreciation post! 

Check it out:

The URL hints that Kasey started out with 20 Apps. I'm betting she'll keep updating us as more Apps integrate with Google. So handy!

I've been following Kasey for a while. She's on it, always making sure the neat lists and guides she creates are current.

These are just three of her other creations:

6 Steps to Google Certified Trainer
(Just updated)

You can subscribe to Kasey's website to keep up with her latest goings-on. And of course you can follow her on Twitter at @shakeuplearning.

MAHALO, Kasey for your most excellent work to bring consistently useful Google content to those of us hungry for anything Google. (Yes, I'm a Google #fangirl from way back. Go 💖#GTANY! )

You make keeping up with the ever-changing, ever-integrating Google FUN, Kasey. Keep on being awesome!

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September 26, 2016

10 Children's Books (Almost) As Awesome as The Book of Knowledge

Old enough to remember this?
"My granddaughter is 6 now and in 1st grade! She's beginning to ask questions like "is air heavy?" When I was a kid my parents got me The Book of Knowledge. Why is the sky blue? How come things fall down, not up? I remember reading every page! Today the Internet can answer those questions, but how about those things you never think about? Can you recommend books with info about questions like these? What are today's successors to The Book of Knowledge?" -- Richard

As you know, Richard, new is not necessarily better. Wasn't The Book of Knowledge the BEST? Everything was in there!

Here are my recommendations:

The iconic National Geographic is #Awesome, with:

1. What in the World?
2. 5000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!)
3. Why? 1,111 Answers to Everything

These daring and dangerous books are timeless and ageless, and I ordered them for our library:


4. The Daring Book for Girls (and 5. The Double-Daring Book for Girls), by Andrea J. Buchanan
6. The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hall Iggulden

Saving the best for last:
Encyclopedic children-of-all-ages book publishing ROYALTY in my opinion is Dorling Kindersley

DK's consistently award-winning content and the distinctive look and elegant feel of DK paper books make for a most fulfilling book experience!

Here are my top four DK children's book recommendations:

 7.  Children's Illustrated Encyclopedia
 8.  First Encyclopedia
 9.  Merriam-Webster Illustrated Dictionary
10. Smithsonian Picturepedia

Save your pennies for when your granddaughter turns 8, Richard. You'll probably want to get some of DK's beautiful Eyewitness titles.

So the short answer is: it will take at least 10 books to replace our beloved Book of Knowledge!

On a serious note: Mahalo for passing on your reading love and thirst for knowledge to your granddaughter, Richard. She is one lucky girl. 

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P. S. This "books and reading" post marks the official merge of my SEABURY READS blog with See my transition post at: SEABURY READS is moving to!

September 05, 2016

10 Reshare-Worthy #GAFE #googleedu Tweets (Just In Case You Missed them) 🐦


Here are my 10 latest #GAFE #googleedu tweets, just in case you missed them.

1. Google Keep's "Grab Image Text"
2. Google Tools to Support Literacy

3. The new Google for Education Certified Trainer Program

4. Google Cast Now Built in Chrome

5. Google Keep Tips

6. Google Apps Guidebook Written by Students

7. Hangouts on Air Moving to YouTube

8. Google Updates for Back to School

9. What Google Looks For When Hiring Engineers

10. How to Book and Subscribe to a Resource in Google Calendar, for Organizations

Hope you're off to a spectacular start this school year!

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July 15, 2016

5 Tech Tools and an Observation at CUE Rockstar Maui

#cuerockstar Maui! That's a wrap! #HSTE - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

PC: Michael Fricano

It was so much fun to have Seabury Hall host CUE* Rockstar Maui camp this week! 

I was a lead learner (this is a more appropriate title for me than teacher or presenter, I think, especially in a hands-on event like CUE Rockstar), so I didn't get to attend the other sessions.

However, I did keep my ears open to the conversations, asked questions during breaks, and enjoyed the photos and videos that attendees shared.

And these tech tools piqued my interest: 

1. +Michael Fricano II whipped out his Ricoh Theta S camera to take the group photo shown above. So cool!

2. +Meghan Walters shared JoeZoo, a rubric-centric, feedback-friendly Google grading tool Add-On that looks like it would be fantastic for grading English and history essay projects. I must investigate!

3. Stand-alone Street View App to post spherical photos. It's a misnomer. They need to change the name. I'm going to do indoor shots when our library renovation is complete.

4. +Joe Wood says that the Round Me app to publish VR (virtual reality) captures, is as hassle-free as the developers claim.

5. Lastly, Videolicious sounds like a winner! Broadcast journalists sometimes use the app for quick reporting of the news? No way! I will definitely have to check it out.

Have you tried any of these tools?

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Observation? Mobile, mobile, mobile, both in presentations and throughout the camp. #nosurprise

It was a great week to learn new things!

A photo posted by Linda Lindsay (@mauilibrarian2) on

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*CUE = Computer Using Educators

June 07, 2016

Google Releases Motion Stills App for iOS (With Audio!) #happydance

Just read all about the technology behind Google's release of Motion Stills for Live Photos (iOS 6s) HERE and of course I had to tweet about it ... 

and try it out for myself.


The verdict? I love it! \(^▽^)/

What flabbergasts me is that if you save the photo as a movie, it includes the audio. How did they do that? #GoogleLove 

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