Check out this video and read more about the program and Facebook's role in this New York Times article, A New Facebook Lab is Intent on Delivering Internet Access by Drone. This looks like more of the 'stuff of science fiction' becoming reality. And how exciting to think that some of our students could become part of the team developing the necessary solutions to provide internet access to the vast parts of the world lacking this service we all think of as ubiquitous. Katie
For any of you who love hearing a good story in audio format, be it tape, CD, or now a download to your phone, here is a great article by a mom who appreciates the importance of starting children off with these kinds of great stories.
"A Storied Childhood: Bedtime Books on Tape Spool Memories of Africa" by Kate Chambers, Christian Science Monitor Weekly, March 17, 2014.
And if you don't own or even know what a cassette player is, or have a CD player for audio books in that format, be sure to check out the small but growing collection of audio books we have available to secondary students and all district staff on OverDrive (use your f# or s# and district password) as well as the larger collection of audio books available through Listen Alaska. (here you'll need your public library card number)
One other alternative for audio adventures is the growing world of podcasts. Here is my 23 year old daughter's (who grew up with audio books mind you) list of favorite podcasts. Bear in mind these are not all suitable for children!
On Being (social and spiritual based conversations)
TED Talks (individual audio from various talks)
America's Test Kitchen (cooking, obviously)
TED Radio Hour (a mixture and more in depth interviews of TED speakers around a certain topic)
Snap Judgment (stories around a theme-NPR_)
Pop Culture Happy Hour (discussion about books, movies, and other pop culture events-NPR)
Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me (news radio quiz, very funny-NPR)
RadioLab (science show/stories)
Stuff You Should Know (science, history)
History Chicks (focus on female historical figures)
The Monti (live storytelling)
Freakonomics Radio (from the guys who wrote the book)
The Moth (stories)
The Book Pod (book reviews, suggestions, and readings)
This...Is Interesting (social and political conversations)
99% Invisible (architecture and design based)
Unfictional (factual stories)
I hope you find numerous sources of great audio entertainment for yourself as well as possible additions to share with friends, family, patrons or to add diversity to a LibGuide. Enjoy! Katie
I think all of us can find great ways to utilize this brief little video with such a great and simple message.
Here's a great short video to share with anyone teaching or learning about history. Hard to watch it all at once so I tried just concentrating on Crimea and the Ukraine since they're in the news at the present time. Very interesting. kt
Here's a challenge for your students and a way to get them looking through the collection! Great way to use the iPads too.
See some more here at Librarians At Work Cleverly Promoting Books.
Check out the Children's Choice Book Awards site for information on when, where and how to have your students vote for their favorite books. Kati