I.T. Tip of the Week

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If you are hoping to have your students do some online research this year consider reviewing these useful “google search tips”…  Here are a couple infographics to help:  “Become a Google Search Star”…Or try this one from Google.

For example, refine your search by reading level:

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Nightmares!

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Every October I can count on three things to happen at Bruce Trail: the leaves on the trees begin to change colour outside the library windows, students begin bundling up to stay warm in the colder weather, and B.T. book lovers start asking about my favourite “spooky” reads.

Nightmares!, a hilariously frightening new novel, is my go-to recommendation this fall.  With a healthy and humorous mix of action-adventure and spooky fun, this book reminded me of Roald Dahl’s work, especially The Witches.  The main character is Charlie Laird and he is dealing with a lot: 1) His dad married a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch, 2) He had to move into her purple mansion, which is NOT a place you want to find yourself after dark, 3) He can’t remember the last time sleeping wasn’t a nightmarish prospect – even naps!  What Charlie doesn’t know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real.  Nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep, but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world—that’s a line that should never be crossed.

Written by multi-talented actor Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) and author Kirsten Miller, Nightmares! is an engaging and adventurous story with likeable characters, an original plot, and superb illustrations by Karl Kwasny that act as interesting visual companions to the story.  This is a great Halloween read for students in the middle grades (age 9 to 12).

I.T. Tip of the Week

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Using Edmodo?  If so, you may or may not realize that you can link you’re Halton Cloud (Google Apps for Ed) account to your Edmodo library and attach any document to a post or assignment!!  Edmodo also has a pretty sweet calendar to post upcoming events and assignments.  If you ever have any questions about getting more from Edmodo please let me know, i’m happy to help.

I.T. Tip of the Week

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The I.T. Team is hoping to add a tip or two each week to help out with all your I.T. needs.  Please pass on a tip if you have one and we’ll get it posted on the Library webpage : )

To help save battery life on an iPad/iPhone, be sure to turn off Bluetooth in the settings menu, reduce motion in “accessibility” and set the iPad to lock after 2 or 5 minutes.