Spanish Language Students - Need Homework Help?
My two favorite websites to help you with your Spanish homework are (1) for help with translation: SpanishDict;
(2) for help with verb conjugation: Conjugation.org
New / Free Technology
My latest favorites of free technology on the Internet:
Kizoa - Link
. Kizoa can be used to develop slideshow tours from photographs. You can also do photo editing, make collages, and incorporate other special effects with your photos. Schools, including colleges, are using Kizoa to develop campus or library tours.
Newspaper Front Pages
This is a cool new webpage that provides front pages from nationwide newspapers. See Newseum.
Library Standards added to the California Frameworks
The California Department of Education approved the new model standards which have been added to the ed code to delineate frameworks for library instruction based on grade level, similar to the frameworks already in place for other subject areas. Here is a link to the Press Release from Jack O'Connell, Superintendent for Public Instruction: Press Release
. Here is a link to the California Model School Library Standards, see this link: CDE Standards
. Assessment has already been added to JSerra's information literacy instruction program. The librarian grades research portions of student papers. Assessment is also conducted with 9th grade and 12th students using Kent State's TRAILS online assessment. For more information about TRAILS, see this link: TRAILS
CyberSafety and Digital Citizenship
JSerra Library instruction includes assisting our students and their families with creating a positive digital footprint. With more universities and employers screening Internet webpages and social networking sites, it is vital for students to be aware of the content they are posting online and its potential impact on their reputation and their future. A new link was added to the Digital Citizenship webpage here on the JSerra library site. See this new resource for parents to help protect your student's privacy on Facebook: Connect Safely
. There are many good programs available for families to educate themselves regarding these issues. One such program is NetCetera - OnGuard Online - which is a governmental program.
Why the College Library is an Important Element in your College Choice
Here is a great article about getting to know the college library when you are visiting colleges you might like to attend. Libraries are typically the hub of a campus. This article from U.S. News & World Report
(June 17, 2010) will give you some things to think about when considering the university you want to attend for four years. Click link for article: College Libraries.