Friday, October 28, 2016

Great Costume for High Schoolers

Doctor Popular made a comic illustrating The Most Amazing Halloween Costume Ever based on a reverse trick or treating story on Metafilter by np312. This could be really fun for High School Students to try.


Mr. Berkbigler showing his Halloween Spirit!!
The question posed by Mr. Berk is whether he is scarier with the mask on or not?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Are realist young-adult novels making a comeback?

...the appetite for paranormal lunacy has abated, and issue-driven fiction set very much in a universe of urbanism’s chief concerns is having a renaissance. This week, “All American Boys,” a novel by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, an outgrowth of the Black Lives Matter movement, appears on The New York Times’s best-seller list for young-adult books. The story follows the beating of an innocent black child by a white police officer who thinks he has stolen a bag of chips. 
The recent upheavals in the economy stemming from the financial crisis, the rise of racial tensions and the increased animosity toward immigrants that the current election cycle has fed and exposed have arguably made this new catalog inevitable. New York Times 
All American Boys — Book Review

Friday, October 21, 2016

Work on Google files offline

If you aren't connected to a Wi-Fi or mobile network, you can still view and edit files, including:
  • Google Docs
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Slides

Open files offline

Important: You must be connected to the Internet to turn on offline access.

Turn offline access on or off

  1. Open the Google Drive app.
  2. Next to the file, tap More More icon
  3. To save a file offline, tap Available offline 

Find files you saved for offline access

  1. Open the Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  2. Tap Menu  > and then Offline

Instructions for using a Computer or Android

    Thursday, October 13, 2016

    Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

    “Mr. Dylan’s work remains utterly lacking in conventionality, moral sleight of hand, pop pabulum or sops to his audience,” Bill Wyman, a journalist, wrote in a 2013 Op-Ed essay in The New York Times arguing for Mr. Dylan to get the award. “His lyricism is exquisite; his concerns and subjects are demonstrably timeless; and few poets of any era have seen their work bear more influence.”
    New York Times

    “People disagreeing everywhere you look makes you wanna stop and read a book. ”

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016

    Since the 1800s, attitudes about which books are “appropriate” for kids to read have too often suppressed stories about different cultures and life experiences.

    Keeping books about certain types of children out of libraries perpetuates a vision of a sheltered American childhood that has rarely existed.

    “When we say ‘This book is inappropriate,’ we’re telling those children ‘your situation … your family … your life is inappropriate.” 

    Still, one thing hasn’t changed since the dawn of censorship: having your book banned is very, very good for an author’s sales. “If what you’re trying to do is stop this book from getting into the hands of a minor,” LaRue says, “the surest way to [fail] is to declare it forbidden.”