Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop

Just in case you were wondering....

A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop by Cindi May for Scientific Americant
Students who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material 

Really interesting study published in Scientific American
We know that.....
-Laptops in the classroom enhance their academic performanceCheck
-Laptops do in fact allow students to do more, like engage in online activities and demonstrations, collaborate more easily on papers and projects, access information from the internet, and take more notes.
 Check Check Check
Obviously it is advantageous to draft more complete notes that precisely capture the course content and allow for a verbatim review of the material at a later date.  Only it isn’t.  New research  demonstrates that students who write out their notes on paper actually learn more.
When it comes to taking notes, students need fewer gigs, more brain power.
I have a great 2 color pen method -stop by and learn how
Read more HERE 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Want free YA audiobooks this summer? Sync Week is here!

The SYNC free audiobook project is back, with a pairing of free YA and classic audiobooks. Download each pair during the week they're offered but listen anytime (no annoying DRM or files that expire). 
Details about SYNC are here.

This week's downloads:
June 5 – June 11
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill, Narrated by Meredith Mitchell (Tantor Audio)
JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare, Performed by Richard Dreyfuss, JoBeth Williams, Stacy Keach, Kelsey Grammer, and a full cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

Look for these great titles in the coming weeks:
June 12 – June 18
CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein, Narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell (Bolinda Audio)
THE HIDING PLACE by Corrie Ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill, Narrated by Bernadette Dunne (christianaudio)
June 19 – June 25
I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU by Ally Carter, Narrated by Renée Raudman (Brilliance Audio)
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery, Narrated by Colleen Winton (Post Hypnotic Press)
June 26 – July 2
FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick, Narrated by Noah Galvin (Hachette Audio)
OCTOBER MOURNING: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman, Narrated by Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, Tom Parks, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Christina Traister (Brilliance Audio)
July 3 – July 9
TORN FROM TROY by Patrick Bowman, Narrated by Gerard Doyle (Post Hypnotic Press)
PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Narrated by Jim Dale (Brilliance Audio) 
You'll also need the free Overdrive Media Console app (details here; Overdrive Media Console interfaces with iTunes if you want to integrate your downloads into your existing iTunes Library).

SYNC is open to anyone over age 13.
SYNC offers 2 FREE audiobooks each week through Aug 20, 2014. Sign up for email or text alerts that invite you to download the new titles as they become available.

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