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Meet Tom Blubaugh

Getting Back to His Roots Tom Blubaugh has been a writer his entire life, but now he’s a fiction writer. Tom’s novel, Night of the Cossack, provides a fascinating glimpse into a little-known piece of history. His book is a direct result of his research to discover more about his grandfather. Truth is often stranger than fiction, […]

Education

Will Technology Save Public Education? Answering Dr. Jim Taylor

I read Dr. Jim Taylor’s editorial in the Huffington Post this morning, entitled Will Technology Save Public Education? | Dr. Jim Taylor. For whatever reason, I couldn’t post a comment on the Huffington Post site, so here it is: The problems of the disadvantaged are too deep to be addressed only in the public schools. But […]

Using Evernote for Education

If you are looking for a “cloud storage” tool for your student (or yourself), then look no further than Evernote. There’s a small learning curve to get the maximum benefit from its extraordinary abilities, so you’ll need to invest some time to learn more about the tool. In the short time I’ve been using Evernote, […]

Books

The Case for Good Taste

My first post on this blog, back in June 2011, was about the furor over Meghan Gurdon’s article entitled, “Darkness Too Visible.” From the extreme reaction the article received, you’d have thought Ms. Gurdon advocated burning books in the village square. YA authors–at least some of them–were up in arms, breaking out the torches and […]

It’s Complicated by Laura L. Smith

Book Overview: It’s Complicated is the first book in the Status Updates which follows the story of Claire, Hannah, Palmer, and Kat, new freshman college roommates. The four friends learn to pull together as they navigate through life changing circumstances. Positive Content: Ms. Smith deftly portrays four very different girls, as they tell their stories–both […]

Meet Laura Anderson Kurk

Southern Grace Never mind the shy smile; when Laura Kurk has something on her heart, she says what’s on her mind–right out–in that sweet Oklahoma accent with Texan touches. She writes like she talks, with southern grace. Her love of great literature shines in everything she writes, and her books prove that Young Adult fiction […]

Educational Uses for Book Trailers

Educators use book trailers for two main reasons:
1) To create student interest in books by using an engaging method of presentation.
2) To enhance student comprehension and retention by creating their own book trailers about the books they read.

An Overview of Interactive Whiteboard Choices for Home School and Classroom

The SMART Board was by far my favorite tool in my Reading/ESL classroom. However, two downsides to the SMART Board (or similar products) are portability and expense. I wanted to find smaller, more portable, solutions that are less expensive.