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  • Symphony for the City of the Dead by M. T. Anderson One of my favorite composers is Dmitri Shostakovich, a Russian who lived from 1906 - 1975 -- a critical time in Russian history.  Shostakovich saw the fall of the Tzars - his father ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2018, 11:38 AM by Sara Smith
  • The Girl from Everywhere (series) by Heidi Heilig Nix is the daughter of a time traveler, but the limitation of this time travel is a Navigator has to have an authentic map of the time period or place ...
    Posted Feb 8, 2018, 2:50 PM by Sara Smith
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber In college, I took a class on The Fantastics, a small sub-genre that centers around unreliable narrators, ambiguous supernatural forces, and an unclear separation between the rationale and irrational ...
    Posted Dec 19, 2017, 2:03 PM by Sara Smith
  • Timekeeper This debut novel by Tara Sim has a fascinating premise, where clocks control the actual passage of time.  Clock towers all over England ensure that time passes normally each day ...
    Posted Dec 19, 2017, 2:09 PM by Sara Smith
  • Catalyst by James Luceno Lucero's Catalyst explores the world of Galen Erso, a scientist who mainly studies Kyber Crystals (what powers lightsabers) and their use for supplying energy to planets.  Galen was later ...
    Posted Dec 19, 2017, 2:10 PM by Sara Smith
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EdTech for Teachers

  • Organize your Google Classroom posts into "Topics" Are you or your students tired of scrolling for DAYS in your Class Stream to find something?  Now you can organize your assignments into "Topics," and cut down on the ...
    Posted Feb 8, 2018, 2:39 PM by Sara Smith
  • Keeping Google Forms secure Many teachers are using Google Forms as digital assessments in their classrooms.  As Forms is accessed through web browsers on students' devices, there are a few test security concerns to ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2017, 6:51 AM by Sara Smith
  • Library Resources
    Posted Mar 15, 2016, 8:17 AM by Sara Smith
  • The Library celebrates Digital Learning Day 2016 Digital Learning Day is a way for students and teachers across the world to celebrate technology in education.  This year, the Library Aides participated in a blog discussion about the ...
    Posted Feb 29, 2016, 9:08 AM by Sara Smith
  • Gale Interacts with Google Drive! There are two new features on the Gale databases (Biography in Context, Informe!, Opposing Viewpoints, Science in Context). Google Classroom IntegrationUp in the left corner of the database, you ...
    Posted Nov 13, 2015, 8:16 PM by Sara Smith
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The Graphic Corner

  • Amazing non-superhero titles with great reviews already Here is a list of titles that I have in my collection that already have reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus, or Library Journal.I remember Beirut by Zeina ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2018, 12:01 PM by Sara Smith
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison Arkham Asylum (1990) Written by Grant Morrison, Illustrated by Dave McKean Grade 9+ Many Batman titles are suggested for mature readers, and this one is no exception.  However, the exploration ...
    Posted Feb 8, 2018, 2:54 PM by Sara Smith
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