This app powered by YALSA is a little library search engine. Funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the books available are all titles acclaimed by the Young Adult Library Services Association. You can search for books based on the usual title, author, or genre, or even look for books that received a certain award!The app even shows you where to find the titles in your local library. This app is available free for both iPhone and Android.
The app contains various useful features, other than showing you where to find the book. Three Hot Picks features three titles available on the database, and is updated daily. There is also a Favorites button, which lets you make a personalized reading list. This is definitely a must have for bookworms.
The app even lets you post your reads on social media! Some of you are probably wondering why someone would bother with this function, but bookworms tend to gravitate towards other bookworms, so what better way to suck them into your new favorite book with you than to tag them in a Facebook post or tweet with the book title?
-written by Meghan Hansen
I'm sure you've all seen the poster in the library about essential apps. I'm also sure many of you never really thought about what benefit these could have in your school career. Well, I've done the research for you on these 7 apps! Each one will be posted on separate posts, for your convenience and mine.
First up is one you've probably used, or at least heard of, Remind. This app is a free, easy, and safe way for teachers to send one-way messages to their students. Formerly called Remind101, this app makes it possible for teachers to send out test date reminders, or a notification that class will be in the computer lab.
On the Remind app, not only are personal numbers never shared, but you can access message history whenever you need to. In a Harvard study, when there was regular communication between teachers and families, homework completion increased by 42%, and rates of teacher redirection decreased by 25%.
The app is available on iTunes, and the Google store, and parents and teachers alike agree that it improves a student's overall performance. Students have also said that it helps out a lot of they forgot a test, and the get a Remind notification from their teacher reminding them about the date.
If you're a student who regularly forgets assignments, I highly recommend using this app if your teacher does. You may very well see some positive results on those 5 and 10 week grades!
-written by Meghan Hansen
Okay, so a lot of people are very adamant when it comes to siding with Google, but how may people have actually compared the two? I decided to do that research for you guys. I'm going to pick five sets of key words, enter them into both search engines, and compare the results based on relevancy of the first five items. For simplicity's sake, Google will be typed in blue, and Bing in orange. Let's begin!
The first set of keywords is gonna be a simple one: pie.
Keyword set number two: horror novels
Keyword set number three: Skeleton
Keyword set number four: Dunkin Donuts
Keyword set number five: Honda Civic 2016
Now let's take a minute to look at the results. The general consensus is that Bing brings up a lot of irrelevant material, while Google is pretty precise. However, so far the most irrelevant thing from Bing has been the airport location during the pie search. With the skeletons, it actually had more about actually skeletons than Google. Google had a lot of templates and wed page designers. Every other topic has been fairly evenly matched. Considering that Bing and Google are both set up the same way, there really isn't much difference between the two results wise. It's just a matter of the order of the results for the most part. Take from this what you will, but don't assume that old or new is always better or worse.
-written by Meghan Hansen
Watch 'em when your sad. Or happy. Or whatever just watch 'em all the time.
Nature is pretty neat. They want you to know that. Totally noneducational unless you literally know nothing about nature. Which they probably don't know anything about, as well. 3 episodes, so you can watch to your heart's content.
Donald Trump says China
Only when every occurrence of Donald Trump saying "China" is put side by side, you realize how much this man loves talking about China. Spoiler: he says it a whole lot.
I'm Jeff, you're Jeff, everyone and everything is Jeff. It's the classic show Jeopardy, but with literally everything replaced with Jeff. And Jeff is, of course, the only correct answer. Or... question...
Toyota Corolla- The Book
Sometimes the best way to make a bad commercial better is to make it worse. So, so much worse. The commercial starts out normal- bad acting, bad script, bad concept. So an editing genius decided to mix it up by splicing and re-splicing the footage. It's a train wreck. In a good way.
"I always be that book."
Yesterday, Jacksfilms asked everyone a question. Today, he reads the best answers. YIAY, or Yesterday I Asked You, is a (somewhat) daily video series by YouTuber JacksFilms, in which Jack reads his favorite answers to a question he asked the day previous. Questions include things such as "what are some great book sequels that don't exist?" with shining responses like "the Bible," as well as a few where he asks the viewers to give him original lyrics to a song that ends in a vowel sound, which he then combines into a full length song. Warning: this series does have some profane episodes, so view with caution.