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google-apps

I Was Born Too Late – NYS Now Using Google Apps

I’ve been using everything Google now for the past 5 years. GmailChrome, Docs, Notebook, Reader, ect, ect… Now NYS is going to be using Google Apps in the classroom. Essentially I was born too late! :) But check out the video and check out all the cool stuff you can do with Google Apps. Everything is free!

Note: Google notebooks is no longer updated by Google but is still one of my favorite online tools for taking notes. Essentially Google Docs can do the same thing.

NYPL

Don’t Close the Book on Libraries

The catalog room of the NYPL
Image via Wikipedia

This is my open letter to Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn in response to the $37 million in budgets cuts planned for the NYPL, reducing the days the Library is open from 6 to 4. -


Dear Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn,

Now is not the time to close the book on libraries.

The proposed $37 million budget cut facing The New York Public Library is the harshest in the Library’s history. It would close libraries, just when New Yorkers—and people everywhere—need them the most. It would drastically cut days and hours at those that remain open. And it would slash children’s programs, job services, literacy training, and free computer access.

As one of millions of library users, I urge you to restore funding for libraries. In these hard times, we need our libraries to stay open more than ever!

I was recently unemployed and I did take advantage of the Libraries resources to help me land a new job. I used the SIBL library every day which included internet access, career coaching to fix my resume and classes to refresh some office computer skills.

On the days I was using the SIBL the place was packed Continue reading

What Adults Can Learn From Kids

Now here is a video that is incredibly impressive! Not only is this 10 yr old girl a child prodigy but an excellent public speaker with some interesting points of view. Don’t watch this or you just might learn something.

Learning between grownups and kids should be reciprocal“. Remember the days when kids should be seen and not heard? That was my generation. I only hope that my generation will understand what this brave young lady is saying. “Progress is when the new generations grow and develop better than the previous ones.

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.