Friday, April 17, 2015

Two Song Parodies to Promote Reading

Just in case you are not is National Library Week. I came across these two awesome videos which are parodies Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk (Unread Book) and Taylor Swift's Shake it Up.(CheckItOut) Feel free to share and of course to dance!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

All You Need to Find a Teaching Job

It's that time of year when students are graduating college and school districts are eliminating positions for next year. I am once again posting my comprehensive list of resources for teachers looking for a job. ( I work in N.J. so there are many links specific to our state)  Good luck!

Anatomy of a Job Interview

Job Interview Questions- covers interview questions, interview guide, after the interview, salary negotiation, second interview

10 Things Job Applicants Should Know- from the NY Times

Career Builder- search for all types of jobs on this site

Indeed- one search, all jobs

Jobs 4 Teacher- search by city, state or zip code

K12 site says they have served a million teachers and administrators in a year.......

K12 Jobspot- search by job title and state; when you pick a city it shows you how many positions from the drop-down menu; also shows the location on a map.

NJ Hire- search by job type, location or keywords postings are constantly being updated

NJ School Directory- all school web sites are listed by county; check employment opportunities on each site.

NJ School Jobs- search by county, specialty, school or date

Peterson's Private School Search- covers The United States and countries

Resources for Teaching Jobs- only ten states are listed here

Teacher Jobs- join for free; search the United States for a job. site says it lists jobs for 1775 districts and they are in partnership with the NEA.

The 25 Most Creative Designer Resumes You'll See This Year

38 More Beautiful Resume Ideas That Work
- from JobMob

Cover Letters- from Career Lab

Create a Free Teacher Portfolio

Got Resume Builder- build your resume online; download as a pdf, Word doc or text file

JobMob- 36 beautiful resume ideas

Resume Help- site has examples resumes

A Resume in Prezi

Resume Tips and Advice- from

Sample CV for Education Counselor- from CV Tips

Teacher Resume- from Microsoft online; you need MS Word to use this template

Teacher Resume- from Monster Worldwide, Inc.

Yesterday I received an email from a publicist for School Library Journal, announcing that nominations were open for their 2nd School Librarian of the Year Award. The award is being presented by Scholastic Publishing. Nominations are open until Friday, May 22, 2015, with judging taking place in June, the winner announced in July, and the winner published in the September issue of School Library Journal. Here are the key points about the award from the publicist:

"This year, one winning school librarian will receive the following:
  • $2,500 cash award
  • $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Feature article in the September 2015 issue of School Library Journal
  • An invitation to the SLJ Leadership Summit in Seattle, September 26-27, 2015

Two finalists will each receive $500 in materials of their choice from Scholastic Library Publishing and be featured with the winner in online multimedia articles for All nominations are judged by an esteemed panel comprised of school administrators, SLJ editors, industry professionals from Scholastic and 2014 School Librarian of the Year Michelle Colte, based on criteria including exemplary use of technology tools, creativity in programming and use of content and more. You can learn more about the 2014 winner here.

Instructions for applying and nominating individuals for the School Librarian of the Year Award can be found here: "

How to Properly Resize an Image in Microsoft Word and Google Docs

I was watching a Google Slides presentation today in our computer lab and it made me realize that many students are still not aware of how to resize an image in their report or presentation. Both Microsoft Word and Google Docs allow you to produce a great enlargement, (or make an image smaller) if you'd like) simply by following the directions below.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Great Video to Show Your Students What a Terrific Resource You Are


H/T  Richard Byrne for posting this and remembering the importance of our librarians!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Google Apps Status Dashboard Lets You Know What's Up

Wouldn't you like to know if there were any problems with Gmail or Google Calendar? Sometimes you think that it just you, but you're wondering if it's a genuine problem for everyone? Easy fix: go to the Google Apps Status Dashboard!

Colored dots indicate if the app is either having no issues, has a service disruption, or a service outage.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

James Patterson's Pledge to Help School Libraries

It's no secret that I love James Patterson's books. I can't even tell you how many of his mysteries I have read, and once he started writing for younger kids, I started ordering them for my school library. Even the kids who didn't like to read became enchanted with his stories. Series books I Funny, Witch and Wizard, Daniel X  and Maximum Ride get checked out on a regular basis.

I met James Patterson at a speaking event at Barnes and Noble, and found him to be funny and at ease with the large audience. He answered questions from us and autographed his latest book.

James Patterson has always believed that every child should be able to have access to books and how important reading is in education. His site, ReadKiddoRead offers book reviews, tips on getting your kids to read, contests to win free books and much more.

James Patterson and his son Jack

When I heard yesterday that James Patterson was pledging $1.25 million to school libraries, I started to think about how I could spruce up this 40+ year old library. (Scholastic is matching dollar-for-dollar with bonus points which can be used to purchase books for the classroom.) What would you do? Applications are being taken HERE until May 31, 2015.

Thank you so much, Mr. Patterson.


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