Tuesday, April 24, 2012

TLA Day 3

Revolutionary 2012
Interesting comments from authors Dom Testa, Veronica Roth, Cherie Priest, Neal Susterman and Robison Wells:

Dystopia is a utopia with a fatal flaw.
Zombies are a way of looking at what we are afraid of.
Survival 3 days in 3 ways- you need what it takes to survive for 3days. You need to know 3 ways to get out of the city.
War drives technological inventions.
The sex aspect is still more controversial than violence. We also think our kids aren't likely to go out and be violent, but we do fear they will get involved sexually.
Testa has a radio show.

Books boys and boxing: Motivating males:
Matt Johnson-very hs and college level
Mat Johnson is the author of the novels Drop,Hunting in Harlem, and Pym, the nonficion novella The Great Negro Plot and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain.
Greg neri-loved to draw as a kid.
Neri is the 2011 Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author of Yummy, and a two-time American Library Association Notable Book honoree. In 2010, he was the recipient of the International Reading Association’s Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award for Chess Rumble. His novels for teens include Surf Mules and his latest, Ghetto Cowboy.  He lives on the Gulf coast of Florida with his wife and daughter and likes to troll for alligators.

Charles smith- csk award, photography and writer, a lot of sports, performs his own poetry
Don Tate
He has illustrated numerous critically acclaimed books for children including DUKE ELLINGTON'S NUTCRACKER SUITE, SHE LOVED BASEBALL and RON'S BIG MISSION.
Joe rivers
In elem he began to notice something unique about himself. He not only possessed a great amount of intelligence but also the gift to write poems. Joseph also won various awards for his brilliant academic performance as many of his teachers believed he was far to advanced for the grades in which he was placed. Joseph continued to write poems which eventually transpired in journal entries that focused on real aspects of life. He then began to use his life as the center of attention making a commitment to himself to write one page per day which listed the troubles, challenges, and accomplishments that were made in that day.
Joseph goes to show you that anything can be accomplished with hard work, dedication, commitment and a dream. In November 2009, Joseph announced that with the journals entries and live testimonies that he had collected over the years of his life will be transformed into a book entitled, A Young Man with a Plan. With this book he plans to motivate, educate, and inspire not only his peers but the world. Today, Rivers is a sought-after motivational speaker.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

TLA day 2

Extreme makeover for a Website- 1st session
3 things
1 How do you know if it's bad?
Looking nice isn't everything
Bad navigation is an issue
People ask u where things are on website
Google.com/analytics. Copy code to put on all we pages-gives demographic info-watch for checkboxes about who to share the info with.
Ex of a need: Need to translate into spanish?
Where are people clicking and how long do they spend there?
Don't want too many pics cause of download times
Need good color contrast

2Tools to use
No need to enter hand code
Content management systems- Wordpress- blogs? Free websites for a free blog, but Wordpress mu does more than one site/blog
Drupal- is an application development program- can work with forms- go to Drupal gardens to try a free one.
Omeka- digital archive. Open source. Easy to install. Free server trial site.

3What patrons need in a website
Profiling users- use google analytics. Advanced info can be obtained with surveys.
Create profiles for your user groups.
Card sorting- use index cards and ask your users to sort them into groups. Tells you how they want data arranged.  Closed card sorting- you put website data on cards first. Open card sort-have users write Down the categories
tells you more about the user.
uxpunk or usability.gov

Usability testing-
Video record students navigating thru the website.

Newsfeed about event- keep content current

Book buzz in children's lit- 2nd session
Little brown bks
Monster book
Nighttime ninja- pic bk
All the awake animals are asleep- abc pic bk
Forget me nots poems to learn
Extraordinary education of Nicholas Benedict. 
Ghost knight
Storm makers- twins and storms, fighting evil, gr 3-5
Nanny piggins and the wicked plan- series age 8-10
Ms :get me out of here-no no more Patterson crapublisher
Starry river of the sky-companion where the mountain meets the moon /grace Lin .
Iron hearted violet- ms, princess who tells stories, age 8-12
The diviners-bray, 15 and up, new York in 20 s, serial murder

Candle wick-picture bks
A bus called heaven by graham- a bus becomes a playhouse
Robot zombie Frankenstein by Simon
Just ducks-by davies, gr k and up
Themdunderheadsmbehind bars-by fleischman, gr 3-7 . Illustrated
New bear series- a birthday for bear, a visitor for bear
Because Amelia smiled- cumulative tale by david stein, interesting art technique
Hold on to your hat- klassen- little fish steals a hat
Sky color- author of the dot, Reynolds, the create trilogy
Otter and odder- a love story by James Howe. With a fish. Gr 1-5. The food chain works against them
Show me a story- why pic bks matter, Marcus, gr 7and up
We believe in picture books- videos- one a day anniversaryvideo website

Goldilocks and the 3 dinosaurs- willems
Pete the cat and his four groovy buttons and the cat saves Christmas- free video you can download
Everything goes in the air- interactive big book series by  Briggs
Cat tale by m hall- age 2-5 homophones and homonyms
Seed by seed- Johnny Appleseed by Cordell and Perkins 
Survivors- dog series by Erin hunter, age 10 and up, humans disappear
The heroes guide to saving a kingdom- the prince tales of the princess stories, age 8-12
Summer of the gypsy moths- pennypacker, age 8-12, guardian died and the 2 12 yr olds are trying to make it on their own.
Ungifted by Korman- prankster gets into gt class
The great unexpected by creech- 2 orphans meet a boy named Finn. Woven with a plot in Ireland. Redoing all covers.
Spindles- by Oliver! Brave heroine. Like liesl and po. Souls being stolen.very fantasy. Dark world
The cup and the crown- by Stanley, age 10 and up
The peculiar by new author stefan bachman- get a galley from the booth
Dodger by Pratchett- 13 and up, author has alzheimers

Random house
Rocket writes a story- word tree
Boy and bot-  robot turns off, boy falls asleep
Oh no by Candace Fleming and rohmann- tiger chases a frog who falls into a hole
Bon appetit- pic bk of julia child
I have a dream- pic bk version of speech
The mighty miss Malone by Curtis related to another of his books
Crow- coup d'état in us, African Americans have power in Michigan and are overthrown
Wonder- boy with facial deformities in 5th grade
Chomp by hiassen- takes on survival reality tv
Crush- sequel to liar liar
The day I died- Candace fleming, different 
In a  cemetery
Rush for the gold- Feinstein
 Nf olympics bk
The fire chronicle- sequel to the emerald atlas
City of ember gn
Liar and spy- Rebecca stead
Discovering wes more- nf blacks
Black gold- nf oil book
Starters and Enders- prime destinations, the older lady is going to murder someone

Horse camp- age 8-12, go to uncle stretches farm, not horse camp, alternating perspectives
Invasion of the,dognappers - Jennings, dogs disappearing
The paradise trap by jinks, secret passageway to an underworld that sends them on vacation.
Goofballs- early reader series by Abbott, became famous in town, mystery solvers
Double trouble- vordak the incomprehensible 3rd book
Jaguar stones 3- the river of no return by voelkel. Middle grade good speakers
The code busters- the haunted lighthouse - use codes to solve mysteries
Horse- basketball game

Macmillan- see handout

Penguin- see handout

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

tla day 1

If  you give a kid a book
Apr 17 TLA
Iygakab list will be on titlewave
Chomp-wild animal sanctuary and reality tv. Star gets lost.
Dead end in norvelt- citizens dropping like flies.
Getting over Garrett delaney- Sadie has been in love with Garrett. He has fallen in love w someone else. 12 step program to get over him. Needs to save friendship.
Past perfect- 1774 Chelsea works at a colonial reenactment village in summers. Trying to get over Ezra. Her friend takes over? Make up answers to tourist questions. Love triangle.
The future of us- 1996 historical fiction. Change their future via the Facebook posts.
Cross my heart- hf 16th cen. Laura comes from convent when sis drowns. she has to marry the fiancé, an old merchant. Secret society offers to help her if she can tell them a secret.
Erebus- buy multiple copies of this bk for males. From Germany. Secret  game his friends are sharing. Addictive game w a disturbing agenda.
The vanishing game- Gail Giles genre. Psychological thriller. House is a former foster home. Letter from her dead brother arrives. Clue game online to find jack.
Double- boy in a homeless shelter pretends to be a missing boy.
No safety in numbers- lord of the flies in a mall. Exits are barricaded and there's a bomb? 7 days cut off from outside.
Quaranteen- the loners. Trapped in a hs. Gory and violent. Teens get quarantined until 18 because of something outside. Trilogy. Boys will like.
The night she disappeared- Henry. Fellow employee disappears and you learn you were the intended victim.
Dead to you- mcmann. Kind of like Giles. When Jeff comes home and counterfeit son. Ethan was 7 when he was kidnapped. He returns at 16. He can't remember anything.
Variant- 17 yr old boy from 33 foster homes gets a scholarship to a private school more like a prison- all foster kids. No adults. Split into 3 groups. Escape is his only hope.
The hunt- vampire dystopia. The humans are going extinct. There are rules for survival. He's masquerading as a vampire.
Night circus- adult book? Trespassers will be exsanguinated. Twins are being groomed for magic tricks.
Scorpio races- what is in the sneak peak edition? Celtic legends.
Fracture- at TLA. Paranormal romance. Will not want to put it down. AARP article mentions them 50 going on15. Partials by wells. And greenes the fault in our stars. One day to live. Girl falls thru a fracture in the ice and is there for 11 minutes. Shes in a coma but wakes with up with the ability to sense death.
Ashes-one of voyage top 10. Gross.
Starters-plague has killed everyone but teens and old people. The old people are called Enders. They rent the bodies of the young.
Cinder- after ww4. Cyborg mechanic meets prince and he falls in love.
The false prince- trilogy. Medieval fantasy. Nobleman all poisoned and dead. 4 boys are trained to pretend to be a lost prince.
Legend- future based on your test scores. Like a future robin hood.
Kings of Colorado- top choices for youth in detention. Very graphic. Camp for boys in reform. Boys break horses.
Somebody please tell me who I am- boy enlists and ends up in a coma. Doesn't know who he is when he wakes up.
The list- the ugliest and the prettiest girl of each grade level.
Beneath a meth moon- popular cheerleader becomes an addict.
Ashes gritty grotesque gruesome and gratifying.