Wednesday, September 14, 2016

"Never Give Up...Don't Ever Give Up"

Many years ago, Jim Valvano was head coach of basketball at N.C. State. He was a great coach but is best known for his brave fight vs. cancer.
Here is a video of his famous "Never Give Up...Don't Ever Give Up" Speech...


If you are struggling at home, with friends, at work or wherever - "Never Give Up...Don't Ever Give Up"!

Your teachers, the staff of Laney and I (Mr. Jones) would encourage you to never give up on graduating from high school, You CAN do it!

This blog topic came to me after a ESL student asked for resources for studying for the GED. Good for them for not giving up on education! There are many GED study resources online. Here are a couple that I found...

"Never Give Up...Don't Ever Give Up"!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Ready for some outdoor fun? Try GEOCACHING!

The StarNews printed an article that reminded me of this great way to spend a couple hours with friends or family outside. The article was called, 'Leap into Geocaching: It's an outdoor adventure game where players use mobile apps or a GPS device to find hidden containers around the world."

The name of the article has changed to ''WORLD-WIDE TREASURE HUNT' - Leap into geocaching with day of events: 2,900 events scheduled on Feb. 29; 17 of those in N.C.'

Here is the Website to get you started - Geocaching 101

Have fun! Let Mr. Jones know how your experience goes!


Friday, February 5, 2016

Checkout InstaGrok Thinking Map for your Research or Graduation Project!

Ms. Dareneau shared this with me and it very cool!

"You type in the topic and it uses a formula to find a thinking map of subtopics. Within those subtopics, you can find get an array of  images, videos, articles, definitions, etc...

Students can also copy notes, import information AND sources into GoogleDocs and think critically beyond their phrase of research. It seems ideal for a student who has a decent grasp of technology and can begin to think beyond the linear way to research. "


Here is an example on 'trafficking' - http://www.instagrok.com/results.html?query=trafficking

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

How can I tell if I will like reading a book?

Of course, there is a saying, "You can't judge a book by its cover" and it may be true, but you can tell a lot from it. At the least it will tell you how much the author and/or the publisher cares about quality and what the look of the book says to the prospective reader. Hopefully, the book cover's illustrations will also give you a good indication as to what the book is about. 

You can also read the descriptions and the summaries on the dust jacket (the paper cover that is taped on).

But maybe the best way is to read the 'Summary' that oftentimes appears on the Copyright Page or the backside of the title page. It gives a nice, concise summary of the book and I believe that in most cases a librarian wrote it after reading the book. I like it better than reading the descriptions/summaries on the dust jacket because it is a reader's opinion and isn't just the author or the publisher trying to push their book. 

Example:



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What you KNOW/CAN DO is more important than where you GO

FastCompany.com posted an article, THE HIGHEST EARNERS DIDN'T GO TO FANCY COLLEGES, about a A recent report from Payscale.com
"...the skills that you leave with matter far more than the reputation of your alma mater...the highest earners are able to combine their technical knowledge with other soft skills, like the ability to think critically and communicate well."

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Kayak, Paddleboard, Run or Travel?

If you do any activity that involves traveling a route and you'd like to plot your journey and even measure the distance, try this Website - http://www.freemaptools.com/measure-distance.htm

It is easy and works great!

Here is an example of a map I created using the Website. It shows the 4.3 mile route that my family and I paddled recently.


Give it a try and let me know what you think OR if you need help.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Where can I buy used books?

Everyone likes 'NEW books' (just like we like NEW cars), but sometimes our budget would prefer 'Used Ones'. When that happens you might want to visit the public library who frequently sells used books OR visit a Used Book Store.
The StarNewsOnline.com posted an article listing "6 places to get a used book in the Wilmington area". Give them a try and let Mr. Jones know which ones you like!