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!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The password for office campus use of NC WiseOwl has changed

(Note: this is not related to PowerSchool or NC Wise - this is an online magazine and journal database particularly useful for Graduation Project)

Effective immediately the NCWiseOwl password for off campus use has changed - Email Mr. Jones, the Media Coordinator/Librarian, for the password.

About NC WiseOwl...http://www.ncwiseowl.org/

NC WiseOwl (NC Online Windows for Learning) has been providing online subscription resources for N.C. schools since 1999.  
It provides access to a collection of online resources for use in research projects and homework assignments.  

NC WiseOwl has three major strengths as an educational resource:   
  • Quality: Information on the Internet at-large is often unreliable and inappropriate for use in the K-12 education field.  WiseOwl’s subscription databases provide access to articles from thousands of magazines, from online encyclopedias and reference sources, and from a variety of other sources that are only available to paying customers.  
  • Economy: By purchasing databases at the state level we are able to achieve an economy-of-scale that saves taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars over the cost of individual school systems purchasing the same resources.
  • Safety: The World Wide Web was never intended as a K-12 educational tool.  Using WiseOwl for online research places students in a safer, advertising-free environment with age-appropriate information and tools that assist students with the research process.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

FREE N.C. DMV Permit Practice Tests!

NEW! Driving-Tests.org is offering students at Laney H.S. FREE N.C. DMV Permit Practice Tests!

The Driver Education program contains the following state-specific information:

  • 10 car practice tests
  • 6 motorcycle practice tests
  • 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
  • 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
  • An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions
Visit the Media Center Website for the link!

Friday, January 23, 2015

High School vs. Middle School: Advice from High Schoolers

It won't be long till the 2014-15 school year will be over and our fantastic Class of 2015 will be leaving us.  We will sure miss them!

Before you know it will be Fall and we'll be welcoming a lot of new faces - the Class of 2019!  They will be fantastic, too.

Just as the Seniors are thinking about how college or career is going to be different, 8th graders are thinking about how high school is going to be different.  Here is an article with advice or insight from high school students to middle school students - High School vs. Middle School: Advice from High Schoolers

Seniors (or underclassmen) at Laney, do you have advice to share.  Email me your advice and I may add part of it here.

Friday, January 16, 2015

The 100 Best Jobs of 2015

Are you a freshman just starting out in high school?  A graduating senior?  In either case, it won't be long till you are thinking about what kind of career you want and what education is needed for that career.

U.S. News and World Report just released a list of 'The 100 Best Jobs'.  These jobs represent jobs that

  • pay well
  • are challenging, but not too stressful
  • etc.  
Check out the list to see what careers you might be interested in - http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/the-100-best-jobs

There are also sub lists of the best jobs in certain groups of jobs such as

Monday, January 12, 2015

Finding More In-Depth Articles via a Google Search

SOMETIMES if you add '&tbs=ida:1&gl=us' to the end of a Google Search URL you will get 'In Depth Articles'.  

For example: a google search on 'Physics' with this would look like this...


Notice the words 'In-Depth Articles' across the top of the search. 

To make it easier, you could just bookmark the above and replace the word 'physics' with your own search term. 

If you wanted a search on more than one word such as 'quantum physics', simply replace 'physics' with 'quantum physics' (it will look like this after you do the search -