Oct 29, 2012

Read & Write For Google Docs is For Every Student

Read & Write for Google Docs is one of my favorite Chrome applications.  Once installed, a user will have a tab that opens a useful list of features including a dictionary, visual dictionary, fact finder, my favorite a text to speech reader.  Check out the many useful features.  If you are using Chrome, visit the Chrome Web Store and install this free application today.

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Oct 28, 2012

Is your password strong enough?

Is your password strong enough?

A few days ago I came across Daily Infographic, a website devoted to publishing infographics.  The first time I heard the term infographic, I dismissed it as just a new educational term, a trend that simply re-packaged an old idea.  Well to some degree this is true.  An infographic visually presents complex information.  It is quite similar to an informational poster, a picture essay, and a digital poster.  In fact, if combine each of these you will have an infographic.  

This infographic is about choosing a good password.  Most of us have many online accounts and with each new online service we are forced to create a new account with and password.  After reading this many of us may wish to rethink our existing passwords   


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Oct 23, 2012

St. Patrick's Academy

St. Patrick's Academy


Today a recruiter from St. Patrick's came to address the eighth grade class.  St. Patrick's is a relatively new Catholic High School.  Originally, St. Patrick's' opened as an elementary school which closed in June, 2009.  It re-opened that September 2009 as St. Patrick Academy and is transitioning into a four year, coeducational high school.   

St. Patrick's is a small academy with a capacity of 100 students that means there are only 25 students per grade.  The average class size is 19, makes the teacher-student ration 1;6.  The tuition is roughly around $4000.  They offer a resource library, new science lab, academic support, a tutoring program career awareness, special education, and a mentoring program.

Open House will be Sunday, November 4, 
from 2:00 until 4:00 pm
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Oct 22, 2012

Ad Lib Your Own Political Campaign Commercial

Political advertisements are coming at us from every media.  We see ads on television, radio, mail, newspaper (that is if you still read a printed paper), email, and web ads.  Your list may be longer but this is the media that I frequent.  Well, if you want to get a little experience and deepen your understanding about political campaign advertisements check out PBS Newshour's "Make Your Own Campaign Ads"  Unfortunately,  this is not for everyone, to use it you do need a Facebook account to log in.  I know, shame on PBS for limiting it to Facebook users.  For this reason, I will not be using it with my students, but eighth grade students are encouraged to give it a try.




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Oct 21, 2012

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Pumpkin Decorating Contest


This year on October 31, Good Shepherd will host a pumpkin decorating contest.  Prizes will be awarded for the funniest, most original, cutest, and scariest.  

Decorated pumpkins are to be brought to the gym on October 31 and taken hone that same day.
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