A Book and A Hug – Read and Share Children’s Books Reviews

A Book and a Hug is a book recommendation site that I initially explored a few years ago. This evening I revisited the site and found a couple of new-to-me things worth sharing. First, there is now a ten question quiz that students can complete to find out what kind of reading "superheroes" they are. The quiz is designed to help students determine the type of books they might be interested in reading. Second, the site now has a book review form that your students can complete to submit their own book reviews.

As it has for years, A Book and A Hug hosts reviews of thousands of books for young readers. You can search for books by keywords, age of the reader, genre, geographical setting of a book, and reading level.

Applications for Education
Finding books that are appropriate for and engaging to young readers can be a challenge. A Book and a Hug could be a tremendous aid in your search and your students’ searches for their next favorite book.

In addition to finding reviews your students can contribute their own book reviews to A Book and a Hug. Email addresses are not required in order for students to submit their reviews.

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5 Activities to Kick-start Brainstorming Sessions

On Saturday I shared a chart comparing 11 free mind mapping tools. Those tools are great when you have ideas to map. Sometimes we need a little help getting those mind maps started. In those cases, try one of the five activities outlined in the following presentation from design firm Ethos3.

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The Month in Review – November’s Most Popular Posts

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help clean Thanksgiving plates.

Good evening from Woodstock, Maine where the snow banks along my driveway and cold air remove all doubt that December is just a few hours away. In November I had the privilege of speaking at events in Ontario, Illinois, Boston, and North Carolina. Thank you to everyone who came out to one those events. Meeting many of you who read my blog is one of my favorite parts of speaking at conferences.  I hope that I get to meet even more of you in December and in 2015.

Here are the most popular posts of the month:
1. How to Create a Jeopardy-style Game in Google Spreadsheets
2. Nine Popular Student Response Tools Compared In One Chart
3. Two Browser-based Noise Meters That Show Students How Loudly They Speak
4. Three Google Drive Updates You Might Have Missed This Week
5. Candy Crime Scene – A Science Lesson
6. 5 Ways to Collect Digital Exit Tickets
7. Block Posters – Use Standard Printers to Print Posters
8. Putting Art On the Map – A Google Maps and Earth Activity
9. How to Use Padlet to Manage Tasks
10. Three Places to Find and Download Public Domain Video Footage

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Discovery Education & Wilkes University offer online courses for earning Master’s degrees in Instructional Media.
MasteryConnect provides a network for teachers to share and discover Common Core assessments.
The University of Maryland Baltimore County offers graduate programs for teachers.
Boise State University offers a 100% online program in educational technology.
EdTechTeacher is offers professional development workshops in Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta.
StoryBoard That is a great tool for creating comics and more.
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“Their Needs” vs. “Our Wants”

Moderating a student panel, I asked the audience to tweet some questions for the students, and one of them had some interesting responses. The audience asked, “Do you see pencil and paper being in schools 10 or 20 years from now?” When I asked the question, the adults in the room and had no idea […]

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11 Free Mind Mapping Tools Compared In One Chart

Last weekend I published a chart comparing 9 popular student response systems. That chart seems to be popular so I decided to create a similar one about tools for creating mind maps. That chart is embedded below as a PDF. A Google Docs copy can be found here.

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The Week in Review – A Lifetime of Teaching

Good evening from the Philadelphia airport where I am waiting for a flight home. Earlier today we had the funeral for my grandfather, Richard C. Byrne, Sr. He was a middle school math teacher and administrator for more than 40 years. My grandmother (who passed away in 2001) was an English teacher for nearly as long. It has been remarkable to see many of their former students sharing memories on Facebook and in person. It has reminded me that students remember the people who taught them long after they have forgotten the math lessons.

As I do every weekend, I have put together a list of the most popular posts of the week.

Here are this week’s most popular posts:
1. How to Create a Jeopardy-style Game in Google Spreadsheets
2. Nine Popular Student Response Tools Compared In One Chart
3. How to Use Padlet to Manage Tasks
4. How to Monitor the Devices Accessing Your Google Account
5. Video – How to Use Vocaroo and Remind to Distribute Instructions
6. Good Ideas for Using Augmented Reality in Elementary School Math and Reading
7. Seven Good Teaching Resources from the Library of Congress and the National Archives

Would you like to have me speak at your school or conference? Click here to learn about my keynote and workshop offerings. 

Please visit the official advertisers that help keep this blog going.
Practical Ed Tech is the brand through which I offer PD webinars.
IXL offers a huge assortment of mathematics lesson activities.
ClassCharts provides a great way to record student behavior data.
Typing Club offers free typing lessons for students.
Discovery Education & Wilkes University offer online courses for earning Master’s degrees in Instructional Media.
MasteryConnect provides a network for teachers to share and discover Common Core assessments.
The University of Maryland Baltimore County offers graduate programs for teachers.
Boise State University offers a 100% online program in educational technology.
EdTechTeacher is offers professional development workshops in Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta.
StoryBoard That is a great tool for creating comics and more.
BoomWriter and WordWriter are fantastic tools that help students develop their writing skills.

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