Friday, March 20, 2009
Week 4 of Express Play!
Can you believe it's the last week of Express Play?!?! Out month-long celebration of Teen Tech Week is coming to a close. Waaaaaa! Take a look at this final week of "Things" and don't forget to give a shout out to your favorite library.
Thing 9: StumbleUpon
Tired of stopping by the same old websites? Stumble on over to StumbleUpon, a bookmarking and social networking site that lets you discover websites based on your personal interests. How does it work? Simply create an account, install the StumbleUpon toolbar, check off your interests and Voila! You’re ready to stumble!
The StumbleUpon toolbar allows you to give each newly discovered site a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down,” and customizes future finds based on your tastes and preferences. Hitting the "Stumble!" button exposes you to some pretty crazy-interesting sites. It's addictive! StumbleUpon also bookmarks the sites you love on your profile, for easy access, anytime. No more bookmarks folder!
Don’t forget to share your best StumbleUpon finds with us. Post your favorites in the comments!
Thing 10: Google Docs
Google Docs is part of a growing trend – the availability of web-based applications. What does that mean? It means you’ll never be reliant on a flash drive or floppy disc again!
With Google Docs, you can type up a paper, make a slide presentation, or create a spreadsheet, and store all of your work online. Google Docs also allows you to share your documents with others. Anyone you choose can access your work from a computer with Internet access – at home, in the library or at school! So create that slide show for your Environmental Science presentation, share it with your study group, and let them add content and edit your work. Type your English paper on A Tale of Two Cities and save it online to complete another day! The possibilities are endless!
For this activity, navigate to Google Docs. Sign in if you already have a Google account, or click on the “Get Started” button if you don’t. Click on the “New” button on the left side and start creating! Share your work with others by clicking on “Share.” Tell your librarian or media specialist at school about Google Docs. They’ll be glad you did!
Well, that's all for Express Play. We hope you've learned a lot and that you've enjoyed participating!
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