2016 Reading Challenge. Are You Up For It?


Last year (2015) I manged to complete my Goodreads, Reading Challenge 2015, ploughing my way through 33 books; fiction, non-fiction and even some graphic novels for the first time. Check out what I read last year below using their nifty Reading Challenge Widget which I displayed on this very blog for all to see. I’ve upped my goal by 2 books to 35 for the year and I am once again keeping tabs on myself via Goodreads.

If you fancy taking a simple challenge yourself, check out this Pinterest page above with some excellent prompts for what to read in 2016.

Remember to check in here to see how I’m doing throughout the year.

Read what you love, love what you read.

 

2015 reading chalenge boks part 1 reading challenge books part 2

 

Cabra Library Blog Finalist in Edublog Awards Four Years Running!


I have the great pleasure of announcing that the Cabra Senior Library Blog has once again been shortlisted as a finalist in the this year’s Edublog Awards. This is the fourth year running that we have made the shortlist, check out all the nominated finalists in each category here. To vote for us (please do) or to vote for any other blogs in the other categories just click on the badge above or visit the link here.

Huge thanks goes out to all the students, teachers and everyone else who visited our blog again over the year and made comments or suggestions or just said hello. 2015 was our busiest year ever with over 12400 page hits, up almost 50% on last year!

We are constantly expanding and improving this site and we will continue to use it as a central repository of the best educational technology and reading resources on the internet in 2014.

Vote for us now! Just visit the link to the left, find Cabra Senior Library Blog in the list and click to record your vote. You only have till December 15th. You know you want to.

Website of the Week: What Happened In My Birth Year.com


This week’s Website of the Week is What Happened In My Birth Year.com. This site is  a fun way to find out what was happening in the year of your birth.  It was created by Philipp Lenssen.  You can  Check out more of Philipp Lenssen’s web projects here. Just type in the year of your birth or any other year you want to find out about and this simple site will start scrolling out all the facts, figures, people and things that made that year and that decade special.

Website of the Week: Vintage Ad Browser


This week’s Website of the Week is Vintage Ad Browser.com. Vintage Ad Browser is an indexed website devoted to advertising images stretching from the mid 1850s to the present day. Vintage Ad Browser was created in 2009/2010 and released in 2010, by Philipp Lenssen from Germany, currently living in China. This site aims to collect vintage ads from a variety of sources, including comic books, CD-Roms, websites, APIs, your submissions, book, magazine & comic book scans, and more. At the moment, this site contains 123,311 ads. Vintage Ad Browser has a sister site called Cover Browser, started in 2006 – please have a look. This site is an amazingly useful tool for English, Media Studies, Art and HASS amongst other subjects. It allows you to compare the depiction and marketing of a product over time and between countries. Fantastic for tracking society’s changing relationship with a particular commodity such as alcohol or tobacco. Check out more of Philipp Lenssen’s web projects here.

Today is Safer Internet Day for 2015


SID 2015 banner

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.

This year’s theme is “Let’s create a better internet together”.

Check out the links below for more Cyber-safety tips and tricks.

Cyber Safety Resources from Common Sense Media

Cyber-Ethics from iKeepSafe

Cabra Senior Library Blog Finalist in Edublog Awards For Third Year Running!


Edublog Awards 2014 FinalistOh Boy! It gives me immense pleasure to announce that the Cabra Senior Library Blog has once again been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2014 Edublog Awards. This is the third year running that we have made the shortlist, check out all the nominated finalists in each category here. To vote for us (please do) or to vote for any other blogs in the other categories just click on the badge above or visit the link here. A massive thanks goes out to all the students, teachers and everyone else who visited our blog again over the year and made comments or suggestions or just said hello. We continue to  increase our followers too as well as maintaining our visitor stats once again. We are constantly expanding and improving this site and we will continue to use it as a central repository of the best educational technology and reading resources on the internet in 2014.

Vote for us now! Just visit the link to the left, find Cabra Senior Library Blog in the list and click on the thumbs up button. You will need to sign in or sign up to vote. You only have till December 15th. You know you want to.

Cabra Library Launches YouTube Channel


In an effort to give students and staff a self-paced way of learning how to use our catalogue and resources we have started a YouTube channel. Our first two “How to” screen casts are now available with more to follow as we make them. Any requests for other video tutorials most welcome.

Website of the Week: TasteKid.com


This week’s Website of the Week is TasteKid.com.

The site attempts to match your interests in books, films and music with other compatible content. Try searching your favourite author, book, film or band and Tastekid will suggest other things that you might like based on the style, audience and genre. Give it a try.image

Website of the Week: Noodle Tools


noodle tools

This week’s Website of the Week is Noodle Tools. Take a tour of these well-chosen, categorized resources to help you with any type of research you are undertaking.

Once again remember using sites such as these improves the quality, relevance and authority of the information you will find. Understanding the nature of your information search and utilising a range of different types of sources will provide better results and save you time.

Website of the Week: 100 Search Engines For Academic Research


100 Academic Search Engines

This week’s Website of the Week is 100 Search Engines For Academic Research from te@chthought. Teachthought is a learning and technology blog that offer users really useful reviews of new and existing technologies used in education. Their post on 100 Search Engines For Academic Research is a truly excellent annotated list of search engines, gateways and information portals for academic research. Sites are organised into General, Meta Search, Databases and Archives, Books & Journals, Subjects, Other Niches and Reference.

The good news about using sites such as these is that the quality, relevance and authority of the information is much more likely to be high than simply using a generic search engine such as Google, Yahoo or Bing.