Friday, July 29, 2011

Show Me What's Wrong

Show Me Whats Wrong - Passing along this handy, free tool that will help you in your role as tech support for your family, friends and co-workers. Just another great tip from Free Technology for Teachers.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Today in Civil War History: First Battle of Bull Run

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Today marks the 150th anniversary of what has been called the first major land battle of the American Civil War, the First Battle of Bull Run (also known as the Manassas Campaign/First Manassas). To call attention to the battlefield and provide visitors integrated maps, historical information and video, the Civil War Trust has recently added the Bull Run app (for iPhone) to their Battle Apps collection. For more on this week during the Civil War and the First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas), check out

For information on the Civil War in Fauquier County, including upcoming events and tours, see

Couch Potato Time

If you're a fan of Charlie Chaplin, Our Gang, Abbot & Costello and the Three Stooges, check out the Comedy Films on the Internet Archive's Moving Images Archive of Feature Films. Other genres include Noir and Horror. You can sort films by date, date added to the collection, average rating and download count (popularity?). The camp value of classics such as Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space make this online resource worth a look.

Aside from feature films/movies, the Internet Archive's Image Archive includes cartoon classics (the Film Chest Vintage Cartoons collection, for example, provides access shorts of Felix the Cat, Woody Woodpecker and Betty Boop); documentaries and educational films; and classic TV commercials (remember Shasta?).

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Free eBooks from offers readers almost 30,000 free ebooks (they have been licensed for free distribution or are in the public domain) that can be downloaded in a variety of formats (epub, PDF, rocket book, etc.). You can browse by author, title or genre, as well as peruse the recent additions to the collection. This site is easy to use and is great for loading your ereader or tablet with classics like Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, etc. Enjoy!

Friday, July 1, 2011

e-Resource of the Month: TumbleBook Library

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books that have been created from existing picture books from well-known publishers and authors and converted to the TumbleBook format. Also included in the TumbleBook Library are:
  • Read-Alongs - combine adjustable text and color with complete narration and sentence by sentence highlighting
  • Non-Fiction Books - science, math, history, animals and geography come alive
  • Language Learning - a collection of children's books, mostly in French, and Spanish
  • Puzzles & Games -  a set of puzzles and games to play after reading a TumbleBook
To access the full version of Tumblebooks, go to the library's youth services web page and see the TumbleBooks link. You can also access the TumbleBook library from any of the library's public computers. After logging into the computer and opening up the web browser, click on Games for Children for access to TumbleBooks and other age-appropriate games and activities popular with children.

* NOTE: TumbleBooks are created in Flash animation and require the Flash plug-in to view and hear the animation. The great majority of computers and operating systems are already preloaded with Flash, however, if you are unable to view the books you can download the Flash plug-in for free from Adobe.