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10.14.2015

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If you're sick of carrying around stacks of reports and essays for grading, this site's for you! Kaizena can be used a either a stand alone website or a Google Docs add-on. Either way you access it, Kaizena is a great tool that lets you quickly and easily add voice or text comments as well as skills assessments and links to lessons within your students' work. Common comments can be saved so that you're not constantly retyping or re-recording the same things. You're sure to find that recording voice comments goes a lot faster than writing everything out. Plus you won't have to worry about hand cramps from that dreaded red pen!


Here's how it works:


  1. Instead of asking your students to print out their assignments, Create a Google Classroom account and have them turn in their work online.
  2. To give feedback once the Google Docs are submitted, you'll need to enable Kaizena Mini under the Add-ons tab in the document you're viewing.
  3. Once Kaizena Mini is enabled, simply highlight the areas of text that you'd like to comment on. You can choose to either record a voice comment, type in feedback, rate a skill, or link to a saved lesson or online resource (Purdue OWL anyone?).
  4. Once you've finished with your feedback, students will be able to go back through their work and view or listen to your comments.


Kaizena is great because it's fast, it's portable, and it's truly useful and personal feedback for your student. If you're interested, check out the getting started guide here!

it's Wednesday - there must be treats!

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Today's treats are brought to you by Lori Eubank and John and Heather Levy. Stop by the library this morning for flavored coffee, quiche, delicious baked goods, fruit, cheesy ham and grits, overnight blueberry french toast, and good company!

New Books in the library!

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Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In The Sixth Extinction , two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us.
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Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure's reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum's most valuable and dangerous jewel. In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure's converge.
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The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In How Not to Be Wrong , Jordan Ellenberg shows us how terribly limiting this view is: Math isn't confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do--the whole world is shot through with it. Math allows us to see the hidden structures underneath the messy and chaotic surface of our world. It's a science of not being wrong, hammered out by centuries of hard work and argument. Armed with the tools of mathematics, we can see through to the true meaning of information we take for granted: How early should you get to the airport? What does "public opinion" really represent? Why do tall parents have shorter children? Who really won Florida in 2000? And how likely are you, really, to develop cancer? How Not to Be Wrong presents the surprising revelations behind all of these questions and many more, using the mathematician's method of analyzing life and exposing the hard-won insights of the academic community to the layman--minus the jargon.

Thanks for reading! - Jessica Hinman