Thursday, April 30, 2009

College Choice Made Easy!

Unigo is a five-month old web site that uses real-live students to create content about what life is really like in college. These first-hand accounts (primary source really) give teens who are considering college information that is different than what they might receive via a college tour, in a college catalog, or in a brochure. The site has a useful search feature so potential students (and their parents) can look for specific programs, types of students, interests, and so on in order to discover exactly what an institution has to offer. (Note: Unigo is still in the development phase which means not every institution in the country is included with full content.)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Where has THIS been all my (school-aged) life?

Anyone heard of

If you need to do a bibliography (MLA style), you can pop in the ISBN (or title/author) and it will do it for you for free! Some 8 year-old just filled us in on that one! Covers all types of materials.

p.s. You can get APA and Chicago/Turabian styles too but they cost $.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Google News Timeline Gives Readers the Whole Story

Paul Harvey used to give us "the rest of the story." Now we can use Google News Timeline to do the same--to look at how a famous person's career has progressed, to overview societal trends, or even to follow stories that were buried in your newspaper's back pages until something put them in the limelight.

The main page of Google News Timeline displays the week's top stories in columns representing one day. Users can drag the results left, right, up or down, much as they can with Google Maps, to see different days or to scroll deeper within a day. They can also change the time intervals to weekly, monthly or yearly. One of the most interesting features of the main news page is that it includes Time magazine covers, so users can easily view world events over the years.

Check it out!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Online Calculators

Do you need to know what time it is in Tonga? Do you need to quadruple your favorite recipe? Are you unsure of how much yarn to buy for that new pair of socks you want to knit? Do you need to refresh your memory on how to calculate the area of a room? The website can help you figure out these answers and more. Popular calculators include standard, graphing and scientific calculators. Scan the calculator directory for more specialized calculators. Categories of calculators include, but are not limited to, agriculture, engineering, manufacturing, and sports. Once you have found the calculator to solve your problem take a minute and check out the just for fun calculators!