12 Days of Books and Tech Tips Day 1
12 Books & Tech Tips
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12 Books in 12 Days

In honor of the traditional Holiday song, the 12 Days of Christmas, we will celebrate books with 12 Books in 12 Days. Titles were recommended by school librarians throughout the country on the AASL Forum, best seller lists, best books of the year lists, and professional book reviews. As our 12 days rush by, we hope you find something worth reading as a holiday treat for yourself.

For the 12 Books of Christmas, a Good Friend Gave to Me... The Fire Keeper‘s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. She dreams of a fresh start at college, but when family tragedy strikes, Daunis puts her future on hold to look after her fragile mother. The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi‘s hockey team. Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into an FBI investigation of a lethal new drug. Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, drawing on her knowledge of chemistry and Ojibwe traditional medicine to track down the source. But the search for truth is more complicated than Daunis imagined, exposing secrets and old scars. At the same time, she grows concerned with an investigation that seems more focused on punishing the offenders than protecting the victims. Now, as the deceptions—and deaths—keep growing, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she‘ll go for her community, even if it tears apart the only world she‘s ever known. - From Macmillan Publishers




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Google Slides Audio and Video Tips

You can easily add an audio file to a Google Slide!  Just record your .mp3 file and insert it on that slide. INSERT>ADD FILE
Speaker note dictation works like a charm. Think about asking your students to add a description or explain their thinking on their slide using dictation in the speaker notes section. You can also add directions easily by just speaking into the notes! TOOLS > VOICE TYPE SPEAKER NOTES #magic
You can set an embedded video to start at a certain place in the video!  Insert your video, right click on that video and then select the options you want to apply to that video!  #Brilliant!




Warmest wishes
for a happy holiday season
and a wonderful new year.