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Lauren Williams
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Teacher-Librarian hoping to cause ripple effects for positive change and creative solutions.
Teacher-Librarian hoping to cause ripple effects for positive change and creative solutions.

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As part of #AutismSpeaks  Month, LiveCode is raising funds on +Indiegogo for a program to teach kids with #Autism and on the Spectrum to Code! Then they will help them promote their skills on a job board to get a job. What a natural and perfect fit for these unique individuals! http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/02/technology/autism-livecode-indiegogo/index.html

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No Child Left Behind and ESEA (Elementary & Secondary Education Act) are up for reauthorization. The Dept. of Ed is asking for feedback on what you think ESEA should look like. If you don't like NCLB, then think about filling out this quick survey.
http://www.ed.gov/blog/2015/02/creating-a-new-federal-education-law-have-you-asked-me/#wpcf7-f20216-p20212-o1

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"when kids have access to libraries, they're happier and read better"
Read Solvej Schou's piece on the importance of libraries in schools.
http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/02/28/read-public-school-libraries-suffer-staff-cuts-and-closures

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I created my first Microsoft Office Mix (a new tool) to create a flipped lesson on Assessing Websites. I also used Doodleinator (really fun app!!!) and a fav - Powtoon. This could be more exciting, but for a 1st go with a tool, it's functional.

https://mix.office.com/watch/hg2cbp70htev

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In the midst of my annual purge of stuff and prepping for taxes. I want to reduce my stuff by a lot & found this gem on record retention of personal files via #USA.gov | http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Money/Personal-Finance/Managing-Household-Records.shtml

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Great piece on people with Aspergers and empathy - what is perceived as coldness is a reaction to excessive empathy. I can relate to this. 

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 I really could have used this a few weeks ago when my laptop got corrupted and took 2.5 weeks to get fixed. Teaching 31 classes/week with my phone. If only I could have projected from it!

Is it possible to have more fun with Google? Why, yes! Create your own Sully like monster for Halloween. An intro to coding... www.madewithcode.com/project/animation

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Who knew? Now I want to find some purple carrots.
Did you know carrots were originally purple, and occasionally, yellow and white? In the late 16th century, Dutch farmers used mutant strains of the heirloom carrot, by crossing yellow and white ones, which gradually developed the common sweet orange carrot we have today. 

The purple pigment in heirloom carrots is anthocyanin. Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid, which give many fruits and vegetables their deep rich colours. They have anti-oxidant effects, and may also have anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and even cancer-preventing effects.

Some think the reason the orange carrot became so popular in the Netherlands was in tribute to the emblem of the House of Orange and the struggle for Dutch independence. While this is possible, it also might have just been because orange carrots are sweeter and often more plump.
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