In a special Halloween treat for Harry Potter fans, J.K. Rowling's website pottermore.com will post new original writing on October 31 about the witch and former Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge. The character was first introduced to readers in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as the Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic. Umbridge is not only one of the most malicious "Potter" characters, she is the only person other than Lord Voldemort to leave a permanent physical scar on Harry.
The new exclusive J.K. Rowling content provides a rich, 1,700-word back story about Umbridge's life filled with many new details, as well as Rowling's revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Putting out a survey to your students is a great way to find out if they've used your digital library, but also a way to figure out how and why/why not. Lisa Guess at Smithville Middle School (MO) created a survey for her students and learned a lot more than just "Yes, I have read an eBook" or "No, I haven't." Asking the right questions is vital, and she sought to get answers for the following:
No matter what questions you ask, a survey will unquestionably increase awareness of your digital library. A good way to measure the impact is to run the User Statistics reports in Marketplace. By comparing the results before and after the survey, you can see if there was in increase in how many students logged in for the first time, if your digital library saw an increase in visits and page views, and if more individual students are actually borrowing titles. Feel free to post any other good questions you have in the comments below, and create your survey today!
Alex Markley, a programmer, writer and comedian, has a young relative who, thanks to a Model A Raspberry Pi, some Adafruit Neopixels, some sensors and a scooter is currently the world’s happiest nine-year-old.
I asked Alex if he’s written the project up – he says he’s working on it. We’ll add a link to any build instructions he produces as soon as they’re available.