[Last] week Google added a new feature to their search results. When you look up a book title on Google, the results will now show a listing of libraries that have the ebook version available to borrow.
The listing shows up in the “quick facts” box either above or next to the search results, depending on whether you’re on a PC or a mobile. The feature is available on both PCs and mobile devices in the US.
I did some experimenting and it appears the information is coming from OverDrive. Clicking on the link for “Wisconsin Public Library Consortium: South Central Library System – Madiso” brought me directly to the OverDrive page for the book and prompted for a sign in. The local library name at the end of the link will change depending on where you are or if you enter a new location in the “Edit location” window.
One thing I did note is that if you’re searching for a book that also has a movie adaptation, the “quick facts” may default to the movie information, not the book. Searching for "The Hobbit" originally returned information about the films but adding "book" after the title got me the listing above.
2017 Congressional App Challenge
Registration is currently open for the 2017 Congressional App Challenge. The Congressional App Challenge is held in Congressional districts nation-wide to encourage student participation in STEM fields. The first place winners from each Congressional district will be invited to attend the House of Code event in Washington D.C. to view their app in an exhibit at the U.S. Capitol.
Students entering the competition must create and exhibit a software application for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. Students may participate individually, or in teams of up to four members. Along with the App, students must submit a video of their app and what they learned through the competition process on the CongressionalAppChallenge.us website by 11:00am (CTS) on November 1, 2017.
While registration is open until November 1, students are encouraged to sign up and register as soon as possible so that our office may provide them with additional information and deadline reminders. For more information about the challenge rules and registration, please visit www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us. If you or your students have any questions about the competition, please feel free to contact me at Emma.Buttke@mail.house.gov or 920-301-4500.
Constituent Services Representative
Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-08)
Office: (920) 301-4500 | Fax: (920) 301-3492
Computer Science Learning: Closing the Gap: Rural and Small-Town School Districts
This special brief from our Google-Gallup study dives into the opportunities and challenges for rural and small-town communities. Based on nationally representative surveys from 2015-16, we found:
Students from rural/small-town schools are just as likely as other students to see CS as important for their future careers, including 86% who believe they may have a job needing computer science.
Rural/small-town parents and principals also highly value CS, with 83% of parents and 64% of principals saying that offering CS is just as or more important than required courses.
Rural/small-town students are less likely to have access to CS classes and clubs at school compared to suburban students, and their parents are less likely to know of CS opportunities outside of school.
Rural/small-town principals are less likely to prioritize CS, compared to large-city or suburban principals.
Read the report at https://services.google.com/fh/files/misc/computer-science-learning-closing-the-gap-rural-small-town-brief.pdf
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