Bridging the Gaps...
WisCode Literati are passionate about code literacy. They believe that teaching our communities how to code is essential for their future. Learning to code allows individuals to interact and compete in a highly digital society. While they see coding as a way of the future, it also teaches basic, essential skills that are necessary to learn such as critical decision making, experimentation, troubleshooting, cause and effect, and much more! They provide librarians and teachers with tools and resources to bring computational thinking and problem solving to their communities.
How you can help...
Help WisCode Literati by contributing a program kit, sharing a resource, or providing feedback on one of their kits. You can also keep an eye on their project by following them on various social media or through their newsletter.
Something that struck me about it....
From Day 1, this team had an audacious mission: to change the world through code literacy. Setting their goals high pushed them, and they came out of the ILEAD process with a lot of work done and energy to sustain the project. I'd encourage you to look at their site and see how you might use the resources or help!!
Recently I was looking through a spreadsheet to find the numbers that were in red text. Now, while that was rather visible, the spreadsheet was huge and there was a large number of rows between each red entry. While an earlier TechBits article showed how to sort by text color, that wasn't an option in this case since there were subtotals that would have been messed up by resorting the page.
Because I knew you could sort by color, I figured I could probably search by color too and I was right. There are a lot of extra Find options actually, you just don't see a number of them because they hide behind the Options button.
If you open the Find window in Excel and click on the Options button on the right hand side just above the Close button, you'll see a number of the Find options. The ones I've used most often have been: (rest of article...)
I noticed a gadget advertising upcoming programs and fun facts at Poynette Public Library after a recent visit. Is that a tablet? Is it hard to manage? What apps did they use to make that slideshow?
Nope and nope and none. That is an inexpensive photo frame with a USB drive loaded with images, made in Microsoft Paint, plugged into the back. Quick and easy for the staff to manage
I love trendy, cutting edge devices just as much as the next person, but it sure makes me smile to see all kinds of technology adapted to meet libraries' needs!
Thanks to Lindsey at Poynette for letting me snap pics!
Waupaca County Maker Boxes Show & Tell
Friday, December 18, 2015
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Appleton Public Library, Meeting Room A/B/C, Directions and Parking
Seven Waupaca County Public libraries will demonstrate their portable, shareable Maker Boxes and share their programming ideas and participant responses.
The Maker Boxes on display will include:
Tech Contact Hours: 3
Total Contact Hours: 3
Upcoming conferences, great references, and more are in the Tank!
(Print-spooler jams, overpriced ink, and mechanical failures soon after the warranty expires; these are just a few of the printer hassles that have contributed to our love/hate relationship with computer printers — of all brands. Here are some solutions that will make us feel a bit better about our most — ultimately — expensive peripheral. (Check out this Windows Secrets e-newsletter article.)
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