Friday Finds

The end of my time as a LIS graduate student is so close, and there are only five more weeks until I graduate! Final projects and preparing for after graduation have left me with not much time to post as regularly as I would like, but I do have a few fun Friday finds for you (alliteration :-)). Enjoy!

The first find is quite interesting and is actually a resource for parents. It’s called is a Q&A site that helps parents keep up with all the “newfangled” tech products their children are using by providing a space for questions surrounding technology, social media, gaming, education, online privacy, parenting, and other important topics. I found one interesting question while I was browsing:

In an age where everything that can be digitized is morphed into computer code, what happens to our relationship with physical objects, and are our kids losing the value of physical objects?

That’s a really important question I find myself thinking about, especially with younger demographics.  One of the quotes uses to explain why this type of Q&A space is needed was taken from the U.S. Dept. of Labor which states,

65% of today’s grade school kids will end up at jobs that haven’t been invented yet.

It’s really awesome to know that parents as well as information professionals are asking these types of questions and having discussions because we have to think about how the technology we are interacting with is impacting our future.  Although is a site geared towards parents, I don’t think it is outside of the realm of being a type of resource that many types of libraries could show to users who have these types of questions. After all, not all of our information seeking behavior results in needing academic or scholarly type resources, especially within public libraries. Take a look and see if there’s an interesting question that you have or that you can help to answer. You don’t have to be a parent to be a part of the community. You can apply as a professional who helps to answer questions. One tip in accessing the site to explore the questions without being a member is to go through their About page. led me into my next find for this Friday because I found a question asking if there was a site that was similar to Pinterest for children. Well, there actually is one that is being created called SCRAPPD. It’s being promoted as a upcoming startup that is a cross between Twitter and Pinterest for children. With built in safety features geared towards moderating uploads, the site will provide a visual bookmarking space that kids can share with their friends. It sounds like a really great idea. Here’s an article that describes the project a bit more. Unfortunately, it is still in production, but you can sign up to be one of the first to try out its private beta site when it opens.

For my final find of the day, I am drawing on my experiences of decorating my high school classroom. There were so many awesome posters and graphics available for elementary classrooms, but the posters in teacher stores for high school classrooms sometimes lacked what I like to call the “coolness factor.” These inspirational cartoon quotes on Zen Pencils have the coolness. Check this one out.

GandhiThere are over 100 graphics like these available, and they rock pretty hard. Many are available to buy, and if you sign up for the newsletter, you can get three free Emerson poster downloads for free.

Until next time…


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