Infobytes for Winter Break

Here are a few handy items I have been forwarded and shown this past week that I definitely thought were worth sharing.

Wet Electronics? Did you drop your phone, iPod, or other electronic device in the water? Before you write it off, here’s a trick that has worked for a few of my daughter’s friends: Place the entire device in a bowl of dry rice, completely covered, for a few days. The rice will draw out the moisture and you might get that phone back.

Sound Quality on audio devices: Want those downloaded songs to sound as rich and full as on the original recording? Go to http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/ for a file converter download that will help ensure your audio quality is maintained.

Keep your inbox clean:  You know those websites you want to check out, but they won’t allow you to proceed without registering your email? Here’s the answer. Go to  http://www.bugmenot.com/ and type in the URL of the site. They will give you a temporary login and password so you won’t get a ton of unwanted email from the site you wanted to preview.

200 Countries in 200 Years: Rachel Stutzman shared this video with me this week. This is a great visual overview of poverty and life spans around the world over the last 2 centuries.  http://blog.sokanu.com/200-countries-200-years-4-minutes

A Hanukkah Song for the masses:  Mr Poole’s students shared this gem with me this week as well. It’s fun! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSJCSR4MuhU 

60 Second Civics: The Center for Civics Education offers a collection of daily podcasts that make it easy for listeners to learn about different aspects of our nation’s government. This is  a helpful resource for your auditory learners. http://www.civiced.org/index.php?page=60_second_civics_podcast

Cool Infographics:  You know I love infographics and here’s a site I visit for fun, http://www.coolinfographics.com/ Not all of them are informative, in fact, I think the one I love is http://theoatmeal.com/comics  but both have some fun infographics!

Have a great Winter break!

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