Ed Tech Review: Twitter

Twitter is a great way of building a network and an easy way to share articles, links, and ideas. In the past year or so I have really worked to build my network on Twitter by following as many media specialists, librarians, and libraries as I can find. Now my feed is filed with snippets of real-time library life across the world.

Some groups even hold live chat sessions on various topics which are usually very though provoking and inspiring. All you have to do to participate is answer the question, interact with other participants and use whatever #hashtag they are using. The #hashtags link all conversations which are using the #hashtag.

If you are not on Twitter, I would highly recommend joining! The usability of the site is fairly simple even for novice social media users. And if you do join, remember to follow me @LibCharleen!

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Book Review: The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas’s debut novel, The Hate U Give,  is unlike any YA book I’ve ever read. Raw and real, it dares broach potentially polemic topics such as racism and police brutality with balance and dignity. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter tells her story of growing up black in America, inclusive of the ugly bits, the parts we wish didn’t exist. As she struggles to make sense of the murder of her childhood friend and find her place, we are faced to consider the ramifications of the hate we give and provided the hope to inspire change. The Hate U Give Book Review