Am I the very last person on the Internet to hear the conventional wisdom that using Chrome will short the work time you get out of a battery charge? Based on the carefully crafted Google query, “Does chrome use more power than other browsers 2015?” the answer would be, “Clearly, yes!”
The thing is, I live a big part of my work life in the Chrome browser. I like the way that Chrome handles the many tabs I need to have open at the same time to do my work. Knowing that Chrome is a battery hog probably won’t change the way that I do my day-to-day work, but reading through the results list of my Chrome power query made me aware of the browser work flow that seems to have evolved organically over the last year.
I use a LOT of browsers! I work in Chrome for most of my day-to-day work editing Libguides; working in Docs, Slides, Spreadsheets, and Drive; everyday searching; etc. I generally leave Chrome logged in as “work me.” Because we are a Google Education Apps site, leaving Chrome logged in with my professional ID gives me seamless access to my school Gdrive and all of the plethora of shared files and folders that come my way through the “series of tubes” that is the Internet.
On my work machine, Opera is my “personal browser.” I leave it logged into my personal Google account and allows me to easily get to the things living in my personal Gdrive account.
Safari lives on my machine as my “Official School Library browser.” By leaving it logged in to our library account, I can easily see the mail being sent to and sent from the library email address (overdue reminders, etc.). I also manage the library’s Youtube Channel and other services that we use to for library related work.
Finally, Firefox lives on my school laptop as my “Generic student browser.” Because of the way our institution manages Google Education Apps accounts for teachers and students, Google sees the two groups as coming from “different institutions.” Because there are times when I want to put institution-specific information that needs to be password protected on our publicly accessible Libguides pages, we have a generic student GAFE account that allows us to make Gdrive files or folders accessible only to students at my school without making it visible to others without a valid student account.
What is your browser of choice? Is there a better way for me to handle all this? Do you have a browser that you like that I haven’t mentioned here? Has anyone tried the Vivaldi browser?
If you are a person of a certain age, you might remember SRA cards. I recently came across this post by Audrey Watters about her experience with SRA Cards: A History of Programmed Instruction and Personalization. Audrey, apparently, was a good reader as a child and found the SRA “lab” tedious and boring, but I have very fond memories of “SRA time.” I wasn’t a very good reader in elementary school and perhaps that is why I didn’t find the reading tedious and boring. I was able to read the cards and then go on to the next thing. One real possibility is that I remember that it was one of the few times that I felt confident when we had to read. I think another possibility is that, like many boys, I liked reading non-fiction, but back in the day almost all of the reading that we got to do in elementary school was fiction.
Anyway, thanks for this blast from the past, Ms. Watters! I don’t think that I ever got to the top ranked color. I have this weird recollection of reading in the “silver-blue” cards, but that might be a totally random, made up memory.
Were you SRA readers?
I want to live in a penthouse in the sky with an infinity pool and really nice furniture, but to live in a penthouse in the sky with an infinity pool and really nice furniture would cost much more than every penny I will ever make over the entire course of my career in education.
But the pictures are nice. One can dream!
Actually, what I should dream for is that this building and its sister tower someplace close by won’t block my view toward the water.
I was a middle school librarian for fourteen years. I miss being a a lot more inserted into middle school life. This video captures being 12 truly perfectly! It’s an amazing piece of work.
The quotable quotes and the awkward “I don’t know what to say” moments really say it all.
“I’m afraid to go near girls ‘cuz I’m afraid they’ll laugh at me. It’s just kind of scary.”
“I just keep growing. I have no idea when I’m gonna stop. That’s the scary part.”
“Teachers, they kind of expect a lot from you, but when you give them a lot they want more.”
“My voice is changing, but I really don’t want it to change…”
After spending the last 14 years of my working life with seventh graders. These feel really authentic to me!
I know that I shouldn’t, but as an independent school librarian, I sometimes feel rather removed from important work being done by the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Though I have been a school librarian for more than 15 years, rarely have I ever had any real connection to a candidates running for office in ALA or AASL.
This year, however, it has come to my attention that Dorcas Hand, a school librarian from Texas, is running for President Elect of AASL. My relationship with Dorcas is one that has been fostered digitally, I cannot say with any actual certainty really, whether we have actually met in real life. LOL! A blog post I wrote on digital browsing came to her attention and she generously invited me to join a wonderful group of school librarians working on writing an article on content curation for Independent School magazine. In our work over the course of a summer, Dorcas guided us through the writing and editing process with grace and ease. Her deep insights on libraries and her passion for the work that school libraries everywhere are doing make Dorcas a wonderful choice to lead AASL.
When voting for the AASL elections in April, please consider Dorcas Hand for President Elect of AASL.
More information on the work that Dorcas and the work that she has been doing in service to school libraries is available here:
Campaign speech: http://www.strongschoollibraries.com/
Advocacy page for Houston Independent School District libraries: http://www.studentsneedlibrariesinhisd.org/
Texas Association of School Libraries Legislative Advocacy Committee blog: http://tasltalks.blogspot.com/
Thank you for your time and consideration!
So this happened … I read this on my twitter feed:
and commented about it to my co-librarian with whom I share an office.
Me: “I didn’t know this …” read it out loud.
Mrs. N. (Who is a totally tech literate functioning human being): “What’s magnetic storage?”
Me: “You know, like a floppy disk that has the spinning magnetic disk in it.”
Mrs. N.: “Oh, I kind of remember what they looked like.”
Oy!!! I got SO old. I put my head down and started working and suddenly, my extremely competent and professional colleagues are younger than the children I taught using not only 6-inch floppy disks, but 3.5″ floppy disks, too!
On the bright side, RETIREMENT LOOMS over the near horizon!!! LOL!