Sunday, May 17, 2015

UPDATED: 50 Jobs for Kids Ages 12-17

This is an updated list (12 more added from last year) of jobs for kids between the ages of 12-17. With a little creativity (and a bit of that entrepreneurial spirit) there are many things your students can do to earn extra money.

1. Advertise on Fiverr ( ) where someone could pay $5.00 and up for a service of yours

2. Assist a senior citizen with their chores at home or away from home

3. Babysit

4. Be a clown, magician or other entertainment at a kid’s birthday party

5. Bicycle repair

6. Camp counselor or counselor in training at a day camp or sleep away camp

7. Collect aluminum cans for $$

8. Create anime or cartoon books to sell

9. Distribute advertising flyers on car windshields

10. Dog walker

11. Dog washer

12. Fix computer problems

13. Golf Caddy

14. Have a bake sale

15. House cleaning

16. Iced tea stand

16. Lifeguard

17. Lemonade stand

18. Messenger service

19. Modeling

20. Mow lawns/raking leaves

21. Music teacher

22. Newspaper delivery

23. Office help: filing, sorting, organizing

24. Paint faces at a craft market street fair

25. Pet sitting

26.  Photograph a kid’s birthday party

27. Plant flowers

28. Plant sit

29. Put flyers on cars

30. Restore old photos

31. Run errands for people

32. Shovel snow (this is not just a summer list)

33. Sell bottles water at a Little League game, race or marathon

34. Sell hand-made stuff on Etsy (

35. Sell stuff on eBay

36. Smartphone/Tablet Tutor

37. Start an online business: Bizinate (

38. Stuff envelopes for a company or person

39. Take an online survey and getting paid cash ( )

40. Translate documents etc. (You must be fluent in that language)

41. Tutor young kids

42. TV Remote Control Programmer (for people who need a tech savvy person)

43. Videographer: example: record people practicing golf swings

44. Volunteer at the public library

45. Volunteer for charity work (animal shelter etc.)

46. Wash cars

47. Wash windows

48. Work as an usher at a movie theater

49. Work for a church or other group as a pianist

50. Write an article for Ezine  (

Friday, May 15, 2015

Google Drops Reading Level Search Filter

Every time I design a Google tutorial and print as a poster, Google either changes the method or drops another tool. This time it was the search filter "reading level". The way I understand it, Google noticed that this tool was not being used a lot, so that was the reason for dropping it. I believe I know why it wasn't being utilized; most people didn't even know that it was there. When I showed my special education and ESL classes "reading level", they were so happy to have found a way to filter only those sites/articles they could understand. Why not make these tools easier to find?  The average adult (my students as well) is not even aware of how the search tools work in images. Here's a screenshot of what search tools can do in an image search:

Google needs to remember that the average joes in the world are not as tech savvy as the geeks out there. I hope that they would rethink putting back the "reading level" filter under Google search tools. Please?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Two Song Parodies to Promote Reading

Just in case you are not is National Library Week. I came across these two awesome videos which are parodies Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk (Unread Book) and Taylor Swift's Shake it Up.(CheckItOut) Feel free to share and of course to dance!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

All You Need to Find a Teaching Job

It's that time of year when students are graduating college and school districts are eliminating positions for next year. I am once again posting my comprehensive list of resources for teachers looking for a job. ( I work in N.J. so there are many links specific to our state)  Good luck!

Anatomy of a Job Interview

Job Interview Questions- covers interview questions, interview guide, after the interview, salary negotiation, second interview

10 Things Job Applicants Should Know- from the NY Times

Career Builder- search for all types of jobs on this site

Indeed- one search, all jobs

Jobs 4 Teacher- search by city, state or zip code

K12 site says they have served a million teachers and administrators in a year.......

K12 Jobspot- search by job title and state; when you pick a city it shows you how many positions from the drop-down menu; also shows the location on a map.

NJ Hire- search by job type, location or keywords postings are constantly being updated

NJ School Directory- all school web sites are listed by county; check employment opportunities on each site.

NJ School Jobs- search by county, specialty, school or date

Peterson's Private School Search- covers The United States and countries

Resources for Teaching Jobs- only ten states are listed here

Teacher Jobs- join for free; search the United States for a job. site says it lists jobs for 1775 districts and they are in partnership with the NEA.

The 25 Most Creative Designer Resumes You'll See This Year

38 More Beautiful Resume Ideas That Work
- from JobMob

Cover Letters- from Career Lab

Create a Free Teacher Portfolio

Got Resume Builder- build your resume online; download as a pdf, Word doc or text file

JobMob- 36 beautiful resume ideas

Resume Help- site has examples resumes

A Resume in Prezi

Resume Tips and Advice- from

Sample CV for Education Counselor- from CV Tips

Teacher Resume- from Microsoft online; you need MS Word to use this template

Teacher Resume- from Monster Worldwide, Inc.

Yesterday I received an email from a publicist for School Library Journal, announcing that nominations were open for their 2nd School Librarian of the Year Award. The award is being presented by Scholastic Publishing. Nominations are open until Friday, May 22, 2015, with judging taking place in June, the winner announced in July, and the winner published in the September issue of School Library Journal. Here are the key points about the award from the publicist:

"This year, one winning school librarian will receive the following:
  • $2,500 cash award
  • $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Feature article in the September 2015 issue of School Library Journal
  • An invitation to the SLJ Leadership Summit in Seattle, September 26-27, 2015

Two finalists will each receive $500 in materials of their choice from Scholastic Library Publishing and be featured with the winner in online multimedia articles for All nominations are judged by an esteemed panel comprised of school administrators, SLJ editors, industry professionals from Scholastic and 2014 School Librarian of the Year Michelle Colte, based on criteria including exemplary use of technology tools, creativity in programming and use of content and more. You can learn more about the 2014 winner here.

Instructions for applying and nominating individuals for the School Librarian of the Year Award can be found here: "

How to Properly Resize an Image in Microsoft Word and Google Docs

I was watching a Google Slides presentation today in our computer lab and it made me realize that many students are still not aware of how to resize an image in their report or presentation. Both Microsoft Word and Google Docs allow you to produce a great enlargement, (or make an image smaller) if you'd like) simply by following the directions below.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Great Video to Show Your Students What a Terrific Resource You Are


H/T  Richard Byrne for posting this and remembering the importance of our librarians!


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