Time, there's just not enough of it to keep this blog as vibrant as I would like it to be.
... Enter Pinterest to my rescue!
I love Pinterest! Not necessarily for pinning to my own boards (I just started an account, and I don't spend time scouring the Internet for stuff to put on my boards, as you can see), but I enjoy looking at what other people love enough to pin and share.
[ Nerdy side note to students: Do a Google search and add the word Pinterest to your search, and you'll be amazed at the infographic-like info that you'll find for your research project.]
S-o-o-o-o-o, for the next little while, I'll be sharing with our students (and teachers and other interested learners) eye-pleasing pins I find on Pinterest that celebrate books and reading. It's a fun, social way to spread the reading love, that's QUICK.
I purchase books for our students from three vendors: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books-A-Million. Yes, I'm thrifty. I want my money's worth!
So comparing book prices is a must. And there is no doubt about it: finding the best price for each individual book is time-consuming. An engine that searches all three vendors simultaneously? -- now wouldn't that be a fantastic timesaver! I dismiss the thought. Too hard to build, I guess. Enter the folks at howtogeek.com, with a clear, detailed how-to article to create your own Google custom search engine. I decide to try it. Who knew it would be so easy?
Go ahead, try it! Tip: For best results, add "price" or "cost" to your query. Here's a short, easy-to-remember tinyurl link to the search engine in a separate window.
P. S. If you want to create a Google Custom Search for a wiki, here's a nice tutorial from mediawiki.org. 10/07/12 Update: Just found Shoptimate, a Google Chrome extension that pops up anywhere you're shopping, and displays 3 best prices. Nice!