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#1. May 16, 2012
I just noticed that May is Physical Fitness month! Although the best thing you can do is push yourself away from the computer desk, here are some site recommendations that may serve to motivate you: Physical Fitness.
Also coming up on the May calendar is Weights and Measures Day, May 20. I wish I knew the history of that one! Ha ha ha!! Here are two resources from the Surfnetkids archives to help you celebrate:
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
#2. Cloud Music
by Barbara J. Feldman
Cloud Music Printable (** for premium members only)
The recent trend toward cloud music has several benefits. Putting your music in “the cloud” can ease syncing music across many devices, provide backup in case of computer disaster, offer social tools to share your musical tastes, introduce you to new music, and allow you to stream music on devices that do not have enough memory space to hold a large music collection. Most cloud services do not offer all these benefits, but there is a large selection of both free and inexpensive cloud offerings to choose from. And no one says you have to choose just one! Sometimes the best solution involves two or three different music cloud services.
Amazon: Cloud Drive and Cloud Player
Although this Cloud Player promo looks like you need to pay for music storage, this is only true if you need more than 5GB of space (excluding music purchased from Amazon, because these are stored for free.) If you are willing to pay for space, however, their $20/year offer is quite attractive, because it provides an unlimited amount of music storage. Either way, Amazon Cloud Player offers streaming and download across many devices (so you can maximize precious storage space on mobile devices) and take advantage of WiFi connections to play music on a variety of devices. Keep in mind that iTunes songs with DRM can not be store in the Amazon Cloud Drive.
For Apple iTunes users and those that buy most of their music from iTunes, the free Apple iCloud is an obvious choice. Unfortunately, not all mobile devices (such as Android phones or Amazon Fire Kindles) run iTunes. For these devices, however, there are a variety of third-party apps that can solve this problem. For music you haven’t purchased from iTunes, Apple offers iTunes Match ($24.99 per year.) The unique benefit of Match is that if iTunes recognizes your song (by matching it to one in their huge music inventory) you do not have to upload it to iCloud, saving you lots of time.
Although Google doesn’t have a music store like Apple or Amazon, they offer a whopper of good deal when it comes to storage: keep up to 20,000 songs in Google Play for free. After uploading, you can access your music via either downloading or streaming. For offline listening, Google uses a green pin icon to indicate that a particular track has been downloaded or pinned. As with all non-Apple services, iTunes songs with DRM can not be uploaded to the Google cloud.
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#3. Printables Club Members Also Get …
Surfnetkids Printables Club Members also get the following printables to use in the classroom, the computer lab, the school library, or to send home with students:
Cloud Music Printable
Social Music Printable
Internet Radio Printable
Music Piracy Printable
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#4. Related Games
Art & Music Games
#5. Surfing the Calendar
Sue Debuts at Field Museum
May 17, 2000
Jumping Frog Jubilee in Angels Camp, CA
May 17-20, 2012
Karol Wojtyla Birthday (Pope John Paul II)
May 18, 1920
Major Mount St. Helens Volcanic Eruption
May 18, 1980
Premiere of Star Wars: Episode I
May 19, 1999
Amelia Earhart’s Atlantic Crossing
May 20, 1932
Weights and Measures Day
May 20, 2012
National Backyard Games Week
May 21-25, 2012
Margaret Wise Brown’s Birthday
May 23, 1910
World Turtle Day
May 23, 2012
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