In The Classroom with THIS IS NOT A NORMAL ANIMAL BOOK (plus a Giveaway!)

This looks like a great book! Check this out: “THIS IS NOT A NORMAL ANIMAL BOOK begins as a stroll through the common, every day, normal animals – mammal, bird, amphibian, insect, reptile, and fish. The story quickly evolves, however, into a meta-fiction disagreement between the author and illustrator over how to draw the animals. The author wants simple, normal animal drawings. The illustrator, however, is confused and makes a bit of a mess.” Read the rest here, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your child or classroom:

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It may not be normal but THIS IS NOT A NORMAL ANIMAL BOOK is a hilarious read-aloud that can also be used in fun lessons about language arts, science, and social-emotional discussions about collaboration and compromise.

THIS IS NOT A NORMAL ANIMAL BOOK begins as a stroll through the common, every day, normal animals – mammal, bird, amphibian, insect, reptile, and fish. The story quickly evolves, however, into a meta-fiction disagreement between the author and illustrator over how to draw the animals. The author wants simple, normal animal drawings. The illustrator, however, is confused and makes a bit of a mess. The conflict reaches its peak when the illustrator refuses to draw the author’s choice of fish. Granted, the blobfish is an unusual choice of fish.

With the below activities, kids will laugh while learning! Here are a few fun ways to use the book in your classrooms:

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2 Tips To Making Holiday Gift-Giving Easy

Tip 1: Give the gift that keeps on giving: Books!

Tip 2: Take advantage of hundreds of new children’s books.

But first—

Here are two more tips: Sidney Snail and Dr. Guinea Pig George!

Book #1:

very bored snail named Sidney is just about to snail out of Slipperyville in search of adventure—when an old friend convinces him to give his surroundings one last look.

Just when he least expects it, Sidney starts discovering the magic in ordinary things.

Why you need this book:
If you’re tired of hearing “I’m bored!” and “There’s nothing to do!” in your house or classroom, this book will help kids gain a new perspective of their own surroundings, and find magic and meaningfulness even in the simplest things.

With delightful black & white illustrations on matte paper, “What’s At the End of Your Nose?” can also be used as a coloring book. Also available on Kindle and free on Kindle Unlimited.

Book #2

There’s a guinea pig named George who really, truly, absolutely thinks he’s a doctor. He sees no reason not to—he goes along on house calls, after all!

Then one day he sets off on a very “pig-culiar” adventure, and it turns out that he’s not the only one who believes he’s an absolutely-really-truly doctor.

Why you need this book:

This story helps show kids (and the rest of us) that yes, they can be what they want to be, even if their dreams seem out of reach.

With full-color illustrations on glossy paper, “Dr. Guinea Pig George” is sure to delight animal lovers and more! Also available on Kindle and free on Kindle Unlimited.

And now! Browse through the wealth of children’s books to find more stories your kids will love at the SCBWI Bookstop. These pages should be up through the end of November 2017.

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I do have two pages there myself, if you’ve read this far and are interested. 🙂

>>This way to What’s at the End of Your Nose? to join Sidney Snail’s adventure!

>>This way to Dr. Guinea Pig George with a very pig-culiar situation!

How My Yammer External Network Works Out Loud—And Saves Lives

“It’s things like this that help illustrate how what we train works, how it sinks in past the eyeballs, how it truly helps even to the point of saving lives.” Find out more about the concept of Working Out Loud and how Yammer helps that admirably!

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“Dear all,” the Yammer post began. “Something happened last night where all my years of training helped me keep this situation in my community from escalating, and minimized risk and injury until the paramedics and police arrived.”

I had to paraphrase exceedingly just now due to confidentiality reasons, but I can say that this post in our Yammer External Network for customers had to do with a teenage girl, a restaurant, alcohol and drugs, and a butcher’s knife. The customer’s daughter and two of her friends were also present.

Thanks to this customer’s training, everyone stayed safe: The girl with the knife, staff and customers, friends and family, and her own self, as she kept the situation calm and under control until the authorities arrived. What could have been a tragic tale became a success story.

It’s also not exactly unusual for our customers.

Our customers take our training to…

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A Great Video About Privilege

(Source: https://www.youtube.com/user/adamdonyes)

Group Insights in Yammer is now available!

The testing is over. Group Insights is here!

The Group Insights feature allows you to see engagement metrics for a Yammer group—any Yammer group—even if you aren’t the group admin! Choose to see the last 7 days’ worth, 28 days, or the full year.

Here’s an example from a group in my Yammer External Network, with the toggle set to view the last 28 days.

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At the top we see total active people—people who posted, read, or liked messages—as well as which amount were members of the group or just visitors to the group, for the time span selected.

Then we see the amount of posted, read, and liked messages for that duration, and which came from members or non-members.

For group admins especially, this will help you see the health of your group at a glance.

You may have far more readers than posters. That’s normal! Readers make up the majority of any community. What matters is the content inside that community. If you’ve got readers, they’re finding something of value, and that’s great.

Group Insights is currently in Phase 1. I expect there to be iterations that include file views if not also uploads and downloads, but I’m not sure.

You will still need a third-party analytics solution for a deeper dive into your network and for full group activity, content consumption, and engagement data, down to the actual people in your groups. For a community manager, measuring the health and showing the value of your network is invaluable. Head over to tyGraph (which I use) and request a free demo, or Swoop Analytics.

Find out more about Group Insights right here in the Microsoft Tech Community.

Many thanks to Kaleem Rahman for including me in the beta testers group!