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Digital Citizenship – Pt 1

As you well know, we’re celebrating Digital Citizenship Week this week. I was all set to talk about Feed, which is probably one of my favorite books about technology, but then this one caught my eye and I thought it works as well.

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Armada by Ernst Cline (he of Ready Player One awesomeness) is the story of Zach, who wishes life were a little more like his favorite video games. (I’m certain that none of you understand that concept.) So, instead of wasting too much energy on school and college applications, he concentrates on being one of the best players of his favorite game, Armada, an alien invasion flight simulator.

Then one day, while he’s staring out the window instead of focusing on class, he sees an alien ship in the sky.

Maybe he’s going crazy. Or maybe this is the opportunity he’s been waiting (and training?) for his whole life.

This is definitely a fun book, especially if you enjoy video games, and enjoy being immersed in one particular game. There’s some interesting history of video games in here, as well as some pop-culture alien references. That’s part of what I find most fun about reading Cline’s books.

In my opinion, Armada is good. Although not as good as Ready Player One. I’m not sure if that’s because Ready Player One is actually better, or if it’s because I enjoyed that so much that I had higher expectations going into Armada. Either way, it’s fun. And if you want a justification for your video game playing, you may find it in here. Or you may find a reason to get off of the games and go read a book.

“Random” Book Tuesday – Safer Internet Day

As part of digital citizenship week, today we’re talking about Safer Internet Day. There’s some great stuff out there that’s being done – by kids! – to make the internet a safer place to be. One of my favorite recent stories is of Trisha Prablu and her Google Science Fair project.

And you know I need to include a book as well. Actually, we just got a bunch of new books in the library that touch on digital issues. Today seemed like a good day to talk about Random by Tom Leveen.
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Tori has been accepted into the “cool kids” clique at school. She gets to hang with the cheerleaders and the jocks. That doesn’t leave a lot of room for her old friend, Kevin, who isn’t quite cool enough to hang and becomes the target of her new friends’ online harassment. When Kevin takes his own life, Tori’s Facebook page becomes the key evidence in a cyberbullying case against Tori and her new friends. The night before the trial begins, she gets a phone call from what seems to be a wrong number. The stranger on the phone tells Tori that he is going to kill himself unless she can convince him otherwise before the sun comes up.
I really enjoyed this book (Leveen also wrote Sick about a zombie virus which is so much fun). Tori really has to think about her role in the attacks on her friend. She needs to examine her relationship with her brother and her one friend who is still standing by her. It’s really interesting and gives you something to think about.