Thursday, October 6, 2011


Divergent by Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

For all of you who loved The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent will be another book that you devour. Veronica Roth has created an exciting page turner in her first novel.


We started using Glogster Edu with the students at my middle school last year. We met great success with this online poster tool that allowed students to use creativity in creating an interactive electronic poster. To our disappointment, Glogster Edu is now only free for 50 student logins. This poses a problem for middle school because teachers have a minimum of 120 students. So my intern, Andrea Finley, went in search of a free alternative, and she came up with Nota. Nota is advertised as an interactive whiteboard that can be customized with video, photos, links and text. Nota does not have the snazzy interface that you see in Glogster, but it will create basically the same product. So which tool would I use? If money were not a factor, I would choose Glogster simply because it is so friendly for K-12 education. Since money is a factor, we are choosing Nota. Here is Andrea's creation for Divergent...