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Geronimo Stilton quiz

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Take the Geronimo Stilton quiz and see how you fair.

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An app to learn English

Beat the clock and answer as many spelling, vocabulary and grammar questions as you can in this 60-second quiz! Earn Grammar Guru, Word Wizard and Supreme Speller badges by completing all levels. Beat your score to earn the ultimate Johnny’s Gold badge!

Johnny Grammar’s Word Challenge is a quiz for English learners to test common vocabulary, spelling and grammar that appears in everyday English.

The game features:

  • 3 quiz categories – Words, Grammar, Spelling
  • 3 levels – Easy, Medium, Hard
  • 10 common topics to practise vocabulary – Food & Restaurants, Travel, Small Talk, Hobbies etc.
  • 12 grammar topics – Prepositions, Irregular verbs, Conjunctions etc.
  • Earn badges as you play and share with others
  • Compete with other players on a global leaderboard
  • Share your badges with other players on a leaderboard
  • Read the feedback on wrong answers to learn how to improve

You can download Johnny Grammar’s Word Challenge at Google Play and App Store.

Free Map Tools: Website Review

Free Map Tools is a place to find free tools to allow you to measure, save and send maps to other people. These tools can be used for a variety of reasons and by a broad range of people.

The site makes use of Google Maps and offers some very useful and unique online tools which some of us might find handy. Some of the tools offered are:

  • Radius around a point on a map: Draw a quick radius around any given point on a map.
  • How far is it between: Find the distance between two points.
  • Area calculator
  • Find population of a given locality
  • Elevation finder

If you want to try these tools visit the site at www.freemaptools.com

Interact Club Career Guidance Session

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A career guidance session was conducted in Kendriya Vidyalaya Port Trust as part of Interact Club activity sponsored by Rotary Club Cochin West on 04 September, 2014. The theme was “Indian Administrative Services”. An enriching talk was delivered by Mr Babu Rajeev, Retd. IAS Officer, Assam Cadre, in the august presence of Principal Mrs Holy George, Rotract President V Renjith, Rotarian Mr Balchander, Faculty Advisor Mrs Lini Nair, which highly motivated students who were popping up questions and clarifications in the quest for stardom in the Indian Administrative Services.
More photos of this event are here.
And, below, Mr Babu Rajeev visiting the Chemistry Lab and reliving the memories of his academic years, since he was chemistry student.
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Library Related Downloads

DDC schedules for school libraries
DDC Third summary: The thousand sections
Free library management software
Greenstone Digital Library Software: An open-source software for building a digital library. Suppose you have collected a lot of textual information from the web/other sources and stored it in hundreds of Word files in your PC. Then this software will automatically index all the text you have stored and create a web page interface to search through these pages (just like Google). Very useful in a school environment.

Freeware for libraries: A lot of freeware is available on the web. But do use them with caution as some freeware may contain malware. Also, some softwares are free only if you utilise them for personal use. Here I have singled out some softwares which may be used in a library for one purpose or other.
Convert: A free unit conversion program that will convert the most popular units of distance, temperature, volume, time, speed, mass, power, density, pressure, energy and many others, including the ability to create custom conversions.
KompoZer: An easy to use HTML editor.
Notepad++: A more versatile notepad.
Unlocker: Unlocks files or folders which you are unable to delete as they are being used by other programs.
Startup Manager: Control the programmes which startup when your start Windows.
Picasa: A free picture organiser and editor. Organizes the pictures in your hard-drive quite efficiently.
VLC Media Player: Plays a number of video formats.
Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program): Photo edition application. You could use it to edit images of your blog.
FeedReader: A free RSS news aggregation solution that provides robust, state-of-the-art features in an intuitive, user-friendly environment.
GreatNews RSS Reader: RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it. GreatNews is another great tool to organize your RSS feeds.
Typing Tutor: A free typing tutor that teaches you how to touch-type.
Google Earth: A free 3D virtual globe that combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips.
Avira AntiVir Personal: Avira AntiVir Personal is a German made, comprehensive, easy to use antivirus program, designed to offer reliable free of charge virus protection to home-users with a 99.7% Malware Detection Rate.
AM DeadLink: Librarians do collect a lot of links while they browse. This free tool detects dead links and duplicates in ther browser bookmarks
CCleaner: Crap Cleaner which I too use a lot. It removes unused and temporary files from your system, including cleaning the registry.
K-Lite Codec Pack: You need Codecs to play a wide variety of audio and video formats. K-Lite bundles a lot of useful Codecs. So next time your PC is unable to recognize an audio/video file, try installing this pack.
Foxit PDF Reader: Free PDF reader, and quite efficient too.
Free Download Manager
PDFCreator: A free tool to create PDF files from nearly any Windows application.
WAMP: Apache, PHP5 and MySQL server. Some library softwares may require a server to run. For instance, KOHA.
Baby Web Server: A simple web server with support for ASP. Setting up Baby ASP Web Server is very easy: copy the executable to a directory of your choice, set the directory of your webpages and it’s ready to run!
Easy thumbnails: This tool is handy if you are putting images on your website/blog.
Undelete Plus: Recover a file you have accidently deleted.
DreamMail: Allows you to logon your mail account remotely and check the mail content, preview and even to delete it directly from the server.
EsentialPIM is a modern Personal Information Manager that keeps up with the times and lets you manage appointments, tasks, notes, contacts, password entries and email messages across multiple devices and cloud applications. It has both free and pro versions.
Everything File Manager: This is a very fast and powerful file search utility without any downsides of indexing. The software runs in background at all times and creates database of files that is used for searches.
KRename is a powerful batch renamer for KDE. It allows you to easily rename hundreds or even more files in one go. The filenames can be created by parts of the original filename, numbering the files or accessing hundreds of informations about the file, like creation date or Exif informations of an image.
TheSage, the free portable dictionary.