Archive for August, 2010

August 30, 2010

Kicking Off the School Year with Mixbook!

As the school season starts getting into full swing, we here at Mixbook have noticed teachers using Mixbook photo books in a very cool way.  Paula Naugle, a fourth grade teacher located in New Orleans, recently blogged about how she has created a Mixbook project to record her classroom events throughout the entire school year.  Aviva Dunsiger, a first grade teacher in Canada is also creating an electronic classroom yearbook with her students which can be viewed on her blog.  We salute you for your creative use of technology in the classroom and look forward to seeing more interesting Mixbook projects with your students!

Have you used Mixbook in your classroom or know of any teachers using it in an innovative way? Tell us about it in the comment section below.  We would love to hear from you!

August 18, 2010

3 Great Ideas for a Staycation

Traveling is a favorite hobby of the Mixbook team. We often talk about going to exotic locations all over the world, but we’ve found that short weekend trips can be just as fun!  If you’re feeling the need to get away but are short on time and money, consider the weekend escapes below:

1. National Parks

From quiet, mysterious deserts to soaring mountain ranges, there is so much nature to explore.  Check out the National Park Service website (www.nps.gov) to find national parks in your state and start planning an adventure.  Parks are great for day trips with friends or family, and the cost of admission is usually free.  If you’re feeling the itch to play outside, tie on your walking shoes and grab your camera.  You will definitely want to capture the stunning views, and Mixbook has a great outdoors theme for your photo book!

Hiking Photo Book

2. Local Sites

If you’re more urban-inclined, try spending the weekend in a local city and spend some time sightseeing.  You can stick to your budget by taking public transportation and checking deal sites for discount rates on hotel rooms and gourmet restaurants.  Embrace your inner tourist and immerse yourself in the city.  Don’t forget to snap some pictures for your friends!

3. Festivals

If you’ve had a crazy week and want to take it easy on the weekend, consider going to a local festival.  You get to spend time outside, slowly perusing stalls of goods and munching on delicious festival food while people-watching.  Take plenty of pictures for your summer photo book, and be sure to carry a little cash so if you find something you’d like to purchase, you don’t have to go out of your way to find an ATM.

Don’t Forget to Capture Your Memories!

Even though you may not have traveled far, include your weekend memories in a special Mixbook photo book to share with friends and family.  There are so many fun themes available that you’re sure to find that perfect design.  If you need some inspiration, check out these great examples from your fellow Mixbook users!