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August 2007 Blog Posts (18)

Why I like the Drudge Report.....

I tend to stay away from mainstream television media, but want to know what's going on in the world. I know some skeptics believe the Drudge Report is a rightwing media tool, however, I find that I am very interested in the obscure stories you can't find on the evening or morning news shows. Also, the Drudge Report is now one of the hottest places to check for new/breaking news....Matt Drudge (site author) updates constantly. Besides there are plenty of links to "bashing" stories on both…


Added by Helen Swiski on August 29, 2007 at 1:38pm — 2 Comments

Stephenie Meyer books

I am the kind of person who reads and loves almost everything I read, but I was never a reader of horror fiction- vampires in particular. But students kept asking for the books after Twilight in the spring and since Twilight was on the Reading Olympic list for '08 I decided to take it home for the summer, read it and make up questions. Well, I am hooked! I read Twilight in July and I couldn't put it down, Meyer has a unique way of writing… Continue

Added by bj neary on August 28, 2007 at 8:57am — 2 Comments

Gearing up for September--best ideas?

I would love to hear what brilliant ideas you are planning for this coming school year. What 2.0 excitement is brewing? What new bulletin board ideas do you have? How will you be greeting and orienting your new learners? Please share any special, nifty ideas for the greater good.

Added by Joyce Valenza on August 27, 2007 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

It's Elementary!

Join us this Monday at 23:00GMT. Hear a special guest talking about Web 2.0 tools. Join the conversation by going to this link.

Type the name you want others to see, no password required, and click

"Login". Then type in the yellow box asking for where you can hear the

live show. Others there will tell you the location of the stream and

how to access it. During a show, you will hear live audio and be able

to interact…

Added by Durff on August 26, 2007 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Improving Your Tech Skills in Bed!

Have a laptop and wireless in your home? If so you are probably so tech savy already (or someone in your house is) that you don't need to improve your tech skills, but you can if you want to - even in bed! If you have a desktop at home, you can still improve your tech skills as well and you can do it in your slippers and pj's. So says a recent article from eSchool News: " Teachers gain tech skills…


Added by Connie Masson on August 26, 2007 at 4:30pm — No Comments

New to this

Hi. I'm new to blogging, nings, social bookmarking, etc. And I thought I knew a lot about technology as I am the library media teacher at our school and tech support for our teachers. I am learning about so many great resources as I participate in School Library Learning 2.0. I anticipate learning more from entries made on this Ning site. Denise

Added by OWE Library on August 26, 2007 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Can We Join Them? Will We Join Them? I Hope So!

“If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them” is an article in The Journal (Transforming Education Through Technology). The magazine was shared with me recently as there was an article about librarians becoming the technology…


Added by Connie Masson on August 23, 2007 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Librarians - Are You a Multitasking Information Manager?

I read "The New Librarians" online in The Journal with excitement. Jack Strawn, school librarian at Sandra Day O'Conner High School in Helotes, TX, is using his strengths to "help usher in the technological changes that schools must address". Joyce Valenza, one of our industry's leading library information specialists of Springfield Township High School in Erdenheim, PA, says working with technology engages students and models how the…


Added by Connie Masson on August 23, 2007 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Join this project!

Project Name: On the Trail of the First People


Description: On the Trail of the First People is an online, collaborative standards-based social studies unit that seeks to incorporate…


Added by karenklieg on August 19, 2007 at 9:11am — 1 Comment

More things to learn

I registered for two grad classes today.... am I crazy to take two and work full time?!?! The courses are curriculum and assessment. I am actually looking forward to these courses as I am hoping to learn more. Maybe I can take an existing core curriculum and embed info media skills and create the "perfect" curriculum balance!

I am currently attending a SW Wyoming Tech / ELL conference in Jackson, Wyoming. The key-note speakers, Doug Johnson and Dr. Francisco Rios have been excellent.…


Added by Lori Clark-Erickson on August 16, 2007 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Learning new things every day

I spent the last two days with an incredible of group of Wyoming librarians gathered in Jackson WY for our annual Info Power. Doug Johnson was here and offered some wonderful insights on our role as media specialists working with the Net Generation. I'm pysched!

Added by Lori Clark-Erickson on August 14, 2007 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Blatant Self Promotion!

If I can advertise myself a bit. I'm currently doing a series on creating documentaries in the classroom over on my blog. I provide a link to ALL my handouts, which should be a good resource to give your teachers.

Actually, on second thought, I'll just upload them here, (one of those Duh! moments!). Still, the blog posts give detail/background, and are too long to cross post, so I hope you'll check it out!



Added by Jeri Hurd on August 14, 2007 at 10:39am — No Comments

Behind the Mountains by Edwidge Danticat

What a wonderful, poignant story about a Haitian family whose father, Papa, now lives in New York, toiling for years to bring his family to live with him. Told in first person by Celiane in entries to her notebook, we…


Added by bj neary on August 14, 2007 at 10:23am — No Comments

The View From My Window

*This is cross-posted from my personal blog,

When we woke up this morning, there was a goat on our front porch. That’s right—a goat. Now, a goat is not something you see every day, particularly when he’s camped out all night at your door.

Not knowing what else to do, we befriended him and named him Billy Boy. He ate dog treats and lots of leaves, we…


Added by Peggy Milam Creighton on August 8, 2007 at 7:55pm — No Comments

The new Sunday Library=Borders!

Since funding is so low in Longmont and the surrounding cities, people are flocking to the local Borders to get their reading fix as well as their gourmet coffee fix. I know this is nothing knew, but for some reason I find this depressing today. How many of these people would be at their local library if they had the opportunity? Why should they go? After all, Borders has all the new releases in virtually unlimited supply. People were sitting in the cafe doing research, the… Continue

Added by holli buchter on August 5, 2007 at 7:37pm — 4 Comments

Web2.0 Tools

Thank you for welcoming me to TeacherLibrarian Ning. I found you by taking an online summer class called School Library Learning2.0 sponsored by the California School Library Association. What I have learned in the course will dramatically change my teaching next year. It is embarrassing to admit, but no one in our district uses blogs, wikis, tagging, or RSS. I have heard these terms at conferences and read about them in periodicals, but had no idea how powerful they could be and how easy to…


Added by Sandy Rowland on August 3, 2007 at 5:18pm — 6 Comments

Beyond Blogs and Wikis: Online Tools for Collaboration

I just wrote a post on my blog talking about some great online collaboration tools I've found, that I think will work very well for students doing group research projects. Would be very interested to hear your comments/thoughts.

Added by Jeri Hurd on August 3, 2007 at 11:46am — 1 Comment


There is always so much new to learn! How exciting and how overwhelming at the same time. At least I have accepted the fact that I will never catch up and I am learning to be adept at "treading water" :) And we are all "in the same boat".

What at time we live in today and how wonderful are the opportunities to communicate on whatever level of depth we choose and/or can handle.

The world is ours for the taking. I feel powerful and weak all at the same time.

Added by Connie Masson on August 2, 2007 at 11:28am — 1 Comment

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