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August 2008 Blog Posts (8)

Web 2.0

I'm currently using Moodle to create a professional development course about Web 2.0 technologies. I'm using a topic structure for my modules. Each module will last a week. I have five modules planned: blogs, wikis, RSS, social bookmarking and mashups, and podcasts and images. I'm creating the course for the El Paso Area Libraries consortium. It will be made available to librarians across El Paso. Has anyone done anything similar. I would love to get into contact with someone who has a similar… Continue

Added by Ross Teller on August 27, 2008 at 2:42pm — No Comments


I have created a webquest for upper elementary-middle school classes called "Meet the Candidates." This is an award-winning project, updated for the 2008 election, with web 2.0 tools incorporated. The project is available at:

Your students will learn about candidates and elections as they participate in this timely project by working in teams to… Continue

Added by karenklieg on August 25, 2008 at 5:39am — No Comments

Free Online Public Records Databases

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Link: Free Online Public Records Databases

Naveed Ahmad

Added by Naveed Ahmad on August 21, 2008 at 4:01am — No Comments

Hurricane Song by Paul Volponi

Wow! Once again, Paul Volponi has written a stunningly awesome book and the horror of New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina is all too crushingly real from Miles' point of view. He has only been living with his jazz playing dad for a short time when he, his uncle and his dad take their possessions in a hefty bag and head for the Super Dome. I was afraid of the gangs preying upon the families, so sad for the meaningless deaths of so many and the squalor, and oppressive heat that they had to endure.… Continue

Added by bj neary on August 20, 2008 at 9:23am — No Comments

Looking for "real" reading incentives

I want to see our student reading because they are soooo excited about a new book. I believe that we can entice our students to read using all these wonderful Web 2.0 tools and look forward to watching them grow and share their reading experiences. We'll be using blogs, podcasts, book discussions both online and live group, Photostories, scrapbooking, plays, news broadcasts. I'm sure there are many other ideas that will "grab" students and have them drooling for a specific book.

Added by Brenda Branson on August 19, 2008 at 8:39pm — 1 Comment

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie

rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, wow, wow! My friends Mary Alice and Doris highly recommended this book (thank you!)and I must confess it took me toooo long to get to finally read it---along the way---I lent it to a mom and she lent it to her daughter and they CRIED but oh did they love it AND SO DID I!!!! I just love the way Jordan Sonneblick gets it- the right on 13 year old musings of Steven, his fear and anger and his constantly annoying little brother. I couldn't put this book down, polished… Continue

Added by bj neary on August 12, 2008 at 7:32pm — 2 Comments

Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

rating: 5 of 5 stars

Deanna Lambert was thirteen when her life changed from good to bad. In a car with her brother's best friend, her dad discovers his little girl is no more. Deanna has a hell of a life since her dad doesn't speak to her anymore- now she is a junior, her brother got a girl pregnant and they live in the family basement with adorable, April and dead end jobs. Deanna has a horrible reputation she has never been able to escape---so what did I learn- Deanna takes a life of… Continue

Added by bj neary on August 12, 2008 at 7:18pm — No Comments

(WSI) Website Investigation: An Introduction to Information Forensics

Carl and I concluded our first run of (WSI) Website Investigation: An Introduction to Information Forensics. This is a fully facilitated Moodle based online class. We had a lot of fun and the participants were great. We also radically underestimated the amount of time the course would take. We figured 5 hours in one week. When we polled the class everyone reported taking far more time with each case study.

It doesn't surprise me. As I… Continue

Added by Dennis O'Connor on August 5, 2008 at 6:02pm — No Comments

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