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October 2009 Blog Posts (13)

Flatclassroom09-3 SoundingBoards

Every fall a global project takes place led by Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis. This year over 220 students from 5 countries will research trends in information technology and globalization, write a collaborative research report on a wiki, and produce digital videos about their topics. Sound impressive? Well it is! These students are not graduate level… Continue

Added by mrsdurff on October 30, 2009 at 10:20pm — No Comments

New Children's Book

I have recently published a new children's book that has a librarian as the protagonist. Kids of all ages should enjoy this 116 page comical chapter book with questions at the end. For more information visit, Barnes and Noble, Joseph Beth, or and search for THE OFFICIAL LIBRARIAN: BESSY'S BACK, by Nathan Miller..

General information:

by Miller, Nathan

Binding: Paperback

Publisher: Authorhouse

Publish Date: 10/2009

ISBN:… Continue

Added by Nathan Miller on October 28, 2009 at 7:48pm — No Comments

Week 4 Brainypics Winners

Last week was a great turn out for Week 4 of our Brainypics contest. The kids went flat-out bonkers with the TV theme, and we received over 200 new flashcards

That said, picking the winners was tougher than it'd ever been before. Here are the 5 winners, helping their peers learn tough SAT & ACT vocab: paradox <3, Ben F, jmullooly, Kelly & bott_geneseohs for these flashcards.

NOTE: We still have 6 more weeks of Brainypics fun. Next week's theme: what else?… Continue

Added by Jack on October 25, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Wiki or blog for student book reviews?

Does anyone have a successful wiki, blog, ning etc that students have used to share book reviews? Are the examples public, so that others can view/share?

Added by Susan Harari on October 25, 2009 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Week 5 Brainypics Theme: Halloween

We want to celebrate Halloween, Brainyflix-style. We're looking for Brainypics with tricks, treats, great costumes (not so great costumes), pumpkin carving, candy gobbling & more.

We'll pick the 5 best Brainypics submitted between Monday and Sunday at noon to compete for our cash prize. Even if your kids don't get picked, remember that they can earn an iTunes song for every 5 Brainypics they create. We have plenty of gifts to go around, so spread the word and get started at… Continue

Added by Jack on October 25, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Week 4 Brainypics Theme: TV (Really)

Each week we try to have a theme for the Brainypics Flashcard Contest. Inspired by a couple of our users for their Brainypics about "The Office" and "Saturday Night Live", we figured we might as well indulge in good ole fashion veggin' time...

This week's theme: Grab an image from one of your favorite (or not favorite) TV shows and give us a Brainypic flashcard!!! Go to… Continue

Added by Jack on October 19, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Brainypics Week 3 Winners

Root-doot-doot-doot-da-dooo! Congrats to ipopstar, jkollar, paco416, Marina, and tennisgirl101 for the top 5 Brainypics from last week! They now qualify to compete for our $200 Grand Prize and have also earned an iTunes song as an extra bonus.

You can participate, too! We'll pick 5 Brainypics each between NOW and DEC 7th. We'll also give out iTunes song to our top contributors (1 iTunes for every 5 Brainypics flashcards). Go to… Continue

Added by Jack on October 19, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Information Literacy Games: Kermit the Frog Search Challenge

It ain't easy being green....

Finding Kermit was the inspiration for one of the first Internet Search Challenges created by Dr. Carl Heine. The task is to track down a picture of Kermit ready for graduation in the least amount of time.

Many teachers use this as a whole class lab activity. Put up a… Continue

Added by Dennis O'Connor on October 18, 2009 at 2:37pm — No Comments

2nd LAN Party of the K12Online2009 Conference

Please join us on October 20, 2009 at 22:00GMT/3:00pmPDT/4:00pmMDT/5:00pmCDT/6:00pmEDT for a live event of the 2009

K12Online Conference

On October 20, the K12Online Conference is hosting a LAN party from 6:00PM to 8:00PM EDT. We invite everyone to gather at the LAN party site with colleagues in order to view two past conference presentations and then engage in lively discussions in our chatroom. The presenters will be in attendance.… Continue

Added by mrsdurff on October 18, 2009 at 1:58pm — No Comments


I'm taking part in a fantastic on-line conference with hundreds of authors and dozens of brilliant teachers. Some of my workshops include: Adding Suspense to your novel, Fine Tuning the Senses, Creating Teacher Guides, Getting to Know your Characters, How to Write Power Sentences, First Pages in the YA Market, Assulting a Writer's Thinking, Before Copy Editing, Tightening Up your Writing, Finding your Voice, World Building, and Creative Block Busters. I just may have overbooked myself. I'm on… Continue

Added by Kathy Stemke on October 17, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Brainypics Week 2 Winners

Congrats to our Week 2 Winners! They not only receive an iTunes song, but their Brainypics qualify for the $200 Grand Prize competition on DEC. 7.

Submit Brainypics this week, and you can compete, too. Our theme for Week 3: GET CREATIVE! Give us Brainypics that are going to stand out and be super memorable. If that means your kids are gonna get goofy, wacky and weird in their Brainypics... LET'S SEE IT! :) Go to… Continue

Added by Jack on October 13, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

I have been thinking about this book a lot, musing about the characters and how society is being portrayed in this book. School, family, and friends were always important, a love of home and loyalty to oneself and others was always present in Werlin's world of Lucy, Zach, Soleded, Leo and Sara. I thought Lucy was such a strong character who worked hard as an athlete, was a good daughter to Soledad and Leo, a fast friend to Sara and like a sister to Zach as they grow up, and someone who knew… Continue

Added by bj neary on October 13, 2009 at 7:07pm — No Comments

Urgent Help!!!

Hello Everyone....I need urgent help...I read to Grade-Pre-K to Grade-4 when they come to the library before they check out books...i read short stories..fairy tales etc...i now have run out of stuff to read...If anyone knows of any compilations which are easy to read out loud and easy to understand....Plz help.

Added by Abida Merchant on October 11, 2009 at 12:37pm — No Comments

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