An Open Video Message To Steve Leinwand And Jerry Becker

November 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

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More evidence as to why Dan Meyer is my hero.

Behold! A way to provide multiple links with one, teeny, tiny URL. No printing, mailing, or even emailing necessary.

As a side note, it absolutely amazes me that people still provide handouts, at least in such quantity as the second example he shows us here. I am further astonished that this presenter would then offer to snail mail copies on request, rather than just emailing the digital file he started with. Really?


Justin Tarte – Life of an educator…: 5 Technology Tips for the Not-so-Tech-Savvy Teacher – @JPPrezz Guest Blogger

November 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

Justin Tarte – Life of an educator…: 5 Technology Tips for the Not-so-Tech-Savvy Teacher – @JPPrezz Guest Blogger.

An excellent blog post, aimed at newer technology users. The suggestions here are so simple they are somewhat obvious, but sometimes we need someone to point out what is right in front of our noses!

I’m a reading fool!

November 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

A friend of mine (Hi, BiblioVixen/SumoKnitter!) posted this on Facebook. I thought it was appropriate for this venue, so I decided to post it here rather than in a note on Facebook. I did post this list once before, about a year and a half ago. I’ll summarize the difference in the results below. I’ll also comment on some individual books throughout the list.

It’s a strange list of books, really. For example, why in the world would Dan Brown be in the same list as William Shakespeare, or Carlos Ruiz Zafon? All this makes sense when you think that the list is of Britain’s favorite novels, voted on in 2003 (see the original blog post mentioned below).

***Begin list!***

“Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.  Instructions:

-Copy this into your NOTES.

-Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.

-Underline the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.

-Tag other book nerds.”

(By the way, it’s just a meme – have fun with it!  It was probably created from this original BBC post in 2004 – )

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee — SUCH a good book, especially if you listen to it read by Sissie Spacek

6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott — I definitely feel like I should have made it through this at some time. I loved the movie!

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13  Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien — A real let-down, after reading TLOTR trilogy.

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger — I hope it’s more satisfying than Her Fearful Symmetry

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell — I was too young to appreciate it, I think, when I tried to read it (like, 9)

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy — Currently reading!

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34 Emma -Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan BrownReally?

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan — I thought the movie was fantastic, so I’ll hopefully read this soon.

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52 Dune – Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon OMG — Favorite!

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac — I’ve heard it’s overrated

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding Really?

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker — It bored me, but I nearly got through

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett — Currently reading!

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses – James Joyce — I’ve heard it’s maddening to read

76 The Inferno – Dante

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal – Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession – AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo


22 read in full or part (at that time, I did not count Gone with the Wind, because I had barely gotten in to it so long ago. This time, I did)


25 Read in full
13 Read in part

Not too shabby, really, for a year and a half. Especially since I was definitely not working on this list specifically. It just so happened that this list contains a lot of books that I mean to read, or read again.

How do you score?

“Bullying” Has Little Resonance with Teenagers | DMLcentral

November 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

“Bullying” Has Little Resonance with Teenagers | DMLcentral.

Bullying has gotten a lot of attention recently. On our campus, there have been several recent events devoted to stopping and preventing bullying. This post is interesting, in that it examines the teen’s perception of the behavior labeled as “bullying” by adults.

I’m sure that many adults, and even some children and teens (particularly those who are picked on the most), understand that bullying is a problem, and understand the type of behaviors that are being referred to by this term. But I agree with the post that the majority of teens and young adults don’t really understand, and therefore ignore adult pleas. I know that the under-20 set that I know best really doesn’t get it. I also agree that technology is not the problem– it simply makes these behaviors more visible.

The idea that the problem is a lack of empathy is, I think, an accurate one. Though I really didn’t like the book Generation Me (I only made it through about 2 1/2 chapters, and felt that it was mostly complaining) and think that a lot of people fail to give the young ‘uns the credit that they are due, I do think that many young adults (as well as full-on adults) have a feeling of entitlement, which translates to a lack of ability to empathize with others.

So, this begs the question: “How do we teach children to empahize? And what do we do with teenagers and adults that have an empathy problem?”

Using clickers in the classroom — Writing effective questions

November 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

Another item shared in my Teaching with Technology Diigo group*:

Using clickers in the classroom — Writing effective questions.

We are considering purchasing clickers for our department. I can see various ways that they would be useful and would save our professors time, such as having students use them to take a multiple-choice quiz. But for the purchase to be really worth-while, I think that they will need to be used more often, and this post offers guidelines on how to construct meaningful questions to aid learning.

*Interestingly, this link is to the blog Clif’s Notes. The other group I currently subscribe to is Clif’s Notes on EdTech.

Are we assuming too much?

November 17, 2010 § 2 Comments

Blogger Stephen Abram posted a video today about the changes in education.

While I whole-heartedly agree that educators need to change their tactics in order to reach and engage students, I would caution anyone who thinks that just by joining Facebook or Twitter, you will have instant success with the young ‘uns.

I would caution them for a few reasons. First, just because students have smart phones, and they check Facebook all the time, doesn’t mean they will think to use their smart phones for educational purposes, or welcome friending a teacher or professor. Some would even caution the teacher from this sort of social interaction.

Fascinating as it may be that they spend 12 hours a day with media (and only 25% of that watching television), simply making yourself or your information available through these media outlets will not engage the majority of students.

Students use lots of technology, but have no idea how it works, or the real power of it. Perhaps my experience is not typical, but from what I’ve learned from other librarians and educators, it’s not too far off the mark. I’ve talked with quite a few 18 -22 year olds that text pretty much constantly, and check Facebook religiously, but yet cannot navigate a Google results page satisfactorily. Some have still not heard of Twitter, or if they do, they have no idea why they should be interested in it. Many do not like blogs because “it’s just someone’s opinion,” completely ignoring the professional development opportunities the blogosphere presents.

So, my take on this whole idea is YES! Use technology, use social media! But make sure that you are educating your “media savvy” (note the use of air-quotes here) on the power of these technologies and connections. Otherwise, you will be ignored.

Fun with trivia

November 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

This past Saturday, I had an opportunity to participate in a trivia night, benefiting the SAU Children’s Campus.  Historically I’ve been no good at trivia, though really, this is ancient history, since I think the last time I played Trivial Pursuit was in the fourth grade. But a couple of friends who have children enrolled at the Children’s Campus asked my husband and I if we’d like to play at their table, and we thought it sounded like a right good time.

I did not expect the event to be as large as it was. There were over 40 tables, with 300 people. Since the cost to participate was $10 a head, $3,400 was raised for the Fr. Welch Scholarship* and the Children’s Campus. There were also prize raffles and a 50/50 raffle (I didn’t win the coffee basket or the money!).

Competition was intense. The table next to us was in first place for the entire time. We were practically right on their heels… coming in at the final buzzer in 31st place. We did not get the coveted black balloons for last place, though. We think that table cheated and purposefully answered all the questions wrong to win that spot.

Believe it or not, I’m quite proud of our score, because the questions were darned hard! Plus, we didn’t buy any “mulligans” to artificially inflate our score — all brains, baby!

There were categories for geography, license plate mottos, politics (my specialty), sports (the area of expertise for the husbands at our table), pop music (thankfully, the other three ladies knew pop-country), movies (again, other ladies to the rescue) and toys (we were the only non-parents, so this category was right out for Chuck and I).

The event is coordinated beautifully, with runners to collect your answers, multiple judges to score, and a projection so you could see your current score after each round. Tables are allowed to bring their own food, and there was a bar available for drinks. We were there for nearly four hours, but it went so fast, it didn’t feel that long at all!

I had a wonderful time, and plan to attend in the future. If you live near the Quad Cities, you should, too!

* The Fr. Welch scholarship is for students whose parents are alumni.  Each year an incoming freshman is awarded the $1,000 scholarship and they continue to receive the $1,000 every year until they graduate. Thanks to Angie Bardsley, Assistant Director of Alumni for the statistics and explanation!

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