My mom has been harassing me for both a Christmas and birthday list lately (my birthday is in December as well), and one of the things I’ve thought of is some sort of e-reader.  As a result of that, I came across this website that provides sources for free e-books!  What a great way to add to your library if you are on a limited budget, or have used up your budget for the year!

Free E-books!

I aso came across a neat website that has educational applications for e-books in the classroom – enjoy!

Technology and reading e-books in education


Blog-ish organization?!

I have discovered I do not like the way blogs are ‘set up’.  They just keep posting things in ‘reverse’ chronological order – newest to oldest – (and yes, I realize that’s the way blogs work), but that doesn’t mean I like it!  I’ve been wanting to ‘rearrange’ my posts, so that I can put all the Shelfari, Glogster, or Prezi ones together.  Yes, I also realize that you can have categories and just tag each post so that you can simply go to the correct ‘category’ and find all the relevant posts, but I personally don’t like that either.  (These are all just my own preferences of course!)  I want to keep the posts together for continuity’s sake – so one can see my progression with each tool.  And I like to read in a more linear fashion, so therefore I also want to organize in a linear fashion!  I cannot find ANY way to rearrange posts (and I’ve been through all the help pages) – the best they offer is a chronological order, which is beneficial to those who are writing novels (in which case their first post would be chapter 1, of course, and then that one would naturally be at the bottom of all the posts which is not what they’d want), and with reverse order the newest posts would go at the end rather than at the beginning.

Because I cannot find any other way to arrange my posts to my satisfaction, I have decided to simply ADD to each post (ie edit it) and create a new page for each new addition I make to that post (please see More than just a personal tool as an example of what I mean!)  I’m not sure what readers will think of this setup, but to ME it makes sense!

Voicethread woes….

The concept of Voicethread is great, and I have everything all ready to go….  but one GIGANTIC downfall with Voicethread is not HAVING a voice.  And I’m not even sick (well at least don’t feel sick) but simply have no voice!  Guess the Voicethread is going to have to be put off again, at least for a little bit 😦

I have started to update my old current events posts as well, and as I was updating the first one (about library lockers and the chance of them replacing librarians), I came across some really interesting things about ‘library lockers’ that I wanted to share!

The first post I came across was about a teenage girl in a Catholic high school who was running an ‘illegal’ library out of her locker at school and lending books to fellow students that had been banned by her school.  I’m sure there will be many conflicting views on her actions.  I personally feel that she is a pioneer within her school and age bracket for promoting reading to her fellow school-mates.  Good for her!  Perhaps she is also already ‘wiser’ than her teachers and administrators and sees the ‘hindrances’ and sometimes ‘absurd notions’ of organized religions.  (*side note – please don’t think that I’m a religion-hater; I accept and support each persons views and choices in their own religion*) However, sometimes it’s hard to respect the decisions of a Catholic school when they ban a book as brilliant as Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy simply because it makes some jokes about God and His existence and/or His ability to be a ‘good’ God (at least that’s why I assume it’s banned).

Is it really impossible to view these books for what they are:  WORKS OF FICTION?!  Adams is using humour in an attempt to make his books interesting to readers (and in my opinion it works wonderfully!)  Additionally, some other banned books in Canada include the entire Harry Potter series, which I also love.  These books are banned because of their content of magic, witchcraft, etc, and I think that’s ludicrous!  Once again, these are works of FICTION, and also they do not – in ANY way – get into inappropriate ‘magic use’ (ie – Satanism, etc).  And The Lorax?  The LORAX?!  

Okay, moving on to the second post before I start ranting too much 🙂

The second post I found about library lockers was a really heart-warming one: Peace Corps book lockers.  It’s really too bad that these were discontinued because of funding (an all too real story for most libraries….)  😦

Lorax image from: http://wearemoviegeeks.com/wp-content/lorax1.jpg
Censorship image from: http://inthenextroom.blogspot.com/2011/09/banned-books-week-2011.html
Hitchhiker image from personal collection.

Current Events #9

I watched this video and it kind of scares me!  I mean, students in general scare me with their knowledge of technology these days, but you mean to tell me that perhaps kindergarteners will soon be telling me how to work things!?  Or they should be able to?!  Also I (a little bit) don’t understand it.  There’s one of those colourful xylophones on the iPad for the child to play with….  I used to have one of those!  How is having it digitally better than having it in person?  Don’t you lose a bit of those motor skills you develop in learning how to play it?  I guess you develop different motor skills with the iPad.  SHOULD children under two have more iPad/technology time?!

iPad Babies


Current Events #8

I recently made a glog about Remembrance Day, so this current event hit home a little bit.  Is any way of ‘remembering’ on Remembrance Day a good one, or is the younger generation not being respectful enough?

Tweeting our way to Nov. 11th


Current Events #7

Sees an unlikely combination, I’ll give you that.  However, Shakespeare is horribly out of date.  And please don’t misinterpret that, because I do love Shakespeare immensely, and am one of those people who will read it just for fun.  In fact, that’s one of the reasons I wanted to become a high school English teacher in the first place – to instill a love of Shakespeare into students….  unfortunately it’s not as easy as it seems.  Maybe technology is the new way?  Seems a bit blasphemous to me :s

Technology and Shakespeare

And here are a few more resources:

Teaching Shakespeare with Technology

What if everyone had cell phones?

Shakespeare, English Class and Technology