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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Will Richardson & Thoughts...

Sitting here learning to blog via Will Richardson's presentation....
You can palpably feel the fear in the air... letting loose...can we really allow our students BLOGGING privledges? What if they write something inappropriate?
The fearful mentality of this group actually surprises me. I would have thought those signed up for this workshop would have been those ready to embrace this new world that we live in. As educators we must take our heads out the the sand and ensure that our students are taught to embrace this new technology "safely, ethically and effectively". It is the world they are living in. We, as educators need to make the shift.. the students are already there. Let's teach them how to be responsible online citizens.
Will Richardson states so clearly...
...every educator at least has to understand what’s happening with Web
technologies, how they are affecting much of our world, and the implications
and potentials for learning.









Thursday, May 29, 2008

Twilight

Just finished reading the new Stephenie Meyers book, The Host. It was good. It was suspenseful. It was VERY science fiction-ish. But the love story (like Bella and Edward) was just not poignant enough.

I may just reread the Twilight trilogy so far...

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

OPERATION TEEN BOOK DROP - APRIL 17, 2008

Check out this cool project. Teen patients in pediatric hospitals across the United States and Canada will receive 10,000 young adult novels, audiobooks, and graphic novels Thursday as readergirlz and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) celebrate the second annual Support Teen Lit Day on April 17. This unprecedented teen literacy program, coined “Operation TBD” (short for Teen Book Drop), will put free books—altogether valued at more than $175,000—donated by 20 book publishers into the hands of many of the teens most in need of solace, entertainment and a sense of personal accomplishment. After all, long-term hospital stays can be difficult on many levels—for teenagers and their families.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

My First Glog Poster

Tried out this new web site to make a "Glog". Mine is very simple, but I am looking forward to seeing what the kids can do with it. Scroll down to the bottom to see my first attempt.

David Cook Rocks Billy Jean!


New idol favourite!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Nineteen Minutes

What can you do in nineteen minutes? Tons of things if you really think about it. This latest novel by Jodie Picoult entitled Nineteen Minutes is one of those books I HATE but cannot put down. Dealing with the horrific topic of a school shooting, the emotions the characters go through are so raw and honest that the book is difficult to keep reading (between sobs!). You feel compelled to delve deeper into the thinking of each of the characters from different perspectives. In a review from Publisher's Weekly :"The author's insights into her characters' deep-seated emotions brings this ripped-from-the-headlines read chillingly alive." This is a must read book for parents, teachers and humanity in general.

Principals' Meeting

The presentation to the Principals went well today. The model classes were very well behaved and shone in the library with their reading and blogging! It was a good afternoon and tomorrow all of the leftover lunch becomes a feast to reward the students! Just need to pick up some nutritious chips and pop, and we will be good to go!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

My Favourite American Idol

Scroll down to the bottom to see a GREAT version of Day Tripper!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Don Cherry's Tie


Just had to add that the most entertaining part of this hockey game is Don Cherry's leprechaun suit. Really, a 200 lb leprechaun in a bright green satin suit with a flourescent yellow shirt, AND a tie that played an Irish song of some type. Seriously...

Watching the Leafs


A constant wonder - why do men get so riled up watching sports? We are sitting here watching the Leafs (currently losing 3-1) and my bizzarro husband is red in the face and yelling at the top of his lungs!!! It makes no sense to me. What a waste of time and energy. Unlike blogging which is very relaxing. No yelling involved... usually...GO LEAFS!
The vintage jersey is cute though...

Friday, March 14, 2008

Last Week Day of Vacation

So,
On this last day we went shopping! Love to do that. Picked up a cute outfit for my presentation to the Principals coming up on Wednesday. Just have to get some shoes now.
Wal Mart was a hit! The cashier told me I was too young to have such "old" children. That was pretty nice to hear, but for some reason Katie thought it was hilarious!
Now I am setting up a Benson School Blog and watching Jumper.
Ciao!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Three more days...

Okay, so yesterday and today FLEW by!
Wednesday I did no more than entirely necessary. Still am not finished reading Duma Key though. Got caught up watching the entire remainder of nip/tuck season 4.
Today I got beautified at the salon and spent the rest of the day on the computer. Finished my Smart Board Masters course, created a new wiki for school PLC and chatting a bit with friends online.
Tomorrow I plan to go to the mall and pick up some new duds! There is a great shoe sale on at Spring.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Day One ...


So, finally am home after the excursion to "the Mall". KC had a great time at Build a Bear! We came home with the most expensive Teddy Bear ever created. Got to be really special to work at a place like that. Lots of happy, happy and this is so-so fun-fun being tallied around. Here is a picture of Honey Carmel, who before we left the mall was already renamed Talula. And right now the Talula with the "I am Smart glasses", but "Still a princess" dress is watching KC interact with her online version at the corporate web site. Marketing genius!



Also stopped at Chapters Indigo and picked up a small stack of books for my week of reading. I was disappointed not to find many of the books I had on my interest list, but of course browsed around and found more than enough to keep me happy for a few days at least. The rest I will have to order online (which is the one of the best things since sliced bread as my Granny would say).

Here is the stack I'll be working on. I want to read the Duma Key first.
Ta-ta for now. Much mindless reading to do:-)

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Shelfari Discovery!

Thanks to seeing an interesting Widget on Sharon's Betty Bun Head Blog, I took some time to check out Shelfari. What a great resource for book recommendations! An online book lovers community where you can select, rate, review and sort your own bookshelf of books. Your bookshelf widget can be placed on your blog (see mine to the right) or you can also gain access to groups of specific genres and interest through the shelfari website. Great discovery.
I'm off to a morning at Indigo tomorrow and now have a long list of recommended books to purchase. Yeah!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Welcome!

Well, I finally have my own blog space! Can't wait to get started!
I guess while others are basking in Trinidadian sunshine this March Break I will be creating my own little world on the web. My only travel this week will be through streaming video http://www.earthcam.com/ I think I will virtually visit Cancun later :-) ...at least I won't get a sunburn...
In between laundry and spring cleaning ( I know... get a life!) I will be trying out the latest Web2.0 tools http://schoollibrarylearning2.blogspot.com/index.html . I'm looking to make the best of technology in term three with my intermediate students ! Maybe this web exploration will spark an idea or two.
Later:-)