Archive for January, 2012

Don’t get me started on “your” versus “you’re”.

January 31st, 2012

Anyone who is an English teacher or friends with one will appreciate this comic:

Mobile 2012

January 31st, 2012

Are you interested in mobile learning, whether it’s on a tablet, a phone, or something else? AZK12 is hosting Mobile 2012 April 11-13.

Check out the list of speakers:
Jaime Casap
Eric Marcos
Janet Wozniak
Tony Vincent

I’ve attended a conference with Tony before and chatted with him. He definitely knows his stuff. And the Wozniak last name should sound familiar in connection to Apple…

Okay, so I’m starting to dig the art direction for the Hunger Games movie.

January 30th, 2012

January 27th, 2012

Do you know your online rights? If you write fan fiction, are you breaking copyright? If you link to another site, are you breaking the law?, a shared project from a number of universities, came to my attention because of recent decisions by Twitter to censor people’s status updates depending upon the laws of certain countries. In China, your Google search is filtered stricter than even a school network, and that took years to come about. Twitter isn’t even allowed in China.

Twitter was influential in the Middle Eastern and Russian protests in recent years. It will be interesting to see how protesters will coordinate now. ChillingEffects will at least keep a record of government requests to censor online messages.

Check out ChillingEffect’s database of cease and desist messages by clicking here.

Chess logo

January 25th, 2012

I’m working on designing the logo for this year’s chess team. Here’s what I have so far:

It’s nothing too mind-blowing, but I think it might make for a fun wallpaper (on your home computer). Click the thumbnail to view the full size.

2012 Newbery and others

January 23rd, 2012

The ALA announced its Newbery award winners (as well as a number of other ones). Check it out here.

Actions vs. words

January 18th, 2012

Wikipedia followed through on the blackout, although you can get around it by turning off JavaScript in your browser. Google changed their logo. Twitter is tweeting about it. We’ll see if the statement was heard by lawmakers.

Are you ready for the Internet to shut down tomorrow?

January 17th, 2012

As a protest against SOPA and PIPA, Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, and a number of other big sites on the Internet are planning to stop services for 24 hours. Instead of a normal Google search, a page describing why they’re protesting.

The text of the Stop Online Piracy Act is here. The Protect IP Act is here. Essentially, the bills say that if a site is found to have material on it that breaks copyright, Internet service providers are required to deny access to those sites.

Are you ready to get some sunshine tomorrow? What are we going to do with ourselves? Use Bing?


January 13th, 2012

I’ve mentioned this before, but if you’re looking for a great collection of educational videos streaming on the Internet, check out HippoCampus.

Creating a template in pbworks

January 11th, 2012

This is a really quick tip that will save you a ton of time. When viewing a page as an administrator in pbworks, you can add a tag. If you type the word “template” all lower case as the tag, you can reuse the page as a template for when you create a new page.