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Melissa Walker is the Latest readergirlz Diva!

Posted by grizzlymedia on October 31, 2008

Our friends at readergirlz have a brand new diva. Author Melissa Walker, whose book Violet in Private was featured on readergirlz in August, just joined the website as its latest author diva. Other books in her Violet series include Violet on the Runway and Violet by Design. The series follows Violet through the ups and downs of the fashion world. If you can wait until May, you can read her next book, Lovestruck Summer. Sounds like a perfect beach read! Melissa is from New Zealand, where she attended an elite finishing school for girls. She earned a BA in English from Vassar and now lives in Brooklyn. She is a former ELLEgirl Features Editor and Seventeen Prom Editor. Watch for the Violet books in The Unquiet Library.

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Halloween Grizzly Style

Posted by grizzlymedia on October 31, 2008

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Check out some of the characters who showed up at the library this morning! Here’s proof that Grizzlies know how to have fun.

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There’s No Cover Charge for CoverItLive

Posted by grizzlymedia on October 22, 2008

So I promised you I would blog about CoverItLive when I was all in love with it last week and I was so busy live blogging my heart out from COMO, but then I came back to the reality of school and I had to blog myself silly on my other blog about the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, and you never got to hear about my love affair with CoverItLive. Well, now here I am to tell you all the juicy details of my sordid affair with CoverItLive! Fact number one: be careful or you’ll spill your guts out to a live audience or say ridiculous stuff (remind you of anyone you know–me perhaps???) before you have a chance to self-edit. Fact number two: you’re published in real time, just like an instant message, so your readers–surely you have readers, don’t you?–can read your post as fast as you can type it. Fact number three: You can save pictures, video, ads, or audio clips prior to your live blog (or even Google as you go–there’s a built-in search tool) and then toss them in whenever you’re ready. Fact number four: they even have simple polls you can create on the spot to ask your audience–kind of like on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” Fact number five: you can even answer your listeners’ questions live. I did three CoverItLive live blogs (you can see them posted here if you’re into that sort of thing) when I was at COMO and it was fun! I pretended I was a real reporter. You could use it to take notes in a meeting or conference, or if you’re important (OK, let’s face it, if you were important, would you be reading my blog?) you could use it to cover political, television, or sports events. Whenever you see news happening, blog about it live to your readers. Set up your account in advance, which only takes a few seconds, then you can start a live blog in another few seconds. Literally. Then your blog is posted live a sentence or two at a time. Your audience sees the exact time you post each entry. Suppose you make a mistake? You can always go back later and edit the blog. If you look at the blogs I’ve posted here, you can probably tell that I edited one of them and did not edit the other two. That’s why it looks like one was written by a human and the other two were written by giraffes. With poor typing skills. And no spelling ability. Which brings up the point that just because your blog is posted live doesn’t mean it is ephemeral. It’s still there on your blog, available for an instant replay whenever your readers want to view it again. Which of course they will. You know you’re irresistible. Just like me. And CoverItLive.

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Teacher Retirement live from COMO!

Posted by grizzlymedia on October 17, 2008

OK, here goes another live blog on Teacher Retirement from Georgia COMO

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Hulu: As Much Fun as a Hula Hoop?

Posted by grizzlymedia on October 16, 2008

Have you discovered Hulu yet? Don’t have a television or cable or satellite access? Or maybe when those crazy television execs choose to broadcast your favorite program or movie isn’t when you have time to watch it. We do have to go to school and study and stuff, you know. Well, no problemo! Hulu allows you to watch your favorite television shows from the comfort of your computer screen, whenever and wherever you want. You can check out your favorite channel, most popular programs, collections, the HD gallery (Hulu will tell you the system requirements), or check out their special features, like “Huluween” or Election ’08. Don’t see your favorite show in any of these lists? Just type the title into the search box and look for it there. They probably have it. And the good news is–it’s all free, free, free! There’s a huge selection of content from over 100 providers such as FOX, NBC Universal, MGM, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Brothers. No slackers here! You can select from over 900 current primetime hits. We’re not talking about lame stuff from the sixties here, people! Here’s the deal, according to the Hulu website:

Hulu is focused on quality and convenience and strives to create the best possible online video experience.

  • Hulu gives users the ability to customize their viewing experience online.
  • Hulu allows users to watch favorites or discover new shows anytime — at home or on the road.
  • Hulu’s search feature helps users find any premium video online even if it is not directly available on

Hulu is easy to use and share. Simply go to, and click on a video to watch right away.

  • Hulu does not require a download of any software. Users only need a Flash 9.0 enabled computer and an Internet connection to enjoy.
  • Hulu offers the freedom to share full-length episodes or clips via e-mail or embed on other Web sites, blogs and social networking pages.
  • Hulu’s clipping feature allows users to select a portion of the video they would like to share.

Hulu is free and legal through an advertising supported model.

  • Videos are available for unlimited streaming; watch favorite shows and clips over and over, for free
  • Videos contain fewer ads than on TV. Advertisements appear during normal commercial breaks
  • Hulu acquires the rights to distribute its videos, making them available to users legally.

Have I steered you wrong about a Web 2.0 tool yet? I think not! So scoot on over to Hulu today and start wasting some time!

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Online Teaching for Media Specialists: Why and How

Posted by grizzlymedia on October 16, 2008

Here’s another new post from the COMO convention. This is a presentation by Jane Zahner of Valdosta State University on “Online Teaching for Media Specialists: Why and How.” All the sessions have been great! Click on the link to see the presentation I created live using CoveritLive, a new Web 2.0 tool I learned about from Mrs. Hamilton.

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Free! Alternatives to Expensive Technology Live from COMO

Posted by grizzlymedia on October 16, 2008

This was a live post from COMO, the Georgia Council of Media Organizations convention in Athens which I am attending this week. The presentation features Andrew Shuping from Mercer University discussing Free Alternatives to Expensive Technology. The presentation was posted live via CoveritLive. I’ll blog later on this cool free Web 2.0 tool! Click on the link to view my live post from the presentation.
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2008 National Book Award Nominees Announced Today

Posted by grizzlymedia on October 15, 2008

The National Book Award nominees were announced today, and some Creekview favorite authors are on the Young People’s Literature list. Of course, there are also lists for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry, but, who cares? We only care about our people! Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Grizzly favorites Speak and Twisted, was nominated for her new book Chains. E. Lockhart, author of this year’s Georgia Peach Book Award nominee, The Boyfriend List, in addition to other favs like Dramarama and The Boy Book, is another nominee for The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Also nominated was Kathi Appelt for The Underneath (she’s the author of the great short story collection Kissing Tennessee and Other Stories from the Stardust Dance). Judy Blundell was nominated for What I Saw and How I Lied. The final young adult author nominee was Tim Tharp for The Spectacular Now. Tim’s other novels include Knights of the Hill Country and Falling Dark. The winners will be named on November 19.

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Who Would You Pick To Be the President?

Posted by grizzlymedia on October 9, 2008

Who would you vote for if you were eighteen? Well, you might not be eligible to vote in the real election, but Nickelodeon is letting you vote in their mock election. This Sunday, October 12, at 9 PM EST on Nick you can watch Nickelodeon’s Kids Pick the President. The polls will be open immediately following the show at The winner of the kid’s presidential race will be announced at 8PM EST on Monday, October 20 on Nick. While you’re online, you can see complete coverage of the candidates and find out where they stand on the issues that matter. Teachers can download lesson plans and obtain other educational content at

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Read a Book with Bite!

Posted by grizzlymedia on October 7, 2008

Next week, October 12-18, is Teen Read Week, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association. Teen Read Week is directed at teens, parents, librarians, educators, booksellers, and other interested adults. “Read for the Fun of It” is the primary theme of Teen Read Week, but the sub-theme changes each year. This year’s sub-theme is “Books with Bite.” This theme promotes a variety of books along the “bite” theme, from vampires to cooking to technology (bytes). You can also join the readergirlz as they celebrate Teen Read Week every night on their live chat at the readergirlz forum on MySpace. Their themes are multicultural bites, verse bites, contemporary bites, fantasy bites, and gothic bites, with a list of Creekview favorite authors. Stop by the media center (or your local public library) to check out a Book with Bite and celebrate Teen Read Week!

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