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Use Mind42 for Easy Mind Mapping

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 21, 2008 – Collaborative mind mapping in your browser via kwout

I may have some kind of fixation with mind mapping Web 2.0 tools. I have blogged previously about and Mindmeister, which are great brainstorming applications, and you may be fortunate enough to be able to purchase Inspiration, or to have a system which buys it for your school as ours does. But variety, as they say, is the spice of life. Mind42 is another great tool you can use to keep up with all of your brilliant ideas, either alone or with your colleagues. Your students can use it to collaborate on assignments and group projects. Because Mind42 is browser-based, you no longer need to download and install programs, so its use is hassle-free. Mind42 supports keyboard shortcuts, drag and drop, zooming, and other features with true WYSIWYG capability. There’s a Vimeo screencast to teach you the ropes, but if Vimeo is blocked at your school (as it is at mine), you may have to watch it at home to find out all the state secrets!

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Ball Clock: A Cooler Way To Tell Time

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 14, 2008

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I found out about this cool gadget from one of my Twitter friends, a fourteen-year-old blogger named Xavier Lur from Singapore who calls himself Kid Tech Guru. He blogs about cool Web 2.0 tools and tech websites. You can visit his blog here for more cool tips. Kid Tech Guru got the idea from a programmer named Adam Bowman. You can visit Adam’s site here where you can copy the code for the clock so you can embed it into your blog (even WordPress!!!!) or social networking site. According to the site, you can edit the colors of the balls, lines, and numbers. I was only able to change the colors from black to white and vice versa. I wanted to change them to lovely green and blue Creekview colors, but, sadly, they refused to cooperate. Maybe you’ll have better luck. I case you haven’t figured the clock out, the hour is on the bottom line, and the minutes are on the middle and then the top line. Each ball in the middle row stands for five minutes. Thanks Xavier and Adam!

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Library Characters of the Day

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 10, 2008



Actually, this pic of Kristen was snapped on Halloween, but it was too late to make it into my Animoto vid for the day. Then today, Dylan was styling in this way cool pose. Maybe we just have more rockin’ peeps in our hood than other libraries do. At any rate, meet a couple of our interesting library regulars. They rock!

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In Honor of Those Who Served

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 10, 2008

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Tomorrow, November 11, is Veterans Day. On November 11, 1918, World War I, “The War to End All Wars” came to an end when a cease fire agreement, The Treaty of Versailles, was signed at 11:00 AM in Rethondes, France. A year later, November 11 was established as Armistice Day. Armistice Day did not become a federal holiday until 1938, when World War II appeared to be imminent. The holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to honor veterans of all American wars. The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC is the location for national Veterans Day ceremonies. An Army honor guard, the 3rd U. S. infantry (also known as The Old Guard) keep watch over the tomb twenty-four hours a day, year round. On November 11 at 11 AM, a combined color guard representing all branches of service executes a “Present Arms” at the tomb. A presidential wreath is laid and “Taps” is played in tribute to the nation’s fallen war heroes. The Tomb of the Unknowns contains the remains of a soldier from World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. It formerly contained a soldier from the Vietnam War, but his remains were later identified and returned to his family. For more information about Veterans Day, visit this article at Infoplease, or research Veterans Day on our Creekview databases. Images for this Animoto video are from our Unquiet Library display, from a Veterans Day word cloud I created using Wordle, from an image I created using TypoGenerator, and from these sources on Flickr Creative Commons:, Kevin, and Thanks, guys!

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This Day in History–Kristellnacht

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 9, 2008


Kristellnacht, The Night of Broken Glass, occurred on this day, November 9, 1938. This was one of the defining moments of the Holocaust. It was represented by the Nazis as a spontaneous response by Germans resulting from a Jewish crime, the shooting of a low-level Nazi diplomat in Paris, Ernst von Rath, by a German Jew, Herschel Grynszpan. Actually, the event had been ordered a day in advance and a list of those to be attacked had been planned for months. During Kristellnacht, over 90 Jews were killed, more than 30,000 were arrested and sent to concentration camps, and at least 7,000 businesses and over 1,000 synagogues were looted and destroyed. For more information on this event, you can read an article here.

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Enter the readergirlz Native American Blog-o-Hunt

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 6, 2008


Have you been to the new readergirlz blog? Well, if not, then you are missing out! They are having a cool contest for Native American Heritage Month. Go to the new blog to participate in their blog-o-hunt. There are six questions about Native American authors and their work. The first 25 people to submit the correct answers win bookmarks and readergirlz buttons. You can submit your questions via email to with the subject line “rgz blog-o-hunt” by November 30, but remember, the sooner you submit, the better your chances of winning, because the first 25 people with the correct answers are the winners. The questions were submitted by Creekview favorite author Cynthia Leitich Smith, who is one of the featured Native American authors for the readergirlz observance of Native American Heritage Month. First, here are some blogs you can check out to find answers to the questions:

And now for the questions:

1. Sherman Alexie wrote the screenplay for a movie that was a huge hit at the 1998 Sundance festival. What was it called?

2. What is Sherman’s recent, award-winning, YA novel that shares the life of a Native American male teen?

3. Where does Joseph Bruchac live?

4. Joy Harjo and Cynthia Leitich Smith are enrolled members of the same Nation. What is the name of the tribe?

5. What will Richard Van Camp’s next novel be called?

6. In addition to Moccasin Thunder, featuring Native authors, Lori M. Carlson also edited a YA anthology highlighting Latino voices. What was it called?

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Get Your Staff Development Here!

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 3, 2008

Be ready for a live blog from our Media Specialist Staff Development on Tuesday, November 4.
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24: Redemption is Almost Here!

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 2, 2008

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Are you a fan of the Fox series 24? If you answered no, then there is something seriously wrong with you! 🙂 Kiefer Sutherland kicks some serious butt as ultra-cool agent for the Counter-Terrorist Unit (CTU) in Los Angeles. If you are a fan, you probably have been suffering from some serious withdrawal symptoms ever since Season Six ended in spring 2007. Due to the writer’s strike last season and maybe some personal problems of Kiefer’s, there were no episodes last year, and Season Seven won’t start until January. To tide us 24 addicts over until then, there wil be a two-hour prequel called “Redemption” on Sunday, November 23. Yes, the school board is giving us the entire week off to celebrate and recuperate from the event.

You can click here to go to the 24: Redemption website for more info. Here’s some info about the Redemption prequel from the website:

Filmed on location in Cape Town, South Africa, and Los Angeles, 24: REDEMPTION stars Emmy Award winner Kiefer Sutherland along with Cherry Jones, Robert Carlyle, Gil Bellows and Jon Voight.

After sacrificing everything for his country, Jack Bauer is wanted by the U.S. government and now stands to lose the only thing he has left: his freedom. Working as a missionary in Africa, Bauer is called upon to stop a ruthless warlord from drafting innocent children into his murderous militia. First, Bauer must confront his own torturous past and face an impossible decision that will change his life forever. A decision that will set the stage and raise the stakes for Season Seven, which debuts in January 2009.

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