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Feelin’ the Love

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 30, 2009


You know, we have the best job in the entire world, and here’s proof. For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been working primarily with Ms. Shearer, her student teacher Ms. Yount, and their wonderful tenth grade English students. They’ve been researching controversial topics, using Noodletools to cite their sources and create electronic notecards, and writing their research papers. Today, they presented us not only with a great gift basket full of some of our favorite treats (including Cheez-its!!!!), but even, better, they made a beautimous and thoughtful card to go with it. Are we lucky or what? Thanks, guys!

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ChaCha Gives You Answers on the Go

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 22, 2009

ChaCha – Mobile Search | Text Search | Questions and Answers via kwout

Ever had an urgent research or trivia question but no access to your computer and its accompanying bevy of search engines? Man, do you ever need ChaCha! Their new Mobile Search feature was made for you. All you do is send an SMS text to 242242 or call ChaCha at 1-800-2Cha-Cha (1-800-224-2242). Tell ChaCha your desperate question in regular conversational English, and they’ll answer back with a simple text message in real time. You don’t have to have an advanced smart phone; any basic phone and virtually any carrier works with ChaCha mobile. ChaCha charges you nada, but your mobile phone company’s charges will apply. ChaCha uses real humans to do the research for you 24/7. It’s like having your own personal librarian in your pocket. You can read a press release about ChaCha’s latest venture here.

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TwitterNews Helps You See Breaking News Results Quickly and Easily

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 20, 2009

As events were occurring during the recent Mumbai, India attacks, it was difficult for news-hungry readers to keep up with events as quickly as they needed to through regular news outlets. As a result, the inspiration for TweetNews was born. Now thanks to TweetNews, as news is breaking, Twitter users can search for tweets on a specific topic and simultaneously be directed to news articles as well. In the future, all news could be delivered this way, but for now it’s available thanks to a collaboration between Yahoo and Twitter. Yahoo engineer Vik Singh developed TweetNews to combine Yahoo news results with the hot topics that are hitting Twitter. This is different from the way search engines like Google News and other major news websites work; they use complicated algorithms to rank stories, and breaking news item might not make it to the top of the heap. Yahoo News topics are organized around popular Twitter topics, resulting in a search engine that tracks breaking news using Twitter search results. Twitter users will then have access to more valid sources of information in addition to first-hand reports from Twitter users on the scene. You can click here for a link to TweetNews or click here for a link to an article in TGDaily with more information. You can just go to the TweetNews site and type in you own search term, for example today you might try “inauguration.”

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Soshiku is So Chic!

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 14, 2009


Everybody loves homework, right? OK, maybe not. But you can make organizing and tracking your assignments a lot easier with a cool Web 2.0 application, Soshiku. Soshiku can keep track of all your assignments and email or text you to remind you of when they are due. You can pair up with a partner on Soshiku and share files, chat, or whatever. For each assignment you can save notes, manage tasks, attach files, and share messages with your partners. After you login to your account, you can easily see all of your upcoming assignments. It’s simple to add new courses and/or assignments from almost any page. A calendar shows you when everything is due; just click a date on the calendar to see the full details. There’s also a view that lets you see your five most recent tasks. It takes literally seconds to add an assignment.  Then you can also follow up by adding your own notes, creating a task list, or uploading attachments, such as a rubric, an assignment outline from your teacher, or your own work. If you’ve been wondering how you can organize your assignments and stay on top of the world, Soshiku is the Web 2.0 tool you’ve been waiting for all your life.

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Happy New Year!

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 5, 2009

happy-new-yearIt’s a new year. Time for new beginnings. And according to our old faithful Gale database, Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Holidays, New Year celebrations are among the oldest and most popular of holidays. Everyone wants to put the past behind them and get off to a fresh start. At New Years, people resolve to break bad habits and replace them with better ones during the coming year. People in some countries believe that the new year is a time when good fortune can be attracted to one’s home and family by performing certain rituals. I don’t know about you, but I live in the South, and here we eat black-eyed peas, hog jowls, and turnip greens on New Year’s Day, which is supposed to bring you prosperity in the New Year. Go figure. To me, it just seems like all it would give you is a stomach ache and a few extra pounds. As a religious holiday, New Years is a time to ask God and man for forgiveness for your wrongdoings, and to promise to live a better life in the coming year. According to historians, New Years has been celebrated for around five thousand years. I’ve been celebrating it a while, but not quite that long. Many ancient festivals celebrating the New Year honored the sun for bringing more light each day after the winter solstice, which occurs around December 21 or 22. So what do you plan to do this year to make it better than last year? Any ideas? Why not let us know your New Year Resolutions. Are you going to study more? Make better grades? Read this blog more often? Yeah, I thought so.

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