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Bravo Long Cane Middle School Media Center!

Posted by grizzlymedia on March 27, 2009

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Yesterday I visited the media center of Long Cane Middle School in LaGrange, a 2008 Exceptional Media Program. Media specialist Pam Murphy and her staff (Judy Beach, Chris Miller, and Terry Tucker) collaborate with teachers in her school to create innovative student products. Recently, Long Cane students communicated on a Ning with other kids from five different countries. The students contributed to a wiki and collaborated with each other in their research on digital citizenship in schools. Students also used a webcast to collaborate with students in a nearby county and compare water usage, making comparisons to online data provided by schools from around the world. The media center hosted a Curriculum Fair to display resources available for teachers to integrate into their curriculum. A Technology Expo provided teachers with an opportunity to observe demonstrations of new technology equipment and technology integration ideas. The media center provides twenty-first century learning opportunies via blogs, wikis, digital storytelling via MovieMaker, Flip camera video productions, Web 2.0 applications, podcasting with Audacity, student response systems, and other materials. In cooperation with Georgia Tech, the school also provides a Lego Robotics program and other technology initiatives including a state-of-the-art video production studio. Their Lunch Bunch, Strive for 25, and other reading promotions keep students reading across the curriculum. Congratulations to Long Cane Middle School Media Center for their devotion to children and their dedication to the ideals of twenty-first century education.

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Mars–Still Crazy After All These Years

Posted by grizzlymedia on March 14, 2009

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It’s always fun to visit Google on “special” days–you know, the ones where the Google logo isn’t just its ordinary cool primary color logo. I mean those special days when the Google artists redesign the Google logo to reflect a special occasion. All you have to do to find out what the logo’s all about is click on the fancy logo, and you get a search of the topic in question. Today’s Google logo reflects the fact that today is the 174th birthday of Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli. Don’t worry if you forgot to pick up a present for Giovanni’s party–he’s not still around for his birthday bash, obviously.¬† But in 1890 when he was still rockin’, ol’ Giovanni created a pretty cool map of Mars. You can go to YouTube to see a video about how to view a more modern map of Mars thanks to Google Earth. You can also download Google Earth 5.0. Google Earth lets you see maps of the Earth, Mars, or the sky. Click here for a link to the YouTube video and also a download for Google Earth 5.0. And visit our library’s databases to find out more about other astronomers like Giovanni Schiaparelli.

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Imagination Cubed: Imagination to the Third Power!

Posted by grizzlymedia on March 4, 2009

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I just discovered a cool new Web 2.0 app from GE called Imagination Cubed (yes, that GE, General Electric, the company whose slogan is “Imagination at Work”). I think it would be great for mathematics, art, elementary and middle school students, and for working with a SmartBoard. Heck, it’s great just for fun! You just go to Imagination Cubed, click on the marker, and draw or write. Whenever you let go of your mouse, you let go of the marker, so it’s not annoying like an Etch-a-Sketch. Hate what you’ve got on the screen so far? Just hit clear. To make sure you haven’t accidentally¬†cleared a masterpiece, Imagination Cubed double checks your selection. From a file button, you can print, send, check to see when your work of art was created, or add a grid to make it perfectly perfect. There’s also a tool button. From there, you can trade your pen for shapes, a stamper, lines, a typing tool, and backgrounds–all in pretty, pretty colors. After your creation is complete, you can replay it–again and again until you throw up. Or email it to your friends so they can throw up. You can even invite your friends (as if you have any!) to draw along with you. This is the ultimate Web 2.0 toy! Well, OK, it isn’t, because you can’t embed these lovely drawings. I blame it on their ephemeral quality. But they are otherwise perfectly delightful. Just. Like. Us.

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Save Horace the Hungry Hippo!

Posted by grizzlymedia on March 4, 2009

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Photo courtesy of Jakalito

Have you seen Horace the Hungry Hippo? The media center HAD–as in past tense, as in once upon a time, as in no longer, as in formerly was in possession of–three lovely tiny circus critters. We ONCE owned a hippopotamus, a camel, and a wolf. OK, maybe wolves aren’t circus animals. At any rate, we once owned a lovely Horace the Hungry Hippo, or if you prefer different terminology, Horace owned us, and he guarded our printer night and day, without causing any harm to anyone, and without charging us one red cent for his services. In short, he was a saint. Then, Friday the Thirteenth arrived, and Horace went missing. Horace, by the way, looks nothing like the frightened little hippo you see in the picture above. Of course this hippo looks frightened–he is about to be eaten–or worse–by some alien creature. We thought it best not to show an actual photo of Horace for fear that it could cause his tiny plastic life to become even more endangered. Our Horace looks much braver than this poor hippo, even though he is perhaps in even graver danger. Should you see Horace, PLEASE return him to the library at once. Our printer desperately needs him. Our students desperately need him. A reward, approximately commensurate with Horace’s annual salary, is being offered for his safe return. If you have any information leading to his recovery, please contact Detectives Brooke or Ashley or comment to this blog post immediately.

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Are You Ready for Poetry?

Posted by grizzlymedia on March 3, 2009

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Next month is National Poetry Month, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. Since April 1996, the Academy has been uniting publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, schools, libraries, and poets across the country to celebrate the value of poetry in American culture. You can visit the Academy’s website each day at www.poets.org to enjoy their poem a day throughout the month of April. April 30, 2009 will be designated as Poem in Your Pocket Day, in which you are asked to carry your favorite poem around in your pocket all day to share with your friends. Visit the website for more ways in which you can celebrate National Poetry Month.

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The 2009 National Poetry Month annual poster is created by renowned illustrator and graphic designer Paul Sahre. If you happen to be a school, bookstore, or library, you can order one for free. Sponsors of the poster include The New York Times, National Endowment for the Arts, Random House, Inc., Merriam-Webster, and The Poetry Foundation. The 2009 poster features the lines “Do I dare / Disturb the universe?” from T. S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” You can also order copies of previous years’ posters for $5.00 each from this page.

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